Rancho Obi-Wan is located in rural Sonoma County just west of Petaluma, California. It is a gated, private residence with no public parking or access and no public hours. Directions are given when your tour is booked. We are a one to two hour drive from either Oakland or San Francisco airports. There is a bus from the airport to Petaluma or the Golden Gate Transit bus from San Fransisco and taxi service is available, by reservation, from the bus dropoff location.
Petaluma, a town of about 58,000, is in Sonoma County. Petaluma retains its Victorian charm after having survived the 1906 earthquake which leveled San Francisco to the south and Santa Rosa to the north. The town is most famous for being “The egg basket of the world” between 1890 and 1960. During that time a majority of the population worked in support of the poultry farms that surrounded the town. More eggs and chicks came from Petaluma than anywhere else. As new technology fueled the factory approach to egg production, most of Petaluma’s egg farmers disappeared. Although there are still some larger poultry farms in the area, there are also dairies, creameries, cheese factories, vineyards and wineries. Sonoma County is also home to Bodega Bay, amazing redwood forests, and scenic waterways. There are many activities in the area for you to make a family vacation out of your visit. For more information about Petaluma, please see the Petaluma Visitor Center.
There is a free parking garage in Petaluma on Keller Street between Western Avenue and Washington Street. Take a walking tour of Petaluma’s movie locations or visit some of our favorite places, all within walking distance of the garage:
McNear’s Restaurant (23 Petaluma Blvd. North)
New Yorker Pizza (3 Petaluma Blvd. North) — cash only!
The Seed Bank (199 Petaluma Blvd. North)
Central Market Restaurant (42 Petaluma Blvd. North)
Starbucks (125-A Petaluma Blvd. North)
Brian’s Comics (1 Fourth Street Suite B)
Tea Room Cafe (316 Western Ave.) — cash only!
Andy’s Sushi (212 Western Ave.)
Mi Pueblo Restaurant (108 Kentucky)
Taps Restaurant & Tasting Room (205 Kentucky)
Copperfield’s Books (140 Kentucky)
i Leoni Culinary Supply (120B Kentucky)
Petaluma Historical Museum (20 4th Street)
Rex Ace Hardware (313 B Street) — great housewares and Petaluma gifts!
Topsy’s Kitchen (131 Kentucky)
Bovine Bakery (23 Kentucky)
If you are staying overnight in Petaluma there are many hotels. We recommend three:
Quality Inn (5100 Montero Way)
Sheraton (745 Baywood Drive)
Motel 6 (1368 North McDowell Boulevard) — Recently renovated
Other great attractions we think you might enjoy:
San Anselmo Imagination Park (Yoda statue)
Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory (Petaluma)
Charles M. Schulz Museum (Santa Rosa)
The Walt Disney Family Museum (San Francisco)
Jelly Belly Factory (Fairfield)
Muir Woods (Marin County)
Helen Putnam Park (Petaluma)
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (~1 hour North of Petaluma)
Pt. Reyes National Seashore (Sonoma Coast)
Bodega Bay (Sonoma Coast)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Marin Coast)
The Presidio of San Francisco
Golden Gate Park