Monday Montage: Petaluma, California

Today we have a guest post from one of our readers! I met and got to know Kimberly at our church back in Santa Rosa, California. She has loyally followed along on our adventures and often leaves comments that are helpful, encouraging, and insightful. I was very excited that she wanted to write a guest post about her home town, Petaluma, California which is a place that is close to my home town and holds many good memories for me.  Thank you Kimberly!

Petaluma, California, USA

“You can pet a dog, you can pet a cat but you can’t pet a Luma!” – local saying… not sure who first said it.

Hello everyone! My name is Kimberly and I am pleased to be able to share a little bit about my home town of Petaluma with you. Thank you And Three To Go for giving me (and others) this opportunity! What a great way to learn about the world around us.

Petaluma, California, US of A is located about 50 miles north of San Francisco in the beautiful, and wine-full, county of Sonoma.  Sadly, there aren’t any unique Luma creatures roaming around as the name comes from a Coast Miwok phrase,  “péta lúuma” which means “hill backside.”

Despite being only about 60,000 people, there is so much to do here!! I honestly was a little overwhelmed thinking about writing this blog because I wanted to do this city justice and there really is something for everyone here… I didn’t want to leave  something out!

Since we’re on the heels of the American Thanksgiving holiday, my husband gave me the wonderful idea of writing why I’m thankful I grew up in this town. So, without further ado, here is why I am thankful to live, and have grown up in, Petaluma:

Beauty and Architecture

I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

Downtown Petaluma
Masonic Clock Tower
Old Twine Factory






View of Petaluma from Helen Putnam Park
View of Petaluma from Helen Putnam Park
View from Petaluma River of Downtown Petaluma

For more information on the area’s shown in the pictures above, please check out the following blogs:

Fun article on the history of the Clock Tower

More info on the Old Twine Factory/Silk Mill

A little bit of information on the Silo/Grain Mill


While the county might be famous for its wine (and I do love a glass of good wine), there are also several wonderful microbreweries here as well! Petaluma alone has four (to my knowledge): Petaluma Hills, 101 North Brewing Company , Hen House Brewing Company , and the more well-known, Lagunitas. If you are a fan of stouts (which I definitely am!) and ice cream, I highly recommend trying the stout float at Lagunitas. It is unusual and surprising tasty!

Butter & Eggs Days

(or, as my college friends called it, Cow & Chicken Day)

The city comes together to celebrate its agricultural past and present complete with food, drink, several activities for kids, cow chip throwing contest, a wonderful parade, and an antiques fair. I love parades!! I love agriculture! I even love the memories of marching with my elementary school band in the pouring rain. Butter & Eggs is THE place to be in April.


Due to the temperate climate here in Sonoma County, we are blessed to have access to bountiful amounts of local and organic produce and meats. The culinary experts in the area take full advantage of this, and there are plenty of wonderful places to eat!


My favorite aspect about Petaluma is the people. For the most part, the people here are easy-going, friendly, and a little quirky. Compared to some other cities in Sonoma County, I feel like Petaluma is less busy and more relaxed. It’s not just me either, as Petaluma ranked #1 on the Most Caring Small Cities in the US!

Well, thank you for reading and I hope you come visit if you’re in the area! 🙂

A huge “Thank You!” again to you Kimberly, for sharing about Petaluma. And for sharing your beautiful photos! 

Now it’s your turn! Have you ever been to Petaluma, California? Have you tried a microbrewery beer? What about the ones that Kimberly listed? Leave a comment and join in the fun!

  19 comments for “Monday Montage: Petaluma, California

  1. Melinda
    December 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Don’t forget the Lighted Boat Parade! It’s my favorite Petaluma event, boats all decked out in lights Christmas t
    unes blaring as they wind their way down to the turning basin its magical!!

    • andthreetogo
      December 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      I still have yet to see that! Maybe next year…

      • Kimberly
        December 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm

        I think I went to that as a young child, but it’s been years! I had forgotten! Thank you for bringing it up 😀

  2. kemkem
    December 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I always just remember that Winona Ryder was born there ir grew up there or something. I had a few customers there. I didn’t realize it was so pretty..thanks for sharing.

    • Kimberly
      December 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      You are very welcome, thank you for reading!

  3. Sha
    December 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    For a moment there, I really thought luma was an animal

  4. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    December 2, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I think I’d love Butter and Egg Days! Sounds like so much “local” fun! (Sucker here for local festivals.) “The People.” I’ll bet they are just great. Strangely, I’ve always enjoyed people from California in general. Didn’t know if I just got lucky, or if the state really breeds such wonderful people!

    • Kimberly
      December 4, 2014 at 11:24 am

      I think you were just lucky 😉 Nah, we’re a pretty fun bunch; us Californians. I’ve just been working customer service to long, haha. Thank you for read! Oh yeah, if you’re into local hometown fun, Butter and Egg Days is for you!

  5. mamabyfire
    December 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Thank you for sharing all about your city! I’ve never been, but I love California! One of these days I’m going to make it down to wine country, perhaps I’ll get to see your city. The butter and egg days sounds fun-you can’t go wrong with a local festival. However, I’m not sure how down I would be with the cow chips part…

    • Kimberly
      December 4, 2014 at 11:28 am

      You’re welcome! Thank you for reading 😀 If you do make it to wine country sometime, definitely make a detour over here! Funny thing, I didn’t know about the cow chips until I was reading some information about the parade on the city website :p I feel so deprived now, haha

  6. Sue Slaght
    December 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I have never been but it looks like a lovely spot with lots to explore, including the microbreweries. 🙂

    • Kimberly
      December 4, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Yes! Our beer is pretty awesome 😀

  7. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    December 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Love the name. Never heard it before, but I’ll be saying it in my head til the end of the week, I can tell! Looks like it’s got some gorgeous buildings. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Kimberly
      December 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Aw, yay! I had a co-worker once that loved the name too. When he would see me, he would sometimes say, “Petaluma” with a smile on his face 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

      • Kimberly
        December 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

        Co-worker in a different city I lived in, I should say

        • Kimberly
          December 4, 2014 at 11:31 am

          There are some gems of old buildings here. There is a possibility that the old twine factory might get demolished. It breaks my heart!! I hope there’s enough advocacy that we can save it

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