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Great Escape only 15 minutes away

Santa Rosa and “Peanuts” wine country trip includes side adventure in Healdsburg.

Santa Rosa, home of the Charles M. Schulz Museum at 2301 Hardies Lane, is in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country.

Get away and check in at Best Western Wine Country Inn & Suites Santa Rosa, 870 Hopper Ave., a hotel within 10 miles of several wineries, including Korbel Champagne Cellars and Kendall-Jackson.

The “Peanuts” gallery -- Charles M. Schulz Museum -- is less than two miles from the front door. Include a run to the Infineon Raceway, a short 20 minute drive away, and let the on the tubes at nearby SOAR Inflatables, 20 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. There's hot air ballooning, spas and an array of fun and interesting things to do in and around Santa Rosa. 

The is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and offers free tours at 11 a.m, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day so visitors can walk the culinary gardens where the winery’s ingredients are harvested.  

The Schulz Museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. However, the museum will be closed on Tuesdays through May 30.

The museum is open daily after Memorial Day. The Ducaton Room is open to the public and offers visitors the opportunity to draw, write and learn about cartooning. The classroom seats 30, has angled drawing tables and necessary art supplies for cartooning.

Docent-led tours of the Charles M. Schulz Museum are given to groups with at least 10 persons, and ice skating at Snoopy's Home Ice Arena can be included as part of the tour upon request. The museum’s collection includes Schulz's work from 1950 to 2000, and several hundred preliminary "Peanuts" sketches are on display.   

Dinner at the Equus Restaurant,101 Fountaingrove Parkway, in Santa Rosa, offers Mediterranean, French and Spanish influences and the Loungebar features Friday evening wine tasting.

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