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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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Phoenix Theater Photo
201 Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater has a century of colorful and varied history. From opera house to movie theater to rock and roll venue and teen center, the Phoenix has repeatedly emerged from the ashes,…

She'z Moto Camp Photo
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94952

Our focus is on building confidence and inspiring females who want to grow as riders or racers. We don't think age matters in motorcycling, what matters is if you want to get better on a motorcycle.…

Petaluma Village Premium Outlets Photo
2200 Petaluma Blvd. N., Suite 210, Petaluma, CA 94952

Located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, Petaluma Village Premium Outlets is an outdoor shopping mall that offers impressive savings all year round at 60 outlet stores. Among…

Petaluma Seed Bank Photo
110 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company's “Seed Bank” finds its home in the historic Petaluma Downtown District. It’s a beacon for gardeners, foodies, shoppers, and tourists alike for non GMO seeds,…

Acre Coffee - The Roastery Photo
1080 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

We are part of the craft coffee movement and practice standards that bring out the best in coffee. Our high quality, skillfully roasted beans, are freshly ground and prepared to exacting standards.…

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch Photo
4235 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

The Peter Pumpkin Patch is a popular destination for harvest time school field trips. We invite teachers to educate their students at our working dairy and farm. A visit to the Peter Pumpkin Patch…