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Petaluma

The riverside town of Petaluma (pop. 57,941) on Sonoma County's Highway 101 was once called the "Egg Basket of the World" for its bustling egg industry in the early 20th century.

Petaluma is now a foodie haven, with dining options that include a mix of ethnic cuisines and awarding-winning restaurants using the best locally grown and produced products.

Known for its wines, Petaluma also boasts world-class beers and ales, award-winning olive oils, and artisan cheeses that are served in some of the finest restaurants nationwide. And Petaluma has a wide array of lodging choices, from brand names to charming inns. 

Built on secure bedrock, Petaluma was one of the few Bay Area communities not damaged in the 1906 earthquake.  

Today, Petaluma's well-preserved city center is filled with an engaging mix of boutiques, antiques shops, and specialty stores, many in historic buildings.

The town boasts a thriving arts community, with more than a dozen downtown art galleries, exhibiting handcrafted jewelry, paintings, and sculpture by contemporary artists of local and international renown.

Picturesque Petaluma has captured the attention of numerous filmmakers, serving as a location for many major films — American Graffiti (1973), Cujo (1983), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Basic Instinct (1992), Scream (1996), Pleasantville (1998), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), and many more. 

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Hawkwood Hill Logo
1002 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
Nestled in the gentle hills of southern Sonoma country, Hawkwood Estate spans 200 acres of pastoral beauty. Established in 1993 as the region’s PREMIER EQUESTRIAN FACILITY, our tailored grounds offer…
The Sweet Zone
151 Petaluma Blvd. S., #113 Petaluma, CA 94952
Your local candy store has been happily serving the good people of Petaluma for 11 years. ​ Located in the heart of downtown Petaluma in Theatre Square, the largest candy store north of San Francisco…
Clover Sonoma
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94975
Clover Sonoma is a three generation, family-owned and operated dairy in northern California. We produce both organic and conventional dairy products that originate in the beautiful fields of…
Roe and Company Furniture
113 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
Visit Roe and Company for a truly unique experience. Our experienced craftsmen make gorgeous furniture by hand. Only the highest quality materials go into our pieces. A visit to our showroom at 113…
Acre Coffee - Petaluma East Side; Now Featuring Donuts!
173 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94952
It was completely hands on when we built our first store out of scrap lumber, vintage fixtures and a dream. After refinishing the floors and repainting it we bought the industries’ best espresso…