Located just 32 miles north of San Francisco, in Sonoma County Wine Country, many visitors choose Petaluma as the ideal base for exploring Sonoma County’s more than 195 wineries, the redwoods, dramatic coast, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the entire Bay Area.
Because Petaluma was miraculously untouched by the 1906 earthquake, a substantial stock of exquisite Victorian homes and commercial buildings remain, and sightseeing is a particularly rewarding treat. The Victorian Riverfront charm of Petaluma’s downtown is surrounded by scenic rural back roads, offering hiking and bicycling, just minutes away.
Petaluma’s Historic Downtown, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, offers extraordinary diversity in shopping and dining experiences, a wealth of nightlife, and numerous city parks. Turn-of-the-century buildings house many antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and live entertainment venues.
Whether it’s live theater, specialty nurseries, a variety of walking tours and factory tours, bird watching or kayaking on the Petaluma River, sports, or seasonal special events, there is every reason to visit Petaluma.
Experience the Charm of Petaluma’s friendly community spirited people, and find out why Petaluma is a favorite Wine Country destination.