Summer Getaway: 12 Things to Do in Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa, the hidden gem of Wine Country, makes for a great weekend getaway during summer.

While Santa Rosa is the biggest city in Sonoma County, it’s rarely the first item on Wine Country itineraries. Other local destinations, like Healdsburg and Sonoma, boast downtown tasting rooms and picturesque plazas. Places like Petaluma and Sebastopol offer a charming distinctive vibe. And then there’s the summer wonderland of the Russian River area.

Santa Rosa, on the other hand, is a diamond in the rough; at first glance, it may not look like much. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover one gem after the other: craft beer tasting rooms, artisan creations, farm-to-table food, the list goes on. Santa Rosa also makes a great jumping-off point for your vacation; the city is called the heart of Wine Country for good reason: you’re in the middle of everything here with close proximity to wineries, restaurants, outdoor adventures and the coast. So click through the gallery to explore how to spend a weekend in and around Santa Rosa. 

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