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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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Sonoma Coast Spirits - Craft Distillery
1333 N. McDowell Blvd. #F, Petaluma, CA 94954
Life’s sweet, celebratory moments–weddings, anniversaries, special dinners with friends or that certain someone, sitting alone by a cozy fire chilling out in comfort–deserve the very best liquid…
Barber Cellars Tasting Room
112 Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
Our tasting room is located in the Hotel Petaluma, the first downtown tasting room in Petaluma. We also feature cheese tastings from local cheese producers, a full grilled cheese sandwich menu,…
Stubbs Vineyard
1000 Marshall Petaluma Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
In 1996 Tom and Mary began by planting 11 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the sheltered valley a short walk from their house. Initially they sold their fruit to several respected wineries…
Barber Lee Spirits
120 Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
We are a family run distillery dedicated to the art of distilling. We use the best heirloom corn, malted grain, and organic herbs to make our traditional and hand crafted spirits. Open Friday through…