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Petaluma

The riverside town of 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. 

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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The Plaza North Shopping Center Photo
259B N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94954

The Plaza North is one of Petaluma’s oldest and largest shopping centers. We are conveniently located near the corner of the heavily trafficked North McDowell Boulevard and East Washington Street…

Chicken sandwich Photo
1410 South McDowell Blvd Suite D, Petaluma, CA 94954

Belfare cooks local food at the Farmers Market Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for seasonal menu updates and more pop-up appearances.

Pearl—Spanish frittata with romesco Photo
500 First St., Petaluma, CA 94952

Pearl is a gem of a place, tucked away on a cozy corner in Petaluma's warehouse district. We are a memorable and exceptional daytime café and a weekend brunch destination. Pearl offers Eastern…

California Cheese Trail Map Photo
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94952

Meet California’s cheesemakers; visit a cheese maker; take a farm tour; and learn about the wide variety of cheeses available. Some cheesemakers are open to the public on a regular basis, some are…

Bodega Farm Cottage Photo
12830 Valley Ford Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

Welcome to the world of Oyster Farming! This quaint cottage has been recently remodeled but maintains its country feel. Located on the property of Bodega Bay Oyster Company you will get an insight…

Home2 Suites by Hilton Petaluma
1205 Redwood Way, Petaluma, CA 94954

Spacious Suites in Sonoma Wine Country Find us 10 minutes from Historic Downtown Petaluma with its shops and restaurants. We’re 17 miles from Sonoma, home to many wineries and vineyards. 20 minutes…

Rosewood Photo
351 Hicks Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

Rosewood Events is an elegant, private wedding venue located in Petaluma, California. This private estate is surrounded by 600 acres of breathtaking views and the natural beauty of flower gardens,…