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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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Phoenix Theater
201 Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater has a century of colorful and varied history. From opera house to movie theater to rock and roll venue and teen center, the Phoenix has repeatedly emerged from the ashes,…

Petaluma Speedway
100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma Fairgrounds Petaluma, CA 94953

We are the Wine Country's center of speed, featuring 360 Winged Sprints, Wingless Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Mini Stocks, and 600s. Come join us Saturday Night's for non-stop…

Petaluma Lavender Blossom Honey
764 Chapman Lane, Petaluma, CA 94952

Shop for exquisite goods like lavender bouquets, sachets, hydrosols and honey year-round on our website, and visit our Petaluma honey farm by appointment. Amid the rolling hills of Sonoma County, our…

Summer Cottage Antiques
153 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Located in the historic downtown district of Petaluma, California, Summer Cottage Antiques brings the rustic and whimsical style of California's history into the modern aesthetic. Created and operated…

Clover Sonoma
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94975

Clover Sonoma is a three generation, family-owned and operated dairy in northern California. We produce both organic and conventional dairy products that originate in the beautiful fields of…

Acre Coffee - The Roastery
1080 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

We are part of the craft coffee movement and practice standards that bring out the best in coffee. Our high quality, skillfully roasted beans, are freshly ground and prepared to exacting standards.…