Ahidden gem for retreats, reunions, conferences and weddings, Petaluma is easy to get to yet the pastoral setting makes it feel like you’re a million miles away from the frenetic pace of the city.
Located just 32 miles from San Francisco and about 40 miles from Oakland, Petaluma is an event planner’s dream location.
WORK SEEMS LIKE PLAY IN PETALUMA
Set foot in Sonoma County and take in the spectacular landscape – you’ll almost forget there is an agenda on the table. Take care of business and after-hours, unwind at one of Petaluma’s lively entertainment spots.
Meeting facilities run the gamut from affordable and family-friendly at our Community Center, horse-friendly at Flying Cloud, to the very business-friendly Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma overlooking the Marina.
In need of space to really spread out? Think trailers and RVs… the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center is available for rent. Or if your event doesn’t need that much real estate, they also have a variety of affordable spaces than can accommodate 25 to 500 people.
A SPECIAL DESTINATION FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY
Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding for just the immediate family or a more formal ceremony with 400 guests, brides-to-be have many choices for hosting their dream wedding. Romantic gardens, historic halls, and scenic venues are available to suit every style and budget. The menu will be as memorable as the setting; Petaluma has many local caterers who specialize in preparing artisanal, Wine Country-influenced cuisine.
After waving goodbye to the bride and groom, guests will be in the ideal location to make it a mini-vacation and spend the rest of the weekend wine tasting or sightseeing throughout scenic Sonoma County.
THE ICING ON THE CAKE
When it comes to the details, look no further. Petaluma is full of master chef’s and bakers- we hear it’s because we produce the best ingredients- if you haven’t heard, eggs and dairy are kind of our thing. We also have local wedding planners, limousine services and caterers, and plenty of lodging to hold your family and friends.
PLAN YOUR NEXT MEETING IN PETALUMA
When you tell your group that the next conference, meeting or team building event will be held in wine country, get ready for an enthusiastic response. Then add that it’s in Petaluma – the Sonoma County city that’s closest to San Francisco and Oakland – and get ready to be roundly cheered.
Affordable and accessible…all the features that make Petaluma such a popular tourism destination also make it an ideal meeting location. Visitors love the authentic vibe that is pervasive in Petaluma. Once you’ve seen the last Powerpoint slide, start exploring the dining, shopping and entertainment options in walkable historic downtown. Farm-to-table dining, antique galleries, cozy wine bars or craft beer taprooms…it’s all to be found right in town.
Or feeling like could use some fresh air? Petaluma is less than a half hour away from the dramatic Sonoma Coast. Bodega Bay or Point Reyes are favorite destinations for a rejuvenating respite from the work agenda.