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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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Hawkwood Hill Logo
1002 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
Hawkwood Hill offers over 240 acres of pastoral beauty 30 miles north of San Francisco, just seven minutes outside of charming town of Petaluma. We are located in the gentle hills of southern Sonoma…
Petaluma Golf & Country Club
1500 Country Club Drive, Petaluma, CA 94952
Petaluma Golf & Country Club is a private club offering a wide range of golfing opportunities and a venue for special occasions and events. The nine-hole course is configured with numerous tee…
Sienna Antiques
119 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952
Exceptional Home Furnishings from Exiting Modern to three Centuries of Antiques. Come see for yourself!
Joy H Regan, Founder
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94954
Our motto ~ No Woman Left Inside Do you like to walk but don’t want to walk alone? When you travel, would you like to step out and explore but don’t feel confident going by yourself? Time to get a…
Velvet Ice Collection
140 Second Street, Suite 108 Petaluma, CA 94952
Indulge in feel-good shopping at the Velvet Ice Collection which offers a delightful array of clothing, jewelry, gifts, soaps, lotions, accessories, and home décor to delight the senses. The clothing…