Best for Little Kids: Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Big rooms, an Olympic-sized pool, outdoor spaces and family suites make the retro-cool Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa a great place to crash with kids.

Best for Big Kids: Timber Cove Resort

Everyone will love the rustic oceanside Timber Cove Resort, located in Jenner, with its walking trails, outdoor games lounge and record players in every room.

Best for Teens: Hotel Petaluma

Found in the heart of Petaluma—one of California’s quirkiest towns—Hotel Petaluma is comfortable, inarguably cool and looks great on social media.


Best for Little Kids: Sonoma TrainTown Railroad

With amusement rides, a petting zoo and a working quarter-scale train, Sonoma TrainTown Railroad is a toddler’s paradise.

Best for Big Kids: Safari West

Take a ride on a double-decker safari vehicle through 400 acres of land populated by giraffes, rhinos and other African wildlife at Safari West in the foothills of Santa Rosa.

Best for Teens: Getaway Adventures

Get active with a guided kayaking tour to the mouth of the Russian River with Getaway Adventures. The harbour seals you’ll likely spot will delight even the most jaded teen.


Best for Little Kids: The Bear Republic

Rohnert Park’s The Bear Republic craft brewpub has a kids’ play area and a menu with everything from cheese pizza to goulash.

Best for Big Kids: Della Fattoria

Della Fattoria is an eclectic café in Petaluma that is famed for its bread. Its kids’ menu includes treats such as peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

Best for Teens: Guerneville Taco Truck

The popular Guerneville Taco Truck can usually be found in the Guerneville Safeway parking lot and is a great place to feed hungry teens affordably.

[This story appears in the March 2020 edition of WestJet Magazine.]