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

Want to be "in the know" before you go? Check out our latest blog for facts about Benicia. You'll be in the know about Benicia's living history, public and private art, and outdoor hotspots. Ready to impress your friends with your insider knowledge when you visit 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
4 Sep 2014 (All day) - 30 Sep 2014 (All day)
"A Colorful Season" Susan Johnson Exhibition

Artist Susan Johnson's scenes of California, France, and Italy are the subject of "A Coloful Season", the September exhibit at the gallery. Meet Susan at the Artist's Reception, Saturday, September 13th, 3:00-7:00 PM during the Second Saturdays Art Walk.

4 Sep 2014 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Certified Farmers Market

Benicia Main Street draws many people to its popular Farmers Market. The Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, gourmet food, delicious hot foods, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and face painting.

5 Sep 2014 - 7:00pm
Friday Concert Series - Gordon Rowland

This month's last of the Friday Concert Series, presented by Guitarworks, features a performance by Gordon Rowland, classic guitarist. Doors open at 7:00PM, concert begins at 7:30PM. Tickets are $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefits St. Paul's Community Meal.

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