McEvoy Ranch isn’t “in” Petaluma, exactly. We’re just a few miles southwest of Petaluma, minutes away really, but the ranch is in Marin County, while Petaluma is in Sonoma County. So while Marin is our home, Petaluma is our house, so to speak. It’s where many of us live, where we go to pick up our mail, grab lunch, shop, play and hang out when we’re not nose to grindstone at the ranch. We’re quite lucky to have Petaluma as our pied-à-terre. It’s sort of Stockton meets Austin; roots firmly planted in agriculture, dairy and chicken farming, but with a decidedly artsy, avant vibe. Let’s face it; the name of the town is Petaluma... And it was known as the Egg Capital of the World… But it’s also home to a diverse and eclectic selection of restaurants, watering holes, shops and, um, attractions. By this we mean the Phoenix Theater. A short list of stops in Petaluma include Della Fattoria; one of the country’s finest bread bakers, The Mystic Theater, hosting national touring music acts, Tall Toad Music; home to fine vintage guitars and mandolins, The Buckhorn, dive bar supreme, The Seed Bank; a 1926 Sonoma County bank now housing 1,800 varieties of heirloom seeds, Central Market; farm-to-fork Californian-Mediterranean fare, Speakeasy; small tapas bistro with tasty late night eats, Sugo Trattoria; Italian-inspired food in a pretty setting and The Shuckery, home to the freshest oysters and seafood. And, of course, Volpi’s.