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Visit Petaluma, where you can sip world-class wines, wander around stunningly preserved reminders of Old California, or look out for deer and spotted bobcat, as you hike beautiful forest trails. Wine buffs will love losing themselves in the burgundy vineyards of Sonoma County, and tasting the subtle differences in the vintages from its 3 distinct wine regions. There's far more to Petaluma than just its grapes, however, and whether it's feeling the heat of a hot air balloon's fire, or listening to your heartbeat pounding while zip-lining through huge redwood trees, new experiences are always just around the corner.

Things to see

Ask any local what the first thing you should do in Petaluma is, and they'll invariably point you in the direction of Rancho Petaluma Adobe. Sat in Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, you can follow a wall of prickly pear cacti to the Mexican Rancho era building. Built in 1836, from adobe mud bricks and timber, the building served as the headquarters of a huge 66,000-acre rancho. Tour the interior to see baskets crafted from the bark of redbud trees, and demonstrations of the traditional animal hide drying process. Afterwards, head out to the beautiful Sonoma Coast, where you can watch as Pacific rollers lap up against unspoiled, rugged beaches. Fly a kite on the shore, see huge elephant seals yawning lazily, or pick up occasional shells, as you hike along the secluded coastline. Dive into the wine scene by swilling your glass to check the color of a sample, and sticking your nose in deep to breathe in its flavors of vanilla and blueberry. Add a sprinkle of Hollywood stardust by visiting Francis Ford Coppola's winery, where you can taste his signature wines, in a room decorated with gleaming Oscar trophies, original movie scripts, and Vito Corleone's famous desk from The Godfather.

Hotels in Petaluma

Sink into a pile of pillows, and a mattress so soft you won't want to leave it, in one of Petaluma's beautiful hotel rooms. Cheap options won’t hit you in the pocket, but they will let you sip cocktails while watching sunlight glimmering against the water of outdoor swimming pools. Enjoy a refreshing lie in, or start your day by working off some wine calories on your hotel's whirring treadmills. As you'd expect, in a city so close to the technological hub of Silicon Valley, your Petaluma hotel room should be bang up to date with a 42-inch television, and lightening quick WiFi – unless you choose a boutique bed and breakfast option, in which case you'll trade off modern touches for old time charm.

Where to stay

Stay near the Theater District's riverside promenade to soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere, and listen as wine glugs into glasses, river water gurgles, and cutlery clinks contentedly. Whether you're looking to eat Californian-mussels, tangled in tagliatelle, or want to spend a sophisticated evening hanging onto the hushed whispers of performers at the Cinnabar Theater, you're in exactly the right place. During the daytime, downtown is great for some quirky shopping - but beware, an innocent browse could see you returning to your room carrying anything from homemade lavender candles, to fragile antique clocks.

How to get to Petaluma

Oakland International is the nearest major airport to Petaluma - lying about an hour's drive away - but San Francisco International is only a few minutes further, if a flight there is more convenient. Several bus services connect Petaluma with San Fran, which makes it possible to hop up to the town without needing a car. If you are doing this, take an Amtrak service up to Emeryville station, which is the closest railway station to downtown San Francisco.

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