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Enjoy it whereever you decide to go - like you said, there is so much to look forward to!
A single, professional women (I used to be single) - unless she just loves quite and nature - which i dion't think is the case because she asked - should be somewhere she can find single professionals and lots of activities.
Stay with urban areas, you will have nice restaurants, shops, clubs, churches, cultural activities, museums and other things to do and explore during your time off.
Downtown Santa Rosa; around Sonoma State, downtown Petaluma are all good places to be. if you go to Petaluma, you will have reverse commute to Santa Rosa, yet still can go to the city (San Francisco) and NAPA during the weekends.
I love downtown Petaluma (east Petaluma), with a lot of older, renovated shops, victoria homes, and revived shopping and entertainment. Great for singles. Petaluma's price has come down considerably also, might be a place you want to check into.
Good night Ed,
The Railroad Square area of Santa Rosa is intended to develop as a thriving urban core. That might be an interesting place to look. The Windsor Town Green area is trying to do the same thing and they have built some good live-work units. Apart from that, the east side of 101 from Cotati through Windsor has lots of neighborhoods where single, professional women could live comfortably. If you are academically oriented, I'd look near Sonoma State in Rohnert Park or Cotati.