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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 Lavender Blossom Honey Photo
764 Chapman Lane, Petaluma, CA 94952

Shop for exquisite goods like lavender bouquets, sachets, hydrosols and honey year-round on our website, and visit our Petaluma honey farm by appointment.Amid the rolling hills of Sonoma County, our…

The Big Easy Photo
128 American Alley, Petaluma, CA 94952

Welcome to The Big Easy, an underground Restaurant & Jazz Club in Historic Downtown Petaluma in American Alley! The Big Easy serves features live music 6 nights per week, in addition to occasionally…

Indigenous Photo
110 A Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

We are a fair trade organic vertical supplier that has been leading the way in contemporary hand made fashion. All our garments are made with extreme care, luxurious organic fibers and by artisans…

Gallery One Photo
209 Western Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

Gallery One is the premier exhibitor of emerging, nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists. We are the only place in Petaluma that offers a diverse, eclectic collection of Fine…

Art Gallery at Rancho Obi-Wan Photo
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94952

Rancho Obi-Wan is a 9,000-square-foot non-profit museum located on the outskirts of wine country in Petaluma, California. Officially recognized by Guinness World Records in 2014, it houses the world’s…

Massage Envy Photo
247 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94954

At Massage Envy Spa, we're committed to a stress-free experience, every time. This includes friendly staff, professional massage therapists and a calm, inviting environment.

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…