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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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Art Gallery at Rancho Obi-Wan
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94952

Rancho Obi-Wan is a 9,000-square-foot non-profit museum located on the outskirts of wine country in Petaluma, California. Officially recognized by Guinness World Records in 2014, it houses the world’s…

Petaluma Village Premium Outlets
2200 Petaluma Blvd. N., Suite 210, Petaluma, CA 94952

Located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, Petaluma Village Premium Outlets is an outdoor shopping mall that offers impressive savings all year round at 60 outlet stores. Among…

Books at Chelsea Antiques
148 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Chelsea Antiques is a not-to-be-missed destination shopping adventure promising extraordinary offerings. With over 25 independent dealers, Chelsea Antiques offers a wide range of furniture, lighting,…

Larsen's Christmas Tree Farms
391 Marshall Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

The Larsen Family planted their first Christmas trees in 1963 and has been happily helping make holiday memories ever since. Peruse a variety of trees, pick up a wreath, some garlands, free boughs,…

Vintage Bank Antiques
101 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Three floors to explore in a grand, architectural treasure. A cornerstone of Petaluma's antique district, with 30 dealers presenting 2,000+ quality paintings, elegant furniture and 60+ cases of choice…

Vine & Barrel Wines
113 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Vine and Barrel is a large, retail bottle shop specializing in wines from all over the world. We also have a 26 seat wine/tapas bar and serve local and European hand-crafted beers and small plate…