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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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Lunchette Photo
25 Fourth Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Carryout plant-based lunches made with seasonal, organic, local ingredients. We have a selection of grab-and-go salads and pizza al taglio with seasonal toppings, by the slice or sheet. We use local…

Pasta at Trattoria Photo
140 Second Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Edward Pizzuti, a veteran of the Vietnam war era was born in the Molise region of Italy, spent his young years in Tuscany and migrated to the U.S. in 1958 with his family. Josephine Pizzuti, (Josie)…

Wine or Lose Board Game Cafe
131 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Wine or Lose Board Game Cafe features American comfort food in a shared "tapas" style, with specialty sodas, wine, beer and a vast library of board games. We believe food doesn’t have to be…

WingStop Photo
229 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94954

20 years. 3.7 billion wings. Numbers don’t lie. Since setting up shop in ‘94, we’ve been doing chicken wings on a whole ‘nother level. And we’re not about to stop. We’ll be saucing and tossing on the…

Ethical Clothing Petaluma Photo
122 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Locally owned and operated by two girls that love fashion, great finds, and feeling good about what we wear. Locally designed and mindfully manufactured clothing available from xs to xl. We are proud…

Black Knight Vineyards Photo
155 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Black Knight Vineyards is a family run vineyard and winery, established in 2007.  We specialize in small lot estate sparkling, chardonnay, and pinot noir.  The Vineyards at Black Knight are scattered…

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,…