Vacationing to Santa Rosa area

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  1. Ladhilbluesband

    Ladhilbluesband Member

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    The misses and I will be in Santa Rosa for 6 days starting next week.

    I don't know how many Santa Rosa locals there are here on the board but I'd like some recommendations for some fun things to check out. We'll primarily be doing wine tasting and I have most of that lined up but what about:

    Golfing
    Any bars to check out with music
    Outdoor stuff/tours
    Food places or markets

    Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Hack Prophet

    Hack Prophet vile mighty wretched

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    Spend at least a day checking out Healdsburg. Theres a shop that will rent you bikes and you can spend a day touring vineyards by bike.
     
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    ChazMania Silver Supporting Member

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    Russian River brewing. Some of the best beer in America.
     
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    Food places...

    Dry Creek Kitchen
    Farmhouse Inn Restaurant
    Sante
    Scopa

    Been a few years since I was there but these should still be strong recs. Sadly Cyrus is gone.
     
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    sfarnell Gold Supporting Member

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    Here are some local publications for you to search for what's happening in town while you're here:

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/

    http://www.bohemian.com/

    I'd hit Healdsburg for wine and food, follow the Russian River out to the coast, hang in Bodega Bay and watch some whales, head back through Valley Ford (where Tom Waits lives) and then to Petaluma and back to Santa Rosa. There are wineries along the way and a lot of fantastic places to eat. Try the Rivers End in Jenner for lunch or dinner. It's where I got married and is one of my go to places when I have visitors in town.

    Other restaurants on the suggested course:
    The Farmhouse Inn - between Forestville and Guerneville
    Terrapin Creek - Bodega Bay
    Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar in Headlsburg. This place is a blast.

    If you are a carnivore and love a good steak, try Starks Steakhouse in Santa Rosa.
     
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  6. James_E

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    Mesa/Boogie in Petaluma.. go harass them :)
     
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  7. Matt McGriff

    Matt McGriff Member

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    Absolutely agree. Some good beer,and I recommend going beyond just Pliny.
     
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    Head over to 1 and go south by Tomales bay, get a fat sack of oysters, then grab some bevereges and enjoy it all on the beach at Drakes bay or Point Reyes seashore. Can do it all in flip flops.
     
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  9. mapleneck72

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    For more casual dining -
    BBQ: Kinsmoke in Healdsburg has legit brisket

    Breakfast/brunch:
    Dierk's Parkside Cafe
    Jeffrey's Hillside Cafe
    Spinster Sisters
    Willowwood in Graton
    Zazu at the Barlow in Sebastopol - maybe you'll see Les Claypool or Peter Krause shopping at the market.

    Pizza: Rosso Pizzeria

    Bottle Barn is worth a visit

    Russian River brewpub is a zoo these days. Cooperage Brewing is the new brewery in town making hoppy beers at the same level.

    You can take a beautiful drive on River Road out to Armstrong Redwoods, hit Flavors Unlimited ice cream in Guerneville, and Goat Rock State Beach.
     
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  10. Ladhilbluesband

    Ladhilbluesband Member

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    Thank you very much everyone! Love the recommendations!

    Any golf course recommendations?
     

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