Snoopy & Charlie Brown: Explore Peanuts History in Santa Rosa With These Four Stops

Santa Rosa has become the official home of the beloved Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts, and in Sonoma County there are a bunch of fun things you can do as either a die-hard or casual fan. I would say that I have an appreciation for the characters since I grew up watching both the Christmas and Halloween special, so when I visited for a few days I set out to find some of the most popular fan spots and help others do the same. If you are a Peanuts fan or if you just want to have a fun adventure with your kids, check out this below guide.

Details

  • A whole days worth of stuff to see in Santa Rosa
  • Make sure to note the hours for the ice rink and museum

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Stop 1 – Santa Rosa Airport

If you are flying into the Santa Rosa Airport, then this will be your first stop, but even if you are not flying in here you probably still want to come up and see some of the sculptures they have. The airport itself is named after Charles M. Schulz, so it is worth the visit just for that.

The main sculpture they have is a bronze one of Linus and Charlie Brown leaning on the bench and having a conversation. You can also go into the terminal and see some of the other sculptures if you would like as well.

Stop 2 – Railroad Square

Heading out from the airport, you will want to make your way down to Railroad Square which is the old historic downtown in Santa Rosa. This is a great spot to get a coffee or a bite to eat and just walk the streets.

You can also see the original statue from the statue program here, a bronze statue of Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

As you walk around you will see more statues such as Woodstock and Lucy so be sure to continue exploring.

Stop 3 – The Museum

From here you will want to head to the museum and dive fully into the world of Peanuts. You can read an entire post I wrote about the museum here.

The museum is great, and it runs the gauntlet between being fun for adults and for children.

The highlights for me are the kite-eating tree out back and the comic mosaic wall in the lobby. I would recommend at least an hour to experience it all.

Stop 3 – The Ice Skating Rink

Right across the street from the museum is Snoopy’s Home Ice. This skating rink was created by Charles Schulz himself and it is still a huge attraction to this day.

Grab some skates and head out on the ice to get the full experience. Read more about it here.

If ice skating isn’t your thing, then head to the Warm Puppy Cafe and get a Beagle Burger or a Rice Krispy treat of one of the characters.

Be sure also to check out the table that Mr. Schulz used to sit at and that is now permanently reserved for him.

Out in front of the ice rink is a bunch of signed cement slabs from people who have played here or were friends of Mr. Schulz. The highlight through is Charles Schulz own signed concrete block, complete with a small drawing in it.

Stop 4 – The Gift Shop

After visiting the ice rink, cross the next street and head to the gift shop.

This is the spot for all things Peanuts, including your own Charlie Brown T-shirt.

On the second floor of the gift shop, there is another small exhibit with lots of different pieces from Peanuts history.

I enjoyed exploring this area as there were some fun sculptures on the walk up and a chronological exploration through the history of Peanuts on the back wall.

Stop 5 – Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa

After leaving the gift shop head over to the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa. This hotel is the largest holder of these statues, and they currently have eight throughout the property.

There are three just in the lobby, so at least walk in and check those out.

Also, if you are looking for a place to stay, read my review of the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa which was a fun property that I stayed at.

This completes my time exploring Peanuts history in Santa Rosa. Check out the video I made on it here and be sure to leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Snoopy’s Home Ice Skating Rink & Warm Puppy Cafe in Santa Rosa

Also known as the Redwood Empire Ice Rink, Snoopy’s Home Ice has become a go-to spot for all Peanuts fans. Located in the heart of the Peanut’s Complex in Santa Rosa, this ice rink has a great history that is still living on to the day. The arena, opened in 1969 by Charles M. Schulz, has been a fun spot for families for over a half century, here is all the information so you can check it out yourself.

Details

  • Cost: $9.50 + $3.50 for skate rental (Dec 2016)
  • Location: 1667 W Steele Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Getting There

Heading North on Highway 101 you will get off on Steele Ln/Guerneville Rd. Head left then keep right to stay on Steele Ln. The museum and ice rink are about a quarter of a mile down on the right. There is a bunch of parking available in the attached lots.

The Exterior

Upon arriving, be sure to browse the outside first. In the cement around the exterior are famous signatures of athletes, actors, and musicians, with a Charles M. Schulz signature and drawing prominently displayed in the front.

There are also a few sculptures out here as well from the sculpture program and a Snoopy-shaped plant.

The Ice Rink

Heading inside you will be greeted by the skating check in, where you can pay your fee and grab your skates. It feels old in the ice rink but in a cool vintage way.

Next, you can hit the ice and skate to your heart’s content. The rink is much bigger than I anticipated it being and it can hold a lot of people.

When you finish skating, be sure to head into the Warm Puppy Cafe.

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The cafe is home to some fun Peanut’s inspired dishes, such as the Beagle Burger and Rice Krispy treats in the shape of Peanuts characters.

Also, be sure to see the table by the window, which is where Charles M. Schulz sat every day to work on the strip and to have breakfast. It is now permanently reserved for him.

Lastly, visit the museum and the gift shop before leaving the complex as they are both close by. All in all, Snoopy’s Home Ice is a great place for the whole family while in Santa Rosa. Be sure to check it out if you are in the area and let me know what you think in the comments.

Vignette Pizzeria in Sebastopol: Fantastic Wood Fired Pizza

Located in the outdoor shopping area known as The Barlow in Sebastopol, Vignette Pizzeria is a big foodie standout for me in terms of quality and unique preparation for something as ordinary as pizza. The menu here is created by Chef Mark Hopper, who worked under famed Chef Thomas Keller (French Laundry) and the work shines through in the curation / preparation of these fantastic pizzas. Here is all the information so you can check it out yourself, but I highly recommend you add it to your list.

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Details

  • Cost: $15-$20
  • Location: 6750 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472
  • Recommendation: The Red Eye Pizza and the Peperoni Cruschi

Getting There

Vignette Pizzeria is right in the middle of The Barlow, across the street from Crooked Goat Brewery. It is hard to miss as you drive into the complex and there is parking along the street.

The Restaurant

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Vignette Pizzeria is in an industrial building with lots of metal tones, an authentic Italian pizza oven in the middle and walls that roll up to let the fresh air in.

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I loved being able to sit at the tables inside but still have the breeze blowing through while we ate.

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Chef Mark was there when we went and he was very friendly, telling us all about the pizzas and what he was trying to do with the spot. I loved talking with him as you quickly saw his passion for creating amazing food.

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Here is what we ordered:

Peperoni Cruschi

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Flash fried sweet peppers that form a makeshift chip and are light and crunchy. The flavor is a little bitter and a little sweet, and it is topped with sea salt and olive oil. It sounds strange, but it’s exceptional. In its basic form, it is like a sweet and smokey pepper potato chip. It might seem strange to you but I would recommend going out of your comfort zone and giving it a try, my wife and I finished the whole bowl.

Broccoli and Burrata Pizza

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This is a fantastic pizza that is light yet full of flavor. The Burrata is smooth and creamy while adding to the taste without overpowering it. The flavor of the black olives and the broccoli come through well and add the fresh kick to the pizza. The dough is the standout here though as it is never frozen, hand tossed and cooked to perfection.

The Red Eye

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I honestly don’t know how this pizza could be better. It is probably one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten. Forgoing the traditional sauce, this pizza has an egg base with two kinds of cheese on top. Once cooked, prosciutto is added, and a chili oil pesto sauce is on the side. The sauce is spicy, but it’s a great addition to the dish in moderation. The light eggs, salty prosciutto, and the savory sauce are a perfect combination.

Vignette Pizzeria is what most other pizza places should aspire to be. I was incredibly impressed with my meal from beginning to end, and when I am in the area again, I won’t hesitate to visit this great little spot. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar Restaurant in Santa Rosa

Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar Restaurant in Santa Rosa has become a local favorite over the years with their unique rotisserie style preparation to their food. Each day there is a different meat slowly roasting on the spit in the middle of the restaurant. This style is not one you often see and because of that, it has become a go too for carnivores in Sonoma County. Tucked away in the main shopping center for the town of Santa Rosa, Monti’s is a great place for a nice meal, here is all the information.

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Details

  • Cost: $20-30
  • Location: 714 Village Ct, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
  • Recommendation: Arctic Char (fish), the meat of the day or the Calamari.

Getting There

After getting on Highway 12 East from Highway 101, you will take it till it ends and then turn left on Famers Ln. The shopping center that Monti’s is in is on the corner of Farmers Ln and Sonoma Ave. After parking, you will walk through the shopping center to get to Monti’s. It is located on the corner, right next to a large metal bear.

The Restaurant

The restaurant itself is open and inviting with a very warm feel to it. I appreciated that the dining area was large so that you were able to have a more private meal while at the restaurant. Be sure to walk by the fire and see the meat rotating on the spit inside when you come.

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The menu itself has a crazy amount of options to choose from that run the gauntlet between many styles of food. I was not sure where to go, so our waitress made some recommendations for us that gave us a taste of many of the different styles they had. I went on a night where the meat roasting was goat, and that is not something I enjoy, so here is what I ordered instead.

Crab Deviled Eggs

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Loaded with crab which adds a unique taste to the typical dish. It was good, but I was not as blown away as I expected to be.

Calamari

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I was told this is the best in town and it seems like true claim to me. The calamari was fresh and had an excellent crispy crust. It came with a lemon aioli and a few peppers on top to eat as well. This is a good sharing appetizer for the table. They even deep fried lemon slices in the mix with the calamari and it was fun tart taste to go with the fried food.

Crab and Cauliflower Brandade

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I would describe this dish as a rich and delicious cheese / crab sauce that is full of flavor. It comes out hot and is served with baguette. The subtle cauliflower helps to mellow the richness of the cheese, which lets the delicate crab flavor come out. You can tell the crab is fresh and that is what pushes the dish over the edge. Both my wife and I were impressed.

Artic Char

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Prepared medium rare, the fish is flaky and practically melts in your mouth. It is pan roasted so the skin has a nice char to it and served with a fantastic side of honey ginger carrots. The fish sits on a bed of quinoa flavored with mint and butter to finish off the dish. I shared it with my wife and it was a really good entree. The fish itself is a mix between a trout and a salmon but it leans more towards salmon to me.

Brussels Sprouts

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Served with chorizo, pearl onions, apples and blue cheese, it is a Brussels sprout dish with a lot going on. I really liked getting a little bit of everything in a bite as the sweet, spicy and savory created a huge flavor. It is different than most ways I have seen brussels sprouts prepared but in a good way.

Overall, this was a nice, relaxed meal in Santa Rosa. I can see why Monti’s has became such a popular spot in the city now, and I recommend you give it a try if you are in the area. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Disclosure: This meal was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Belly Left Coast Kitchen & Taproom in Santa Rosa

While staying in Santa Rosa, there is no shortage of great places to eat at, but if you are looking for a fun atmosphere with good, upscale pub food then look no further then Belly Left Coast Kitchen.  At only a few blocks from Russian River Brewery, you can come over here for dinner then head there for a drink. Here is all the information so you can check it out for yourself.

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Details:

  • Cost: $10 – $20
  • Location: 523 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
  • Recommendations: Cheese board, fish tacos

Getting There

After getting off Highway 101 at 3rd St, you will make your way up to B St and then onto 4th St. The restaurant is on 4th St on the left after you turn. There is parking along the street and in a few lots around the downtown.

The Restaurant

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Belly consists of one large dining room with overflow tables on the patio. During the warm summer months, the front of the restaurant can open up so that the fresh air flows through as well. It is well lit with lots of wood tones, and there are a bunch of TV’s with whatever game you want to watch on them.

The food runs the gauntlet between pub standards like fish tacos to fine dining staples like cheese and charcuterie boards. It was overwhelming with all of the good options they had, here is what we ordered.

Burrata Cheese Board

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This is one of those dishes that comes out and everyone around you is jealous of what you got. It has three meats and three cheeses which makes it a perfect dish to share.  There is also an olive tapenade and a few different mustards to mix in with the cheese and meat. The cheeses ours came with were particularly good. The two goat cheeses (the highlight was the blueberry goat cheese) were a great addition to the smooth Burrata. This is a lot of food so you want a couple people to help you with it.

Pork Belly

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This dish has a generous portion of perfectly cooked pork belly. It is smothered in hoisin sauce which is a great sweet addition to the salty meat. The pork belly is so thick you have to cut it with a knife, and it is served grilled veggies around the side. I especially liked the Brussels Spouts.

Surf and Turf Fish Tacos

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The tacos have a fresh and tender mahi mahi, served with bacon and a crunchy mango salsa. The tortilla itself is grilled to an almost crunch and it is the perfect holder for the fish. Add to that the guacamole bacon, and the salsa and you have a really good taco. This was one of the highlights of the meal and I highly recommend it.

Dessert

We tried all three desserts, and here is what we thought of them.

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Butterfinger S’more

Super rich but increadibly tasty. The marshmallows are baked in the oven till they grow then brunt on top. Add to that crushed butterfinger, chocolate and caramel on top and it is one decadent dessert. They serve it with graham cracker on the side so you can dip it in. Spun caramel is stuck on the top to complete the dish.

Creme Brulee

A nice, light Creme brulee with a lot of flavor and not too rich. They put a few pieces of fruit on top which is a fresh addition. I’m not a huge Creme brulee fan but I liked it here.

Gingersnap Pumpkin Mousse

This mouse tastes like a deconstructed pumpkin pie. It is light and airy with a great pumpkin flavor and light ginger. I was not a huge fan because I am not much of a pumpkin person but my wife devoured it.

Overall, Belly is a great spot for a meal in Santa Rosa. I was impressed with the food and the service from our server Lincoln. Be sure to check it out if you are in the area and let me know what you think in the comments.

Bistro 29: French Inspried Food at one of Santa Rosa’s Best Restaurants

As far as fine dining goes in Santa Rosa, it is hard to beat the amazing Bistro 29. Located right in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa, this upscale French-inspired eatery has a quaint, warm atmosphere and it serves fantastic food ranging from mussels and buckwheat crepes to pork belly and scallops. Be sure to grab a reservation next time you are in the area and read all about it below.

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Details

  • Cost: $20-$30
  • Location: 620 5th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • Recommendations: Mussels, Sticky Fig Cake

Getting There

Bistro 29 is located on 5th St in downtown Santa Rosa. It is only a few blocks from the famous Russian River Brewery, and there is parking along the street and in designated parking lots for the downtown businesses.

The Restaurant

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The restaurant itself is relatively easy to walk by as it blends in with the surrounding buildings. There is a large window though that lets you peak into the main dining area and marvel at the dishes. The small one room building seats about 15 parties and we got a seat next to the window after making a reservation.

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The menu has a lot of options, and it can be a little overwhelming when you first sit down. Our waitress was great providing recommendations, letting us know when we ordered too much and helping pair wines with the dishes we selected. It was an excellent experience from start to finish.

Here is what we got:

Mussels

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The mussels here are prepared four different ways, and they are always trying to think of more. I chose the Pernod cream way which came with a shallots garlic and cream sauce. The portion of mussels was very generous, and it was flavored well. The sauce is savory and the light garlic and shallots swimming in it continue to flavor it as you eat. The garbanzo bean Panisse Frites on top were a standout as well, as they were almost like a homemade crouton or a high-class French Fry which was fantastic. This is a great appetizer for two people to share, it has a ton of flavor without being too filling.

Wild Arugula and Fig Salad

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A fantastic salad that gets better as you eat it. The fresh arugula pairs well with the strong blue cheese and the sweet fig. It’s a nice way to start the meal as the flavors have than out and compliment each other. I love when a salad starts the meal on a high note as this one did.

Pork Belly

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It’s hard to beat pork belly for me, and this dish was no exception. The pork belly practically melts in your mouth as you eat it. It is not prepared the typical way, which is a more seared selection of meat, this is more of a pot roast style, and it is fantastic. It is served on a bed of roasted pumpkins and local figs which add a unique taste to the meat. I especially like the way they prepared the pumpkin as it is much different than I would expeted and it accentuates the savory and salty meat well.

Seafood a la Armoricaine

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This dish features seared scallops with clams, calamari, and prawns cooked in a lobster cognac sauce with potatoes and caramelized cauliflower. The sauce is sweet, and it pairs well with the seafood. It is more of a reduction then the stew type sauce you would expect with this dish. The potatoes and cauliflower are a nice little break from the seafood, and it helps to neutralize the palette as you continue to eat. Often a stew dish like this is not prepared in a way that lets you taste the individual differences between the seafood as you eat but this was not the case for this one. My wife was very happy with her choice.

Sticky Fig Toffee Cake

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Light and airy cake with a toffee sauce and fig compote on top. I love fig already, so I was in love with this. It’s sweet but not rich like chocolate cake is. It was the perfect way to end a fantastic meal, especially when you used the cake to soak up the decadent caramel sauce.

All in all Bistro 29 is probably the best meal I had in Santa Rosa, make sure it’s on your list and let me know what you think in the comments.

Disclosure: This meal was provided for me, but all opinions are my own.

Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa

When I travel, I always look for unique hotels to try during my stay. So during my recent trip to Santa Rosa, I chose to stay at the historic and mid-century modern spot known as the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa. With a history that includes being a playground for celebrities in the mid-1900’s, and as the largest holder of Peanuts states (8) in Santa Rosa, the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa is a fun and well-priced place to stay in Sonoma County.

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Details

  • Book Here
  • Location: 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Getting There

After getting off Highway 101 on 3rd St, you will want to make your way to 4th St. The Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa is on the corner of 4th St and Farmers Lane. You can’t miss it as there is a large neon flamingo sign that beckons you in.

The Hotel

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The hotel is in the shape of a circle, with rooms in different buildings around the circle and a big pool in the center.

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I really liked that they had enclosed breezeways that you could walk through to get to each part of the hotel. It was a nice touch, especially on cold winter nights.

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The lobby of the hotel has images of famous Hollywood actors hanging out by the pool in the 50’s and 60’s, as well as a newspaper article from when the hotel opened. It was only $8 to stay!

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The hotel lobby also has a couple of Peanuts sculptures since the home base of Peanuts is in Santa Rosa (read more about that here). It is fun to see the sculptures and exploring Peanuts history in Santa Rosa is an excellent way to spend a day.

The Rooms

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The hotel just went through a massive multi-million dollar renovation, and you can see that come through in the rooms.

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I had a corner room, and it was awesome. The room featured a large living area with a couch and TV.

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There was a smaller room connected to it with the King sized bed and the attached bathroom.

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There was also a nice patio that overlooked the pool and the center area of the hotel. The hotel has a fantastic health club that you can use as well, which has weight rooms, yoga classes and a lap pool for swimming.

All in all, I was impressed with my choice of the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa while in Santa Rosa. It was a great jumping off the point for Sonoma County, and I recommend you give it a try if you are in the area.

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa

When I travel, I always look for unique hotels to try during my stay. So during my recent trip to Santa Rosa, I chose to stay at the historic and mid-century modern spot known as the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa. With a history that includes being a playground for celebrities in the mid-1900’s, and as the largest holder of Peanuts states (8) in Santa Rosa, the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa is a fun and well-priced place to stay in Sonoma County.

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Details

  • Book Here
  • Location: 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Getting There

After getting off Highway 101 on 3rd St, you will want to make your way to 4th St. The Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa is on the corner of 4th St and Farmers Lane. You can’t miss it as there is a large neon flamingo sign that beckons you in.

The Hotel

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The hotel is in the shape of a circle, with rooms in different buildings around the circle and a big pool in the center.

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I really liked that they had enclosed breezeways that you could walk through to get to each part of the hotel. It was a nice touch, especially on cold winter nights.

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The lobby of the hotel has images of famous Hollywood actors hanging out by the pool in the 50’s and 60’s, as well as a newspaper article from when the hotel opened. It was only $8 to stay!

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The hotel lobby also has a couple of Peanuts sculptures since the home base of Peanuts is in Santa Rosa (read more about that here). It is fun to see the sculptures and exploring Peanuts history in Santa Rosa is an excellent way to spend a day.

The Rooms

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The hotel just went through a massive multi-million dollar renovation, and you can see that come through in the rooms.

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I had a corner room, and it was awesome. The room featured a large living area with a couch and TV.

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There was a smaller room connected to it with the King sized bed and the attached bathroom.

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There was also a nice patio that overlooked the pool and the center area of the hotel. The hotel has a fantastic health club that you can use as well, which has weight rooms, yoga classes and a lap pool for swimming.

All in all, I was impressed with my choice of the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa while in Santa Rosa. It was a great jumping off the point for Sonoma County, and I recommend you give it a try if you are in the area.

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Dierk’s Parkside Cafe In Santa Rosa

If you ask the locals where the best food in Santa Rosa is for brunch, you will no doubt here Dierk’s Parkside Cafe rank among the top. This much-loved diner is hard to beat as it takes the traditional diner options and gives them a much-needed upgrade, duck confit hash anyone? I went on my way out of town and was pleasantly surprised by the service, food, and atmosphere. Check out on the information below.

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Details

  • Cost: $8 – $12
  • Location: 404 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • Recommendations: Grandma Dierks Pull apart, any of the hash

Getting There

Dierk’s Parkside Cafe is located on Santa Rosa Ave, close to Julliard Park. It is in a small business area with a few other shops next to it. There are a couple of parking spots in front or you can park along the street.

The Restaurant

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The restaurant looks just like a typical diner from the outside, and it is one of those places that you might pass right by if you didn’t know how good it was. The inside features three rooms and a small bar, and it will usually have at least a few locals enjoying the food while you are there.

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After sitting down with the menu, we asked for recommendations from the waitress and here is what we ordered.

Grandma Dierk’s Pull-Apart

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You must get this; it is perfection. I would describe it as a mix between a churro, donut, and a funnel cake. It is covered in sugar and practically melts in your mouth, don’t leave without trying it.

Corn Beef Hash

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As their most popular dish, the Corn Beef Hash comes with a generous portion of corn beef on the bottom, and a layer of hash browns, cheese and two eggs on top. It’s pretty heavy, but it has a great flavor. I was impressed with how much meat they gave you on a dish like this.

Huevos Rancheros

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Two layers of crunchy tortillas with beans and eggs cooked to your liking on top. It comes with two different salsa to try, and each has a unique flavor without being too spicy. It’s a more fresh take on the traditional dish instead of being rich and heavy.

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If you are looking for an excellent and well-priced meal in Santa Rosa, then be sure to give Dierk’s a try. Even if you only stop for the pull apart, it is still worthy of your time. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Ziplining in the Redwoods with Sonoma Canopy Tours

When you are in Santa Rosa, and you hear about a zip lining course that takes you through a redwood forest you can help but do it, right? My wife and I took the 40-minute drive from our hotel in Santa Rosa on an early fall morning and got there just in time for our 2.5-hour adventure on the classic course. It was a ton of fun and a top notch organization, here is all the information so you can do it yourself.

Details

  • Book Here (in advance)
  • Takes about 2.5 hours
  • 250-pound weight limit
  • Location: 6250 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, CA 95465

Getting There

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The tour area is located off Bohemian Highway in the town of Occidental. When you book a tour, they will send you directions as they recommend you do not use Google Maps.

The Tour

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After checking in for our tour in the parking lot, we waited for the truck used to shuttle our group up to the tour area. When we got off the shuttle they have a store, bathrooms and a lot of plaques with information about the course and the forest. The rest of our group (7 people) arrived shortly after and our guides Nick and Shaina got us into our harnesses and gloves.

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There is a short practice zip here that everyone has to go on. This 15-foot zip gets you used to the way you will be breaking and what it is like if you don’t make it fully to the end of the zip line while up on the course. I appreciated this as it was a good way to get accustomed to the feel of the zip before being high in the air.

The Course

After loading up in another truck, we made it to the top of the area where we were to start our course.

The first few zips are relatively short and they get you accustomed to the process you will be taking. This course has seven zips, most getting progressively longer as you proceed.

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The second and third zips take you into small platforms that are high off the ground, and that sway a little making them pretty scary if you don’t like heights.

The fourth is longest of the course, and you can’t even see the end from where you start; it is awesome. You go fast on this zip and it’s a total rush.

The zips continue along like this until you get to the photo zip. This small zip line takes your photo so you can pose like Amie did in the below photo.

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From here you will head up the hanging spiral staircase which is a unique addition to the course.

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Once you get to the top, you will start one of two sky bridges. Both of these bridges are a lot of fun, and they both give you a little rush as then bend and move when you walk across them.

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They are not too scary though and you can hold on the entire time.

Upon reaching the end of the bridges, you will be at the last zip line which takes you to the scariest part of the course, the rappel.

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The rappel is from a platform about 60 feet in the air; it is an automated rappel though so you just have to get over the edge, and it lowers you down. I found it to be nerve racking as I approached it, then totally fine as I was being lowered down. Once you make it to the flat ground again, you will be able to breathe a sigh of relief and ride out the high you feel from the zip line course.

All in all, this is a fantastic way to spend an adventurous half day in the Santa Rosa area, and I highly recommend you give it a try. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, but all opinions are my own.