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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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i Leoni
120 B Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

In 2004 the Leoni family founded a shop in Petaluma, California based on these premises; everyone can and should cook, entertaining should be as easy and accessible as it is beautiful and gracious,…

Indigenous
110 A Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

We are a fair trade organic vertical supplier that has been leading the way in contemporary hand made fashion. All our garments are made with extreme care, luxurious organic fibers and by artisans…

Gallery One
209 Western Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

Gallery One is the premier exhibitor of emerging, nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists. We are the only place in Petaluma that offers a diverse, eclectic collection of Fine…

Black Knight Vineyards
155 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Black Knight Vineyards is a family run vineyard and winery, established in 2007.  We specialize in small lot estate sparkling, chardonnay, and pinot noir.  The Vineyards at Black Knight are scattered…

Gilardi's Lakeville Marina
5684 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, CA 95454

Gilardis Lakeville Marina is located approximately at the midway point between the mouth of Petaluma River and the City of Petaluma. The Marina provides access to a guest dock, restaurant & bar,…

Warren Percell Studio
1514 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

Posters, which can be found in shops around town or at WineCountryPosters.com, are the creation of Petaluma, California artist Warren Percell, who has dreamt up a whole line of wine country posters…

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,…