Things to Do in Santa Rosa
California's Russian River is one of the longest rivers in the San Francisco Bay Area, beginning in Mendocino County and cutting through Sonoma County on its way to the ocean. The area is famous for its wine and farm-to-table cuisine, and in warm weather the river is a hotspot for outdoor adventures like canoeing, swimming, and fishing.
Safari West is a 400-acre (162-hectare) private wildlife preserve located in Santa Rosa, California. The park focuses on species native to Africa and is home to more than 800 wild animals, including cheetahs, Cape buffalo, zebras, rhinos, and giraffe.
With grapes growing on 600 acres in the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains, Hanna Winery is one of Sonoma County’s top wine producers, especially among fans of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. The family-owned winery was founded in 1985 by Elias Hanna, a cardiac surgeon, and for two decades his daughter Christine has run the operation. The winery has locations accessible from both Healdsburg in the north and Santa Rosa in the south, and the idyllic locations of its tasting rooms make great picnic destinations. Visitors can even order a cheese plate or a box lunch along with their wines.