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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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Taqueria Los Potrillos
355 E. Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
We specialize in all kinds of Mexican food, being local to the community for 17 years. With the fact that we're local, we know the communities' taste and have food to their liking. So come on down, we…
Hallie's Diner
125 Keller Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
Great local diner, super friendly people working and eating here, amazing food, fresh squeezed orange juice, great cornmeal pancakes. Worth planning your trip to include breakfast at Hallies.
Chileno Valley Ranch u-pick apples
5105 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
Located just outside Petaluma and just over the Marin County line, this is the perfect place for a family outing. Farm tours are given throughout the day, and sometimes you can feed the baby animals.…
Gilardi's Lakeville Marina
5684 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, CA 95454
Gilardis Lakeville Marina is located approximately at the midway point between the mouth of Petaluma River and the City of Petaluma. The Marina provides access to a guest dock, restaurant & bar,…