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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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Quilted Angel Photo
200 G Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Quilted Angel is one of the Bay Area's largest quilt shops. We are located in beautiful, historic downtown Petaluma, California. The shop is over 3,500 square feet and has over 5,000 bolts of fabric.…

Gilardi's Lakeville Marina Photo
5684 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, CA 95454

Gilardis Lakeville Marina is located approximately at the midway point between the mouth of Petaluma River and the City of Petaluma. The Marina provides access to a guest dock, restaurant & bar,…

Vine & Barrel Wines Photo
113 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Vine and Barrel is a large, retail bottle shop specializing in wines from all over the world. We also have a 26 seat wine/tapas bar and serve local and European hand-crafted beers and small plate…

Velvet Ice Collection Photo
140 Second Street, Suite 108 Petaluma, CA 94952

Indulge in feel-good shopping at the Velvet Ice Collection which offers a delightful array of clothing, jewelry, gifts, soaps, lotions, accessories, and home décor to delight the senses. The clothing…

Wilibees - Petaluma Photo
309 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Boutique wines, craft beers, artisanal spirits. 4,000 square feet of superb selection and pure satisfaction. Special order experts; you want it, we find it! Located at the gateway to Sonoma County -…

Flamez Grill Photo
701 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma, CA 94954

We invite you and your family to come in and try our delicious cuisine, from tasty appetizers to delightful desserts. Come in and experience where "Good Food & Good People come together." Flamez Grill…

Interior Photo
210 Edith Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Authentic Mexican Food Truck where the food ranges from burritos, tortas, tacos, platillos (specialty plates), sopes, gorditas, to mexican hot dogs. Taqueria: 210 Edith St., Petaluma Monday through…