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@randeweddings Suisun Valley

@carenandatka Rockville Hills

@jurassicjohn Jelly Belly’s Chocolate & Wine Experience

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@oogled_images Suisun Waterfront

@laurenzahner Suisun Valley

@velocurean_joshua Green Valley

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Welcome to Fairfield!

Nestled in the heart of Northern California amid rolling hills and rustic farmland, you’ll discover some of the Golden State’s best-kept secrets are at your fingertips in Fairfield.

Whether you’re here for vacation or business, you’ll fall in love with our back roads. Fairfield is best known as being home to the worldfamous Jelly Belly Candy Company, which offers an exciting and delicious free tour of its factory for all ages. Did you know it takes over a week to make a single Jelly Belly jelly bean? Get a behind-thescenes look at how Jelly Belly creates its famous bean and over 150 other fine confections as you walk above the factory floor. Discover why USA Today readers voted the Jelly Belly Factory one of the Top 10 Factory Tours in the United States! As proud as Fairfield is of its iconic attraction, this area has so much more to offer. Few realize this bustling region is home to a thriving wine country, beautiful outdoor parks, unique wildlife, a natural marsh, and a rich history dating back hundreds of years. Whether you’re here for vacation or business, you’ll fall in love with our back roads.

Contents 4 Fairfield, California 12 Fairfield History 14 Attractions 18 Wine Tasting 26 Breweries 28 Outdoor Adventures 32 Farm Stands 34 Annual Events 38 Places to Dine 40 Nearby Neighbors 42 Local Venues 44 Hotels 46 Shopping 48 Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau VisitFairfieldCA.com • 3


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Conveniently located 45 minutes from both San Francisco and Sacramento, the Fairfield region is an ideal location for day trips and weekend getaways. With its rolling hills and tranquil wine country, Fairfield offers a relaxing break from life in a big city. 4 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide

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With an average yearly temperature of 73 degrees, Fairfield is an ideal place for outdoor adventures, hiking, and family excursions. It typically rains an average of 60 days a year in Fairfield, with most weeks offering ample sunshine and clear skies. Summertime highs are often in the 80s and 90s – with a few triple digit days thrown in – while the winter and spring offers temperatures in the 60s and 70s.


Get to Fairfield! Driving directions from... San Francisco International Airport (SFO): • Go north on US-101 North • Merge onto I-80 E toward Bay Bridge; remain on I-80 toward Vallejo/Sacramento • Arrive in Fairfield after 39 miles Sacramento International Airport (SMF): • Go north on I-5 N/CA-16 West • Take the Main St exit, EXIT 537, toward CA-113 S/Woodland, turn left onto E Main • Merge onto CA-113 S via the ramp on the left toward CA-113/Davis • Stay straight to go onto I-80 West • Arrive in Fairfield after 25 miles Oakland International Airport (OAK): • Go north on I-880 North • Keep right to take I-80 E toward San Rafael/Sacramento • Arrive in Fairfield after 39 miles VisitFairfieldCA.com • 5


For the kids... 1 Sample every jelly bean flavor at the Jelly Belly Factory sample bar

7 Cool off at the Allan Witt Aquatics Center

2 Go on a FREE Jelly Belly Factory Tour 3 Embrace your need for speed at Driven Raceway 4 Play a round of miniature golf at Scandia Family Fun Center

5 Go on a train ride at the Western Railway Museum

6 Spend the day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

8 Pick a beautiful bouquet of summer flowers at Larry’s Produce

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9 Visit the horses at Rush Ranch 10 Enjoy a picnic at the lake at Rockville Hills

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14 Go fishing on Grizzly Island 15 Admire incredible views of the Bay Area from Lynch Canyon

16 Meet the "residents" of the Suisun Wildlife Center 17 Learn about the Patwin Indians and their history in Suisun at Rush Ranch 6 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide

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20 Fly a kite at Lynch Canyon 21 Enjoy a bike ride through Suisun Valley 22 See if you can spot the Tule Elk in the Suisun Marsh

23 Take your dog on a walk or run at Rockville Hills 24 Say hello to the friendly cows in our hills 25 Bring your camera and spend the day photographing all the wildlife you see

26 Stargaze at Rush Ranch


For the adults... 27 Travel the ‘valley loop’ and enjoy a day of wine tasting in Suisun and Green Valleys

28 Sample olive oils and

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learn how to pair the oils and vinegars with your favorite foods when you visit Il Fiorello and Sonoma Harvest

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38 Fill a wheelbarrow with all your favorite fruits and vegetables at Larry’s Produce

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downtown Fairfield, where you will find international dining and small-town flavor

41 Play bocce ball at BackRoad Vines 42 Visit Seven Artisans Winery and enjoy the music ‘on the green’ series every Saturday

30 Adults love candy too! Enjoy a free tour at Fairfield’s Jelly Belly Factory

31 Go on your own treasure hunt at Suisun Valley Antiques and Collectibles

32 Play a round of golf

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33 Visit the Chocolate & Wine Experience at Jelly Belly and enjoy delectable treats paired with Suisun Valley wines

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44 Have a beer (or two) at Heretic Brewing and take a tour of this locally-owned brewery

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getaway and book a room at one of Fairfield’s 18 hotels

45 Enjoy wine and beer tastings at the Suisun Valley Filling Station, located inside what was once an old gas station.

46 Visit the historic Mankas Corner in Suisun Valley

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and enjoy lunch or dinner at Mankas Steakhouse

class at Il Fiorello’s ‘Kitchen in the Grove’

36 Come out for a Food Truck Friday event at Wooden Valley Winery Wooden Valley Winery Food Truck Friday

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of Suisun Valley’s annual events, Passport Sunday Harvest Celebration, or the Anniversary Celebration, and discover why this area is such a gem

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@bmw2002vince Rockville Hills

@cabernetcowgirl Green Valley

@dennyfan Jelly Belly Candy Company

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@fairfieldgolf Paradise Valley Golf Course

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Fairfield History

One of seven cities in Solano County, Fairfield’s history dates back thousands of years. Artifacts of stone-age people have been found in Green Valley dating back to 2000 B.C.E. When the Spaniards arrived in California, Solano County was home to the Suisun Indians, a local tribe of the Patwin Indians. You can learn more about the Patwin Indians—and see replicas of their tools and tule huts—on a visit to Rush Ranch.

The city of Fairfield was formally incorporated in 1903. Fairfield was founded by clipper-ship captain Robert Waterman in 1856 and named for his hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut. After Fairfield was ratified as the county seat, Waterman donated 16 acres of his land for new county buildings. He and his wife, Cordelia, maintained a home here and were active in the community. Today, there is a street named after Waterman, as well as a Fairfield suburb honoring Cordelia. The city of Fairfield was formally incorporated in 1903. Within a decade, Texas Street developed into a bustling center. The iconic “Fairfield: County Seat Solano County” sign downtown has been in place above Texas Street since 1925. 12 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide

• The Old Solano County Courthouse downtown is over 100 years old! Its grand opening dedication, celebrated on July 4, 1914, was the biggest event Solano County had ever seen up until that point! The day’s festivities included a parade with floats, bands, afternoon dancing, and two formal evening balls. What a party! • Across the street from the historic courthouse, in front of the Solano County Government Center, is a 12-foot-tall bronze statue of a Native American with a hand raised in greeting. This is Chief Solano, also known as Sem Yeto, a chief of the Suisun Indians and the county’s namesake. Chief Solano has been welcoming visitors in downtown Fairfield since 1934. • The Fairfield Civic Center and it’s figure-8 lake was first built in 1970, and features the city hall, police administration building, council chamber and community center. An estimated 650 people attended a dedication ceremony in May of 1971. • Pat Morita, a standup comedian who achieved national and international fame in the 70s and 80s for playing Matsuo “Arnold” Takahashi on “Happy Days” and Mr. Miyagi in “The Karate Kid,” graduated from Fairfield’s Armijo High School in 1949. He was involved


in drama, basketball and art, and drew a mural that can be found in the 1949 Armijo La Mezcla yearbook. • The 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, “Burst of Joy,” showing Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Stirm reuniting with his family following nearly six years as a POW in North Vietnam, was captured at Travis Air Force Base in 1973 by Slava Veder of The Associated Press. This image has since become an iconic shot of the Vietnam War era and represented to many the reunification of a soldier and his family. Col. Stirm was later awarded the Silver Star for his service in Vietnam.

• The railcar home of Maude (Ruth Gordon) from the cult movie, “Harold and Maude,” is located at the Western Railway Museum and is open to visitors.

• John F Kennedy made a stop at the Suisun City depot on Sept. 8, 1960, while the then-senator was on a whistle-stop train tour during his presidential campaign against Richard Nixon. It's estimated 2,000 people were there to hear the Senator's 10-minute speech. • “All the King’s Men,” the Academy-Award Winning Best Picture in 1950, was partially shot in Rio Vista and Fairfield. The film went on to win three Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Picture, and featured a guest appearance by Suisun City Sheriff A.C. Tillman. VisitFairfieldCA.com • 13


Attractions

Whether you are a family looking for some fun, in town for business, or enjoying a romantic trip away from home, Fairfield has something for all to enjoy... Jelly Belly Candy Company is home to the world famous Jelly Belly jelly beans and over 150 other sweet treats. This is where the magic happens! Plan a visit to the Fairfield factory and learn the secrets to how the beloved candy is made. Free self-guided factory tours are available daily from 9am to 4pm. Guests explore the factory at their own pace, where they can watch the candy-making operations up close with HD/4K videos. For an extra sweet experience, the ‘Jelly Belly University’ tour will take visitors to the factory floor. After your tour, sample every jelly bean flavor at the sample bar and enjoy bean-shaped hamburgers and pizza at the Jelly Belly Café. 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield Open daily: 9am to 5pm 800-953-5592 The American Armory Museum was established to educate all ages on the sacrifice, bravery and enduring significance of the United 14 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide

States military. The museum features a collection of military vehicles and memorabilia, from World War II to present day, including General George S. Patton's command jeep. Free admission. 4144 Abernathy Road, Fairfield Open Wednesday-Saturday: 10am to 3pm 707-389-6846 Fairfield’s Downtown Theatre is Solano County’s premier arts and entertainment center. Stop by the Box Office or check the website for show schedules at this 22,000 sq. ft, performing arts facility. The Downtown Theatre hosts theatrical performances, symphony concerts, seminars, and community events. 1035 Texas Street, Fairfield downtowntheatre.com Box office open 10am to 4pm Tuesday-Friday and two hours prior to every showtime

Driven Raceway is a premiere indoor kart racing and family entertainment facility. Come


experience firsthand European-style racing with these sophisticated and high speed electric karts. Driven Raceway supplies the helmet, race suit, and instructions – you bring the drive! The entertainment facility also includes a glow-in-thedark Black Light Mini Golf Course, a mini bowling alley, and an arcade. 1560 Gateway Boulevard, Fairfield Open Monday-Thursday: 12pm to 9pm Friday: 11am to 12am Saturday: 11am to 11pm Sunday: 11am to 8pm 707-426-3748

Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company is the

home of international award-winning olive oils. Guests can enjoy olive oil tastings and tours at this state-of-the-art olive oil mill and visitor center. Larger parties can call ahead to customize their tour and tastings. The visitor center also includes a gift shop and an outdoor patio with magnificent views of over 2,000 olive trees and the surrounding valley. Il Fiorello is known for its single varietal oils from Italian, Spanish, French, and Greek varieties. 2625 Mankas Corner, Fairfield Open daily: 11am to 5pm Mill tours by appointment 707-864-1529 VisitFairfieldCA.com • 15


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Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano golf courses are both known for having

beautiful country-club like settings. These courses are each rated in the Zagat Survey and are consistently voted the #1 and #2 golf courses in Solano County. Paradise Valley’s spectacular layout is enhanced by oak studded fairways and meandering creeks, and is a favorite for golfers who enjoy a walking round of golf. Rancho Solano’s layout includes hilly terrain, scenic lakes, and elevated tees. Both courses offer impressive driving ranges as well as golf lessons for adults and youth with PGA professional instructors. Paradise Valley 3950 Paradise Valley Drive, Fairfield Open daily: 7am to 7pm 707-426-1600 Rancho Solano 3250 Rancho Solano Parkway, Fairfield Open daily: 7am to 7pm 707-429-4653

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The Lawler House Art Gallery and the Solano Town Center Art Gallery, both managed by the Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association, showcase the work of local and regional artists. Both galleries host multiple shows throughout the year. Artwork is available to purchase. Admission is free. Lawler House Art Gallery 718 Main Street, Suisun City Open Friday-Sunday: 12pm to 4pm Solano Town Center Art Gallery 1350 Travis Boulevard, Fairfield Second Floor, Suite D8 Open Wednesday-Sunday: 11am to 6pm fvaa-arts.org

Sonoma Harvest Olive Oil & Winery is a large olive oil bottling facility in Fairfield that also has its own line of extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, nut oils, and baking extracts. Stop by the


tasting room and sample olive oils and wine while a kids room keeps the younger guests entertained. A unique assortment of merchandise is available for sale in the tasting room.

770 Chadbourne Road, Fairfield Open Wednesday-Monday: 12pm to 6pm 707-389-4815

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

combines marine life, wildlife and wild rides into an unforgettable family experience. Attractions at the theme park include thrill rides like the famous Medusa, Superman Ultimate Flight, and Kong, as well as family rides, animal encounters, and entertainment. Get up close and personal with exotic parrots and macaws on the Kingdom Stage or watch the dolphins swim through an underwater viewing window in Dolphin Harbor. At the heart of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is its diverse animal program, featuring tigers, cougars, elephants, giraffes, walruses, sea lions, sharks, aquatic birds, and more.

2001 Marine World Parkway, Vallejo Open weekends year-round, daily in summer Hours vary depending on season. 707-644-4000

Scandia Family Fun Center features a challenging miniature golf course, batting cages, bumper boats, go-carts, laser tag, a kids playland, and a huge video game arcade. Experience a whole new level of fun at Scandia! 4300 Central Place, Fairfield Open Sunday-Thursday: 10am to 11pm Saturday: 10am to 12am 707-864-8558

Western Railway Museum gives visitors a rare opportunity to ride authentic historic streetcars and interurban electric trains from all over California and the western United States. With over 50 historic cars on display and 22 miles of track, the Western Railway Museum is ideal for families and group outings. The museum features historic railway exhibits, vintage streetcar and interurban train rides, a museum store, library archives, a Depot CafÊ, and picnic grounds. 5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City Open year-round Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am to 5pm Also open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Wednesday and Thursday: 10:30am to 5pm 707-374-2978 VisitFairfieldCA.com • 17


Wine Tasting

Step off the path traveled by so many and venture on to the back roads of Fairfield to the rustic Suisun Valley. Located just outside the Fairfield city limits, Suisun Valley and nearby Green Valley are neighbors to the world-famous Napa Valley —but there are no crowds or traffic jams in this region. On the side roads of this small but thriving wine country, there is more traffic from squirrels, birds, peacocks and the occasional bicyclist than cars. The bright green hills and blue skies provide a beautiful backdrop as locals and visitors travel the valley “loop”. Altogether, this region is home to over a dozen tasting rooms, all family-owned. Expect to find winemakers and their families pouring from behind the counters. They are all known for treating guests as if they are part of an extended family. Many of our wineries host events year-round that bring in locals and visitors alike. From live music and food trucks, to paint nights and dog walks, to themed wine release parties, come discover why Suisun Valley is winning the hearts of visitors around the world!

Did you know? The Suisun Valley region received formal American Viticultural Area (AVA) recognition in 1982, just months after its famous neighbor, Napa Valley, making Suisun Valley the second oldest AVA designation in California. 18 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide

Suisun Valley tasting rooms: BackRoad Vines, is a family owned winery

that specializes in Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and red blends. While enjoying the wine, take a walk to the nearby creek or play a round of bocce ball.

2221 Julian Lane, Fairfield Open Saturday-Thursday: 1pm to 5pm Friday: 4pm to 8pm 707-759-0185

Blue Victorian Winery, owned by Vezér

Family Vineyards, is surrounded by acres of lush vineyards and palm trees. Enjoy special tours, tastings, and blends in the barrel room of this majestic winery. The Vezér wineries are best known for their Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. 5071 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield Open Monday-Thursday: 11am to 5pm Friday-Saturday: 10am to 6pm Sunday: 10am to 5pm 707-422-8025

Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company offers wine

tastings from its own Il Fiorello label in addition to olive oil tastings. 2625 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield Open daily: 11am to 5pm 707-864-1529


Jelly Belly Candy Company offers

a unique wine and chocolate experience in addition to its many candy confections. All of the highlighted wines come from Suisun and Green Valleys.

1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield Open daily: 9am to 5pm Wine and Chocolate Experience: 11am to 4pm 800-953-5592

Mangels Vineyards specializes in Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Verdelho, Rose, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Tempranillo. The family is proud to continue a 100-year tradition of growing grapes in the valley. 4529 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield Open Friday-Sunday: 12pm to 5pm 707-410-5392

VezĂŠr Family Vineyard, featuring the

beautiful Mankas Gardens, is located in the heart of Suisun Valley, is located in the heart of Suisun Valley, and offers beautiful outdoor garden seating and private tastings in the Legacy room.

2522 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield Open Monday-Thursday: 11am to 5pm Friday-Saturday: 10am to 6pm Sunday: 10am to 5pm 707-429-3935 VisitFairfieldCA.com • 19


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Seven Artisans Winery is best known for its musical entertainment Saturday afternoons "on the green." Open since 2014, Seven Artisans' wines include montepulciano and primitivo, as well as other red varietals. 4341 Abernathy Road, Fairfield Open Thursday: 1pm to 5pm Friday: 1pm to 6pm Saturday: 2pm to 6pm Sunday: 1pm to 5pm 707-771-0911

Sonoma Harvest Olive Oil & Winery offers wine tastings from its own Sonoma Harvest label in addition to olive oil tastings. 770 Chadbourne Road, Fairfield Open Wednesday-Monday: 12pm to 6pm 707-389-4815 20 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide

Suisun Valley Filling Station & Visitor Center, located on the historic Mankas Corner, pours wine from the Filling Station as well as Rock Creek Vineyard, Caymus-Suisun, Tolenas Vineyards and Suisun Creek Winery. There is also craft beer, bottled beverages and snacks available to purchase.

2529 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield Open Wednesday-Thursday: 11:30am to 7 pm Friday-Saturday: 11:30am to 8pm Sunday: 1pm to 6pm

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Suisun Valley Wine Co-op is a tasting room for three family-owned wineries, all growing grapes in Suisun Valley. • Blacksmith Cellars specializes in Chenin Blanc, Torrontes, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Latze Harvest Syrah, and Late Harvest Malvasia Bianca


• King Andrews Vineyards specializes in Albariño, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon • Sunset Cellars specializes in Barbera, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Pinot Gris 4495 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield Open Thursday-Sunday: 12pm to 5pm 707-450-8603

Tenbrink Vineyards, a family-owned winery, specializes in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Tempranillo. 4185 Chadbourne Road, Fairfield Open by appointment only 707-480-7334

Wooden Valley Winery, owned and operated by the Lanza family since the 1940s, is proud to be Suisun Valley’s oldest winery. Wooden Valley specializes in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Gamay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Miscela, Vino Bianco, Vino Rosso and Zinfandel Port. 4756 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield Open daily: 10am to 5pm 707-864-0730

Green Valley tasting rooms: GV Cellars focuses on Italian varietals, producing mainly Green Valley estate wines. The winery’s 27-acre vineyard includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, and Syrah. 1635 Mason Road, Fairfield Open daily: 11am to 5pm 707-864-2089

Rock Creek Vineyard only produces 400 cases of select red wines as part of their focus on delicious, robust, and fruit-forward varieties. Rock Creek Vineyard's 2007 Estate Sangiovese was a San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal Winner. 4610 Green Valley Road, Fairfield Open by appointment only 707-864-2471 VisitFairfieldCA.com • 21


Through the Grapevines... VICKI MCKEOWN Director of Marketing G V Cellars

We grow grapes in Green Valley because... It is a memorable valley that produces distinctive wines. Also, we love serving the tight knit community here. We are best known for our... Italian varietals, innovative estate blends, seasonal releases, picturesque views, and our exceptional customer service. Fun fact about our winery: We are a sustainable, dog friendly, estate winery whose vineyard traces back to the founding family of the Solano County/Green Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA). Best advice for visitors coming to the valley: Bring your camera and give yourself plenty of time to relax and enjoy our estate wines and picturesque views. Our wine region is special because... We have such desirable climate and soil conditions in the Solano County/Green Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA). Green Valley is approximately one mile wide and four miles long. Our valley has roughly 400 acres of grapes within its boundaries and lies between the Vaca Mountains and the Mount George Range. The Solano County/Green Valley AVA is located adjacent to the Napa Valley county line and west of Suisun Valley. Because of its location, Solano County/Green Valley shares a similar climate and soil to that of neighboring Napa Valley AVA's. These AVA’s include the prestigious Coombsville and Los Carneros regions. 22 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide

PAM VALDIVIA Vice President of Operations

Vezér Family Vineyard

We grow grapes in Suisun Valley because… We are so fortunate to have a winegrowing region that has a microclimate, which allows us to grow so many different varietals. It’s the perfect alignment of excellent soil and climate. We grow a wide range, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Verdelho, Merlot, etc. We are best known for our... We are best known for our Petite Sirah. Our special Petite Sirah is an integral part of creating our famous blend of the La Salette. Our signature La Salette was developed in 2005. The wine is a proprietary blend of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Fun fact about our winery: Vezér Family Vineyard is truly special. We have created an atmosphere for our Bay Area locals and tourists. We created our VezérStock Wine & Live Music events which have brought in musicians from all over. We are well known for our fun theme wine club events including our “Dress like a Canadian.” In addition, we offer three unique winery experience and exquisite awardwinning wines in the area that we have trademarked as "The Petite Sirah Capital of the World". We were also awarded the 2016 CellarPass "Hidden Gem" Award. Best advice for visitors coming to the valley: Don't be in a rush; soak up every bit of this valley. There is so much to visit in our valley—many local wineries within driving distance, unique olive oil tastings, and microbreweries. Our region is special because... We are truly a hidden gem! You will experience a calm, relaxing, personal experience in our hidden gem valley.


ROGER KING Owner

King Andrews Vineyards

We grow grapes in Suisun Valley because… It was my long desired thing to do coming out of the Sierra, having been in the ski and resort business at Lake Tahoe. I came across Suisun Valley looking around and at that point realized it was in the California's North Coast AVA and that was world class location. So with no thought to moving back to the mountains, I found a small farm and converted it to vineyards.   We are best known for our… Albarino. It is an Iberian white and the number one white grape and white wine in Spain. I love acidity in white wine and Albarino picked at right point delivers that with great flavor.   Fun fact about our winery: There is no winery, we custom crush at a local facility and then pour and sell our wines at Suisun Valley Wine Co-op, which is the tasting room. The Co-op is also a tasting room for Sunset Cellars and Blacksmith Cellars.   Best advice for visitors coming to the valley:  Relax and take in the unspoiled aspects of “Rustic Wine Country” which is Suisun Valley. Talk to the growers and winemakers you find at the wineries and tasting rooms, they are open with their time and information and will give you one on one attention.   Our wine region is special because… It is perfectly located for optimal grape growing, unspoiled in character, small and compact yet readily accessible to folks from San Francisco and the Bay Area. Sacramento and Reno Tahoe all connected by Interstate 80 for very easy access.

RON LANZA Vice President

Wooden Valley Winery

We grow grapes in Suisun Valley because... My grandfather, Mario Lanza worked as a partner in the Oakland Scavenger Company, but he was injured in a workplace accident. His doctor recommended that he move from the Bay Area to a warmer climate and he found that Suisun Valley was perfect. He moved his family to Suisun Valley in 1944 and became a partner in Wooden Valley. In 1955 he took sole ownership and the Lanza Family has been running Wooden Valley Winery since. Growing grapes in Suisun Valley is as much a part of our story and history as is our Italian heritage! We are best known for our... We are best known for having a wide selection of high quality wines. We pride ourselves on being “Everybody’s Winery!” Fun fact about our winery: In the early days, my dad delivered wine along a route, much like a milkman, in gallon jugs. His route extended all the way down to the Bay Area and he really got to know his customers. Just like the milkman, he knew how much to deliver at each stop. If a woman had a large family, well, she got a lot of wine! Today, visitors stop on their way into the tasting room and snap a picture in front of our 1931 Ford Model A Truck. While this truck isn’t the exact truck used, it is a strong resemblance to the truck used in wine deliveries all those years ago. Best advice for visitors coming to the valley: Plan to spend the day! If you’re planning to visit over the weekend, we have plenty of places to visit and fill your day. Every location has something a little different to offer so you want to make sure and visit them all. Our wine region is special because...We have the ideal climate for growing ultra premium wine grapes. Cool climate with plentiful daytime sun and cool breezes out of San Pablo Bay create perfect growing conditions. Additionally, we have many micro-climates in Suisun Valley allowing us to grow many wine grape varietals. VisitFairfieldCA.com • 23


ANN SIEVERS Owner Il Fiorello Olive Oil Co

We grow olives in Suisun Valley because… Of the perfect climate, great soil and access to I-80. We are best known for our... International award winning certified extra virgin olive oils. Our beautiful setting and extending to visitors a great experience. We offer specially selected sustainable wines, including some under our label. Delicious oil, food, and wine pairings enjoyed on our patio and pavilion in the groves. Fun fact about our business: We are unique in the business as we grow organic olives, mill olives, and sell olive oil all on site. Our Kitchen in the Groves Cooking School sells out all of the classes. Our Farm and tasting tours are great fun. The organic gardens support our Kitchen. Best advice for visitors coming to the valley: Visit each site, relax and enjoy the agriculture and the great people. Listen to the stories of each venue. Our region is special because... The climate, the soil, the quiet, a delightful protected valley that offers a huge diversity in agriculture.

TOM & CAROLYN WEST Owners

Rock Creek Vineyard

We grow grapes in Green Valley because… Green Valley offers the perfect combination of great soil, gentle slopes, warm days and cool evenings, and largely sheltered from the wind. Our tiny AVA is ideal for growing complex red wines. We are best known for our... Dal Cuore, our super Tuscan style blend of estate Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, our Sangiovese is very popular, along with our Zinfandel. Fun fact about our winery: Rock Creek Vineyard exists in a charming old horse barn. We are a small, family winery and we happily welcome guests to linger and savor the relaxing atmosphere of the vineyard, while enjoying our artisan, handcrafted red wines. Best advice for visitors coming to the valley: We suggest visitors stop in the Suisun Valley Filling Station at Mankas Corner, where our wines are served in the charming tasting room five days a week. From the Filling Station, walk across the street and enjoy a delicious dinner at Mankas Steakhouse, where our Sangiovese is on the wine list. Don’t miss Larry’s Produce, for fantastic fresh vegetables or pick a bouquet of flowers from the adjoining field. Another favorite spot is Cal Yee for their famous nuts and dried fruit. All the wineries in the valley offer great wines, olive oil, and each are unique and special. Bring a picnic to G V Cellars, the view is spectacular! Relax outdoors at Backroads Vines, and play a little Bocce! Il Fiorello is another very special spot, with olive oil tastings. There are so many great places to visit in our wonderful Valley! Our region is special because... Visitors will discover local wineries, where they can get to know the winemaker and experience truly delicious wines. It is very comfortable here in our valley, and more affordable to purchase our wines in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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...Our roots run deep JODY ANSELMO Owner BackRoad Vines

GARY MANGELS Grape Grower

GINA OBERTI RICHMOND Winemaker

We grow grapes in Suisun Valley because… Suisun Valley is where we’ve grown up and planted our family roots. Just like our vines, our roots run deep. We are best known for… The Mule is our most popular blend. It is the workhorse of our winery. Deep, hearty, and full bodied. It is the winemaker’s favorite blend as well and for him, one of the most stubborn wines to go through fermentation.   Fun fact about our winery: We love the comfortable feeling of our tasting room, located in a converted old family house built in 1916. The original owner, Ollie Nelson, farmed the land with pears and prunes. From stories passed through the grapevine, Ollie was a San Francisco businessman, and his passion for the soil turned him into a farmer.   Best advice for visitors coming to the valley: Stop and take a moment to recognize the uniqueness of our beautiful valley, hidden away from the hustle and bustle. Take time to explore the area and find the wineries tucked into picture perfect settings, all with their own style. We have local restaurants, hotels, and businesses that provide unforgettable experiences.   Our wine region is special because… Every region has something special about it. Ours happens to be our unique climate, with a strong Delta breeze and remnants of the morning fog, coupled with a strong summer sun into every bottle that is produced out here. Selling those bottles to wine lovers that appreciate simplicity is our claim to fame.

Mangels Vineyards

We grow grapes in Suisun Valley because… The soil and climate are excellent for growing many different varieties. This allows us to experiment with some lesser known varieties that we can provide to our customers. We are best known for our… Petite Sirah and our crisp white wines (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Verdelho, Viognier, and White Blends).   Fun fact about our winery: Both families, Mangels and Oberti, have been farming in Suisun Valley since the 1800's. Gary Mangels' family had Cordelia Winery before Prohibition and made it through Prohibition.   Best advice for visitors coming to the valley: Spend time in our valley to enjoy the natural beauty and peacefulness of it. Our wine region is special because… It is still diverse. Suisun Valley grape growers and winemakers explore different wine varieties and styles that some people may not have ever heard of. VisitFairfieldCA.com • 25


Breweries

In recent years, locally owned breweries and taprooms have popped up around Fairfield and in nearby Suisun City. Most are open daily and serve food that compliment their brews. Heretic Brewing Company is a microbrewery specializing in award-winning full flavored ales and lagers. The tasting room, open to all ages, includes 20 beers on tap with multiple flight options, and Heretic’s kitchen provides delicious eats. Free tours of the brewery are given Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4 pm. Guests simply need to check in with the bartender by 3:45 to participate. Over two-dozen Heretic beers are brewed in the Fairfield location and distributed across California, in other select states, and in over a dozen countries around the world. Owner Jamil Zainasheff began his career as a home brewer in 1999 and opened the Fairfield brewery in 2013.

Pioneer Tap Room offers 18 beers on tap in its Suisun Valley tasting room, which includes brews from its own Pioneer label as well as those from locally-owned breweries. Pioneer also serves wine, cider, and food.

1052 Horizon Drive, Suite B, Fairfield Open Monday-Thursday: 3pm to 9pm Friday to Sunday: 12pm to 9pm 707-389-4573

315 Marina Center, Suisun City Open Thursday: 5pm to 9pm, Friday: 3pm to 9pm Saturday: 12pm to 9pm, Sunday: 12pm to 6pm 707-202-6000

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4495 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield Open Tuesday-Sunday: 11am to 9:30pm

True Symmetry Brewing Company in Suisun City features 20 craft beers on tap in a fun and relaxed tasting room that often includes dining options from area food trucks, along with live music and other events. They aim to make all beer styles, with a strong emphasis on English and Belgian ales.


Taprooms in Fairfield include: DNA Brewing, located inside Fuddruckers, serves Blue Frog and its own line of craft beers. 1740 Travis Boulevard, Fairfield 707-429-2337

Luigi’s in downtown Fairfield has 16 beers on tap served with its sandwiches and burgers. 721 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-428-7102

Rustwater Kitchen & Taproom features

craft beers and burgers in a wonderfully renovated historic building in downtown Fairfield. 800 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-759-3409

Slanted Tree Kitchen and Taproom serves craft beer from local and nationwide breweries.

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Outdoor Adventures

With its rolling hills, never-ending skyline and beautiful scenic views... Fairfield is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Go on a hike through the mountains at Rockville Hills Regional Park, bike through the beautiful Suisun Valley, enjoy a family picnic at Rush Ranch, or fly a kite high in the sky above Lynch Canyon – whether you are a child or an adult, a birdwatcher, a photographer, a seasoned runner, or just looking for some fresh air outside, these beautiful open spaces around Fairfield will win your heart.

Rockville Hills Regional Park is a Bay

Area favorite for mountain biking, hiking, and running. There are over 30 miles of trails in this magnificent 633-acre grasslands and oak woodlands park. Have lunch at the lake or explore a cave in the hills. Bring your camera with your hiking shoes because there are many beautiful sights, in wildlife and nature, you will want to capture while visiting. A day pass for the park is $3 per person, $1 per dog, and season passes are available. Free trail maps are available at the park entrance. 2149 Rockville Road, Fairfield Open daily: Sunrise to Sunset

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Rush Ranch is a 2,070-acre open space managed by the Solano Land Trust that offers exciting exploration opportunities for all ages. Bordered on one side by the Suisun Marsh, Rush Ranch has won countless hearts with its rolling grasslands, serene tranquility, rich history and wildlife viewing opportunities. Rush Ranch features a visitor center, a working blacksmith shop, historical ranching equipment, hiking trails, and picnic tables. Come admire the horses that call the ranch home. There are also owls, hawks, and other wildlife nesting on and around the ranch. Admission is free. 3521 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City Open daily: 8am to 6pm

Lynch Canyon, also owned and managed by the Solano Land Trust, serves as an important buffer zone between Fairfield and Vallejo. With its steep grasslands, Lynch Canyon is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Buckeyes, oaks and wetland meadows provide shelter for deer, fox, bobcat, waterfowl, and many raptors. The spring wildflowers are also a beautiful sight every year. A one-day parking pass is $6. Lynch Canyon is located just north of Interstate 80, between American Canyon Road and Highway 12. 3100 Lynch Road, Fairfield Open Friday-Monday: 9am to 5pm


Suisun Wildlife Center cares for over 1,000 injured or orphaned wild animals every year, rehabilitating them for release back into the wild. Although the hospital area is closed to the public, guests are welcome to stop by to see the visitor center as well as the educational animals that include a coyote, raccoon, a golden eagle, hawks, and owls. Admission is free. 1171 Kellogg Street, Suisun City Open daily (April-August): 9am to 6pm Open daily (Sept-March): 9am to 4pm 707-429-4295

Grizzly Waters Kayaking, located on the Suisun City Waterfront, offers kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals, as well as lessons and tours through the Suisun Marsh. The company is named after the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in the Suisun Marsh and was created with the intention to get people outside and active. 535 Solano Street, Suite B, Suisun City Hours vary, call for information 707-341-6141

Did you know? The Suisun Marsh is the largest brackish water marsh on the west coast of the United States of America. VisitFairfieldCA.com • 29


“We moved up here from Hollywood in 2017, and I have to say, my favorite place in Fairfield is where we live on Gordon Valley Road. I call it the polar opposite of Hollywood, in the best possible way! In any direction you turn, it looks like a painting. Sunsets, vineyards, mountains, animals— we are truly grateful to live here.” ANDY MCDERMOTT

“Walking through Grizzly Island, you get that rare chance meeting with the local wildlife and you find your breath catching in your throat. Cathartic and thrilling, you are connecting with the natural world around you. I am always thankful for these moments.” MARGARET CHOW

"Suisun Valley possesses a quiet beauty and charm that may be overlooked by many, but with eyes open, it is easy to see the enchantment of the region." EMILY KENT PHOTOGRAPHY

“Watching Mother Nature, the colors, and beauty of it makes me feel alive and blessed. That's why I love keeping a little sample of that in my photography.” JOSE DUARTE

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“Having lived mostly in flat landscape, it makes me appreciate the hills that surround Fairfield. It’s truly a special landscape and it’s most beautiful to me at sunset when the sun gives the hills a soft glow with striking shadows… There are a lot of beautiful sights to discover around here, you just have to go explore and find them.” FABIAN VAN SCHEPDAEL

“I love the Suisun Marsh because it’s the perfect place to go to watch a sunrise or sunset. The water all around seems to just soothe your mind and the many birds you see are just awesome. I love that the marsh is literally minutes away from town but makes you feel like you’re far away from the hectic city life. It’s so relaxing and beautiful to explore, especially Rush Ranch which is one of my favorite places to go.” TRUDY LIANE PHOTOGRAPHY

“I love the area because of the plentiful outdoor opportunities available year round. Find yourself hiking/running, mountain/road biking, wildlife viewing, kayaking/paddle boarding, or fishing among our Rockville Park, Lynch Canyon, Rush Ranch, Grizzly Island, and Suisun Marsh playgrounds. Come visit me at Grizzly Waters Kayaking for more insider tips.” JAMES BERG

“Visiting Rush Ranch in the Suisun Marsh, for me, is like stepping back in time. The atmosphere and scenery just feels timeless. It is a true paradise for birders, horse lovers, and photographers. As a volunteer with Access Adventure, the non-profit which provides an experience with horses for the disabled community, I get to work with these beautiful creatures first hand. What a privilege it is, on each occasion, to simply be in their presence.” REBECCA KING PHOTOGRAPHY VisitFairfieldCA.com • 31


Farm Stands

From their farms to your fork... The anticipation begins with the first signs of spring, as the weather starts to warm, blooms fill the trees and the mustard seed cover crop is ploughed away from the valley floor for yet another year.

And as the cool spring air transitions towards summer, locals know it’s just about time for Suisun Valley’s farm stands to open. Before long, little green crops emerge from below the soil. Tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, strawberries, melons, potatoes – the list goes on and on. And as the cool spring air transitions towards summer, locals know it’s just about time for Suisun Valley’s farm stands to open. 32 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide

The Suisun Valley farm stands, most open seasonally in the summer and fall months, are family-owned and locally loved. They include:

Larry’s Produce, open June to December every year, attracts visitors from throughout the Sacramento and Bay Area. Larry Balestra and his family farm over 1,200 acres in Suisun Valley. In addition to their fresh produce grown locally in Suisun Valley and Northern California, Larry’s is a popular destination for pumpkins and Christmas trees. The many fall activities at Larry’s Produce include a pumpkin field, corn bath, hay pyramid and corn maze. 4606 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield Open daily (June-December): 9am to 5pm 707-864-8068

Erickson Ranch is best known for their delicious jams, made from produce grown on the farm! The many flavors include strawberry, blenheim apricot, apple butter, blueberry, cal red peach, fig, Christmas harvest, and more! They are available year-round at various locations in the valley, including Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company and Cal Yee Farms, as well as by appointment at the Erickson's ranch. 2482 Cordelia Road, Fairfield By appointment only 707-864-0557


Cal Yee Farms, open year-round, has provided high-quality dried fruits and nuts to customers in the United States and abroad for more than 50 years. The farm’s many products include mixed fruit, mixed nuts, raisins, seeds, trail mix, chocolate and candy. 5158 Clayton Road, Fairfield Open Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm Saturday-Sunday: 10am to 5pm 800-225-9337

Other farms to explore…

While in the valley, make sure to also visit Robledo Produce (4300 Russell Road) and Saechao Family Farm (2707 Rockville Road), both open daily in the summer selling produce grown in their fields. Finish up your visit to the valley with a stop at Little Knopp’s Bakery (2627 Rockville Road) for freshly made pies and ice cream.

Did you know? Suisun (pronounced SUE-soon) means “west wind” in Patwin, the native American tribe that once inhabited the area. As names go, Suisun is especially popular in and around Fairfield. You’ll find a city, a valley, and a marsh all bearing the name. VisitFairfieldCA.com • 33


Annual Events

For more information on these and other local events, please visit our website at VisitFairfieldCA.com/events

Year-Round Get the Rush at Rush Ranch is a series

of fun, free activities for all ages, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. Explore a working blacksmith shop, go on a nature hike around the marsh, or enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride.

Kitchen in the Grove culinary classes at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company are offered every month and include demonstrations by professional chefs and hands-on work. Classes are a delicious experience that are often themed based on the time of year. Music on the Green at Seven Artisans Winery, a year-round concert

series, features area bands performing outside ‘on the green’ every Saturday.

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Nature Hikes led by Solano Land Trust docents introduce visitors to the beautiful open spaces around Fairfield. Hikes take place every month year-round and are free.

Seasonal: May-October Fairfield Farmers Market and Thursdays on the Green, in downtown Fairfield, includes fresh and delicious produce,

local entertainment, and crafts from area artisans. This weekly event hosted by the Fairfield Main Street Association.

Food Truck Fridays at Wooden Valley Winery, an always popular event, features delicious food, drinks, wine, and live music on the fourth Friday of every month from May to October. Free admission and all ages welcome.

VezérStock concert series is Vezér

Family Vineyard’s popular summer concert series that brings tribute bands and area musicians to Mankas Gardens and the Blue Victorian.

April Scenic Limited Spring Train at the Western Railway Museum features an 11-mile excursion in rural Solano County on-board the


historic train. Admire the blooming wildflowers, rolling hills, and picturesque views of Mt. Diablo and the Suisun Marsh. For an extra treat, purchase a First Class ticket and enjoy cookies and lemonade in the parlor car.

Suisun Valley’s Passport Sunday is an annual spring celebration highlighting the wineries and tasting rooms of the Suisun and Green Valleys. With "passports" in hand, spend an afternoon traveling the "valley loop." Experience the food, wine, and beauty of our vibrant region. Kids Day of Fishing/Earth Day Celebration, a free fishing derby sponsored by Kids Day of Fishing, Inc., coincides with Earth Day activities at the Fairfield Civic Center pond.

Rush Ranch Open House, featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, educational displays, historical demonstrations, live music, and a gorgeous backdrop, brings a large crowd to Rush Ranch every year. This is a free event.

May Lynch Canyon Kite Festival gives you an opportunity to fly a kite high in the skies above Lynch Canyon. This event is hosted by the Solano Land Trust. VisitFairfieldCA.com • 35


Annual Events

Mother’s Day Artisan Fair is an event on the Suisun Waterfront, featuring a craft fair with over 70 artists, live music, and entertainment.

June Lynch Canyon Trail Run is an event for all ages and skill levels. The trail run includes a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and community hike. Fairfield Farm Stands Open for the

season in early June.

July Fairfield Independence Day Parade,

hosted by the Fairfield Main Street Association, is a beloved event that draws thousands to the downtown area.

August Suisun Valley Harvest Celebration

brings thousands to the valley to celebrate the grape harvest with our vintners and growers. Enjoy wine and olive oil tastings, grape stomping, live music, food trucks, farm animals, and more at this fun, family-friendly event for all ages!

Tomato & Vine Festival, hosted by the

Fairfield Main Street Association, is one of the largest events in Fairfield, and has been a staple in downtown for over 20 years. The festival includes a tomato alley, a farmers market, local entertainment and music, arts and crafts, and beer and wine gardens.

VIP Wine, Food & Brew takes place

during the Fairfield Tomato & Vine Festival and showcases the community's wineries, breweries, and restaurants.

September Jelly Belly's Candy Palooza, a delicious

experience at the Jelly Belly Candy Company, features all types of sugars and sweets, as well as fun and games for the entire family.

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October Art, Wine & Chocolate Festival on the Suisun Waterfront features live music, food, and artisan booths. Sample top wines from local and regional wineries coupled with fine chocolate candy, cupcakes, and fudge.

The Pumpkin Patch Festival at the

Western Railway Museum is open weekends in October. Ride the historic trains to the Gum Grove Station, where you will experience all the joys of harvest and fall.

Larry’s Produce Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is fun for the whole family!

Climb the giant hay pyramid, swim in a corn bath, get lost in the corn maze, and pick out the perfect pumpkin to bring home to carve.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a spooky time of year as zombies

and ghouls take over the amusement park. Enjoy thrills and activities during the day but be aware of what comes out once the sun goes down.

Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown

Fairfield features visits with Santa, carriage rides, arts and crafts, carolers, youth performances, and more. Fairfield kicks off the Christmas season with its annual tree lighting celebration hosted by the Fairfield Main Street Association.

Suisun Valley Anniversary Celebration, a festive event held between

Christmas and New Years, commemorates the creation of Suisun Valley’s American Viticulture Area. With the holidays in full swing, bring your family and friends to celebrate the magic in Suisun Valley.

Jelly Belly's Holiday Celebration, where

you can celebrate the holiday season with Jelly Belly Candy Company! Plan a visit to the Fairfield factory and enjoy free visits with Santa Claus throughout the month of December. Jelly Belly also hosts a Christmas tree lighting event and a "Chanukah Wonderland."

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Munchkin Masquerade at Jelly Belly

is a sweet morning at the Jelly Belly Factory with Mr. Jelly Belly and a host of superheroes, princesses, fairies, and ghosts. Costumes are encouraged at this free parade around the factory.

November Veterans Day Parade, hosted by the

Fairfield Main Street Association, brings thousands to downtown Fairfield to honor our nation’s heroes. The day also features a commemoration ceremony and a patriotic concert.

December Larry’s Produce Christmas Trees arrive at the Suisun Valley farm stand in early December. Come pick out the perfect tree for your family. Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, where you'll enjoy

holiday shows, festive attractions, a giant snow hill, visits with Santa Claus, and all the animal encounters and thrill rides you know and love at the amusement park just minutes from Fairfield. VisitFairfieldCA.com • 37


Places to Dine

Mankas Steakhouse

Chez Soul

Fairfield is home to an abundant and wide variety of dining establishments. No matter what food you are in the mood for, Fairfield has something for every pallet. The community is home to chain restaurants, formal dining, and beloved “hole in the wall” restaurants that have been family owned for decades. Whatever you are in the mood for, you will find a delicious and memorable restaurant here in Fairfield.

Steakhouses

Mexican

Cast Iron Grill & Bar

Alejandro’s Taqueria

700 Main Street, Suite 104, Suisun City 707-425-1700

936 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-429-2155

Great American Grill

Favela’s Fusion Mexican Dining

2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield 707-426-6900

1500 Oliver Road, Suite D, Fairfield 707-421-8484

Main Street Bar & Grill

La Dona

627 Main Street, Suisun City 707-428-6270

1444 W Texas Street, Fairfield 707-759-4575

Mankas Steakhouse

La Cabana de Suisun

2522 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield 707-425-3207

325 Main Street, Suisun City 707-429-5871

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Chianti Osteria

Italian Chianti Osteria

Great American Grill

Other Local Favorites Chez Soul Southern Cuisine

314 Spring Street, Suisun City 707-426-4887

711 Madison Street, Fairfield 707-427-3338

Evelyn’s Big Italian Pizzeria

Crepes N More

704 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-421-9000

Formaggi Di Ferrante 1058 Horizon Drive #12, Fairfield 707-864-6800

Asian Hot Stone Korean Kitchen 2190 N Texas Street, Fairfield 707-422-1000

Papa Sushi 2281 N Texas Street, Fairfield 707-673-2594

Saffron Indian Cuisine & Bar

620 Jackson Street, Fairfield 707-428-2210

Dave’s Giant Hamburger 1055 N Texas Street, Fairfield 707-425-1818

Ironwood American Bistro 203 Main Street, Suisun City 707-759-4297

Joe’s Buffet 834 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-425-2317

Joy of Eating Cafe

739 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-434-1313

535 Solano Street, Suite A, Suisun City 707-426-1147

Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro and Bar

Mediterranean Food Center

5030 Business Center Drive, Fairfield 707-863-7500

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Nearby Neighbors

Are you tired of having to pack and unpack your luggage when staying in multiple hotels? Great news! Fairfield’s central location in Northern California gives visitors easy and fast access to many of the region’s largest cities and destinations. Napa Valley (15 miles from Fairfield) California’s Napa Valley Wine Country is one of the world’s great destinations, especially for lovers of fine wine, fantastic food, and beautiful views. More than 400 wineries grow grapevines in the Napa soils, a wine region famous for its prized Cabernet Sauvignon. But wine, as visitors quickly discover, is only the beginning. Discover grand estates, expansive tasting rooms, and quaint towns, many located on the celebrated Silverado Trail. 40 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide

Sonoma (30 miles from Fairfield) A year-round destination for wine enthusiasts, foodies, outdoor adventurists, event buffs, and shopaholics. Sonoma Valley offers over 100 wineries, 13,000 acres of state and regional parks, luxury spas, and cozy bed-and-breakfasts. Sonoma Valley’s breathtaking 17-mile span offers endless discovery.

Oakland (35 miles from Fairfield) Oakland has been called “San Francisco’s Brooklyn,” and San Francisco’s sister city, just across the water in the East Bay region, has the same kind of historic twists, beautiful views, and exploding food and wine scene as that New York borough. Diverse, dynamic, artsy, edgy—add a colorful twist to your adventures with a visit here.

Sacramento (45 miles from Fairfield) One of the most historic cities in California, Sacramento boasts an impressive array of landmarks, parks, amenities, and other exciting adventures. Some of the most popular landmarks and attractions include the California State Capitol, Tower Bridge, Old Sacramento located along the waterfront, the California State Railroad Museum, Sutter’s Fort, and the American and Sacramento Rivers.


San Francisco (45 miles from Fairfield) It may measure less than 50 square miles, but San Francisco justly ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, classic cable cars, dynamic diversity, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring crimson bridge, the “City by the Bay” truly has it all. The adventures in this city – Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge —are truly endless. And remember, no trip to San Francisco is complete without a ride on a cable car.

Tahoe (140 miles from Fairfield) Breathe in the clean, crisp mountain air. Jump in the lake. Ski the hills in winter and reconnect with nature in the spring. See a show on the casino strip or play your favorite slots. Whatever activity you choose, Tahoe is a place you'll never forget. It's an alpine paradise, both a winter wonderland and a summer vacation destination, with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. Enjoy endless hiking and biking trails, nationally recognized festivals and events, and many family-friendly activities. And in the center of it all is Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, deep, wide, bluer than blue, and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. VisitFairfieldCA.com • 41


Local Venues

Meeting and event planners hold incredible opportunities in their hands. It is their responsibility to organize gatherings, and Fairfield offers a variety of spaces and venues for all occasions that will help events and meetings be successful, inspiring, and fun! Whether you are planning a wedding in our rustic Suisun Valley, hosting an association meeting at an area hotel, or organizing a company retreat in the grand ballroom of the world-famous Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield has a space for you. Mix your work or play with wine, olive oil, and fine dining at a Suisun Valley venue. Weddings, family reunions, and birthday parties are especially popular here. Most of our tasting rooms can accommodate larger groups (please call ahead) and wedding bells can often be heard ringing throughout the valley in the spring and summer months. There are also traditional meeting rooms available to rent at seven of our nationally branded hotels. Looking for a meeting space for up to 400 people? Both the Hilton Garden Inn and Courtyard by Marriott have ballrooms that split into breakout 42 • Fairfield, California Visitor Guide


rooms ideal for workshops or team building. Guests can gather inside a social lobby to network, brainstorm, and enjoy a drink or two from a café or bar. Whether you are bringing a dozen or several hundred people to Fairfield, we have space for you. If you’re looking for a meeting space outside the traditional hotel, Fairfield offers a myriad of possibilities. A small classroom at Rush Ranch overlooks the Suisun Marsh. Shoot a round of golf and then enjoy a gathering in the large banquet rooms at Rancho Solano and Paradise Valley golf courses. Vezér Family Vineyard’s Mankas Gardens features a beautiful landscaped outdoor area and the Legacy Tasting Room, or you can have a meeting at Il Fiorello and enjoy a customized tasting amid acres of olive trees. Altogether, Fairfield has over a dozen non-hotel venues for meetings and events and many include both indoor and outdoor function space. Our largest venues are the Jelly Belly Candy Company, the KROC Center and the Solano County Events Center. All three of these locations can accommodate groups of 300 – or more! Learn more at VisitFairfieldCA.com/Meetings VisitFairfieldCA.com • 43


Best Western Cordelia Inn 4373 Central Place, Fairfield 707-864-2029

60

2

Budget Inn 2259 N Texas Street, Fairfield 707-422-2626

32

3

Comfort Inn 4441 Central Place, Fairfield 707-864-1446

57

4

Courtyard by Marriott Fairfield 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield 707-422-4111

137

5

Econo Lodge 1349 W Texas Street, Fairfield 707-425-6465

40

6

Extended Stay America 1019 Oliver Road, Fairfield 707-438-0932

104

7

Fairfield Inn & Suites 315 Pittman Road, Fairfield 707-864-6672

68

8

Gateway Inn 2100 N Texas Street, Fairfield 707-425-1051

32

9

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Evening Social

Meeting Space

Business Center

Breakfast

Gym

Pet Friendly

Americas Best Value Inn 3331 N Texas Street, Fairfield 707-426-616

100

1

Restaurant

Pool

Bar/Lounge

Head over to VisitFairfieldCA.com/hotels for more information!

Total Rooms

Hotels


1

18

14 10 5

3

Air Base Pkwy

9

17

15

Sunset Ave

Rd un V alley Suis 13 8

d

11

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2

7

Rockville Rd

80 16

Waterman Blvd

Ol

Abernathy Rd

Man Cornkeas Rd r

Pennsylvania Ave

80

N Texas

SACRAMENTO

W Texas 6

LODI/ STOCKTON

12

12 elia

Cord

Rd

4 12

Bar/Lounge

Pool

Homewood Suites by Hilton 4755 Business Center Drive, Fairfield 707-863-0300

85

11

La Quinta Inn & Suites 316 Pittman Road, Fairfield 707-864-3797

60

12

Motel 6 Cordelia 4376 Central Place, Fairfield 707-864-0800

91

13

Motel 6 Fairfield-North 1473 Holiday Lane, Fairfield 707-425-4565

90

14

Solano Lodge & Mobile Park 1700 N Texas Street, Fairfield 707-429-3355

35

15

Staybridge Suites 4775 Business Center Drive, Fairfield 707-863-0900

82

16

Super 8 Motel 2170 N Texas Street, Fairfield 707-389-2022

44

17

Travelodge 4625 Central Way, Fairfield 707-864-6760

70

18

Business Center

Meeting Space

Evening Social

Gym

Breakfast

Restaurant

Hilton Garden Inn 2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield 707-426-6900

150

10

Pet Friendly

Total Rooms

NAPA 680 SAN FRANCISCO

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Shopping

Downtown Fairfield: Where friendly old

town flavor and independent businesses abound. Enjoy unique shopping, international dining, and exciting events held throughout the year in the seven-block Fairfield Main Street Association district. Businesses include the vintage boutique, Pieces of Time, the retail store, Napadashery, a consignment shop, two bridal boutiques, and home furnishing stores. For those with a sweet tooth, check out Famous Creations for cupcakes, cookies, and other pastries. Gordon's Music & Sound 810 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-422-0313 Vintique Marketplace 735 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-372-5363 Napadashery 814 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-428-3332 The Spot Gift & Flower Center 720 Texas Street, Fairfield 707-207-3190

Gateway Courtyard: Located near the

Solano Town Center, Gateway Courtyard has 19 retail and dining storefronts, including anchors Barnes & Noble, Sportsman’s Warehouse, PetSmart, and Party City. 1640 Gateway Blvd, Fairfield

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Mankas Corner: This Suisun Valley intersection was once part of the Benicia to Suisun City stage coach route and was also the main road that connected Suisun with the Berryessa Valley. From the 1850s to the early 1900s, Mankas Corner was a bustling community center, with a store, tavern, post office and blacksmith shop. Today, Mankas Steakhouse sits where the original store once was, with the Suisun Valley Filling Station, and Suisun Valley Antiques & Collectibles across the street. Come hunt for treasures at Mankas Corner! You never know what you will find with over an acre of inventory comprised of collectibles, antiques, architectural remnants, furniture, literature, music, and more! Suisun Valley Antiques & Collectibles 2525 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield

707-421-1165

Premium Outlets (Vacaville/Napa): Fairfield is located between two premium outlets. Both offer a variety of retailers including Nike, Polo, Gucci, Corning, and many, many more. Open daily 10am to 9pm and Sunday 10am to 7pm. Vacaville Premium Outlets: The Vacaville Premium Outlets features 120 stores with nationally and internationally recognizable brands - Adidas, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Carter’s, Coach, GAP, Guess, J.Crew, Kate Spade,


Michael Kors, Nike, Under Armour and Zales to name just a few. It is conveniently located off Interstate 80, less than 10 minutes from Fairfield. 321 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville 707-447-5755 Napa Premium Outlets: Napa Premium Outlets offers 50 designer fashion and brand name outlets, including Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger. It is located approximately 25 minutes from Fairfield. 629 Factory Stores Drive, Napa 707-226-9876

Solano Town Center: The largest indoor shopping center in Solano County with over 1 million square feet of space, Solano Town Center includes over 135 retailers offering everything from clothing, electronics and dining, to an IMAX movie theater. Stores include Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hollister, Forever 21, JC Penny, Macy’s, and Ulta. A carousel inside the mall is open year-round, and guests are also welcome to enjoy seasonal visits with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Open daily 10am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm. 1350 Travis Boulevard, Fairfield 707-425-1164 VisitFairfieldCA.com • 47


Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau

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The Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau markets and promotes the Fairfield region as a destination for meetings, events, travel and tourism. The bureau, an independent non-profit 501(c)(6) organization, was created in 2004 by a Tourism Improvement District (TID) and is funded by 18 lodging properties in Fairfield.

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The Fairfield, California 2019 Visitor Guide is an official publication of the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau 1000 Webster Street, 1st floor, Suite A Fairfield, CA 94533 • 877-793-7386 VisitFairfieldCA.com info@VisitFairfieldCA.com

Photo credits: Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau, Jelly Belly Candy Company, Grizzly Waters Kayaking, Paula Aboy, Shean Bjoralt, Margaret Chow, Michelle Clement, Jose Duarte, Emily Kent Photography, Rebecca King of Rebecca King Photography, Trudy Liane Photography, Fabian Van Schepdael, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Solano Land Trust, Waylon Su, Vacaville Heritage Council Front cover photo credits: Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau, Grizzly Waters Kayaking, Paula Aboy Back cover photo credit: Emily Kent Photography


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