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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 Shakespeare Company
625 Second Street, Foundry Wharf Petaluma, CA 94952

Petaluma Shakespeare Company, the only free Shakespeare in Sonoma County, was founded in 2015 opening its first season of Free Shakespeare by the River at Foundry Wharf with Taming of the Shrew. In…

Barber Cellars
112 Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Dedicated to Single Vineyard, Hand Crafted, High Quality Wines. Our tasting room is located in the Hotel Petaluma, the first downtown tasting room in Petaluma. We also feature cheese tastings from…

Coastal Hill Farm
4324 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

Coastal Hill Farm is a small sustainable farm nestled in the rolling hills of West Petaluma in Sonoma County. On our farm we have Pasture Raised Organic egg laying chickens, seasonal vegetables,…

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 who…

Books at Chelsea Antiques
148 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Chelsea Antiques is a not-to-be-missed destination shopping adventure promising extraordinary offerings. With over 25 independent dealers, Chelsea Antiques offers a wide range of furniture, lighting,…

Roe and Company Furniture
113 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Visit Roe and Company for a truly unique experience. Our experienced craftsmen make gorgeous furniture by hand. Only the highest quality materials go into our pieces. A visit to our showroom at 113…