Santa Rosa California
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Visit Santa Rosa for California's premier wineries
Santa Rosa, the largest city in Sonoma County is nestled in the center of famous Sonoma Wine Country. This warm and friendly city, an urban blend of art and culture, food, wine and recreation, is the perfect location for families and all travelers to stay for a relaxing and adventurous vacation. It is also a fabulous location for meetings and conventions.
Santa Rosa is the Sonoma County Seat and site of county administrative offices as well as a number of regional State and Federal offices. Now high-technology manufacturing, retailing and services dominate a center of trade for Northern California, Santa Rosa's economic base. Sonoma County has become one of the most important wine regions in the world and is highly tourist oriented. Some interesting facts about Santa Rosa California
- Luther Burbank, one of the most famous people of the 19th Century, called his home Santa Rosa 'the chosen spot of all the earth.'
- Charlie Brown lived in Santa Rosa. Charles M. Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon strip, lived and worked in Santa Rosa his entire life.
- Santa Rosa has had a long time profitable relationship with the film industry. Hitchcock thriller 'Shadow of a doubt' was filmed in Santa Rosa, and won best original screenplay in 1943. Other films in Santa Rosa include Peggy Sue Got Married and Pollyanna.
- The LBC is the largest community-supported non-profit performing and contemporary arts center in the North Bay region. It receives no Federal or State funds, and is instead supported by individual contributions.
- The city has one of the largest city fleets in the state using clean burning alternative fuels. Currently there are more than 50 pieces of equipment using electricity, compressed natural gas or propane.
- The Santa Rosa Junior College was recently noted one of the top 10 Junior Colleges in the United States.
- There are 191 wineries in Sonoma County and Santa Rosa is home to 7 of these wineries.
- In the year 2000 Sonoma County had 5.9 million visitors. Each day visitors to this area spend a little over $2.5 million.
- Jesse Peter Native American Museum honors the cultural and artistic contributions of Native American artists; the permanent collection includes photographs, basketry, beadwork, pottery, sculpture, and replicas of building sites. Free admission. Hours vary daily, call before visiting. For more information, call: 707-527-4479
- At the Howarth Park, canopies of oak and eucalyptus create an ideal picnic or BBQ venue. Lake Ralphine boasts fishing, sailing and duck-feeding, while the park is perfect for walking, jogging, tennis or just relaxing. Carousel and train rides are open during the summer months. For more information, call 707-543-3282
- Luther Burbank Home & Gardens has original furnishings and memorabilia of famed horticulturist Luther Burbank are on display April through October. Docent-led tours through the historic home are held every half hour for a nominal fee. Call for hours. The gardens are open year-round and admission is free.