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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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Art Gallery at Rancho Obi-Wan
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94953

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…

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…

Joy H Regan, Founder
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94954
Our motto ~ No Woman Left Inside Do you like to walk but don’t want to walk alone? When you travel, would you like to step out and explore but don’t feel confident going by yourself? Time to get a…
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…
Bay-ti
1 Fourth Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
Bay-ti is a home décor store located in Petaluma, CA downtown shopping district, offering an array of home decor pieces ranging from hand-made, one-of-a-kind Moroccan artifacts, rugs and large…
Horse jump at Sonoma Equestrian Park
7600 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, CA 94954
Situated on the banks of the Petaluma River, Sonoma Horse Park is a world-class horse show facility located just 25 miles north of San Francisco in Southern Sonoma County. The 60-acre facility boasts…