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

Nothing says happy holidays like good old-fashioned hometown fun in the city by the bay, Benicia. You can make your own ornaments or surprise your special someone with datenight at Lindsay Art Glass. Looking for more? From shopping to tea parties, tree lighting to artist open studios, information to make the most of your holidays in our latest blog.

How do you spend a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia? Check out this short video to see one visitor's day spend enjoying the best kept secret in the San Francisco Bay Area, Benicia.

Don't leave Fido at home! It's always a Great Dog Day by the Bay in Benicia. Check out our blog for tips on how to visit Benicia with Man's Best Friend.

NPR travel writer Tom Wilmer, host of Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, made a recent visit to Benicia and produced podcasts highlighting First Street, the Benicia State Capitol, the Benicia Arsenal art scene, and waterfront lodging, the Benicia Historical Museum, and other history. Take a listen and discover this hidden jewel of the San Francisco Bay Area, 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 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.

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Upcoming Highlighted Events
1 Nov 2015 (All day) - 3 Dec 2015 (All day)
Downtown Holiday Shopping Spree

For every $10 you spend at participating downtown Benicia merchants, you will receive one ticket for the drawing for a Downtown Benicia Shopping Spree valued at $500 in Downtown Dollars. The drawing will take place on the evening of the Holiday Open House on December 4.

26 Nov 2015 - 7:30am
Unofficial Turkey Trot

The 2nd annual 5k Turkey Trot is a benefit for a local woman battling cancer and features a marked 5k course, timed group run, Gatorade & light refreshments, and Turkey Trot souvenir for participants. $20 donation asked per adult runner. Donations go to medical costs and optimizing life. Please RSVP to

27 Nov 2015 - 10:00am - 23 Dec 2015 - 7:00pm
Christmas Tree Lot at Benicia Historical Museum

The Christmas Tree Lot features sustainably farmed, first quality trees. Kids will enjoy coloring books, candy and Charlie Brown trees and a special tree decorated with a unique collection of camel ornaments. Meet Cally, the carousel camel, who flies to the North Pole every night to deliver children’s Christmas requests. The Museum provides a desk and all of the materials for children to write and post their notes while Mom and Dad select their tree. This is a great opportunity to start or continue your family tradition.

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