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Ahidden gem for retreats, reunions, conferences and weddings, Petaluma is easily located just 32 miles from San Francisco and 40 miles from Oakland. The historic and pastoral setting makes it feel like you’re a million miles away from the frenetic pace of the city.

Petaluma is an event planner’s dream location and a haven for delivering customized experiences. Wedding, meeting, and event venues run the gamut from traditional to distinctive, making your event a unique and unforgettable experience. Consider one of Petaluma’s many non-traditional options including ranches, rustic barns, wineries, historic buildings, wildlife conference centers, and multiple theaters. In need of space to really spread out? The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center can accommodate you.

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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. And for the icing on the cake, maybe you’ve heard that eggs and dairy are kind of our thing. The result is pure yum.

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.

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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. 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.