Destination guide

Picture yourself in Petaluma

Discover picture-perfect Petaluma, an historic Sonoma town a little over 30 miles north of San Francisco. Whether it’s the chance to kayak along the Petaluma River, explore the walkable historic downtown, or sample award-winning food and wine at source that brings you here, you’ll find the city’s activities and attractions come complete with a generous helping of small-town charm. Petaluma vacation rentals offer a great base for a stay in this northern California hotspot, whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway or a longer break with family, friends, or both.

Things to do

Tour Sonoma Valley wineries near Petaluma

Passing on the wine in Petaluma would be rather like sightseeing in Rome and skipping the Colosseum. The Adobe Road Winery Tasting Room is located right in the heart of town although it can be great fun to search a little further afield for the perfect Sonoma Valley wine. The Buena Vista Winery, a designated Historic Landmark and home to one of wine country’s favorite picnic spots, is located within a 40-minute drive of many Petaluma vacation rentals. This landmark spot offers up some unique experiences such as wine tasting paired with classical music and ‘winemaker for the day’.

Activities

Explore Petaluma’s historic downtown

Petaluma has long since been known as a magnet for shoppers. Trawl for bargains in one of more than 50 factory outlets or head to the one-of-a-kind stores in the city’s historic downtown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll find everything from art and antiques to vintage clothing and collectibles up for grabs. When you’ve chosen your must-haves, spending a few hours at the Petaluma Arts Center, located in the historic train depot 3 blocks east of downtown, is a lovely way to round off the day before heading back to your Petaluma vacation rental.

Weather

Soak up the sun in Petaluma

If you’re enjoying a vacation in Petaluma over the summer months, particularly in July and August, you can expect temperatures to be in the not-too-shabby low 80s. That’s not to say that summer is the only time to visit. Spring and fall see slightly lower temperatures but still get their fair share of sunny days. This can be the perfect time to set off on a walking tour of the area. Many travelers enjoy the Hollywood Tour, a walk around the parts of the town used in movies from Peggy Sue Got Married to the somewhat raunchier Basic Instinct.

Natural features

Outdoor adventure comes easy in Petaluma

Petaluma’s year-round mild climate means that outdoor adventure is always on the menu. A natural harbor on the Petaluma River places sailors, motor boaters, and kayakers within steps of the hub of activity downtown. Those who prefer their outdoor fix to come courtesy of green spaces will find that Helen Putnam and Shollenberger Parks fit the bill perfectly. If you have more time to spare, don’t rule out a beach day. Petaluma may be landlocked but it’s within a 30-minute drive of the Point Reyes National Seashore, an idyllic spot where features include the cliffside Alamere Falls and Wildcat Beach.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Petaluma

Fly into Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), the closest airport, located 7.9 mi (12.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), which is 20.1 mi (32.3 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Petaluma?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,025 vacation rentals near Petaluma. From 687 Houses to 131 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Petaluma for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Petaluma?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Petaluma:

  • Sereno del Mar: 22 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 24 vacation rentals
  • Berkeley Hills: 169 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Napa: 69 vacation rentals
  • Rockridge: 136 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Petaluma?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Petaluma. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue: 1,177 vacation rentals
  • Helen Putnam Regional Park: 957 vacation rentals
  • Santa Rosa Junior College-Petaluma Campus: 1,085 vacation rentals
  • Petaluma Village Premium Outlets: 986 vacation rentals
  • Petaluma Historical Museum: 1,000 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Petaluma listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Petaluma?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 687 Houses in Petaluma. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Petaluma include:

  • Bungalows: 131 rentals available
  • Cottages: 131 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 46 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Petaluma?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 314 vacation rentals with pool available in Petaluma. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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