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Sonoma County Town Makes List of Top 5 Main Streets in the West

This 150 year-old main street is the definition of small town charm.

Sunset, the monthly lifestyle magazine covering 13 western states, has released a list of the West’s best main streets as part of its “Show Us Your Main Street” contest — and Petaluma made the cut. 

“Every town has a story, and we believe that story begins at the street level: the main street; the heart and soul of the town,” said Sunset.

McMinnville, Oregon, was named the best main street in the West for its indie shops, farm-to-table restaurants, “real-deal” Oregon breweries and charming quirks. Petaluma, one of four runner-ups, won Sunset’s heart with its 150 year-old main street (Petaluma Boulevard North), mixing old and new and, as an added bonus, featuring communal sidewalk pianos.


Some of our favorite main street stops in Petaluma include The Seed Bank; a 1926 Sonoma County bank that now houses 1,800 varieties of heirloom seeds, Tall Toad Music; home to fine vintage guitars and mandolins, Della Fattoria; one of the country’s finest bread bakers, famous for its Meyer lemon rosemary boule, Central Market; farm-to-fork Californian-Mediterranean fare, Speakeasy; small tapas bistro with tasty late night eats and Water Street Bistro; French-inspired food in jewel-box restaurant.

Carlsbad (CA), Sheridan (WY) and Vancouver (WA) also made the Sunset list. Read the full article here.

The Seed Bank in Petaluma. (Photo by Conner Jay)
The Seed Bank in Petaluma. (Photo by Conner Jay)
Della Fattoria in Petaluma. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)
Della Fattoria in Petaluma. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

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