Friday, May 29, 2015

Destination: Safari West - Santa Rosa, CA!


Rosa’s Acclaimed Animal Sanctuary and Wildlife Preserve 

Recognized in the 
First-Ever Sunset Travel Awards

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (May 26, 2015) Garnering national attention for Santa Rosa, Safari West has been declared the “Best Family Fun” destination in the West by Sunset magazine. The acclaimed Santa Rosa attraction is one of 30 award recipients of the first-ever Sunset Travel Awards, which honor the West’s top destinations in lodging, dining, cultural tourism, outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship and other categories.

“To be a finalist for a Sunset Travel Award puts you in extremely good company; to be a winner puts you among a group of elite A-list destinations and experiences,” note the editors at Sunset. “This destination represents an unparalleled experience for any Western traveler.”

Safari West is an accredited zoo, a premier resort and, most importantly, a wildlife preserve committed to conservation through education. Home to 900 birds and mammals and more than 90 unique species, this “Sonoma Serengeti” offers the unique opportunity to see giraffes, cheetahs, wildebeests, flamingos and many other species on three-hour guided safari tours. Today, 10,000 of the 60,000 annual guests are students who visit the Santa Rosa preserve to participate in one of its many educational programs, with subjects that include veterinary, osteology, animal husbandry, physiology, anatomy, and ethnology.

Guests can also embark on private beer or wine tasting safaris, indulge in the gourmet Savannah Grill BBQ, and experience “glamping” with an overnight stay in one of 31 luxurious tents, imported directly from South Africa. Built on high wooden platforms with spacious decks overlooking the animal enclosures, the tents feature plush beds, rustic but elegant decor, hot showers with gleaming copper basins in the private bathrooms and one-of-a kind hand hewn furniture.

Brad Calkins, Executive Director of Visit Santa Rosa, notes: “Safari West truly represents the best of Santa Rosa, bringing together unparalleled natural beauty, adventure, education about the environment, and wine country-inspired food and drink.”

Safari West is among the 30 winners of the 2015 Sunset Travel Awards currently featured in the June issue of Sunset magazine and on, reaching six million consumers per month. A full list of winners from the 2015 Sunset Travel Awards can be found online at

More information on family-friendly activities, dining and lodging in Santa Rosa is available online at For press inquiries, high resolution photos, or interview requests, contact Marcella Thompkins at 213-985-1011 or

About Visit Santa Rosa
Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa, California has an abundance of recreational activities, epicurean delights and scenic vistas for visitors to enjoy. Situated in the heart of Northern California’s world-famous Wine Country and just 30 minutes from the stunning coast, it is Sonoma County’s largest city, with a small-town feel. Home to superb wineries and craft breweries, some of the country’s best bicycling routes, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum – along with many other attractions – this warm and friendly city is a blend of art and culture, food, wine and recreation.

“Visit Santa Rosa” is the tourism brand administered by the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, a division of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. The bureau provides assistance to visitors and groups seeking information about lodging, dining and entertainment opportunities in Santa Rosa. It also operates an Official State of California Welcome Center and helps to bring major events to Santa Rosa, such as the Amgen Tour of California. For more information, call (800) 404-7673 or (707) 577-8674 or see

About Sunset
Sunset ( is the leading lifestyle brand in the West. Through magazines and books, events and experiences, and digital and social media, Sunset covers the West's best flavors, destinations, design trends, and innovations. Sunset engages and inspires an audience of over six million educated, active and affluent consumers every month through its five regional print editions—Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Southwest and Mountain—as well as via all tablet devices and its website. In addition to its print and digital publication, Sunset showcases the region’s unique lifestyle and noteworthy destinations through its flagship events, established home programs, licensing partners, books and International Wine Competition. Sunset is produced by Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world.

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