Picture yourself in Petaluma shopping for funky to fabulous treasures in antique galleries in historic downtown, sampling artisan cheese at the source, savoring farm-to-table Wine Country cuisine, or sipping Sonoma County wine during a sunset cruise on the Petaluma River .
Petaluma is easy to find, straight up Highway 101, 32 miles north of San Francisco. We are the portal to Sonoma County, making Petaluma an ideal base for excursions to the Wine Country, the dramatic Sonoma Coast and the majestic redwood groves. Or stay in affordable accomodations in Petaluma and drive south across the Golden Gate Bridge for sightseeing in San Francisco.
If you are more of a waterway than highway type of traveler, it’s smooth sailing getting to Petaluma. Cruise up the gentle Petaluma River, dock at the Turning Basin, and be just steps away from award-winning restaurants, boutique shopping, live music and movies.
In addition to our great location, Petaluma is a city that knows how to have a good time. Our Events Calendar is loaded with fairs and festivals that are sometimes described as “quirky.” Call it what you will, the community thrives on coming together for events that celebrate our heritage and history.
No wonder Travel & Leisure Magazine named Petaluma one of the "Nation's Top Ten Getaways Near a Major City.”
So whether you are already in Petaluma or on the other side of the world, we hope you will take a few minutes exploring the plethora of possibilities that our small town with the huge personality offers visitors.