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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 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 Shrew. In…

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.…

Thistle Meats
160 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Thistle Meats offers locally raised beef, lamb, goat, pork, rabbit, and poultry from farms and ranches we know and trust. We adhere to a philosophy of whole animal butchery, offering hand made…

Truck & Barter
108 Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Truck & Barter is a family owned, modern day general store, carefully curated with bespoke brands and superior quality products. Shop our collection online. Monday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed…

Spring Hill Cheese
711 Western Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

Sonoma County is home to some of the world’s best dairies. The sea salt air, foggy mornings, and mild climate all help to produce great grass and healthy cows. In 1987, Larry Peter bought a neglected…