Santa Rosa, California
Choose a Wine Country Inns member bed and breakfast in Santa Rosa for a distinctively different lodging experience. As the largest city in Sonoma County, you’ll be charmed by the unique blend of food, wine, recreation, art and culture available in this thriving destination.
Originating from the area’s first-known residents who built their home on the Rancho Cabeza de Santa Rosa land grant just east of the city, settlers soon flocked to the area for its agreeable climate and beautiful surroundings. In the mid-1850s, the town’s grid street pattern was laid out with a central public square in the middle (now the Old Courthouse Square). The city was incorporated in 1868 and has since become a busy metropolis.
Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, this vibrant city overflows with all you love about California. Santa Rosa is a leader in “going green” with one of the largest fleets in the state using clean-burning alternative fuels. The Recreation and Parks Department operates and maintains 57 parks totaling more than 514 acres.
The city boasts a thriving arts and culture climate with ample exhibition opportunities through the Art Exhibition Program, the National Arts Program, Art in Public Places Projects, and the Arts District. Area residents and visitors are invited to participate in art receptions, musical and theatrical performances, festivals and other events.
Santa Rosa was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” in 1943, and some visitors enjoy finding locations from the films. Other popular destinations, sights and activities include: Northwestern Pacific Railroad depot, Empire Building built in 1910 with a gold-topped clock tower, Luther Burbank Home and Garden, Paradise Ridge Winery sculpture garden and panoramic view, and Charles Schultz Museum and street corner representations of his beloved characters throughout the city.
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri, and Levi Leipheimer, cyclist and three-time winner of the Tour of California, are current residents.