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48 Hours In SR, v1: Suzanne Karp

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?

48 hours in santa rosa: Dierk's Parkside Cafe pullapart pastry

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.

48 hours in Santa Rosa superburger2We 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.

48 hours in Santa Rosa karp loveWe 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.

48 hours in santa rosa: snoopy ice rinkAfter 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.

Amanda Janik is the Producer of Mortified Sonoma County and a regular performer and reader at events locally, in San Francisco and beyond. She has read at SF Sketchfest, SF Improv Fest, SF Lit Crawl, an Unruly Story Fest, and many more. She is passionate about supporting local entertainment and showcasing local talent, as well as bringing performers and artists from afar to Santa Rosa's doorstep. A native of Michigan, Amanda has lived in California since 1997 and has called Sonoma County her home since 2001. She lives in Santa Rosa. Visit her at

'48 Hours In SR, v1: Suzanne Karp' have 2 comments

  1. January 23, 2016 @ 1:53 pm MaryAnne Graham

    I can vouch for Suzanne’s wonderful family photos taken at Montansas Winery. With Fall colors abounding, our photos are really beautiful. Montansas Winery is a gorgeous place to visit in the Fall and in the Spring when all the lavender is in full bloom. Suzanne made us feel right at home taking our pictures. She’s so much fun to be with. I also agree with all of her favorite places in Santa Rosa, but don’t forget Betty’s Fish and Chips on Hwy 12 and Corrick’s downtown for special gifts and art.


    • February 2, 2016 @ 10:45 am Amanda Janik

      Thanks Maryanne, for the extra recommendations! And for the great words about Suzanne – she really is a Santa Rosa treasure. Since this is an ongoing series, hopefully we’ll see some of your favorite places in future articles!


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