is an ideal gateway to the northern California Countryside.
Located at Highway 101 in Sonoma County wine country, just
32 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Petaluma is a great
base for exploring Sonoma County's more than 190 wineries,
Marin County's Point Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay and
the Russian River Valley, and points beyond.
is more than a great portal to the California Countryside.
It's also home to more than 600 businesses, 65 historical
properties, and a year-round calendar of festive events such
as the Butter & Egg Days Parade, Semi-Annual Antique Faires,
Arts & Garden Festival, Victorian Holiday Events, Great Petaluma
Quilt Show, and world-famous Petaluma World Wrist-Wrestling
Petaluma Visitor Center
800 Baywood Drive, Suite A
Petaluma, CA 94954
Toll free: (877) 2-PETALUMA (273-8258)
Fax: (707) 762-4721
The heart of Petaluma is its Victorian Historic Downtown,
which was added to the National Register of Historic Places
in 1995. Petaluma's
Victorian commercial buildings, survivors of the 1906 San
Francisco earthquake, were preserved by the townspeople, and
are now home to dozens of antique shops, art galleries, cafes
and coffeehouses, as well as a variety of family businesses.
Visitors can combine shopping with history while wandering
through the city's downtown district, studded with graceful
Iron Front buildings of the 1800s, and along the River Walk.
In addition to self-guided tours, the "city made for walking"
offers guided tours led by costumed docents who bring Petaluma's
past alive through colorful commentary while strolling through
the historic downtown district.
Visitors can pick up a free Farm Trails map and hit the road
to explore Petaluma
and Sonoma County farms just as visitors (and top San Francisco
restaurants) have been doing for more than 25 years. Fruits,
plants and trees are available direct from the farmer. A "life-on-the-farm"
experience featuring sheep, llamas, honeybees, butterflies
and, of course, Petaluma's famous chickens is included in
Farm Trails visits. Seasonal adventures include pumpkins and
gourds in the fall, Christmas trees in the winter, baby animals,
and fields of flowers in the spring!