Petaluma might not have the public relations clout of Sonoma County's fancier towns, but it has hidden treasures, including a devotion to excellent food.

Petaluma might not have the public relations clout of Sonoma County's fancier towns, but it has hidden treasures, including a devotion to excellent food.

Known as the hometown of Winona Ryder, the filming of American Graffiti, and its annual Butter & Egg Days Parade, historic riverside Petaluma is such a fun place to explore with your family. You’ve probably passed it on your way to redwoods country, but this close-knit community has hidden treasures for an exciting day trip. The relaxing drive there on US…

Known as the hometown of Winona Ryder, the filming of American Graffiti, and its annual Butter & Egg Days Parade, historic riverside Petaluma is such a fun place to explore with your family. You’ve probably passed it on your way to redwoods country, but this close-knit community has hidden treasures for an exciting day trip. The relaxing drive there on US…

Washoe House in Petaluma, California.    The place has been around since 1859, and used to be a stop on the stagecoach line. Patrons have been writing notes on then tacking dollar bills to the walls for decades, so the bars walls are almost ruffled.

Washoe House in Petaluma, California. The place has been around since 1859, and used to be a stop on the stagecoach line. Patrons have been writing notes on then tacking dollar bills to the walls for decades, so the bars walls are almost ruffled.

French flea market meets self-service at the funky, quirky Metro Hotel & Cafe in Petaluma, California.:

French flea market meets self-service at the funky, quirky Metro Hotel & Cafe in Petaluma, California.:

15 Things to do in Sonoma County, California with kids (that don't involve wine tasting!) Some might surprise you!

15 Things to do in Sonoma County, California with kids (that don't involve wine tasting!) Some might surprise you!

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