With around 13,000 dogs in the town of Petaluma, California it is clear the people living there enjoy their furry friends. In fact, there are more dog-friendly attractions in Petaluma than in any city on the west coast. The Helen Putnam Regional Park (a local favorite) conveniently on Chileno Valley Road is small (6 miles), but packed with some exciting hiking trails that vary from easy to difficult. There is also a fishing pond, picnic space, and playground for the kids.
Shollenberger Park is a huge 165-acre park with over 16 acres of trails with river beds, drinking fountains, fishing, and restrooms. Lucchesi Park on McDowell Boulevard is almost 30 acres and has a humongous dog run area for off-leash fun. There are also several great trails, BBQ pits and picnic tables, horseshoes, and restrooms.
When you work up an appetite, you can bring Fido to one of these dog-friendly restaurants. Della Fattoria Café on Petaluma Boulevard North is known for its amazing homemade Artisan bread, and it may seem too fancy for Fido, but he is welcome here and even gets free food. The Tea Room on Western Avenue serves a tasty breakfast, lunch, and Sunday brunch with tea and a bowl of water for your little buddy. After you get worn out, retire to one of the pet-friendly hotels in Petaluma. Quality Inn on Montero Way, Sheraton on Baywood Drive, and Best Western on South McDowell Boulevard are just a few.