....is located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco. There are two major airports, San Francisco and Oakland, within an hour drive of the conference venue as well as a local airport in Santa Rosa.
Sonoma County is a renowned tourist destination due to its close proximity to the Sonoma and Napa wine country, the ancient Redwoods, San Francisco and the coast. Travelers on all budgets can find accommodations such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, AirBnB and even camping. The venue where the conference is being held has a block of rooms available on a first come, first serve basis at a reasonable rate.
The easiest way to travel in Santa Rosa is by car and there is ample parking available at the venue. We would recommend renting cars if planning longer trips but the downtown area does offer plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and shops within walking distance of the conference venue.
If you have not traveled to Northern California at this time of year, be prepared for lots of heat and sun. Our average daytime temps are 80F with a nightly low of 50F. We recommend wearing sunscreen and bringing a hat and sunglasses; particularly if you plan on going to the beach.
Sonoma County does have a mass transit bus system but it can take quite a long time. In general, the state of California is setup to be traveled by car and you will find it to be the most efficient means of travel. Most people rely on the ride sharing apps Uber or Lyft, or taxis. There is a Smart Train that runs north/south from the Sonoma County airport to San Rafael.
Downtown Santa Rosa offers a wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. Flying Goat and A'roma Roasters coffee shops are a short walk across the street from the venue. The world famous Russian River Brewery serves some of the best beer in the country along with a selection of food.
If you have a car there are literally dozens of amazing restaurants within a 20 minute drive. Sonoma County is a food lovers paradise, where every meal can be special. Below are some links to lists of the top places in the area.
- Food and Wine
- Sonomacounty.com (includes a list of Zagat's Essential Sonoma County restaurants)
- Jeffrey's Hillside Cafe - great for breakfast
- Haku Sushi - delicious sushi
- Yeti Indian Restaurant - a bit further out but wonderful Indian food
- Sazon Peruvian - great for dinner
- Thai House - a hidden gem for lunch or dinner
- The Parish Cafe - wonderful beignets, breakfast and lunch
- City Garden Doughnuts and Coffee - unbelievable high end donuts
- Russian River Brewing Co - world famous brewery
- The Flying Goat Coffee - right across from the venue and with some of the best coffee in Sonoma County
- SuperBurger - huge, tasty burgers, fries and shakes
- The Spinster Sisters - great representation of Sonoma County food with seasonal farm to table emphasis
- El Coqui - amazing Puerta Rican food
- The Bird and the Bottle - lots of small plates of perfectly made little bites and crafty cocktails
San Francisco is a 45 minute drive south and there is no end to museums, shows, food and experiences one can partake in this famous city. If you would like stay local, we recommend visiting any one of our rugged, wild beaches (but please be aware the water is too wild and cold for swimming, and can be dangerous). Bodega Bay and Point Reyes National Seashore are particularly lovely destinations.
Just 30 minutes outside of Santa Rosa are the giant redwoods of Armstrong Redwoods; a once in a lifetime sight. While you're out at the redwoods, take some time to stop at the Russian River, the perfect place to swim.
There is something for everyone in Sonoma County; art, wineries, breweries, hiking, kayaking, swimming, horseback riding, horticulture, shopping, foodie culture, family fun sight-seeing and more. For additional ideas, please visit SonomaCounty.org (where you can order a visitor's guide) or 101 Things To Do.
If you are planning on bringing your children, there are many places to take them to make this trip memorable and fun! Armstrong redwoods, the Russian River and the beach are all really well enjoyable. Additionally, Santa Rosa has a Children's Museum, the Charles M Schultz Museum and Snoopy's Home Ice. Epicenter is an amazing facility with trampolines, an indoor playground, bowling, video games and restaurants that is fun for both adults and children.