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…

Discover the Hidden Delights of Downtown Petaluma

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…

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.

Sights and scenes around Petaluma, Calif.

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.

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.

The Cheese Factory, Petaluma, CA one of my favorite places.Been visiting since I was a baby! Was just there!

The Cheese Factory, Petaluma, CA one of my favorite places.Been visiting since I was a baby! Was just there!

Bovine Bakery in Petaluma, CA. I don't care what diet you're on, stop in when you visit downtown Petaluma. Zippertravel.com Digital Edition

Bovine Bakery in Petaluma, CA. I don't care what diet you're on, stop in when you visit downtown Petaluma. Zippertravel.com Digital Edition

One must visit the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma, California. And it's dog friendly! #MyHometownPins

One must visit the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma, California. And it's dog friendly! #MyHometownPins

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