Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa


The little farm town of Santa Rosa has grown beyond its bounds. It has become the largest city in California’s wine country but still a great area for fresh farm products. Fifty five miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa has a performing arts center and a 400 acre private wildlife refuge. Safari West, at 3115 Porter Creek Road, has over 400 animals including antelope, zebra, cape buffalo, giraffe, and many others. Daily tours are $65 for adults, $30 for ages 3-12, and $10 for ages 1-2. Overnight lodging is also available.
Reservations required.
707/579-2551 or 800/616-2695.
www.safariwest.com

Santa Rosa is home to Luther Burbank Home and Gardens at Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues. Take the Downtown Santa Rosa exit. Located on an acre, the site is a city park dedicated to the famed American horticulturist, Luther Burbank. Burbank called his adopted hometown, “the chosen spot of all the earth.“ He developed over 800 varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers, including the Santa Rosa plum and the Shasta daisy. The park holds his home, gardens and greenhouse where he experimented with plants for over 50 years. His grave is also in the park. The National Historic Landmark is free to the public but there is a small charge for docent-led tours. The Gardens are open everyday from 8 a.m. to dusk. The Carriage House Museum and Gift Shop are open from April through October, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tours begin every half-hour and the last one of the day leaves at 3:30. The guided tours go through the Gardens, the 1889 Greenhouse and the Burbank Home, which contains the original furnishings and memorabilia.
www.lutherburbank.org

Cartoonist Charles Schultz also made Santa Rosa his home. A resident here for over thirty years, Schultz created the Peanuts comic strip and the much loved characters of Snoopy and his hapless owner, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The Charles M. Schultz Museum contains a replica of the studio where the cartoonist’s original artwork and comic strips can be viewed. The museum is located at 2301 Hardies Lane at W. Steele Lane.
Open Mom-Fri 11-5, Sat I.D. and seniors 62+.
707-579-4452
www.schultzmuseum.org





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