Nestled on 400 acres in the heart of California's wine country, Safari West is home for over 400 exotic mammals and birds. Not a zoo, not a drive-through park, it's a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature's most beautiful animals in a natural habitat. Established by Peter Lang in 1989, Safari West gained membership in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, one of only six private facilities in North America to belong to that prestigious organization. The ongoing mission of Safari West is wildlife preservation through breeding, education, research and public interaction.
Charles M. Schulz, creator of beloved Peanuts and Santa Rosa resident, is immortalized at a museum and research center that bears his name. Among the Schulz memorabilia are the animator's relocated office and a number of original creations and doodles. Make it a point to view Morphing Snoopy, a layered display that shows the transformation of Schulz's childhood dog, Spike, to the world-famous Snoopy.
The largest street fair and farmers' market in Sonoma County is held every Wednesday of the summer in downtown Santa Rosa. A wide variety of farm-fresh foods and hand-made crafts are sold during the event, and entertainers of all stripes add to the family-friendly atmosphere.
Staccatos and crescendos of perfectly orchestrated music fill the concert hall of the Santa Rosa Symphony during concert season. The works of Bartók, Brahms, Stravinsky and other masters are regulars at this venue, as are the more contemporary compositions of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Latin-inspired creations.
Located just one hour from Santa Rosa Airport, The Napa Valley Wine Train is a leisurely three-hour journey through the Napa Valley in meticulously restored vintage rail cars. It's not just a train ride, but a culinary experience as well. The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the most distinctive Napa restaurants. Choose from an excellent seasonal menu, and then enjoy the dish that was prepared to your specifications in its specially designed kitchen cars. Locally famous Executive Chef, Kelly Macdonald uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients. On board, enjoy Murder Mystery dinner theater, special wine voyages and exclusive winery tours.
Stylish, classic, and modern. Equus Restaurant and Loungebar has been transformed into an inviting, casual dining experience. Chef Doug Mahoney features a California fusion menu, which highlights local ingredients from locations such as Cypress Grove, Bellwether Farms, and Liberty Duck.
Located in the Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Monti's welcomes you with its rustic Mediterranean ambiance. In addition to different nightly specials from the large wood-fired rotisserie, including CK leg of lamb and Liberty Farms lavender roasted duck, Monti's menu offers both small and big plates that feature fresh local meats and seasonal produce. Also available are pizzas, pastas, salads and a selection of items from the raw bar. The well stocked wine cellar offers an extensive selection of wines, all available by the glass and there is a full bar. It's no surprise that this warm and inviting restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite since it opened in the summer of 2004. Patio dining is available.
A 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Top 100 Restaurant, Willi's Wine Bar's classic roadhouse appeal captures the casual, laid-back nature of Sonoma County. Tourists and locals feel equally at home enjoying a quick bite or lingering over a glass of wine. The menu at Willi's features 32 international small plates, some wildly inventive and others comfortingly familiar.
This husband and wife chef team prepares two kinds of food: rustic Northern Italian (they make their own salami, pasta, gelato) and playful Americana (they take American classics and update them with a twist). They grow up to 30 percent of their own produce and have their own chickens for the eggs for the pasta. They support local, sustainable and diverse agriculture and economy in all their purchasing choices. We make their own bacon and salami from heritage pork that is antibiotic and hormone free and free range.
The Brasserie menu is inspired by classic, French country influences that incorporate only the freshest and finest Sonoma regional products and the best of Northern California cuisine. The Brasserie is the perfect location for family dining as well as a more romantic evening out with its elegant ambiance, first class service, and impeccable cuisine. The Brasserie also offers an outdoor venue for those wishing to relax with a great meal under the stars.
Bistro 29 located in downtown Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. Bistro 29 is a traditional bistro specializing in "Breton" regional cuisine. The number 29 comes from the department of Finistere (end of the earth) located in the upper tip of north-west France. Known for the traditional buckwheat crepes and sweet crepes, Bretagne also uses a variety of local seafood and produce that can easily be found in and around northern California.
Jack and Tony's Restaurant and Whisky Bar is the most recent addition to Santa Rosa's Railroad Square Historic District. They feature modern American regional cooking and an extensive wine list focused on Sonoma County's incredible wine producers. The adjacent Whisky Bar shelves over 170 expressions of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, American and Japanese whiskies ranging from $5 to $100 and now offering tasting flights. They look forward to sharing a 'wee dram' of the 'water of life' with you!
Nestled in a picturesque vineyard setting, John Ash & Co. reflects the rich heritage and lifestyle of the region. Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt reaps the bounty of local boutique food purveyors, while being respectful of wine country inspired cuisine. The award-winning wine list features over 500 selections.
Stark's Steakhouse brings classic fare with a modern approach to downtown Santa Rosa's Old Railroad Square. The restaurant features USDA Certified Prime Black Angus grass fed beef and also features the only in-house dry-aging program in Sonoma County.