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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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Petaluma Trolley Museum
110 Baylis Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

You will find herein, the past, the future and work being done in the present to bring back to life one of Petaluma's most beautiful assets. The Petaluma Trolley is an organization of volunteers…

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…
Peterson's Farm
636 Gossage Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952
Peterson's Farm welcomes you. We sell eggs, honey and produce from our garden when it is in season. All farm products are raised pesticide and herbicide free and the chickens have free run in the…
Thistle Meats
160 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952
Welcome to Thistle Meats, a whole animal butcher shop in downtown Petaluma. Chef Travis Day and our friendly, knowledgeable staff offer a menu of seasonal prepared foods available all day that can be…
Truck & Barter
108 Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
Truck & Barter is a family owned, modern day general store, carefully curated with bespoke brands and superior quality products. Shop our collection online. Monday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed…
Chileno Valley Ranch u-pick apples
5105 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
Located just outside Petaluma and just over the Marin County line, this is the perfect place for a family outing. Farm tours are given throughout the day, and sometimes you can feed the baby animals.…