Not all vacations require a passport and massive amounts of planning. Some of the members of our team are giving you their expert advice if you are anywhere near these areas. If you are living in a tourism area, it can be really fun to get to know your town through the eyes of a visitor.
Andrea Koweek - Petaluma
Petaluma, once known as the World’s Egg basket, has seen a transformation over the last decade. Through all the changes, this charming small city has managed to evolve while retaining a sense of history and charm and provides the perfect setting for your next local getaway.
While it can be the gateway to exploring Sonoma Wine County, locals know that our downtown riverfront community is chock full of hidden gems that provide everything you need for a fun filled weekend without even getting in your car.
Unique Places to stay:
The newly renovated Hotel Petaluma is centrally located in historic downtown. A beautiful lobby with comfy couches, a fireplace, and a wine bar make this the ideal spot to return to after a day of sightseeing.
Another boutique favorite is the Metro Hotel, just a short walk from the center of town where you can stay in a French inspired room or in an airstream.
Soak in some History:
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, and the Petaluma Historic Train Depot
Fun on the River:
Petaluma SUP and Clavey Paddlesports for Stand Up Paddle boards, kayaks, and rafts to make the most of your visit.
Tolay Regional Park, Shollenberger Park, Helen Putnam Regional Park are worthwhile hikes.
Lots of choices for live music including; Lagunitas Taproom & Beer Sanctuary, Mystic Theater, Red Brick, The Block Petaluma.
Where to Eat and Drink:
We could take up days of your time raving about all the great spots to enjoy in Petaluma ranging from Italian classics like Volpi’s to new favorites like Stockhome, a counter-service restaurant serving Swedish street food and inspired by Middle Eastern Cuisine.
You will have a hard time choosing with options like Acre Coffee, Della Fattoria Downtown Café, the Tea Room Café, and Sax’s Joint.
Water Street Bistro, Wild Goat Bistro, Pearl, Brewster’s Beer Garden, and Lunchette are just a few of the many great options.
The Shuckery, Central Market, Sugo Trattoria, Cucina Paradiso, and Seared are some of the favorites.
Check out some of the great local wine bars, wineries and spirits: La Dolce Vita, Griffo Distillery, Taps, Adobe Road Winery, Barber Cellars, Sonoma Portworks.
Indulge your sweet tooth at Lala’s Creamery, Petaluma Creamery, or the Petaluma Pie Company.
Downtown Petaluma has an abundance of great shopping, including antique shops such as Summer Cottage Antiques, Vintage Bank Antiques, and Chelsea Antiques to name a few.
Local boutiques and shops include Copperfield’s Books, I Leoni for tabletop and cooking needs, clothing stores like Splendid Little Shop, Ooh La Luxe, Obsessed and Indigenous, housewares at Field Works, and jewelry at Spiral Jewelry.