Petaluma is one of the most picturesque towns of Sonoma County, with irresistible scenery, award-winning dining establishments and world-class beer. Its name comes from the Miwok tribes who once lived throughout the Sonoma Mountain region.
Built on Bedrock
Petaluma was one of the few San Francisco Bay area communities that wasn’t devastated by the 1906 Earthquake because it exists on stable bedrock. Pioneers moved to the area after James Marshall found gold in 1848 and turned to farming when they didn’t strike it rich. Petaluma was known for its grain and chicken production, and surrounding communities called it the egg capital of the world. Historic chicken processing plants and well-preserved pre-1900 buildings still stand.
Petaluma covers a wild area of rolling hills and sprawling vineyards, so one of the best ways to explore it is by car. The Petaluma River flows through downtown and creates a serene waterfront where it empties into San Pablo Bay. Drive through downtown to see Victorian-era homes, boutiques and specialty shops, and then enjoy the farmlands along Valley Ford Road.
Several local companies offer tours to see the redwoods or visit local wineries in everything from an open-air jeep to a limousine. Petaluma Transit also has six bus routes around Petaluma.
Beer lovers find world-class brews and delicious pub food on the banks of the Petaluma River. Wine lovers enjoy Theatre Square for its small dining establishments that serve wine by the glass, carafe or bottle. The Big Easy is a restaurant and jazz club and Jamison’s Roaring Donkey has trivia nights, painting and other community activities.
The historic downtown buildings have served as a backdrop for major films and TV series. American Graffiti was filmed at Petaluma High School and near several downtown businesses. Filmmakers also shot Cujo, Howard the Duck, Flubber and Pleasantville throughout the town.
Small Town Values
As a community with roots in agriculture, Petaluma residents prioritize collaboration, businesses built on integrity and patience, and respect for the natural environment. The town offers entertainment and culture often only found in much larger areas with a focus on sincerity and honesty.
Residents rely on Ongaro and Sons because our company prioritizes those same values. Each of our employees is dedicated to complete customer satisfaction. for all your heating, cooling and plumbing needs.