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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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Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)
5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200 Petaluma, CA 94954

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is the San Francisco Bay Area’s newest transportation option for travel, offering passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin counties. SMART’s initial 43 miles…

Hotel Petaluma
205 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Under new ownership as of April 1, 2015, Petaluma's own historic Hotel Petaluma is being resurrected as the grand hotel and pride of Sonoma county it once was when it first opened its doors in 1924.…

Petaluma Turning Basin at Dusk
210 Lakeville St, Petaluma, CA 94952

Start your Sonoma adventure in Petaluma, the southernmost city in Sonoma County and gateway to Wine Country. Located in the yellow Historic Train Depot built in 1914, the Visitors Center friendly and…

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…

Hawkwood Hill Logo
1002 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

Nestled in the gentle hills of southern Sonoma country, Hawkwood Estate spans 200 acres of pastoral beauty. Established in 1993 as the region’s PREMIER EQUESTRIAN FACILITY, our tailored grounds offer…

Rooster Run Golf Club
2301 E. Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94954

For your small or grand event, Rooster Run Event Center offers three elegant and unique spaces, each with its own entrance and beautiful golf course views. Savor your wine country event while we take…