May 18th, 2013 Ride starts in: Day ::
May 18th, 2013 Ride starts in: Day ::
While you're enjoying your wine country century ride, your non-rider friends and family will have plenty to do. Here are a few suggestions…
Downtown, from 10 AM to 9 PM, Petaluma's annual celebration of American Graffiti (most of the movie was filmed here in 1972) features hundreds of restored classic American cars on display and cruising the main drag, live 50s and early 60s rock 'n roll music, and more. The Salute to American Graffiti is a non-alcoholic community-wide celebration that draws thousands of people each year. It’s family fun for everyone, from boys and girls to grandmas and grandpas! http://www.americangraffiti.net/
Petaluma's Historic Downtown was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Petaluma played an important part in California's early history, providing game and agricultural products to the burgeoning cities of San Francisco and Oakland during the Gold Rush years. At one time, Petaluma was the ninth largest municipality in the state with the river having the distinction of being the third busiest in the State of California. While river commerce has dwindled since construction of Highway 101, the river provides a pleasant setting for shops, restaurants, a yacht club and a snug harbor for boaters from all over the Bay Area. As one of the few historic cities in Northern California spared the ravages of the 1906 earthquake, Petaluma's Victorian homes and historic riverfront buildings are rare example of what citizens saw at the turn of the century. The years have been kind to Petaluma's history, and its citizens have worked hard to preserve as much of it as possible.
Visitors can stroll along the river and wander through the downtown district of graceful 1800's Iron Front buildings. Shop at numerous antique stores and art galleries, a rare seed bank and a wide variety of retail shops. Relax and enjoy an excellent meal at one of many fine restaurants and cafes and be greeted by friendly people who add to the hometown experience.
From 2 to 5 PM in Walnut Park (Petaluma Blvd South and D Street). Colorful open air market with more than 50 booths selling local, farm fresh produce and farm products Craft vendors and live entertainment add to the local flavor of the weekly market.
For the nature inclined, Shollenberger Park has over 3 miles of trails along levees through wetlands and wildlife sanctuary area along the Petaluma River. An astonishing variety of birds may be found here in every season. More than 150 bird species have been recorded. http://www.petalumawetlands.org/HTML/Shollenberger.html
This hilly 216 acre park on the west side of town offers panoramic views of southern Sonoma County and northern Marin County. The park has trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. A gazebo, picnic area, and children's playground are located at the western trail head. http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_helen.htm
Stroll the scenic grounds at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, once known as Rancho Petaluma, General Mariano Vallejo's sprawling 66,000 acre, 100 square-mile agricultural empire. The Adobe was the hub of the general's vast land grant that marked him as one of the richest, most powerful men in the Mexican province of Alta California from 1834-1846. Authentic furniture and interpretive displays in the Petaluma Adobe make it possible to visualize many aspects of 1840's life on the rancho. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=474
Open 10 am to 4 pm, in the 100-year-old former Carnegie Library building at 20 Fourth St in Historic Downtown. See exhibits from the 1850s to the 1970s. http://www.petalumamuseum.com/
Visitors view stately Victorian mansions and a variety of architectural styles from 1860 to 1925, within a six-block area on the self-guided Victorian Homes Walking Tour. There are many spectacular homes throughout Petaluma's west side residential districts featuring extraordinary architectural elements and colorful exteriors.
Getting acquainted with Petaluma's past and present is a fun experience on the self-guided 23-mile driving tour. The 45 minute drive gives visitors an overview of the community that includes scenic backroads, where remnants of Petaluma's poultry past are evident, and a turn through the Historic Downtown with its turn-of-the century commercial buildings and vintage, tree-lined residential neighborhoods.
Petaluma's outlet mall has 60 outlet stores, located at 2200 Petaluma Boulevard North. Find Ann Taylor, BCBG Max Azria, Banana Republic, Bose, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Jones New York, Levi's, Nike, Puma, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more.
After you've enjoyed your wine country century ride, there's plenty more to do if you would like to spend the weekend. Home to over 300 award-winning wineries, Sonoma County barrels a varietal for everyone. Down home hospitality resonates from small family run wineries to internationally heralded wine houses. Sonoma County has 76 miles of Pacific Coastline, redwood forests, an African safari, spas, world-class restaurants of every kind. We boast every type of activity, ensuring you have something to write home about.