The Dalia Lama is noted for saying “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”. That “somewhere” can simply be a change of virtual scenery, too. Thanks to the fun folks in California, you can enjoy a virtual visit to Santa Rosa right now.
Truly excited to share this with you as there’s no much to virtually see and do, it will keep your wanderlust at bay all weekend long!
Many thanks to the folks at Visit Santa Rosa for sending this much needed bit of fun our way. When it is time to start planning your visit, explore the happening hub with 30-Things To Do When You Visit.
Your Relief for Cabin Fever has Arrived!
We all look forward to the day when we’ll be able to pack our suitcases and travel again. In the meantime, Visit Santa Rosa has served up some engaging ideas about how to satisfy your wanderlust while providing inspiration for future travel to Santa Rosa at the same time.
Here are 30 Things to Do Now – Virtually…
Virtual (Wine Tasting) Vistas
Until you can visit Santa Rosa, uncork a bottle of Sonoma County Wine, pour yourself a glass, sit back and let your imagination be your guide. We promise that our views are even better in person. Go to our Virtual Vistas page.
Get Creative with LBC!
Every day at 1:00 pm the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts will release a daily video and classes on their Facebook page. You and your family can see, learn, and create art projects right in your very own home. Make sure to also checkout Drop the Mic and Luther Locals sure to keep you entertained.
On Cloud Wine
KJ is using its Facebook page to offer virtual wine tastings with its winemaster, Randy Ullom.
Pro Tip: Be sure to visit the Kendall-Jackson Winery website and check out the fascinating history of the winery.
Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary
Join Charlie’s Acres Farm Sanctuary on Facebook Live for their Virtual Tour series. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm, they’ll introduce you to some of the rescued animal residents of Charlie’s Acres and share their stories.
Cook a Farm to Table Meal
Who’s says you can’t be a top chef! Time to put your skills to the test with kitchen recipes from some of Sonoma County’s best and brightest from Santa Rosa, the culinary epicenter of California: Executive Chef Tom Schmidt of John Ash & Co., and Rock Star Chef to the Stars, Gray Rollin of Belly Left Coast Kitchen & Taproom.
Take Care of Your Teeth
Are you brushing your teeth like Waldie the White Rhino? Check out this “wild” video from our friends Safari West.
Dude! Live Surf Cam
Check out the gnarly waves at one of the best beaches in Sonoma County: Doran Beach in Bodega Bay.
One Hot Potato
Where Is Your Favorite LOVE Sign?
Ours is located at Paradise Ridge Winery: Next time you’re in Santa Rosa visit the winery, snap a photo at the sign, take in the sweeping views of Santa Rosa, and while you’re at Paradise Ridge take a stroll through the unique outdoor art gallery that is Marijke’s Grove (sort of a cross between Burning Man and the Wine Country).
Where Wine Country Meets Beer City
Even in these challenging times you still enjoy Santa Rosa’s world-class craft beer scene by ordering online or calling ahead (most breweries offer curbside service). Find your local favorites, or some of our favorites when you visit Santa Rosa: Russian River Brewing Company (Santa Rosa), Third Street Aleworks, or 3 Disciples Brewing in downtown Santa Rosa.
Pop some Popcorn and Get Ready to Binge
Watch a movie filmed in Sonoma County: So many classic Hollywood movies to choose from! They include American Graffiti, The Birds, Shadow of a Doubt, Peggy Sue Got Married, Pollyanna, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Scream, just to name a few.
Walk Among the GIANTS
Imagine sidling up to the Parson Jones Tree, a giant California Coastal Redwood estimated to over 300 feet tall, or the Colonel Armstrong Tree is the oldest tree in the grove, estimated to be over 1400 years old. Start planning your visit to Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve to hike, horseback ride, and picnic among Sonoma County’s amazing giant coastal redwoods.
Pro Tip: Before arriving at Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve, stop by Korbel Champagne Cellars fabulous delicatessen and market, pick up boxed lunches to go, find your picnic bench and enjoy Sonoma County’s amazing the redwood forest.
Light the Candles
Bring home the feel of an intimate French café with a dinner from Bib Gourmand-rated restaurant, Bistro 29 or order take out from your favorite local Parisian restaurant and have a romantic dinner with someone you love.
Spring in Bloom
Glorious fields of wildflowers are in bloom in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Have a field of spring flowers you would like to share? Post your photo to our Instagram page and tag it with #VisitSantaRosa. And remember to include your name, where you live, and where you snapped your masterpiece!
Bring a picnic with you! Pick up your favorite local lunch and have fun with the family. When in Santa Rosa one great option is Wilibees, Santa Rosa. Salads, sandwiches, and not to mention an amazing selection of adult libations.
It’s Positively Engaging
Visit the Museum of Sonoma County’s Engagement Series of activities, including a cool virtual escape room.
Virtual Swirl and Sip Wine Tasting with Landmark Vineyards
The tasting room team at Landmark can help you create a unique tasting room experience by scheduling one of their new, daily interactive virtual tastings upon request. They will take care of the details, so you can sip through a tasting experience from the comfort of your own home. You can either reach into your cellar or allow the Landmark team to craft a custom flight for a future tasting.
Are you up for a Downward Dog?
Yoga: it’s good for your body, good for your soul. Join Soul Yoga & Wellness for virtual yoga classes through May 1st.
Hike the Mayacamas Mountains
Hike (virtually) through the Mayacamas Mountains in beautiful Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood. To get you in the mood, before you start your hike check out this highlight reel featuring the creatures of Sugarloaf Ridge.
Broadway Under the Sonoma County Stars!
Watch this preview of the amazing Transcendence Theatre and experience an extraordinary Broadway show at the one.
Pro Tip: Take in the flora and fauna of Jack London Park Historic State Park is this virtual video tour.
Before you come to enjoy Sonoma County’ finest, Francis Ford Coppola Winery offers several short educational wine videos, including wine tasting tips with associate winemaker, Francoise Cordesse, as well as wine hacks that include how to decode a wine label at the grocery store and a fun feature called “What’s in My Wine?”
Hang on Snoopy!
Use this downtime to learn how to draw. Attend internationally syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos’s free online cartooning classes for students of all ages. Joe has a longstanding relationship with the Schulz Museum and has a strong connection with the work of Charles Schulz. Visit Charles M. Schulz Museum to start planning your visit Charles M. Schulz Museum.
Agrarian Society for $1000, Alex
Sonoma County farmers, ranchers, producers, and purveyors are a vital part of our community. You can support the local agriculture industry while nourishing yourself and your family by purchasing goods from Year-Around Certified Farmers Markets or stop by one of yours in your neck of the woods.
Keep the Kids Busy
An amazing attraction to visit when planning your visit to Santa Rosa, the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County features some great activities for the kiddos.
Adults Can Color Too!
Pour a glass of wine and get your Crayons out; Kendall-Jackson offers printable wine coloring pages (below.) Trust us on this one, the wine really helps.
All I Want to Do is Dream
You don’t need Tony Robbins for motivation! Instead, create a vision travel board with images of your upcoming dream vacation to Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Just go to Google Images, type “Santa Rosa” hit print, and get those scissors and glue going. That’ll be all the motivation you need to start dreaming. We promise that when you arrive, you’ll soon realize you’re going to need more days.
Pro Tip: When the time to travel comes again (and it will), let this video from our friend, the Travel Detective, Peter Greenberg show you how to live like a local in Santa Rosa.
Front Door Delivery
The Internet is a wonderful thing; ship a piece of authentic Santa Rosa and Sonoma County to you from Made Local Marketplace, Ledson Winery, and Penzey’s Spices. The good news is there’s lots more to discover when you visit Santa Rosa.
Pro Tip: Did you think we forgot about dessert? Well, “Hello Sugar” – Order cupcakes online from Sift Dessert Bar, winner of the Food Network’s ultra-popular baking competition, Cupcake Wars. Sweet relief is just a click away.
On That Note…
Billy Joel said: “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” It is, for this reason, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University has served up a broad cross-section of recently recorded videos from the artists who have appeared at the Center who truly move and inspire an audience. And when you visit Santa Rosa, be sure to take in a show at our local world-class performing arts center that is the Green Music Center.
Can You Picture This?
Explore Santa Rosa’s lively, vibrant arts community by following the Art Trails 2020. Celebrating its 36th year, Art Trails is the oldest juried open studio tour in the country.
Pro Tip: Check out a selection of the current work of our local artists on display at J. Gallery in downtown Santa Rosa and plan a trip for the open studio event during Art Trails.
The Road Less Traveled
Take a tour of your home and be sure to stop in these exotic destinations: KitchenWood, FamilyBerg, Livingdale, Balcony Bay, Santa Bedroom, and Dining Valley…then Visit Santa Rosa.