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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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Zoe & Kid Exchange Photo
137 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94954

Beautiful, unique, reasonable clothes. Very consistently friendly owner and employees. Laid-back shopping.

Peterson's Farm Photo
636 Gossage Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

Peterson's Farm welcomes you. We sell eggs, honey and produce from our garden when it is in season. All farm products are raised pesticide and herbicide free and the chickens have free run in the…

Petaluma Lavender Blossom Honey Photo
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…

Horse jump at Sonoma Equestrian Park Photo
7600 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, CA 94954

Situated on the banks of the Petaluma River, Sonoma Horse Park is a world-class horse show facility located just 25 miles north of San Francisco in Southern Sonoma County. The 60-acre facility boasts…

The Sweet Zone Photo
151 Petaluma Blvd. S., #113 Petaluma, CA 94952

Your local candy store has been happily serving the good people of Petaluma for 11 years. ​ Located in the heart of downtown Petaluma in Theatre Square, the largest candy store north of San Francisco…

Petaluma Shakespeare Company Photo
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…

The Big Easy Photo
128 American Alley, Petaluma, CA 94952

Welcome to The Big Easy, an underground Restaurant & Jazz Club in Historic Downtown Petaluma in American Alley! The Big Easy serves features live music 6 nights per week, in addition to occasionally…

Books at Chelsea Antiques Photo
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,…