Santa Rosa: is the long-time home of Charles Schulz the creator of the “Peanuts” cartoon series. There is an excellent museum to his life and works, as well as as one of the few N. California Ice Rinks. Luther Burbank is another well-known resident who lived around 1900 and developed many of the hybrid plants we now take for granted, for example the Russet potato and the Santa Rosa plum. Visit his home and gardens (open all year) and his exhibition farm in Sebastopol every Wednesday. Safari West offers an interesting “wild kingdom basis”.
Sonoma: is the historic original capital of the Californian Bear Flag Republic, founded briekly in 1848 in advance of California’s accession as the 31st state in the Union in 1851. The historic plaza still basks in sunshine and its armory and Mission San Francisco offer a State Historic Park with docent-led tours. Wineries and winetasting abound of course, both along Sooma Valley and further down into the Carneros appellation where the cool air from San Carlos Bay mixes with the wwarm inland heat to grow champagne-style wines.
Healdsburg:Originally a farm community, Healdsburg has developed over the last 20 years into a bustling tourist destination with shops and dining
Napa: forms a 25 mile long valley extending from NW (at Calistoga) down to the SE (at Napa City). No part of it or its well-known vineyards is more than 40 minutes away from our Inn.