Often when people think of Sonoma County they picture rolling hills with vineyards and wineries. Petaluma is a hidden gem amidst California Wine Country, a little town filled with charm and yet surprisingly very modern and trendy. Petaluma has somehow managed to walk the fine line between preserving all the old-world antiquities while still keeping the vibes fresh and welcoming for millennials.
In this guide I’ll tell you the best way to discover the favorite “must see” spots in Petaluma that are tailor-made for us millennials. Build your itinerary with where to stay, what to eat and where to explore… and of course where to take photos.
Acre Coffee - First stop for me in Petaluma was Acre Coffee located in downtown Petaluma at 21 4th St. (they have multiple locations in Northern California). I was feeling low in energy after my drive in from the city and caffeine from my perfectly crafted matcha latte did the trick. They also serve earl grey lattes which is also one of my all-time favorites! This location is very centrally located and you can pretty much walk to everything downtown with your beverage in hand.
My Favorite Downtown Petaluma Lunch Options
Lunchette - Healthy and fresh carryout plant-based lunches made with seasonal, organic and local ingredients. Located at 25 4th Street. Take your lunch up the road and enjoy a picnic on the grassy hill of Penry Park.
Petaluma Pie Company - Pie for lunch? Savory pies are a YES! for a meal. They’ve got farm-to-table flavors like spinach + feta and all kinds of Indian and Japanese curries. The savory pies are made in individual sizes so you can each get your own flavor combos.
Sweet Tooth Spots in Petaluma
Lala’s Creamery - In-house made organic ice-cream sourced from local farms. My favorite flavors are Honest Lemon Curd and French Custard. Plus the shop is cute as button inside!
Wicked Slush - It’s not quite ice cream, and not really a snow cone either. I think technically it’s Italian Ice but either way it’s worth a try to satisfy a sweet tooth craving. They come is very bright and colorful shades, Instagram-worthy for sure. You can also opt to get a soft serve in a very sparkly cone.
Field Works - Located at 316 B St, this boutique has California inspired cute finds for your home and kitchen.
Property Porn - One of the hallmarks of Petaluma are the beautiful Victorian houses that line the streets of downtown Petaluma. A leisurely walk down Kentucky Street behind Penry Park is a sight for sore eyes for all property lovers.
Vintage Bank Antiques - A treasure trove of curated collections of antiques, located inside a very fancy old bank. There’s 3 floors to explore and the stunning architecture inside makes it worth the visit alone. You can even take a peek inside the vault! Located in downtown Petaluma at 101 Petaluma Blvd N.
Farmer’s Market - On Wednesday’s you can visit the downtown Petaluma Farmer’s Market happening on Second St. It runs seasonally from June until August from 4:30pm - 8pm.
Lavender Bee Farm - There’s few things us millennials like more than flower fields, and you can find rows of beautiful planted lavender at the Petaluma Lavender Bee Farm. Hop in the car and drive to 764 Chapman Lane in Petaluma. Make sure to contact them before you arrive because they don’t have regularly scheduled open hours for the public.
Drinks and Good Vibes
Brewsters Beer Garden - A beautiful open-air setting and serving local craft beers and Southern BBQ. This joint prides itself on being a great place to bring kids and dogs, while still being appealing for adults.
Whisper Sisters - Specializing in fancy cocktails and small bites, the modern and trendy atmosphere makes this spot is ideal for happy hour hangouts.
Petaluma Restaurants Serving Up Good Atmosphere + Delicious Dinner Menu
Sake 107 - Authentic Japanese and sushi eats, and serving until 10pm of Friday and Saturday for you night owls. Located at 107 Petaluma Blvd N in downtown Petaluma.
Wishbone - Known for creative and adventurous fusion cuisine, foodies will rejoice!
Central Market - If you’re looking to splurge on some high-brow eats, Central Market provides a farm-to-table rustic California-Mediterranean dinner menu.
Where to Stay in Petaluma
Silk Mill Hamptons Inn - What happens when you turn an old silk mill into a new trendy hotel? You get a sweet spot to rest your tired soles after a day of exploring in Petaluma.
Hotel Petaluma - Established in 1923, this hotel offers sophisticated surroundings in a very central location in downtown Petaluma.
Metro Hotel & Cafe - This quirky hotel has clawfoot bathtubs and some of the hotel rooms are actually inside decked-out airstreams. Need I say more?!
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