Santa Rosa: Activities & Attractions (Gay Travel Video)

Santa Rosa activities and attractions that I saw and did with my boyfriend are featured in this video, the next episode of The Travel Tidbit! Next week I’ll be showing a new city in another state so subscribe if you’re new to see that and more from the destinations I travel to! This is just the one of FOUR videos I have from Santa Rosa (a hotel vlog with Heath is coming on Thursday)!

Every week I either feature where to sleep and eat in a city that I’ve traveled to, or things to see and do in it – to help you plan your trip!

Featured in this video:
Sonoma Canopy Tours
Railroad Square
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Charles M. Shulz Museum
Redwood Empire Ice Arena
Francis Ford Copolla Winery

Thanks to Visit Santa Rosa for helping to coordinate this trip!

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  1. Glad you went to Geyserville for FFC winery. Your video is amazing…your voiceover, editing, beautiful shots. Can‚Äôt wait for the next destination.

  2. OK Josh you said I could do this so prepare¬†yourself for¬†my suggestions¬†on places you should visit in the coming year.¬† One word…..MICHIGAN!¬†¬† You can drive in fly in and even walk in to this state of the union.¬† With two peninsulas of wonder to enjoy you are sure to find something to make the trip worthwhile.¬† Detroit is coming to life again thanks to current Mayor Mike Duggan and investments from affluent citizens.¬† The Detroit Institute Of Arts contains a vast collection of art from all eras of history with a number of renowned artists represented and good things to eat in the Kresge Court Caf√©.¬† Or if theater is your thing check out what's playing at the Fox, Fisher, Detroit Opera House or Music Hall.¬† Classical music is featured at the restored Orchestra Hall.¬† A new rail line is now serving a portion of Woodward¬†Avenue to get people up nd down that corridor more effectively¬† The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle contains to scale builds of historic freighters that have plied the Detroit River and Great Lakes as well as the Pilot House of one of those freighters attached to the building.¬† Belle Isle was a city owned park that was recently turned over to the State for management¬†and the beauty has been restored.¬† Also on the island is The Aquarium and Conservatory with aquatic life at the former and botanical life at the latter.¬† In the suburbs is The Henry Ford a renown museum of American artifacts that include the¬†presidential limousine JFK was seated in when he was assassinated and the Bus Rosa Parks was riding¬†in when she was arrested. Outside is Greenfield¬†Village with its reconstructions of historic American homes from Stephen Foster to the Wright Brothers as well as Thomas Edison's Menlo Park laboratory.¬† Numerous Gay bars are in Detroit and it suburbs as well as LGBT advocate agencies in Ferndale (suburb) and downtown Detroit.¬† Moving beyond Detroit to areas of¬†Michigan I would lead you to The Blue Water area that runs the length of the St Clair River from where it leaves Lake Huron to where it enters Lake St Clair.¬†The towns of Algonac, Marine City, St Clair and small city of Port Huron offer up quaint atmosphere accented with the views of the¬†river and passing international freighters.¬† That's because we are¬†part of the St Lawrence Seaway system with all the international cargo¬†being transported.¬† My personal recommendation is to come to Marine City which you come to via interstate highway, local roads or the international ferry from Sombra Ontario.¬† Once here you can walk our streets and view the many antique shops local theaters (Riverbend and Snug) wonderful restaurants and specialty display of a to scale build of a replica of the ill-fated Titanic in the former movie¬†theater The Mariner.¬† There are six water front parks to enjoy for your freighter viewing and a new 26 room hotel slated to open this March you may want to stay at.¬† Remember I said earlier you can walk into¬†Michigan?¬† Well the ferry from Sombra is one way to do that as it accepts pedestrians as well as vehicles.¬† Many people from Sombra come over on foot for our restaurants or to visit the duty free shop for booze.¬† Now Michigan also offers the Soo locks in Sault Ste Marie which is the only area in the great lakes apart from the Welland or Erie Canals where freighters have to¬†utilize a lock system to go from one level of the lakes to another.¬†Tour boats exist that will take¬†you through them to get a personal experience of what is involved in the process.¬† Mackinac Island in the Straits of Mackinac is an extraordinary place to visit as the only transportation allowed is horse drawn carriage or bicycle.¬† Ferrys can be boarded in Mackinac City or St Ignace the island was the location for filming of the Jane Seymoure Christopher Reeve movie Somewhere In Time.¬† The historic Grand Hotel is famed for it's extensive porch.¬† Many smaller hotels exist on the island¬†with comfortable lodging.¬† The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers many attractions from ski lodges to the infamous dunes as well as other natural wonders from lakes to rivers.¬† Frankenmuth Michigan takes full advantage of its immigrant German heritage with Bavarian themed architecture, festivals and Restaurants.¬† Bronner's Christmas store¬†features an expansive inventory of all things related to Christmas.¬† There¬†is a¬†large hotel in town with its own indoor waterpark which many people enjoy with their family.¬† Shops in town offer so many wonderful items from beer (remember its heritage is German)¬†to candy, clothes, antiques and collectables you might not want to go anywhere else but if you do nearby Birch Run is willing to ablige with factory outlet stores.¬† And to think I haven't even begun to talk about the likes of Traverse City, Charlevoix, Benton Harbor or other towns situated on the shores of Lake Michigan or even scratch the surface of our upper peninsula.¬† ¬†¬†¬†Come to Michigan Josh we'd love to see you.

  3. Hello Josh and Heath. The redwoods are magnificent. The sky bridge is not for me. I had a brief argument with my boyfriend about walking across it. I was just not going to let it happen for either of us. Too scary and I love him too much to risk it.

  4. i visited Santa Rosa while I was living in Cali awhile back…Beautiful city! And my first official tourist destination was the Schulz museum! I've always been particularly fond of "Lucy" (Psychiatric Help 5 Cents! LOL!)
    it was cool to get her back story:
    She was named after the Schulz's former neighbor, Lorraine Van Pelt…(Everyone called her 'Lucy') Which is also where Linus, Lucy and baby brother Rerun acquired the last name "Van Pelt"..
    But her personality is said to be based on Schulz's First wife, Joyce! LOL!
    I've always been a huge Charlie Brown fan!
    I think my favorite restaurant in Santa Rosa was probably "Spinster Sisters"…
    And those redwoods are frickin awesome! We also did a walking tour, and it's hard to imagine some of those trees being THOUSANDS of years old!

  5. I love it. I’m terrified of heights, but I’ve had people come up from SF to stay with me and they’ll go over to the zip lines 10 minutes from my house. I also had no idea we have a skating rink! I can’t believe it’s taking a travel blog to teach me about my own community. Ha! Thanks for another great video, Josh!

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