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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 Lavender Blossom Honey
764 Chapman Lane, Petaluma, CA 94952

Shop for exquisite goods like lavender bouquets, sachets, hydrosols and honey year-round on our website, and visit our Petaluma honey farm by appointment. Amid the rolling hills of Sonoma County, our…

Skippy's Egg Store
951 Transport Way, Petaluma, CA 94952

We are an egg farm, so you would expect to find our complete line of cage free eggs, but you might be surprised at all the other food service items we offer our customers. We deliver our eggs to…

Willowbrook Ale House
3600 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Willowbrook Ale House is a local favorite for pool, drinks, karaoke, live music, and the BEST burgers in town!

Petaluma Bounty
55 Shasta Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

Petaluma Bounty is working to create a sustainable Petaluma food system with healthy fresh food for everyone! Formed in summer 2006 with initial seed funding from the Hub of Petaluma Foundation,…