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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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What A Chicken Photo
706 E. Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Visit What A Chicken in Petaluma for the most flavorful, succulent chicken you will ever try. Open Wednesday through Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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…

Petaluma Farmers Market Photo
201 Fourth Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Petaluma Farmers Markets are both filled with fresh produce, flowers, artisans cheeses & breads, canned items, fresh meat & fish as well as local crafts. Located at Walnut Park, Petaluma Blvd.: South…

Thistle Meats Photo
160 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Welcome to Thistle Meats, a whole animal butcher shop in downtown Petaluma. Chef Travis Day and our friendly, knowledgeable staff offer a menu of seasonal prepared foods available all day that can be…

Acre Coffee - Petaluma East Side; Now Featuring Donuts! Photo
173 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94952

It was completely hands on when we built our first store out of scrap lumber, vintage fixtures and a dream. After refinishing the floors and repainting it we bought the industries’ best espresso…

Which Cheese Gourmet Grilled Cheese Food Truck Photo
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94954

Which cheese is a new Gourmet food truck serving the bay area grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

California Cheese Trail Map Photo
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94952

Meet California’s cheesemakers; visit a cheese maker; take a farm tour; and learn about the wide variety of cheeses available. Some cheesemakers are open to the public on a regular basis, some are…