If you live in Santa Rosa and haven’t had visitors yet, just wait; you will. We here at OutThereSR have taken it upon ourselves to collect some favorite activities of people who actually live here. We asked them what they would choose to do if given 48 hours in Santa Rosa. Over the next few months we’ll be sharing what we found with you, so the next time your favorite uncle in Nebraska needs a getaway, you’ll be ready.
First up, Suzanne Karp. She’s a local photographer of All Things Weddings and Families (and everything in between), who has been up and down this fair coast for her gorgeous, highly sought-after work. Recently featured in Sonoma Weddings Magazine, Suzanne’s photographs have won awards and been featured on countless blogs and websites. Needless to say, this woman stays busy. When you’re on the road a lot like she is, it’s always a treat to stay home and have friends come to you. Here’s her perfect 48 hours in Santa Rosa weekend:
We’d start at Dierk’s Parkside Cafe on Santa Rosa Ave for pullaparts because who doesn’t love an oversized, deep fried donut?
Then we have to burn that giant fried sugar bomb off, so we head over to one of our favorite walking spots, Spring Lake. It’s super beautiful there and our friends from LA think we live in Paradise. Which, let’s admit, we do. Plus, the walk isn’t even strenuous for such a picturesque payoff.
After all that exercise and fresh air, we’d go to Super Burger for the greasiest burger in town. Sitting at the oldfashioned counter sipping a vanilla shake makes me feel like it’s 1955.
We love heading up to Paradise Ridge Winery. They have an epic view and a cool sculpture garden to walk through. Some are interactive, some make these great clanging noises, some are very peaceful. I love photographing at this place because there’s so much to see. I’ve photographed several couples and families there at the giant LOVE sculpture and have even caught some engagements there! It’s a truly great spot. Plus, there’s wine, so…win-win.
We like to keep our second day with guests more chill, starting with Village Bakery in the cute Town and Country Shopping Center for coffee and their cardamom rolls. Side note: we also always stop by our local Pacific Market for deli sandwiches (roast beef and avocado on a dutch crunch roll, yum!). After the bakery, some ice skating and hot chocolate at Snoopy’s Home Ice, which is right by the Charles M. Schulz museum.
After we cruise on the ice for a while, we like to just stroll around Railroad Square. They have thrift shops, antiques stores, good coffee and my kid loves to check out the costumes and funny gifts at Disguise the Limit. From there we head over to Stark’s, where during happy hour they have amazing small bites like prime rib banh mi sandwiches, truffle fries and tuna tartare tacos, for cheap. After all that I think we’d be ready to call it a night!
Thanks, Suzanne! I know we live in the same town, but I’d like to sign up to be your next visitor, immediately.