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For a daily email, visit zo4.com
spots for seals, sea lions — and birds.
Check out the schoolhouse Hitchcock
made famous and drop by the water-
front Gourmet Au Bay, an upscale
wine shop and art gallery run by Ken
Mansfield, a former Apple Records
executive who hobnobbed with the
Redwood Reserve: Further north,
past Guerneville, hike through the
Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve
and ogle the stand of 1,000-year-old
coastal redwoods towering 300 feet
overhead. The primeval forest was
saved from logging in the 1870s.
Luther Burbank Home &
Gardens: In 1875, horticulturalist
Luther Burbank called Sonoma "the
chosen spot of all this earth as far as
Nature is concerned." Over the next
50 years, the "father of modern agri-
culture" conducted plant-breeding
experiments that introduced 800 new
varieties, including more than 200
fruits and nuts, many vegetables and
hundreds of ornamental flowers.
Visitors to his home and fragrant
gardens in Santa Rosa learn how "the
plant wizard" spent 17 years creating .
the Shasta Daisy, which he named for
snow-covered Mt. Shasta, and how his
Iceberg White Blackberries were popu-
lar with women who wore white
gloves to tea. Dressed in suit and tie
even in the garden, he's pictured enter-
taining his fellow inventors and
friends, Henry Ford and Thomas
Edison. Chances are they discussed
Burbank's spineless cactus experiments
or sampled a Santa Rosa plum, plum-
cot (combination plum and apricot)
or even a French fry-friendly Burbank-
Russet potato. Contact (707) 524-
Chdrles Schulz Museum and
Research Center: Adding a new
dimettion to Sonoma County
sojourns, beyond the expected wine
and redwoods, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy
and friends romp through original
"Peanuts" comic strips at a new muse-
um honoring their creator. It opened
last August in Santa Rosa, where the
cartoonist lived for more than 40 years.
Besides original drawings from his 52-
year career, the Charles Schulz Museum
and Research Center features his well-
worn drawing board in a re-created stu-
dio, and a two-story tile mural with an
image of Charlie Brown, Lucy and The
Football. Each of the mural's more than
3,500 black-and-white tiles displays a
different cartoon strip, showcasing
everything from Lucy's psychiatry
booth to Snoopy snoozing atop his
doghouse. For Snoopy fans, there's a
labyrinth in the outdoor gardens and a
running Snoopy pointing the way to
the restrooms. Allow two to three
hours, and come ready to snicker, chor-
tle and laugh. Contact (707) 579-4452
Safari West: Waking up in an
authentic African safari bush tent to
the exotic calls of ibis and other
wildlife, you may wonder momentari-
ly whether you sampled too much
chardonnay the night before.
But then, after crawling out of your
big, comfy bed, padding across the
smooth hardwood floor and gazing
out mesh "windows" at giraffes loping
in a penned grazing area nearby, you
recall checking into Safari West, a bit
of the Serengeti in Sonoma County —
minus the overseas jet lag.
A 400-acre private preserve just 15
minutes from Santa Rosa, it's home to
more than 350 rare and endangered
African animals and birds, including
cheetahs, zebras, ostriches, antelope,
eland, impala, Cape buffalo and
impressively horned Watusi cattle.
Day-trippers who don't stay overnight
in the Tent Camp may take a bumpy,
2-hour tour of the dusty compound
aboard four-wheel-drive safari vehicles.
For a bird's eye view, climb into the
mounted seat above the driver. And
bring plenty of film. Contact
www.safariwest.com , (800) 616-2695.
— Susan R. Pollack is an
award-winning travel writer
based in Huntington Woods