Formally known as the “Egg Basket of the World” for its bustling egg industry in the early 20th century, Petaluma (pop. 57,941) is now known as a foodie haven in Northern California. You’d be hard pressed to find a better restaurant selection in another city of the same size.
Award-winning and charming with delicious fare, some of the restaurants have even caught the eye of the prestigious Michelin Guide. And along with acclaimed regional wines, Petaluma produces world-class beers and ales, award-winning olive oils, and artisan cheeses that are served in some of the finest restaurants in the nation.
Full of surprises and tradition, Petaluma is home to the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair and a host of quirky and fun festivals. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the Butter & Egg Days parade, spring and fall Antique Faires, Salute to American Graffiti celebration, Art & Garden Festival, and Taste of Petaluma culinary fair, to name a few.
Petaluma offers a number of intriguing options for walkers, including the Petaluma Poetry Walk each September. The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (20 Fourth St., Petaluma, 707-778-4398) offers free tours of the historic downtown area led by costumed docents (most Saturdays, May through October). Or, download directions for a self-guided Petaluma Film Tour, which highlights places (many within walking distance of downtown) that have served as locations for movies.
For more ideas, check out 5 Fun Things to Do in Petaluma; Explore Petaluma's Vibrant Arts Scene; Where to Eat: Restaurants in Petaluma; Guide to Wine Tasting in Petaluma; An Evening in Historic Downtown Petaluma; and 48 Hours in Petaluma.