River in Petaluma

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. 

Find details about Petaluma hotels and lodging.

Find Things to Do in Petaluma

Sort by:

Displaying 1 - 10 of 250

Military Antiques & Museum Photo
300 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

The historic river front town of Petaluma, just 45 minutes North of San Francisco, California is the home of Military Antiques and Museum. With over 4,000 square feet of retail space plus our 2,000…

Warren Percell Studio Photo
1514 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

Posters, which can be found in shops around town or at WineCountryPosters.com, are the creation of Petaluma, California artist Warren Percell, who has dreamt up a whole line of wine country posters…

Lunchette Photo
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…

Aqus Cafe Photo
189 H Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Aqus Café was created to foster community by providing a space for people to meet, connect and get to know each other. Today, it is a community living room attracting a wide diversity of people…