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

Benicia was named one of the Best Cities for Young Families in Northern California because of our excellent public schools, affordable homes, and our economic growth and prosperity.

Download AAA Magazine's new iPad app and find Benicia as a Road Trip Destination. Then come celebrate the upcoming season with unique local shopping and great holiday events. Check out our events calendar for more information to help you plan your Great Holiday by the Bay in Benicia!

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 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
28 Nov 2014 - 10:00am - 24 Dec 2014 - 7:00pm
Benicia Christmas Tree Lot

Fresh cut trees, wreaths & garlands in a Noble, Grand & Douglas Fir. Sales benefit the Museum.

29 Nov 2014 (All day)
Skip the Mall, Shop Small

Shop local Benicia business during Small Business Saturday and keep your dollars working locally. Events planned for the entire family.

30 Nov 2014 (All day)
Teddy Bear Tea Party

Make reservations for the 20th annual Teddy Bear Tea, benefitting Benicia Main Street program. Features a special holiday traditional tea, costumed characters, storytelling, Christmas carols and a special visitor from the North Pole! Seatings are at 10:30AM, 1:00 & 3:30PM. Reservations and advanced payment are required.

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