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Life in Santa Rosa
Posted February 15th, 2013 - 4:48 pm by from Athens, United States (Permalink)
Greetings all!
I'm interviewing for an Americorps position in Santa Rosa and was hoping to get a good idea about the place from the CS community. I've never been there, having only ventured to NorCal once this past summer, when I spent most of my time in the City. I'm really just looking for general views and information. What's it like to live there? What's the pace of life? Anything that pops into your head about Santa Rosa would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks everyone! Happy surfing/hosting.

Posted February 15th, 2013 - 5:25 pm by from Santa Rosa, United States (Permalink)
Hi Erin,
Americorp...Yeah, good for you and our community! I've travelled and lived in many countries and have chosen to settle here in Sonoma County. From my perspective we are an open minded, liberal community that is into outdoor activity, exploration and creativity.

Here's a web scavenger hunt, brief tour of some local places I find special.

Florence Avenue, Sebastopol
Mammoth Rubbing Rocks, Goat Rock State Beach
Santa Rosa Hand Car Regatta
Round Barn, Santa Rosa CA
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
North Bay Country Dance
Pepperwood Preserve

and many more.

All the best,

Posted February 15th, 2013 - 5:37 pm by from Santa Rosa, United States (Permalink)
Hey Erin,

I just moved to Santa Rosa on the 1st and so far I am LOVING it here. The people are down to earth and friendly, the food has local/organic leanings, and the weather has been nothing but sunshine!

From looking at your profile it looks like we have a lot in common. Bikes and food are super important to me and so far Santa Rosa has not let me down.

Good luck in your job hunt and if you end up in Sonoma County let's get in touch!


Posted February 15th, 2013 - 5:44 pm by from Santa Rosa, United States (Permalink)
Hi there,

I've lived in Santa Rosa most of my life and it really I'd like to echo what the other people have said. Good food, good wine, good outdoor adventures. The temperature is pretty mild considering most of the country...However, there isn't much of a night life. Which for me is not that big of a deal, but for some it is.

Where are you going to be interviewing for Americorps?

Also check out: Armstrong Woods, Schultz Museum, Safari West, HopMonk Tavern...


Posted February 15th, 2013 - 10:28 pm by from Cotati, United States (Permalink)
Hi Erin,

I've lived in Santa Rosa from 1989 to about the time I went to college over 10 years later (yes, to date myself). Then moved back almost 10 years after that. I have loved living there but more recently fallen in love with Cotati and Sebastopol. Both places are awesome to visit and I aspired to live in both locations for years. Either way check them out in addition to Santa Rosa. People are laid back in Sonoma County compared to living in So Cal, Colorado, and Florida ... and just absolutely healthy most of the time, though So Cal is on that tip. Depends on who you bump into ... there are much of the young couples with kids eating out of a Swanson truck to hardcore vegan. Take your pick! Most of us are in the middle but great foodies, wine lovers, health nuts, to activity lovers. You'll find a great time here if you stick your head out! Hit us all up!


Posted February 16th, 2013 - 3:53 am by from Occidental, United States (Permalink)
So I don't live in SR but if you need any info about Sebastopol and west bound, will be happy to share...let me know if you wanna set up a CS meeting if you're around...
Good luck

Posted February 18th, 2013 - 5:18 am by from San Rafael, United States (Permalink)
Pace of life, compared to what? More relaxed than New York, but maybe more intense than Garberville or Amarillo. Traffic has gotten much worse in the last 15 years, but again, compared to what?

Lots of greenery, a fair amount of cultural variety, mostly high prices. Good luck.

Posted February 18th, 2013 - 8:10 am by from Santa Rosa, United States (Permalink)
Hi Erin!

I moved to Sonoma county in 2008 for an Americorps position. I had no idea what to expect. And, I am not leaving. I love it here, and Americorps really helped me learn more about the community and build those networks I needed to further my professional development.

As for the community and the pace of life, I think you very much have a choice. There is a very chill lifestyle here, but I'm quite the go-go person. And, let me tell ya, there is always something fun to do!

Which program are you looking at with Americorps?