Why Santa Rosa Is the Hidden Gem of Sonoma County

Santa Rosa, the urban center of Sonoma County, may not be the first item on Wine Country itineraries but, to the savvy visitor, this North Coast city offers more than meets the eye (and it was recently ranked one of the best places to live in the United States).

As crafty types are injecting a hefty dose of hip into the local community, a new Santa Rosa is emerging. This is the kind of place where natural bounty serves as a muse for utopian dreams, where sleepy residential streets hide ambitious farm-to-table kitchens, abandoned buildings are resurrected as art galleries, and the corner coffeeshop turns nightlife hot spot with craft-beers on tap, all to the rhythm of Americana and bluegrass. Best of all, Santa Rosa can easily be explored by bike or by foot.

Click through the above gallery to experience (some of) the best Santa Rosa has to offer. 

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