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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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She'z Moto Camp
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94952
Our focus is on building confidence and inspiring females who want to grow as riders or racers. We don't think age matters in motorcycling, what matters is if you want to get better on a motorcycle.…
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.…
First Light Farm
4588 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952
We are a locally-owned and operated certified organic farm and CSA with a seasonal store onsite. Here at First Light Farm our farmers and owners, Jesse Pizzitola and Lisa Murgatroyd, bring you super…
Open Field Farms
2245 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
Open Field Farm is a biodynamic community supported farm in Petaluma, California, raising grass fed beef, vegetables, flowers, herbs, dry beans and corn.
Clover Sonoma
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94975
Clover Sonoma is a three generation, family-owned and operated dairy in northern California. We produce both organic and conventional dairy products that originate in the beautiful fields of…
Petaluma Golf & Country Club
1500 Country Club Drive, Petaluma, CA 94952
Petaluma Golf & Country Club is a private club offering a wide range of golfing opportunities and a venue for special occasions and events. The nine-hole course is configured with numerous tee…