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It’s a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia!

Some of the most unusual stores in the San Francisco Bay Area are right here in Benicia, including amazing businesses all parents should know about. Read more about a Lego learning center, the only Autism store on the west coast, and how to train to become an Olympic archer in our latest blog...then plan your Great Day by the Bay in Benicia. 

Look for the newly installed small yellow This Place Has History! plaques on the poles of historic markers around Benicia. Use your smart phone to read the QR code for on the spot connection to a website that contains photos and info about the history of that location.   

No QR code reader? The same information can be found on a website:

Downtown Benicia's First Street was named the Best Shopping 'Block' by Diablo Magazine in their July Best of the East Bay edition. The article made special mention of Angel Heart 4 You, Camellia Tea Room, Christina S, and Be Chic Boutique. The Rellik Tavern was named Best Late-Night Spot. More reason to plan your visit to the best kept secret in the San Francisco Bay Area and spend a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia.

The Sacramento Bee says Benicia ("the best kept little secret in the San Francisco Bay Area") is living up to its billing as a Great Day by the Bay. Read more here and check out their slideshow.

Visitors to Benicia can check out three world-class art glass studios. Creating a work of art from molten glass is an amazing process. See a vase come to life in this 2½ minute video.

The Los Angeles Times says, "...Historic Benicia, Calif., a Bay Area artists' haven." Read more here, then plan your Weekend Escape. 

Listen to our KGO interview about Benicia.

Benicia has been inspiring authors, sculptors, painters and other visionaries for more than 160 years with its beautiful setting, vibrant cultural scene and small-city charm. Today, visitors are enjoying that same variety of incredible experiences, plus much more. In fact, people say a magical combination of elements came together in just the right way to make Benicia what it is today.

Among its many attractions are:

  • An internationally recognized arts district

  • A waterfront (still used for commerce and recreation) literally a few steps from the heart of downtown

  • Top-quality restaurants ranging from the Bay Area's best burger to gourmet fare

  • Scores of spas with rejuvenating and relaxing treatments

  • Unique shops with one-of-a-kind items

  • Historical landmarks of national significance, as well as a spicy past that features the likes of author Jack London and future president Ulysses S. Grant

  • Breathtaking views

  • Warm, friendly people

For more information about visiting Benicia, please see our Visitor Info or view our brochure (PDF). And become a fan of the Visit Benicia Facebook Page for special deals, insider tips and up-to-the-minute news about this very special getaway.

For more information about Benicia city services, please visit the City of Benicia Website.

Upcoming Highlighted Events
1 May 2015 - 8:00pm - 2 May 2015 - 8:00pm
Don't Dress for Dinner

Benicia Old Town Theatre Group proudly presents Don't Dress for Dinner by French playwright Marc Camoletti. The spring production runs Friday-Sunday through May 9. Tickets available online along with reservations for the special Show & Dinner Deal at Nine-0-Seven Grill. 

2 May 2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
"Spring on the Straits" Quilt Show

The Carquinez Strait Stitchers proudly present "Spring on the Straits" 2015 Quilt Show. The event features Quilts, Wearable Art, Vendor Booths, Country Store, Raffles, Demonstrations and Refreshments. Featured artist is Susan Lane. Visit Saturday, 10:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, 10AM-4:00PM. Admission is $7. Parking is FREE.

2 May 2015 - 10:00am - 3 May 2015 - 5:00pm
Benicia Artist Open Studios

Each year the community of artists and artisans in the City of Benicia welcome visitors to experience an Open Studios event the first weekend of May. This weekend Open Studios will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 from 10:00 – 5:00 pm. Over seventy studios are open to the public for those two days, and visitors are afforded a rare opportunity to talk personally with artists whose work they admire and to see their favorite – or soon-to-be favorite – artists at work.

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