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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
17 Aug 2014 - 5:30pm - 22 Aug 2014 - 8:30pm
Benicia Bocce League Open House and Fundraiser

Have you been wondering what playing Bocce is all about? Now is your chance to find out. The Benicia Bocce league is fundraising to build 2 new courts which will open up space for new teams to join the fun. Every evening August 17-22, come come see how the game is played and sign up for a future team. Pizza and pasta provided by Pacifica Pizza & Pastabilities will be available for $20 per person.

21 Aug 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.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)
Movie Night Under the Stars - Monster University

Bring pillows, blankets, low chairs, and sit back and enjoy the entertainment.  Food and beverages are welcome; so bring your picnic dinner. Free admission and free popcorn during the movie.  Movies begin at dusk and are rated PG.  No smoking and no pets.

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