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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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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.
Hollingsworth Jewelers Gallery
5 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952
Enjoy your jewelry shopping experience in a relaxed, casual atmosphere with friendly customer service and a knowledgeable staff at Hollingsworth Jewelers Gallery, voted people’s choice for Best…
Petaluma Shakespeare Company
625 Second Street, Foundry Wharf Petaluma, CA 94952

Petaluma Shakespeare Company, the only free Shakespeare in Sonoma County, was founded in 2015 opening its first season of Free Shakespeare by the River at Foundry Wharf with Taming of the…

The Alchemia Gallery
111 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
Our artists are constantly creating, which means our retail gallery is bursting with vibrant, original artwork available for your home or office. The Alchemia Gallery also houses two working art…
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…
Peterson's Farm
636 Gossage Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952
Peterson's Farm welcomes you. We sell eggs, honey and produce from our garden when it is in season. All farm products are raised pesticide and herbicide free and the chickens have free run in the…