Beautiful lifestyle destinations and scenic places to relax—they’re all in a day’s work when you call University District home. This conveniently located master-planned community places you close to a variety of fun places to spend the day and make the most of your out-of-office hours before returning to the comfort of your haven at University District.
For a day outdoors, drive down to Point Reyes. Stop for snacks at the Palace Market before driving on to the S.S. Point Reyes shipwreck. Continue to South Beach Overlook and the Point Reyes Lighthouse for never-ending coastal views and chance wildlife sightings—from the local elephant seal and snowy plover colonies to whales across the horizon.
For more beautiful coastal views, Bodega Bay lies just 30 minutes from Rohnert Park. Here, sweeping coastline views are complemented by seafood fresh off local boats. Enjoy ocean delights at the Spud Point Crab Company or The Tides Wharf and Restaurant, where scenes from The Birds were filmed, and drive through the one-block town to see how many other filming locations you can spot from the Hitchcock classic.
Head to Healdsburg, where wine enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite tipples in exciting new ways. From spectacular panoramic views at Armida Winery and open-air tastings at pet-friendly wineries like Merriam Vineyards to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Movie Museum, where upscale cuisine, poolside cabanas, spas and movie memorabilia come together to provide a truly unique experience—there’s always something new to discover.
In the mood for a little retail therapy? Healdsburg’s historic 19th-century plaza is also home to unique boutiques aplenty. Look to Lucky Heron for creative gifts or Yasuko for handcrafted pieces using high-quality Japanese textiles, including vintage kimono silk. End your day by enjoying farm-to-table fare at Michelin-starred SingleThread Farm, Restaurant and Inn or Barndiva.
Slow it down in Sonoma—enjoy a walk around the scenic Sonoma Plaza and enjoy unique finds like vintage toys and trinkets at Tiddle E. Winks and other one-of-a-kind boutiques. Got affection for confection? Indulge in Wine Country Chocolates or keep it cool with Sweet Scoops Homemade Ice Cream.
Farmers market enthusiasts, this is your moment. Get your eco-tourism on by downloading the Sonoma County Farm Trails Map and hitting up farmers markets across Sonoma County. Or dive into cheesy moments with a cheese trail map dedicated to California’s finest cheeses.
Head south to Petaluma for some of the most distinctive museums around. Choose to spend your afternoon at the Petaluma Wildlife and Natural Science Museum or Rancho Obi-Wan and don’t forget to stop by one of this city’s many antique stores on your way out.