Sonoma County is located north of San Francisco, CA, and has a population of nearly 490,000 residents. Santa Rosa is the county seat and the county’s largest city, with a population of about 168,000 residents. The county falls in northern California’s famous wine country region, and it is the largest producer of wines out of all the wine-producing regions, which include Napa, Mendocino, and Lake counties. Nearly 8.5 million tourists descend on the area every year, and many stop at its 400+ wineries.
1. Sonoma County Wineries
2. Farm-to-Table Cuisine
3. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
A must-see for buyers looking at Santa Rosa houses for sale lies the 805-acre Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. The reserve offers visitors a self-guided walk that lasts about an hour. The average lifespan of a giant redwood ranges from 500 to 700 years, but the oldest tree on record at this reserve is about 1,400 years old. It's a terrific way for visitors of all ages to get back to nature and disconnect from 24/7 social media.
Sonoma County’s coastline is rugged and rocky, but that shouldn’t stop nature lovers from stopping for a relaxing afternoon. Hop on the two-lane Bohemian Highway at Occidental, about 15 miles west of Santa Rosa, and take a slow drive through quaint villages and nature before you reach the Pacific Ocean in all its glory. Once there, don't miss the town and beach at vibrant Bodega Bay and nearby north and south Salmon Creek. There are many opportunities for picnicking, hiking, walking, and enjoying the sunshine.
4. The Quaint Town of Sebastopol
5. The Russian River
Guerneville has a popular holiday spot right on the Russian River, where outdoor enthusiasts can float downstream in a dingy, inner tube, or kayak. Be prepared, though; the water can be brisk, even if it's sunny outside! After your adventure, check out Main Street in Guerneville for unique galleries, gift stores, and good eats. If you really need a staycation from settling in at your dream home and the stress of moving, you can check into one of the local cabins or lodging houses to feel as if you’re far away from home with not a care in the world.
6. Bubbles at Korbel
For the last 41 years, Korbel Natural Champagne has been the bubbly beverage of choice served at all United States presidential inaugurations. It is the longest operating champagne house in the country. A delightful surprise for those used to wine tastings: Korbel offers champagne tastings! A quick visit to the tasting room will give you a complimentary tasting of up to three of the house’s champagnes; plus, there are free tours of the winery and its garden.
Local Realtors are experts in Santa Rosa houses for sale and in recommending amazing things to do in Santa Rosa. If you want recommendations for activities or if you’re ready to start exploring some properties, reach out to local agent Summer Olson Stubblefield for advice.