Guidebook for Petaluma

Stephen & Karen
Stephen & Karen
Guidebook for Petaluma

Food Scene

This is one of our favorite Petaluma restaurants. Stephanie & her staff create delicious dishes for breakfast & lunch. On a nice day, sit outside by the river. It's a bit of Paris in NorCal!
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Water Street Bistro
100 Petaluma Boulevard North
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This is one of our favorite Petaluma restaurants. Stephanie & her staff create delicious dishes for breakfast & lunch. On a nice day, sit outside by the river. It's a bit of Paris in NorCal!
Another of our favorite Petaluma restaurants. The best bread in NorCal & their breakfasts & lunches are wonderul. Kathleen & Edmund bake their bread at their ranch. Ask about their ranch dinners.
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Della Fattoria Downtown Café
141 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Another of our favorite Petaluma restaurants. The best bread in NorCal & their breakfasts & lunches are wonderul. Kathleen & Edmund bake their bread at their ranch. Ask about their ranch dinners.
The Tea Room is the closest cafe to our Oak Terrace Guest House, just a few blocks, and is a great place to get breakfast or lunch.
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Tea Room Cafe
316 Western Avenue
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The Tea Room is the closest cafe to our Oak Terrace Guest House, just a few blocks, and is a great place to get breakfast or lunch.
The best selection of local cheeses. And you've got to check out their delicious ice cream! Just a block from the Oak Terrace Guest House.
Petaluma Creamery - Corporate Office
621 Western Avenue
The best selection of local cheeses. And you've got to check out their delicious ice cream! Just a block from the Oak Terrace Guest House.
The Aqus Cafe has become the unofficial community center of Petaluma. A great place to get some coffee, breakfast or a pint & a panini in the evening. The Aqus has live music. Check their calendar.
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Aqus Café at Foundry Wharf
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The Aqus Cafe has become the unofficial community center of Petaluma. A great place to get some coffee, breakfast or a pint & a panini in the evening. The Aqus has live music. Check their calendar.
Acre is the best coffee shop in NorCal. A great place to get a handcrafted coffee drink, people watch, and check your email with their free wi-fi.
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Acre Coffee
21 4th Street
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Acre is the best coffee shop in NorCal. A great place to get a handcrafted coffee drink, people watch, and check your email with their free wi-fi.
Fine Wine Country dining. One of 3 Michelin rated restaurants in Petaluma. You'll have a memorable meal, I guarantee it.
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Central Market
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Fine Wine Country dining. One of 3 Michelin rated restaurants in Petaluma. You'll have a memorable meal, I guarantee it.
Dempsey's is a great microbrewerey & restaurant. Peter has been brewing the beer for 20+ years while Bernadette has managed the kitchen. Dine outside on a nice day with a pint of Red Rooster ale.
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Dempsey's Restaurant & Brewery
50 East Washington Street
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Dempsey's is a great microbrewerey & restaurant. Peter has been brewing the beer for 20+ years while Bernadette has managed the kitchen. Dine outside on a nice day with a pint of Red Rooster ale.
We've been to Mexico a few times. We fell in love with tacos al pastor. They're hard to find in NorCal. Lolita's does them up right. Combination supermercado/ restaurant. A local favorite.
Lolita's Market
451 Lakeville Street
We've been to Mexico a few times. We fell in love with tacos al pastor. They're hard to find in NorCal. Lolita's does them up right. Combination supermercado/ restaurant. A local favorite.
According to my large circle of salsa enthusiasts La Azteca has the best salsa in town.
La Azteca
1420 South McDowell Boulevard
According to my large circle of salsa enthusiasts La Azteca has the best salsa in town.
Great little restaurant that serves delicious pizzas, and vegetarian & gluten-free dishes. You should make a reservation.
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Wild Goat Bistro
6 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Great little restaurant that serves delicious pizzas, and vegetarian & gluten-free dishes. You should make a reservation.
A good little family run Mexican restaurant on Kentucky Street.
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Mi Pueblo El Centro
108 Kentucky Street
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A good little family run Mexican restaurant on Kentucky Street.
A great bakery with fresh bread, pastries & coffee.
Bovine Bakery
23 Kentucky Street
A great bakery with fresh bread, pastries & coffee.
Another great place to eat in Petaluma. Really interesting dishes & wraps. Healthy!
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Cafe Zazzle
121 Kentucky Street
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Another great place to eat in Petaluma. Really interesting dishes & wraps. Healthy!
Historic prohibition era speakeasy & Italian family-style restaurant. On Friday nights there's accordian music in the back room. Check it out!
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Volpi's | Ristorante & Bar
124 East Washington Street
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Historic prohibition era speakeasy & Italian family-style restaurant. On Friday nights there's accordian music in the back room. Check it out!
If you venture out to the Point Reyes National Seashore, and you should if time permits, plan on ending your day at The Station House Cafe. Our favorite NorCal coast restaurant.
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Station House Cafe
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If you venture out to the Point Reyes National Seashore, and you should if time permits, plan on ending your day at The Station House Cafe. Our favorite NorCal coast restaurant.
After you visit the little towns of Bodega & Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchcock filmed "The Birds", enjoy some fresh seafood overlooking Bodega Bay.
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The Tides Wharf & Restaurant
835 Bay Highway
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After you visit the little towns of Bodega & Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchcock filmed "The Birds", enjoy some fresh seafood overlooking Bodega Bay.
Really good small bakery. We stop here on our way back from our walk on Dillon Beach. I love their pesto twists & home-made danish. Good coffee. Yum..
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Tomales Bakery
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Really good small bakery. We stop here on our way back from our walk on Dillon Beach. I love their pesto twists & home-made danish. Good coffee. Yum..
Fresh seafood with spectacular views of Tomales Bay & Point Reyes.
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Nick's Cove
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Fresh seafood with spectacular views of Tomales Bay & Point Reyes.
If you visit Bolinas get a bite at The Coast Cafe. Our old friend David Cook is the chef. Ask about the catch of the day. You won't be sorry!
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Coast Cafe
46 Wharf Road
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If you visit Bolinas get a bite at The Coast Cafe. Our old friend David Cook is the chef. Ask about the catch of the day. You won't be sorry!
A nice little Tapas/ Small plate restaurant with good food & drinks. Outside dining on Helen Putnam Plaza.
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Speakeasy
139 Petaluma Blvd N
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A nice little Tapas/ Small plate restaurant with good food & drinks. Outside dining on Helen Putnam Plaza.
Yummy Chicago deep dish style pizza. You should like cheese. And plan on taking a hike to burn off the calories.
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Old Chicago Pizza Restaurant
41 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Yummy Chicago deep dish style pizza. You should like cheese. And plan on taking a hike to burn off the calories.
They roast their own imported beans. Great place to sit & sip. Located in a cool neighborhood, have some coffee then explore.
Petaluma Coffee & Tea Co.
212 2nd Street
They roast their own imported beans. Great place to sit & sip. Located in a cool neighborhood, have some coffee then explore.
Good Thai food. Eat there in one of the big old homey Victorian rooms or take out.
Thai Cuisine
610 Petaluma Boulevard North
Good Thai food. Eat there in one of the big old homey Victorian rooms or take out.
Probably the best Italian food north of North Beach in San Francisco. Great local & Italian wines. Ask the staff about pairing the best wine with your meal.
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Cucina Paradiso
114 Petaluma Blvd N
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Probably the best Italian food north of North Beach in San Francisco. Great local & Italian wines. Ask the staff about pairing the best wine with your meal.
Good family-style Mexican restaurant in the heart of downtown.
Velasco's North of the Border
190 Kentucky Street
Good family-style Mexican restaurant in the heart of downtown.
A local favorite for breakfast or brunch. You might have to wait in line.
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Hallie's
125 Keller Street
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A local favorite for breakfast or brunch. You might have to wait in line.
Riverside cafe overlooking the turning basin. Good breakfasts & lunches. If the weather's nice sit outside on the deck.
Apple Box
224 B Street
Riverside cafe overlooking the turning basin. Good breakfasts & lunches. If the weather's nice sit outside on the deck.
For us caffeine addicts, the closest Starbucks to the Guest House.
Starbucks
125 Petaluma Boulevard North
For us caffeine addicts, the closest Starbucks to the Guest House.
Really good fresh pies. Sweet or savory. Eat there or bring it home. They even deliver! Breakfast pies! Mmmmm....
Petaluma Pie Company
125 Petaluma Boulevard North
Really good fresh pies. Sweet or savory. Eat there or bring it home. They even deliver! Breakfast pies! Mmmmm....
World-class hot dogs! And fries! Chicago style. Really! Read their Yelp reviews. For a real Norcal experience, go on a Monday when they have the livestock auction out back. Another P-Town gem..
Roy's Chicago Doggery & Italian Beef
84 Corona Road
World-class hot dogs! And fries! Chicago style. Really! Read their Yelp reviews. For a real Norcal experience, go on a Monday when they have the livestock auction out back. Another P-Town gem..

Drinks & Nightlife

Ray's is our funky neighborhood bar & deli. A great place to grab a pint & a fresh home made soup & sandwich. The open mics on Wednesday evenings, 6-9pm, are a hoot! Check'em out.
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RAY'S DELICATESSEN & TAVERN
900 Western Avenue
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Ray's is our funky neighborhood bar & deli. A great place to grab a pint & a fresh home made soup & sandwich. The open mics on Wednesday evenings, 6-9pm, are a hoot! Check'em out.
You can sample something like 100 specialty beers, many locally brewed, at Taps. Then zigzag back through the neighborhood to the Oak Terrace Guest House! They also serve good beer bar food.
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Taps
54 E Washington St
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You can sample something like 100 specialty beers, many locally brewed, at Taps. Then zigzag back through the neighborhood to the Oak Terrace Guest House! They also serve good beer bar food.
One of the several great wine bars in Petaluma. Taste world-class local wines and walk home to The Oak Terrace Guest House.
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La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge
151 Petaluma Boulevard South
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One of the several great wine bars in Petaluma. Taste world-class local wines and walk home to The Oak Terrace Guest House.
One of the several great wine bars in Petaluma. Taste world-class local wines and walk home to The Oak Terrace Guest House.
Vine & Barrel Wines & Wine, Draft, and Tapas Bar
113 Petaluma Boulevard North
One of the several great wine bars in Petaluma. Taste world-class local wines and walk home to The Oak Terrace Guest House.
Lagunitas is one of the most popular craft breweries in the country. It's worth a visit. Take a tour & enjoy some great beer & live music Wed-Sun in the afternoon. Just tours on Mon & Tues.
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
1280 N McDowell Blvd
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Lagunitas is one of the most popular craft breweries in the country. It's worth a visit. Take a tour & enjoy some great beer & live music Wed-Sun in the afternoon. Just tours on Mon & Tues.

Shopping

Need a NorCal guidebook, a specialty magazine, or a best seller? Copperfield's Books is NorCal's best local independent bookseller.
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Copperfield's Books
140 Kentucky Street
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Need a NorCal guidebook, a specialty magazine, or a best seller? Copperfield's Books is NorCal's best local independent bookseller.
My old friend Charles Cowles has the best music store in the Western Hemisphere. They have the best selection of Gibson, Fender, and Martin guitars on the West Coast.
Tall Toad Music
43 Petaluma Boulevard North
My old friend Charles Cowles has the best music store in the Western Hemisphere. They have the best selection of Gibson, Fender, and Martin guitars on the West Coast.
Really interesting & unique women's clothing. Nan has bailed me out numerous times when I need something beautiful for Karen.
Nan Winters
23 4th Street
Really interesting & unique women's clothing. Nan has bailed me out numerous times when I need something beautiful for Karen.
Our great local 2nd-hand store run by the wonderful Hospice of Petaluma.
Sack's Hospice of Petaluma
128 Liberty Street
Our great local 2nd-hand store run by the wonderful Hospice of Petaluma.
Our other great local 2nd-hand store. All proceeds go to our local schools.
Alphabet Soup Thrift Stores
203 Western Avenue
Our other great local 2nd-hand store. All proceeds go to our local schools.
Shunzi's boutique has been voted one of the best boutiques in the Bay Area. Our local fashion designer.
Shunzi - Petaluma
141 Kentucky Street
Shunzi's boutique has been voted one of the best boutiques in the Bay Area. Our local fashion designer.
I always thought that the Seed Bank must be some kind of money laundering scheme but apparently they're legit. The place to go for those hard to find seeds & gardening books. Also a great browse.
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Seed Bank
199 Petaluma Boulevard North
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I always thought that the Seed Bank must be some kind of money laundering scheme but apparently they're legit. The place to go for those hard to find seeds & gardening books. Also a great browse.
Cool 2nd hand store with vintage/ retro clothing, furniture & books. Also great collection of vinyl records for sale. Another great Petaluma browse.
Thrifty Hippy Thrift Store
218 Petaluma Boulevard North
Cool 2nd hand store with vintage/ retro clothing, furniture & books. Also great collection of vinyl records for sale. Another great Petaluma browse.
Need some hardware? Rex is our great local hardware store. Lots of interesting housewares & knick-knacks also. Worth a visit if you're walking around downtown.
Rex Ace Hardware
313 B Street
Need some hardware? Rex is our great local hardware store. Lots of interesting housewares & knick-knacks also. Worth a visit if you're walking around downtown.
Another one of Petaluma's many cool consignment stores.
Red Umbrella Consignment Inc
120 Kentucky Street
Another one of Petaluma's many cool consignment stores.

Arts & Culture

The Mystic Theatre hosts some of the best live music in NorCal. Touring and local acts. Check their website for the calendar
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Mystic Theatre
23 Petaluma Boulevard North
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The Mystic Theatre hosts some of the best live music in NorCal. Touring and local acts. Check their website for the calendar
Our multiplex.
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Boulevard 14 Cinema
200 C Street
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Our multiplex.

Sightseeing

The best local hike with a spectacular view of the Petaluma valley. About 5 minutes by car from the Oak Terrace Guest House.
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Helen Putnam Regional Park
411 Chileno Valley Road
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The best local hike with a spectacular view of the Petaluma valley. About 5 minutes by car from the Oak Terrace Guest House.
Our magnificent NorCal coast. The drive out to Point Reyes is spectacular and then when you get there it just gets better.
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Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd
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Our magnificent NorCal coast. The drive out to Point Reyes is spectacular and then when you get there it just gets better.
A pleasant walk in the Petaluma River wetlands and wild bird sanctuary. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the pond. You may see some exotic migrating birds depending on the season.
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Shollenberger Park
1400 Cader Lane
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A pleasant walk in the Petaluma River wetlands and wild bird sanctuary. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the pond. You may see some exotic migrating birds depending on the season.
Great views of our lovely valley and the Bay Area.
Sonoma Mountain Road
Great views of our lovely valley and the Bay Area.
Some great hikes. This is an old Miwok Indian village dating back to 6000 BC! More recently this is where The Grateful Dead lived for a while in the late 60's. Ghosts of Neal Cassady & Pigpen..
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Olompali State Historic Park
8901 Redwood Highway
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Some great hikes. This is an old Miwok Indian village dating back to 6000 BC! More recently this is where The Grateful Dead lived for a while in the late 60's. Ghosts of Neal Cassady & Pigpen..
The "other" ferry to SF. A nice drive along San Pablo Bay to the Vallejo Ferry Terminal. The ferry ride is about an hour & scenic. The SF Bay from another perspective.
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Vallejo Ferry
289 Mare Island Way
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The "other" ferry to SF. A nice drive along San Pablo Bay to the Vallejo Ferry Terminal. The ferry ride is about an hour & scenic. The SF Bay from another perspective.
The best way to get to SF! It drops you off at the Embarcadero Center at the foot of Market Street where you can get buses or streetcars to most anywhere in The City. Take BART to Oakland or Berkeley.
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Golden Gate Ferry Larkspur Terminal
101 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
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The best way to get to SF! It drops you off at the Embarcadero Center at the foot of Market Street where you can get buses or streetcars to most anywhere in The City. Take BART to Oakland or Berkeley.
This is the best place to see whales when they're migrating. Also great views of our NorCal coast.
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Bodega Head
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This is the best place to see whales when they're migrating. Also great views of our NorCal coast.
This is where Alfred Hitchcock filmed some of his classic film "The Birds".
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Bodega
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This is where Alfred Hitchcock filmed some of his classic film "The Birds".
The closest beach to The Oak Terrace Guest House. A scenic drive through Sonoma/ Marin counties and the charming small town of Tomales.
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Dillon Beach
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The closest beach to The Oak Terrace Guest House. A scenic drive through Sonoma/ Marin counties and the charming small town of Tomales.
The drive to Mt. Tam, either from Hwy 1 from the North or through Mill Valley from the South is incredible. The view from the summit is breathtaking.
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Mount Tamalpais State Park
3801 Panoramic Hwy
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The drive to Mt. Tam, either from Hwy 1 from the North or through Mill Valley from the South is incredible. The view from the summit is breathtaking.
We call it "the little town that time forgot". Settled by some hippies in the 60's, Bolinas hasn't changed much except for the price of a home. A great beach for surfing when there's a south swell.
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Bolinas
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We call it "the little town that time forgot". Settled by some hippies in the 60's, Bolinas hasn't changed much except for the price of a home. A great beach for surfing when there's a south swell.
A great beach for swimming & sunbathing when there's no sharks or fog. A great drive nonetheless.
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Stinson Beach
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A great beach for swimming & sunbathing when there's no sharks or fog. A great drive nonetheless.
A great hike up & down a steep narrow valley lined with trees filled with Egret's nests.
Audubon Canyon Ranch
A great hike up & down a steep narrow valley lined with trees filled with Egret's nests.
A nice park on a hill with old oak trees. Hence the name. Just a short pleasant stroll from the Guest House.
Oak Hill Park
A nice park on a hill with old oak trees. Hence the name. Just a short pleasant stroll from the Guest House.

Essentials

Petaluma Market is our local version of Whole Foods. Good local veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wines, a deli. Everything you need for your stay at the Oak Terrace Guest House.
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Petaluma Market
210 Western Avenue
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Petaluma Market is our local version of Whole Foods. Good local veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wines, a deli. Everything you need for your stay at the Oak Terrace Guest House.
Petaluma's Whole Foods Market. You know what that's all about. Good food, bring your checkbook..
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Whole Foods Market
621 East Washington Street
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Petaluma's Whole Foods Market. You know what that's all about. Good food, bring your checkbook..
Grocery Outlet has a very knowledgeable wine buyer. A great place to find some really good wine at discount prices. Also very reasonably priced groceries if you need to stock up for your stay.
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
80 East Washington Street
Grocery Outlet has a very knowledgeable wine buyer. A great place to find some really good wine at discount prices. Also very reasonably priced groceries if you need to stock up for your stay.

Everything Else

This is an interesting and quirky store. A combination old style military surplus store and military museum. A great browse.
The Petaluma Collective Militaria Mall
300 Petaluma Boulevard North
This is an interesting and quirky store. A combination old style military surplus store and military museum. A great browse.