Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Mystic & McNear's

The Mystic & McNear's by deanv41
The Mystic & McNear's, a photo by deanv41 on Flickr.

I'm smitten with Petaluma in Sonoma County. It's a micro-politan, richer than its size but far enough away from The City as to not be fully subject to it. Historically, it's known as a poultry town, but the perfectly-proportioned downtown core -- which survived the 1906 Quake intact -- feels cultured, urbane if not urban, and older than San Francisco with an identity all its own.
Here's a snapshot of The Mystic Theater and McNear's Saloon, Social & Dance Hall, a nexus of culture in this old town.

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