At the end of “The Bachelor,” the young winemaker-turned-Bachelor Ben Flajnik has to give out roses to the bachelorettes he deems should move on to the next round.
Sadly, not every young woman can get a rose. And though the final moments of the show are fraught with reality-TV orchestrations (the piano and violin during the final goodbyes always bring a briny tear to our jaded eyes…) we have good news, bachelorettes! You may not have found a rose at the hands of Bachelor Ben Flajnik, but here are…
Three Other Places to Find Roses in Sonoma:
1) Compass Rose Gardens in Bodega Bay. Wanna get married? Or, want to find a place that would be a great spot to pretend you are getting married, but not have to worry about inviting your weird cousins? Then check out this secret garden tucked into a hillside in Bodega Bay. As they say on their website: “Azaleas and ivys, lavender and lacecaps, impatiens and iris, rhododendrons and roses, ferns and flowers of all sorts have been patiently planted around, between, and beneath native willows along the spring-fed creek that carved the canyon into Sonoma County’s spectacular coast. Willows, Japanese maples, ferns, and a multitude of seasonally changing blossoms provide the perfect backdrop for your special event.”
Somewhere in that horticultural menagerie was mentioned roses, and there are some great ones to see, and maybe even touch. And the best thing? You don’t even have to get in a hot tub to get one.
Compass Rose Gardens
Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, CA
2) Santa Rosa is the largest city in Sonoma County, and has a lot of rose-affiliations. For starters, the name, which is one of the last Spanish place names in California as one heads north. Santa Rosa is home to the Luther Burbank Rose Parade (take that, Pasadena) and the amazing gardens at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. There are roses, but better yet, you can learn about the man who helped make french fries so awesome by “inventing” the Russet Burbank Potato. Also in Santa Rosa is the historc Hotel La Rose, in Railroad Square. Quaint, intimate and romantic, the Hotel La Rose is exactly the kind of spot to linger over a nice Sonoma County wine and learn more about your partner before leaping into ones betrothal.
Just 60 minutes from San Francisco
3) Speaking of wine, Bottle Barn is one of those places where there are LOTS of rosés. And pinots. And zins and chards and cabernets. And just about any other wine and spirit you can think of. Tucked away behind a futon warehouse and light industrial manufacturers, this mega-wine shop is a well-kept secret. Spoiler alert: you can often see winemakers themselves making deliveries of their small-batch wines direct to Bottle Barn. No word on how to intercept the single ones. Perhaps riding a horse in from the parking lot?
Somewhere in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County