What’s in a City?

I know I’m late but Happy New Year and if your Asian, Gung Hay Fat Chow.

In the last two months, two destination/food magazines, VIA, a membership only magazine from AAA and Sunset had articles on Petaluma and Sebastopol respectively.

The Sunset article about Sebastopol was two pages of concise where to go what to do(Mom’s Apple IS the greatest pie place down the road from us, as well as, BeeKind is just a short walk from our hotel) in Sebastopol for a day trip. The fun thing about the article is at the beginning it asks and answers: why go now, the vibe, official tree, overheard and so on. The vibe: a little bit hippie, a whole lot locavore – there are a lot of other cities that could have that same vibe, Berkeley, Cotati, Mill Valley even. So we’re in good company.

The article in VIA magazine about Petaluma touched on a different angle of the city, what makes it the American notion of “main street, USA”.  Our downtown iron facade buildings are survivors of the 1906 earthquake, we’ve got a Carnegie Library that was built in 1906 with $12,500 in funds and now stands as the Petaluma Historical Museum. Our downtown is a real downtown and reminds you of those small towns that were every where when our parents were growing up. y favorite thing to do is park at the Eagle Shopping Center, get a Cappochino Blast from 31 Ice Cream right there and walk over the Balshaw foot bridge into downtown and just go window shopping. Or just park and walk over the bridge and get a mocha from one of the many cafe’s downtown and stroll.

In short, each town has it’s own charm and vibe and I’m glad to be connected to both cities.

Here are the links to the articles. They’re both a quick read:

Sebastopol:http://www.sunset.com/travel/california/sebastopol-day-trip-00418000069711/

Petaluma:http://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/rebirth-main-streets?shared=true

The old Southern Pacific Station transformed into the Visitors Center

The old Southern Pacific Station transformed into the Visitors Center

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