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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
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…

Volpi's Ristorante & Bar
124 Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Volpi's Ristorante & Bar is an Italian restaurant with lots of charm and a secret. The charm comes from the fact that this restaurant was built in an old converted general store. Volpi's has kept much…

Lala's Creamery
134 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Family owned and operated, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Petaluma, we at Lala's enjoy providing our customers with the finest, freshest and most innovative flavors and assorted ice cream…