Petaluma, California, is a city located about 40 miles north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. Once known as the "Egg Basket of the World" for its numerous chicken farms, Petaluma still retains a small-town vibe despite the entry of numerous electronics companies that have led the region to be known as Telecom Valley. Petaluma, CA hotels are a great base from which to explore the charms of this region, and they offer access to both the city and countryside.
Cruise into Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS), and you're only 25 miles north of your destination. From there, you can take a taxi to your hotel if you've got a lot of luggage. Otherwise, public transportation is quite easy to use. Just catch bus 62 to the Santa Rosa Transit Mall, where you'll switch to bus 101. This will take you straight to the Petaluma Transit Mall. Once you arrive, Petaluma rental cars are a great way to get around locally. Drop off your things at your choice of hotels in Petaluma, and head over to Shollenberger Park to enjoy a nature walk. These wetlands are a great place for amateur ornithologists to catch a glimpse of numerous bird species, as well as other wildlife. Helen Putnam Park is another good stop for outdoor enthusiasts looking for recreational activities. In the evening, visit downtown Petaluma, and try one of the many Italian restaurants. As long as you're this close to San Francisco, why not make the trip? If you've always wanted to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge or see a game at AT&T Park, this is the time. Set aside a couple extra days to stay in a San Francisco hotel and explore the Bay Area.
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