Hometown USA is alive in Petaluma, a picturesque Victorian town at the end of the meandering Petaluma River. Chartered in 1858, Petaluma is one of California's oldest cities and has proudly preserved its cherished 19th century charm. Ornate homes and iron-front buildings abound. A bandstand graces Walnut Park on the southern border of the historic city center. Thanks to its granite bedrock, Petaluma was one of a few California towns to survive the legendary 1906 earthquake with only minor damage. Another bedrock of this rivertown community is its friendly people and welcoming style.Straddling Highway 101, Petaluma is truly the gateway to California's storied vineyards and wineries. Situated midway between the Golden Gate Bridge and the verdant valleys of Sonoma County, with accommodations for every budget, Petaluma offers visitors hundreds of choices for day trips throughout wine country, the dramatic Sonoma Coast, and the majestic Redwood groves.