Time travel in Petaluma

Eat (really well), shop, and soak up summer in a Sonoma County town where old meets new

Samantha Schoech


Splendid Little Shoppe This bright boho-chic shop filled with retro aprons, mod-print pillows, beachy sundresses, and weathered antique furniture ― is so charming, you'll want to move right in. INFO: 140 Petaluma Blvd. N.; 707/763-7467.

Tall Toad Music Even if you're not a musician, this throwback, where gleaming guitars hang from every surface, is worth a visit. Sheet music galore and instruments for all ― anyone can play a tambourine! INFO: 43 Petaluma Blvd. N.; 707/765-6807.


Cowgirl Creamery tasting room The Point Reyes Station artisanal cheese phenomenon is expanding to a new facility, set to open next month along the Petaluma River. Reserve now for a tour of the cheese-making process, complete with tastes of aged Red Hawk and triple-cream Mt. Tam cheeses. INFO: Tours $30; reservations required; Foundry Wharf, 419 First St.; 866/433-7834.


Boogie down every weekend to local bands and national acts like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band or Junior Brown at the historic Mystic Theatre & Dance Hall (from $12; 23 Petaluma Blvd. N.; 707/765-2121). Grab a pre- or post-show burger and a pint at the adjoining McNear's Saloon & Dining House ( $$; same address and phone), where every inch of wall space is covered with music and sports memorabilia.

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