Guidebook for Petaluma

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Guidebook for Petaluma

Food Scene

Best baked goods in town, and their honey-lavender latte is to die for!
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Della Fattoria Downtown Café
141 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Best baked goods in town, and their honey-lavender latte is to die for!
Local chain with the best chai!
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Acre Coffee
21 4th Street
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Local chain with the best chai!
Tapas, beer and wine in a cozy, romantic atmosphere. They also serve Heidrun Mead - so delicious (and it's local!).
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Speakeasy
139 Petaluma Blvd N
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Tapas, beer and wine in a cozy, romantic atmosphere. They also serve Heidrun Mead - so delicious (and it's local!).
French-California fusion at it's best. Try the beignets!
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Topsy's Kitchen
131 Kentucky Street
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French-California fusion at it's best. Try the beignets!
Hands down our favorite brunch spot in Petaluma. Local ingredients, literally everything they do is tasty, and the atmosphere is charming and funky!
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Wishbone
841 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Hands down our favorite brunch spot in Petaluma. Local ingredients, literally everything they do is tasty, and the atmosphere is charming and funky!
Delicious tapas, classy unique cocktails, rustic-chic atmosphere... whats not to love!? This place books up, so reservations are a must.
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Oso Sonoma
9 East Napa Street
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Delicious tapas, classy unique cocktails, rustic-chic atmosphere... whats not to love!? This place books up, so reservations are a must.
They provide unique vegetarian options alongside delicious meat entrees :)
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El Molino Central
11 Central Avenue
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They provide unique vegetarian options alongside delicious meat entrees :)
Our Latinx friends say this is the best Mexican place in town ;)
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Taqueria La Hacienda
17960 Sonoma Highway
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Our Latinx friends say this is the best Mexican place in town ;)
Food truck heaven, plus craft beer and community-style seating.
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The Block Petaluma
20 Grey St
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Food truck heaven, plus craft beer and community-style seating.
Gourmet greasy pub food, great cocktails, plus lots of outdoor seating. Dog & kid friendly - they have a kids play area and a bocce ball court.
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Brewsters Beer Garden
229 Water St
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Gourmet greasy pub food, great cocktails, plus lots of outdoor seating. Dog & kid friendly - they have a kids play area and a bocce ball court.
Burgers and brunch! A local Sonoma favorite with lovely outdoor seating, a casual vibe, and the best fries around.
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Picazo Cafe
19100 Arnold Drive
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Burgers and brunch! A local Sonoma favorite with lovely outdoor seating, a casual vibe, and the best fries around.
Delicious baked goods and coffee right on the plaza
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Basque Boulangerie Café
460 1st Street East
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Delicious baked goods and coffee right on the plaza
Personal favorite for baked goods, especially tasty when bought and eaten on the beach at Pt Reyes!
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Bovine Bakery
11315 California 1
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Personal favorite for baked goods, especially tasty when bought and eaten on the beach at Pt Reyes!

Drinks & Nightlife

The closest business to our house! Ernie's Tin Bar used to be a car shop, and has blossomed into a wonderful, local, funky bar. You will see all kinds of people here, from the regulars who've been coming for 50 years to young tourists passing through. Heads up - there is no cell phone use at this bar! They will ask you to donate to a cause of their choice if you're caught with a cell phone in hand! They also have a free shuttle service within 15 miles of the bar.
Ernie's Tin Bar
5100 Lakeville Hwy
The closest business to our house! Ernie's Tin Bar used to be a car shop, and has blossomed into a wonderful, local, funky bar. You will see all kinds of people here, from the regulars who've been coming for 50 years to young tourists passing through. Heads up - there is no cell phone use at this bar! They will ask you to donate to a cause of their choice if you're caught with a cell phone in hand! They also have a free shuttle service within 15 miles of the bar.
Iconic local brewery serving food and delicious beer on tap. Dog friendly! Beware, they close ridiculously early. Check their website for hours.
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
1280 N McDowell Blvd
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Iconic local brewery serving food and delicious beer on tap. Dog friendly! Beware, they close ridiculously early. Check their website for hours.

Everything Else

This historic Sonoma County bank building is now home to thousands of heirloom seed varieties! They also have lots of locally made gifts & food items.
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Seed Bank
199 Petaluma Boulevard North
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This historic Sonoma County bank building is now home to thousands of heirloom seed varieties! They also have lots of locally made gifts & food items.

Parks & Nature

Nice loop trail, lots of native birds to see enjoying the marshes, dogs allowed on leash. Flat trail - lots of folks run here.
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Shollenberger Park
1400 Cader Lane
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Nice loop trail, lots of native birds to see enjoying the marshes, dogs allowed on leash. Flat trail - lots of folks run here.
A fun hike up to a viewpoint from which you can see a vast expanse of the Sonoma Valley.
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Sonoma Overlook Trail
198 1st St W
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A fun hike up to a viewpoint from which you can see a vast expanse of the Sonoma Valley.
Large, lots of trails, suitable for all ages and abilities, play structure, pond, and vistas if you make it to the top! Dogs on leash allowed.
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Helen Putnam Regional Park
411 Chileno Valley Road
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Large, lots of trails, suitable for all ages and abilities, play structure, pond, and vistas if you make it to the top! Dogs on leash allowed.
Trails, picnic spots, dog off-leash area.. this park sustained fire damage last fall, and it is amazing to see the regeneration
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Sonoma Valley Regional Park
13630 Sonoma Highway
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Trails, picnic spots, dog off-leash area.. this park sustained fire damage last fall, and it is amazing to see the regeneration
This is a long, paved greenway path through the town of Sonoma. Perfect for a leisurely stroll post wine tasting, with ice cream in hand, etc. You can walk this path from the Plaza - just head one block north.
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Sonoma Bike Path
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This is a long, paved greenway path through the town of Sonoma. Perfect for a leisurely stroll post wine tasting, with ice cream in hand, etc. You can walk this path from the Plaza - just head one block north.

Sightseeing

The plaza sports a park at the center with play structures, picnic spots and a pond, and surrounding the park are some of the best restaurants, cafes, and shops in town! Tuesday nights Spring-Fall the Sonoma farmers market sets up here - come for delicious food trucks, fresh produce, and live music! Bonus: drinking is allowed in the plaza park only, so bring on the boozy picnics!
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Sonoma Plaza
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The plaza sports a park at the center with play structures, picnic spots and a pond, and surrounding the park are some of the best restaurants, cafes, and shops in town! Tuesday nights Spring-Fall the Sonoma farmers market sets up here - come for delicious food trucks, fresh produce, and live music! Bonus: drinking is allowed in the plaza park only, so bring on the boozy picnics!