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Petaluma’s Gardens and Groves

Garden retreat outside of San Francisco.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 17.9 miles
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Best known as the backdrop for the film American Graffiti, the farm town of Petaluma is also notably filled with Victorian... more »

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Points of Interest

What began as a cattle ranch in the 1880’s is now home to more than 10,000 rose bushes and a renovated cottage (the original was damaged in a fire in the 1980’s). Just north of San Francisco, Garden Valley Ranch is one of the few places in the country that sells chemical-free, cut garden roses, meaning they are grown outdoors without cover.... More

After retirement, Nan McEvoy purchased a former dairy farm spanning 550 acres in Petaluma, which she decided to use to produce Tuscan olive oil. With the help of Maurizio Castelli, one of Italy’s foremost experts on the subject, McEvoy has turned her 1,000 seedlings imported from Tuscany into a booming business. The olives are certified organic by... More

3. Della Fattoria Café

In the morning, stop by this sweet café to grab a Baker’s Breakfast sandwich (boiled egg with prosciutto on semolina bread).

141 Petaluma Blvd. N.,
Petaluma, CA 94952

(707) 763-0161

Chef and owner Tony Najiola’s downtown Petaluma restaurant serves locally sourced New American cuisine inside an open dining room. Large windows and high ceilings let in plenty of light, while wood floors, exposed brick walls, and hanging kitchen utensils add to the natural, farm-to-table theme. Chef Najiola and his staff can be seen behind the... More

The 17-room Metro Hotel has a quirky French twist: a Victorian house-turned-inn with hardwood floors, white comforters, cheery blue doors, and a lush courtyard graced by Parisian café tables.

508 Petaluma Blvd. S.,
Petaluma, CA 94952

(707) 773-4900