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STAY PRESENT. STAY GROUNDED. From rolling hills to trails winding through a vibrant countryside, Vacaville, California takes you back to a simpler time that elevates the mind and the spirit.
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50 WAYS TO EXPLORE
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
13 SHOPPING 14 GUIDE TO THE PREMIUM OUTLETS
Farm-to-table cuisine, mouthwatering south-of-theborder style meals, and casual fare are just a taste of the delicious dining options you’ll find around town.
15 NIGHTLIFE 16 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 17 HOTEL AND RV GUIDE 23 RESTAURANT GUIDE 28 DRINKS 29 DAY TRIPS 31 BE A ROCK STAR (THE NUT TREE BOULDERS) 33 6 MUST-SEE HIKES 35 FAMILY FUN 37 EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS (LIKE A VACA KID) 38 PET FRIENDLY VACAVILLE 39 VACAVILLE’S FARM TRAIL 41 THE SUISUN VALLEY WINE TRAIL
Discover activities for all ages, from train rides to indoor trampoline parks, Vacaville’s family-friendly activities will keep kiddos excited and engaged.
43 AGRIVENTURES ABOUND 45 LAGOON VALLEY PARK 47 SWINGING IN THE CLOUDS (TREE SWINGS) 49 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT VACAVILLE 51 HISTORY OF THE NUT TREE 53 TRANSPORTATION 55 PLANNING ASSISTANCE & BANKING 56 MEETING AND BANQUET FACILITIES 57 LOCAL CRAFTS AND SOUVENIRS 58 ABOUT VISIT VACAVILLE
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What’s in a name? Vacaville was founded in 1851 on land purchased from Manuel Vaca. That’s why it’s called Vacaville. There aren’t that many cows here! (Get the full story
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of Vacaville’s founding families on page 51.)
Cruise the backroads in search of agri-venture in Vacaville! Small farms, produce stands, open farm days, and seasonal events make it easy to taste the freshest flavors in town. See everything from olive oil orchards, nurseries, specializing in rare and exotic plants and herbs, and the cutest alpacas you’ll ever meet
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1. Visit Morningsun Herb Farm and check out native plants 2. Play a round of disc golf at Lagoon Valley 3. Play giant chess at Nut Tree Plaza 4. Take a trip back in time at the historic Western Railway Museum 5. Recline and sip on an adult beverage while watching the latest blockbuster at Brendan Theaters
Play a game of hide-and-seek on the Great Wonders Playground at Andrews Park
7. Climb to the top of Mount Vaca, the highest point in Solano County
8. See a performance at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre
18. Check out the cool cars and grab an ice cream cone at a Foster’s Freeze Cruise Night
9. Learn about the early settlers of Solano County at the Pena Adobe Open House 10. Get off the grid and take a bike ride down Pleasants Valley Road 11. Visit some of Vacaville’s shyest, cuddliest residents at one of our alpaca farms 12. Make a great escape at Beat The Room
Treat yourself to a coffee, smoothie or craft beer at Journey Coffee Co
13. Try your skills fly fishing at Lake Solano Park
20. Try an aerial yoga class at Yoga Core Fit
14. Take a behind the scenes tour at Fenton’s Creamery and see how ice cream is made
21. Get spooked while exploring the city during Vacaville’s Ghost Walk
15. Grab a pint at Beer 40, Vacaville’s first outdoor beer garden 16. Pick up some farm fresh provisions from Soul Food Farm 17. Check out the historic planes and learn about the history of aviation at the Rowland Freedom Center
22. Splash around in a water wonderland at Magnolia Park 23. Take a break for brews at Solano Brewing Company. This local craft brewery is pet and family friendly, too 24. Sing-a-long and dance all night with Dueling Pianos at Makse Restaurant 25. Munch on a yummy hot dog or sausage from Hank & Hazels
26. Make an appointment to meet Farmer Ben at Lockewood Acres to pick up some special pomegranate jelly 27. See how quickly you can loop the lagoon or hike the tower trail at Lagoon Valley Park 28. Go treasure hunting at the Vacaville Vintage Market, held every third Saturday
33. Pick up some farm fresh cheese at Be. Love. Farm
43. Stroll through the Vacaville Art Gallery
34. Visit Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company and learn how olive oil is made
44. Explore local history at the Vacaville Museum
35. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon playing in Alamo Creek Park
37. Enjoy a cold pressed juice from Virtue Juice Bar, made from locally sourced products
30. Dig in to a Succulent Planting Workshop at Sweet Pea’s Boutique
38. Play a round of midnight bowling at Stars Recreation Center
31. Challenge a group of friends to a paintball match at Midway Paintball
39. Find unique antiques at Pretty N Chic in Downtown Vacaville
46. Play bocce ball at BackRoad Vines in Suisun Valley
36. Ride the famous Nut Tree Railroad at the Nut Tree Plaza
29. Cool off with an ice skating session at Vacaville Ice Sports
Discover hidden gems at Consolidated Rock and Mineral (The Rock Shop), the 2nd largest rock & mineral store in the West
45. Grab a friend and climb the Nut Tree Boulders
40. Strengthen your skills and test your limits at Lagoon Valley Adventure Camp 41. Jump for joy at Rockin’ Jump, Vacaville’s indoor trampoline park 42. Paint a platter at Bella Terra ceramic studio
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TOWN SQUARE LIBRARY - D3
BRENDAN THEATERS - D4
VACAVILLE ICE SPORTS - D4
VACAVILLE MUSEUM - D3
THREE OAKS COMMUNITY CENTER - E3
WALTER GRAHAM AQUATIC CENTER - E3
ROWLAND FREEDOM CENTER - C5
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what to do
Find tasty treats throughout Downtown Vacaville. From tacos at Vasquez Deli to farm to table fare at BackDoor Bistro, downtown’s dining options are temptations worth giving in to. Don’t forget to end on a sweet note at Pure Grain Bakery!
Downtown Vacaville is home to several of the city’s most popular bars. Whether you’re singing along to dueling pianos at Mäksē or dropping in on happy hour at Merchant and Main, you’re in for a good drink and a good time!
Explore unique boutiques like Pretty N Chic or Rise and Redemption, for everything from clothing to home decor. Downtown Vacaville hosts specialized stores like DeBartolo Jewelers, Ray’s Cycle, and Pawsh Pet Boutique.
exploring downtown Great Wonders Park This expansive playground is a wonderland just waiting to be explored. With climbing structures, slides, swings (including accessible options), a tiny tots play area, a giant dragon sculpture, and more, this spot is a perfect place for families visiting downtown to expend some energy while having lots of fun!
Vacaville Art Gallery Housed in a beautiful restored and converted Victorian home, Vacaville Art Gallery is a perfect spot to explore a blend of artistic styles and mediums created by local artists, including the wellknown giant microscope created by Phillip Glashoff that stands just ouside the gallery. Andrews Park Creekwalk
Vacaville Museum Get to know Vacaville’s history at the Vacaville Museum. Featuring historic photographs and exibits on the region’s agricultural history, it’s a perfect place to get lost in the past. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the aforementioned Historic Homes self-guided tour while you’re there. Old Town Hall
Historic Homes Get the feel of walking through time as you stroll down Buck Avenue. With everything from Victorian, Colonial, Mission, and Ranch style homes along this historic street, you’ll get a glimpse of Vacaville through the ages. Get a look at the famous Buck Mansion at 225 Buck Avenue (this is a private residence, so please do not disturb the occupants).
Walk across the bridge on the corner of Davis and Main and you’ll find yourself in Andrews Park, home of the Friday night Creekwalk Summer Concert Series from June-August. This vast park, sprawling over the creek and up the hillside to Monte Vista Avenue, is a peaceful place to explore the creek trail, enjoy a family picnic, or challenge someone to a game of catch.
Built in 1907, Vacaville’s old Town Hall was one of the first reinforced concrete structures in the West. This building once housed the city’s government offices and the town jail. Now, it houses the Vacaville Heritage Council and tons of historic documents and artifacts.
Town Square This open space in the heart of Downtown is where you’ll find a collection of restaurants and coffee shops, and a perfect spot to sit and rest during a stroll through the city’s historic district.
Brendan Theaters Experience this remodeled theater, where you can relax in comfy recliners and even sip on an adult beverage (or a variety of other snacks and drinks) in plush, cozy comfort. Vacaville Ice Sports Glide across the ice at the coolest spot in town! Vacaville Ice Sports offers skate rentals, a small arcade, and concession stand to keep visitors entertained and active all year-round.
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what to do
shopping GUIDE premium outlets
Vacaville Premium Outlets is one of Northern California’s largest shopping destinations. A beautiful outdoor shopping property boasting 120 stores including Banana Republic, J. Crew, Kate Spade, and Nike, the Premium Outlets are the place to be if you’re looking to snag a few great deals!
In historic Downtown Vacaville you’ll find a unique mix of charming, locally-owned boutiques. From home decor, antiques and collectibles to sports gear, fine jewelry, contemporary fashion and more, there’s a little bit of everything. Also, check out the Vacaville Vintage Market every 3rd Saturday on W. Monte Vista Ave at 9am for even more eclectic finds.
Nut Tree Plaza is a beautiful and expansive outdoor shopping center located along Interstate 80. Featuring more than 50 retail stores, including Nordstrom Rack, a slew of restaurants, and the famous Nut Tree Railroad and carousel, it’s the perfect spot for a family shopping day.
321 Nut Tree Rd 707.447.5755 premiumoutlets.com
1661 E Monte Vista Ave 707.447.6000 nuttreevacaville.com
Bring a New Style Back Home
Vacaville is also home to some of Northern California’s premier home decor shopping! Explore West Elm in the Premium Outlets, or head to Restoration Hardware, Williams Sonoma, or Serena and Lily for a home refresh. Whether it’s professional cookware, cozy blankets, or the perfect set of throw pillows to complement your color scheme, you’ll find plenty to peruse in Vacaville’s home decor stores. See the full list of shopping at visitvacaville.com/things-to-do/shopping
what to do
Vacaville Premium Outlets shopping survival guide
DISCOVER THE BEST TIPS AND TRICKS TO FIND GREAT DEALS DURING A SHOPPING SPREE AT THE VACAVILLE PREMIUM OUTLETS!
PLANNING YOUR TRIP:
First things first, you’ll need a map. Luckily, they’re available on the Premium Outlets website, on their App (available on Android or Apple devices), or you can pick up a printed one from the Outlets Visitors’ Center located on the west side of the shopping center near Subway. As you plan, take a sneak peek at upcoming promotions in the deals section of the website for a preview of current and upcoming deals you won’t want to miss. Things to bring: reusable bags to stash your awesome shopping scores, a refillable water bottle, and comfy shoes! Pro tip: sign up for the free VIP shoppers club for discounts and offers available only to members!
IMPORTANT INFO TO KNOW: VACAVILLE PREMIUM OUTLETS HOURS For holiday and extended hours, check VacavillePremiumOutlets.com Mon – Sat, 10AM-9PM Sun, 10AM-7PM
While You’re There:
Brands like Coach, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors make the Premium Outlets a major shopping destination and a hub for gift givers of every style and budget. You’ll also find everything from housewares to footwear to perfume shops spread throughout the two plazas. Stock up on workout gear at Nike, Under Armour, or Adidas, or slip into something sparkly at Kay Jewelers or Zales. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination (and bank account). Keep non-shoppers busy with complimentary Wi-Fi at select stores, and when little ones get restless, seek a moment of solace with a to-go coffee from Starbucks in the East Plaza and head over to the kids play area near Kate Spade for fun and games for them and downtime for you. Sweet and savory treats are easy to find all around the Outlets, too, with all the flavors of India at Clay Oven Bar & Grill, a fabulous assortment delectable chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and a particular favorite for our East Coast visitors: In-N-Out’s classic burgers, shakes, and fresh-cut fries.
RESTROOMS Restrooms can be found throughout the East and West Plazas, with a Family Restroom available in the West Plaza next to Clarks Bostonian. SAFETY It’s recommended that shoppers do not leave valuables or shopping bags visible in vehicles and to always use marked crosswalks. Should any concerns arise, the security office is available at 707.372.4038. STROLLERS Strollers are available at the Visitors Center in the West Plaza next to Subway or in the East Plaza next to Bare+Beauty. ATM In the West Plaza near Reebok. PARKING Parking is free and available throughout both plazas, although entrances and exits can experience heavy traffic during peak shopping times. Electric Vehicle Charging stations are available in the West Plaza. VISITVACAVILLE.COM
what to do
NIGHTLIFE DUELING PIANOS AT MÄKSĒ SPEAKEASY Thursday-Sunday
THIRSTY THURSDAY ($5 SELECT BEER) AT BEER 40 All Day Thursdays
KARAOKE AT MISS DARLAS 7 Days a Week, 9PM
THIRSTY THURSDAY & BEER PONG TOURNAMENT AT ANDY’S PUB Thursdays
KARAOKE AT UNIVERSITY OF BEER Saturdays
LIVE MUSIC AT STARS Friday and Saturday
TRIVIA NIGHT AT UNIVERSITY OF BEER Wednesdays
LIVE MUSIC AT JUDY’S WILD WRANGLERS Saturdays
TRIVIA NIGHT AT BEACH HUT DELI Thursdays
CREEKWALK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES IN ANDREWS PARK Fridays, June-August
TRIVIA NIGHT AT BACKROAD VINES Second & Fourth Fridays THIRSTY THURSDAY & BOCCE BALL AT BACKROAD VINES Thursdays
PIZZA, PINS, AND POP AT STARS Mondays TACO TUESDAY AT BRASS TAP Tuesday
what to do
THEATRE VACAVILLE PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE 1010 Ulatis Dr vpat.net VACAVILLE GASLIGHTERS GROUP vacavillegaslighters.com STARBOUND PRODUCTIONS starboundtheater.com J&S PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 336 Cernon St jandsperformingarts.com libraries TOWN CENTER 1 Town Square Pl solanolibrary.com CULTURAL CENTER 1020 Ulatis Dr solanolibrary.com
MUSEUMS VACAVILLE MUSEUM 213 Buck Ave vacavillemuseum.org WESTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM 5848 State Hwy 12 wrm.org ROWLAND FREEDOM CENTER 300 County Airport Rd freedomandflight.org art VACAVILLE ART GALLERY 718 East Monte Vista Ave vacavilleartgallery.com BELLA TERRA 318 Main St bellaterraonmain.com DIRTY POUR DESIGNS dirtypourdesigns.com
MUSIC VACAVILLE PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE 1010 Ulatis Dr vpat.net SOLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA solanosymphony.org VACA JAZZ vacajazzsociety.org SOLANO WINDS solanowinds.org
DANCE VACAVILLE PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE 1010 Ulatis Dr vpat.net VACAVILLE BALLET COMPANY vacavilleballetcompany.org BLISS URBAN ARTS CENTER 3777 Vaca Valley Pkwy blissurbanartscenter.com
WEST VALLEY CHORUS westvalleychorus.com YOUNG ARTISTS CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC yacmusic.org ORPHEUS-WEST CHOIR orpheuswest.com SCHOOL OF ROCK schoolofrock.com
visit visitvacaville.com for a list of local events & performances VISITVACAVILLE.COM
where tO STAY
HOTEL GUIDE Whether you’re seeking luxurious indulgence, an extended stay or down-home comfort, we’ve got you covered! Vacaville’s 14 hotels are sparkling clean, centrally located and amenity-stacked to take the stress out of travel. So kick back, get comfy, and relax in one of our friendly hotels. For group rates or assistance with booking, Visit Vacaville is available to help VisitVacaville.com or 707.450.0500
America’s best value inn
995 Merchant Street 707.451.2424
1571 E. Monte Vista Avenue 707.448.6482 redlion.com
At Alamo Inn, you’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a seating area, and you can stay connected during your stay as Alamo Inn offers guests free wifi. Free Parking Kitchenette TV & Free WiFi
Air Conditioning Refridgerator 24-hour Front Desk
America’s Best Value Inn has much to offer to both the business and leisure traveler. Located 0.9 miles to shopping at Vacaville Premium outlets and 1.7 miles to Centennial Park. Continental Breakfast Guest Laundromat WiFi Meeting Facility
Outdoor Pool Jacuzzi Business Center Pet-Friendly
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best western heritage inn
1420 E. Monte Vista Avenue 707.448.8453 bestwestern.com
191 Lawrence Drive 707.446.3000 choicehotels.com
Next to shops and restaurants off I-80, this straightforward hotel is 4 miles from hiking at Lagoon Valley Park and 15.4 miles from Lake Solano. The Best Western Heritage Inn specializes in attentive, personal service and is ready to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay with the quality you expect from Best Western.
The Comfort Suites hotel is located across the interstate from the Nut Tree Plaza and next to the Vacaville Outlet Mall. This three story all suites hotel will exceed your expectations.
Free WiFi and TV Continental Breakfast Microwave Refrigerator
Suites Available In-room Coffe and Tea Outdoor Pool Business Center
Accessible Rooms Business Center Spa Suites Indoor Pool & Spa Complimentary Breakfast Laundry Facilities Fitness Center
Meeting Space In Room Coffee/Tea Iron/Ironing Board Microwave Refridgerator Sundry Shop Cable TV & Free WiFi
courtyard by marriott
extended stay america
120 Nut Tree Pkwy 707.451.9000 marriott.com
799 Orange Drive 707.469.1371 or 800.398.7829 extendedstayamerica.com
The Courtyard by Marriott knows business and leisure travelers well. Beautifully renovated rooms and intuitive design details throughout the bistro and lobby help guests stay connected, maintain balance and thrive during their stay.
The Extended Stay America is designed especially for longer stays with studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work space. Kids age 16 and under stay for no extra charge with an adult.
Outdoor Pool & Spa Laundry Facilities Fitness Center Meeting Event Space In Room Coffee/Tea
Microwave Refridgerator Cable TV & Free WiFi On-site Spa Services Picnic Area
Kitchen with Refrigerator Microwave Stove Top Workspace Iron & Ironing Board On-Site Guest Laundry
Cooking Utensils Wireless High Speed Free WiFi & TV Free Breakfast Pet-Friendly
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fairfield inn by marriott
Holiday inn express & suites
370 Orange Drive 707.469.0800 marriott.com
151 Lawrence Street 707.451.3500 ihg.com
The newly-remodeled Fairfield Inn by Marriott is located right next door to the Vacaville Premium Outlets, with easy access to all that the Bay Area has to offer - including Jelly Belly, Napa Valley and Old Sacramento and minutes from Travis AFB.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is your destination hotel when visiting Solano County. Relax and unwind in a comfortable guest room with a range of amenities.
Accessible Rooms Business Center Pet Friendly Pool Complimentary Breakfast
Laundry Facilities Picnic Area Iron/Ironing Board Microwave & Mini Fridge Cable TV & WiFi
Accessible Rooms Business Center Safe Deposit Boxes Spa Suites Meeting Space Pool & Spa Complimentary Breakfast
Laundry Facilities Fitness Center Satellite TV In Room Coffee/Tea Iron/Ironing Board Microwave & Mini Fridge Cable TV & Free WiFi
hampton inn & suites
610 Orange Drive 707.469.2323 hyatt.com
800 Mason Street 707.469.6200 or 800.426.7866 hampton.com
Enjoy the leisurely pace and sunny climate in Vacaville. Venture out for a day of power shopping at Vacaville Premium Outlets, or discover the outdoor life and hike the trails at Centennial Park.
Conveniently located between the Napa Valley, Suisun Valley and wineries. All 83 rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators and coffeemakers. Named “Best Hotel in Solano County” 8 years in a row.
Outdoor Pool Fitness Center Elevators Full Bar In Room Coffee/Tea Mini Fridges
Business Center Starbucks Coffee & Drinks Cable TV Complimentary WiFi Iron/Ironing Board Pet Friendly
Pets Stay Free Business Center Fitness Center Hot Breakfast Buffet
Free WiFi Meeting Rooms Outdoor Pool and Spa 5,000 sq. ft. event space
where tO STAY
Quality Inn & Suites
107 Lawrence Drive 707.447.5550 motel6.com
1050 Orange Drive 707.446.8888 choicehotels.com
Located near the Vacaville Premium Outlets and many dining options, Motel 6 in Vacaville offers the following amenities.
Quality Inn & Suites Vacaville is centrally located between Sacramento and San Francisco. It is also down the road from Travis AFB, Fairfield, UC Davis and Napa Valley. It is ideal for all your business or pleasure needs. Hotel and room amenities include:
Free Wi-Fi Kids Stay Free Pets Allowed Restaurant Nearby Accessible Rooms
Free Local Calls Coin Laundry Mass Transit Vending Machines Free Expanded Cable
Complimentary Breakfast Business Center 24-hour Front Desk Outdoor Pool and Spa On-Site Bar & Restaurant Microwave
Fitness Center Pet Friendly Picnic Area Barbecue grill Coffee & tea in lounge Refrigerator
ranchotel Country Inn
residence Inn by marriott
5790 Rivera Road 707.448.6482 ranchotelhorsecenter.com
360 Orange Drive 707.469.0300 or 800.321.2211 marriott.com
Ranchotel is located directly off of I-80 and is a western themed hotel. The Ranchotel offers the following amenities:
Residence Inn has perfected the extended-stay experience by combining all of the comforts of home with a passion for making every guest feel welcome. Spacious, newly-remodeled suites offer separate living and sleeping areas and plenty of space for relaxation.
Themed Rooms Cable TV Indoor Horse Area Free WiFi Long Distance Access Horse Stables
Tack & Saddle Shop Outdoor Pool Children Activities (Kid/Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Accessible Rooms Pet Friendly Pool Complimentary Breakfast Laundry Facilities
Fitness Center Kitchen & Kitchenettes Cable TV Free WiFi Picnic Area VISITVACAVILLE.COM
where tO STAY
Super 8 Motel 101 Allison Court 707.449.8884 or 800.800.8000 wyndhamhotels.com AAA approved, 2 Diamonds. Conveniently located down the street from the Nut Tree and minutes away from the Vacaville Premium Outlets. Accessible Rooms Business Center Pet Friendly Pool Complimentary Breakfast
Laundry Facilities Vending Area Microwave & Mini Fridge Cable TV & Free WiFi 24 Hour Front Desk
Make reservations for your next getaway online at VisitVacaville.com
midway rv park
vineyard rv Park
4933 Midway Road 707.446.7679 or 866.446.7679 midwayrvpark.com
985 Midway Road 866.447.8797 vineyardrvpark.com
A great place for rest and relaxation, clean and quiet Midway is the perfect spot for taking in the California sunshine by the sparkling pool or having an outdoor lunch in the picnic area. Amenities include:
Set in a grove of lovely shade trees, Vineyard offers a number of amenities including:
Shaded Sites 50-amp Service WiFi
Phone Hookups Laundry Facilities Dog Walk Area
Big-Rig and Pull-through Sites WiFi Laundry Facilities
Clubhouse Off-Leash Dog Area Horseshoes & Badminton 60-foot Pool
Vineyard RV Park is a Certified Green Business!
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where to eat
Have a hankering for classic burgers, thai chilies, fresh tortillas, and cheese pulls that last for days? Join us as we explore the best grub Vacaville has to offer american cuisine
BackDoor Bistro 11 Town Square Pl 707.689.5918 backdoorbistro.com
Fenton’s Creamery 1669 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.469.7200 fentonscreamery.com
Bag O’ Crab 745 E Monte Vista Ave 707.514.7605 www.bagocrabusa.com
Foster’s Freeze 653 Merchant St 707.448.1400 fostersfreeze.com
Black Bear Diner 951 Merchant St 797.448.1500 blackbeardiner.com
Hank and Hazels 501 Merchant St 209.222.7783 hankandhazels.com
BJ’s Restaurant 190 Nut Tree Pkwy 707.359.2200 bjsrestaurants.com
Mäksē Restaurant 555 Main St 707.685.9744 makserestaurant.com
Brass Tap 783 Orange Dr 707.724.0634 brasstapbeerbar.com
Merchant & Main 349 Merchant St 707.446.0368
Buckhorn BBQ 1650 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.452.0648 buckhorngrill.com
Noodles & Co. 1640 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.469.1400 noodles.com
Burger City Cafe & Grill 500 Elmira Rd 707.448.3377 burgercityvacaville.com
Original Mels 171 Nut Tree Pkwy 707.451.4811 originalmels.com
Chili’s Grill & Bar 2001 Harbison Dr 707.449.8072 chilis.com
Outback Steakhouse 521 Davis 707.452.9200 outback.com
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 150 Nut Tree Rd 707.450.1810 dickeys.com
Stars Vacaville 155 Browns Valley Pkwy 707.455.7827 bowlero.com
Denny’s 1701 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.448.0660 dennys.com
Sharkys Chicken and Fish 1490 Alamo Dr 707.514.7577
where to eat american cuisine Tahoe Joe’s 1040 Helen Power Dr 707.455.0434 tahoejoes.com University of Beer 196 Nut Tree Pkwy 707.474.7545 theuob.com Wing Stop 2011 Harbison Dr 707.446.2293 wingstop.com Wren’s Cafe 1005 Merchant St 707.446.4259 wrenscafe.com
global cuisine Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria Italian Cuisine 1679 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.451.7777 amicis.com Ayame Sushi Japanese Cuisine 2046 Nut Tree Rd 707.455.7883 Baldo’s Mexican Food Mexican Cuisine 936 Merchant St 707.446.2469 Buddha Thai Bistro Thai Cuisine 2060 Harbison Dr 707.689.5665 buddhathaifood.com Burrito Express Mexican Cuisine 902 Alamo Dr 707.446.2469 Burrito Palace Mexican Cuisine 110 Marshall Rd 707.447.1250 Cajun Crack’n Cajun Style Cuisine 200 Nut Tree Pkwy 707.685-9366 cajuncrackin.com
Charcoal Kabob & Seafood Mediterranean Cuisine 1041 Alamo Dr 707.689.5181 charcoalkabobandseafood.com
Favela’s Mexican Grill Mexican Cuisine 2040 Harbison Dr 707.447.1120 favelasmexican.com
Fuji Sushi Buffet Japanese Cuisine 1679 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.685.9783 fujisushibuffet.com
Chef Chen’s Restaurant Chinese Cuisine 751 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.448.8822 chefchenstogo.com China Stix Kitchen Chinese Cuisine 1661 E Monte Vista Ave 707.448.8873 chinastixkitchenca.com China House Restaurant Chinese Cuisine 513 Main St 707.446.8068 Clay Oven Bar & Grill Indian Cuisine 400 Orange Dr 707.455.1313 clayoven.menu11.com Cuba Café Cuban Cuisine 146 S. Orchard Ave 707.474.5061 Dragon Palace Chinese Cuisine 3019 Alamo Dr 707.447.5667 mydragonpalace.com El Azteca Mexican Cuisine 102 Peabody Rd 707.448.7231 aztecavacaville.com El Caracol Mexican Cuisine 3081 Alamo Dr 707.446.4715 elcaracol.net El Patron Mexican Cuisine 506 Main St 707.447.0709 Falafel Corner Mediterranean Cuisine 211 Peabody Rd 707.689.5665 Buddha thai bistro VISITVACAVILLE.COM
where to eat
Fuso Italian Restaurant Italian Cuisine 535 Main St 707.447.5560 fusorestaurant.com
Hawaiian BBQ Express Hawaiian Cuisine 500 Elmira Rd 707.305.5318 hawaiianbbqexpress.com
Hecho En Mexico Mexican Cuisine 1040 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.446.1013 Hisui Japanese Steakhouse Japanese Cuisine 1350 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.448.4002 Hisui 2 Sushi & Grill Japanese Cuisine 3001 Alamo Dr 707.448.2157 Kazan Japanese Cuisine Japanese Cuisine 121 Peabody Rd 707.447.2161 King’s Buffet Chinese Cuisine 601 Orange Dr 707.448.8808 L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Hawaiian Cuisine 1631 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.455.8881 hawaiianbarbecue.com Los Reyes Restaurante Mexican Cuisine 21 Town Square Pl 707.448.2113 losreyesvacaville.com Mary’s Pizza Shack Italian Cuisine 505 Davis St 707.446.7100 maryspizzashack.com Muay Thai Thai Cuisine 3039 Alamo Dr 707.451.3546 Murrillo’s Mexican Cuisine 633 Merchant St 707.448.3395 1591 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.447.3704 murillosrestaurant.com Napoli Pizzeria Italian Cuisine 2030 Nut Tree Rd 707.446.8400 napolipizzavacaville.com
Fuso italian resturant
Noodle or Rice Chinese Cuisine 630 Orange Dr 707.229.7777 noodleorrice.com Okashi Fusion Japanese Cuisine 1679 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.359.4090 okashifusion.com Olive Garden 100 Nut Tree Pkwy 707.448.2715 olivegarden.com Peace Love & Boba Filipino Cuisine 3083 Alamo Dr 707.880.7780 peaceloveandboba.com Pelayo’s Mexican Cuisine 1160 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.449.9365 pelayosmexicanfood.com Pietros #2 Italian Cuisine 679 Merchant St 707.448.4588 pietros2.com Pho Lee Hoa Phat Vietnamese Cuisine 88 Peabody Rd 707.452.8829 pholeehoaphat.com Saigon Pho Vietnamese Cuisine 500 Elmira Rd 707.451.2548 Stir Fry Chinese Cuisine 959 Alamo Dr 707.447.7053 2040 Harbison Dr 707.448.3233 Ramen 101 1637 E Monte Vista Ave 707.359.4251 ramen101.net Rice Barn Thai Cuisine 132 Browns Valley Pkwy 707.999.5895 ricebarnthai.com
where to eat
Rose Garden Thai Cuisine 898 Alamo Dr 707.446.1624
Vasquez Deli Mexican Cuisine 620 E Main St 707.448.2950
Roline’s Uniquely Filipino Filipino Cuisine 2048 Nut Tree Rd 707.455.7003 rolines.com
Villa Corona Mexican Cuisine 1661 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.451.1230 1989 Peabody Rd 707.447.7683 villacoronacatering.com
Tacos Jalisco Mexican Cuisine 312 Cernon St 707.446.9206 tacosjaliscovacaville.com
Wah Sing Chinese Cuisine 655 Elmira Rd 707.448.5685
Taqueria Los Arcos Mexican Cuisine 120 Parker St 707.474.9037
Yen King Restaurant Chinese Cuisine 1327 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.449.4217 yenking.weebly.com
The Original Pietros Italian Cuisine 407 Cernon St 707.446.1771 pietrosno1.com TLC Licious Thai Cuisine 760 Merchant St 707.415.7152 tlclicious.com Tokyo Grill Japanese Cuisine 780 Merchant St 707.449.8888 tokyogrill780.com Tom Yum Goong Thai Cuisine 88 Peabody Rd 707.448.8753 Umi Sushi Japanese Cuisine 501 Davis St 707.469.7480 umisushi.menu11.com
Mr. Pickle’s 300 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.453.1283 mrpickles.com
Wah Shine Restaurant Chinese Cuisine 145 Peabody Rd 707.448.0785
Taqueria El Tejaban Mexican Cuisine 871 Merchant St 707.451.9252
The Chicken Hawkers Thai Cuisine 1663 E Monte Vista Ave 707.474.9584 thechickenhawkers.com
La Borgata Italian Deli 317 Main St 707.685.9406 laborgatadeli.com
deli Beach Hut Deli 2091 Harbison Dr 707.451.7644 beachhutdeli.com Blimpie 151 Crocker Dr 707.451.7532 blimpie.com Digger’s Deli 876 Alamo Dr 707.447.0667 diggersdeli.com Firehouse Subs 1640 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.474.9310 firehousesubs.com Ike’s Love & Sandwiches 501 Davis St 707.305.5991 ikessandwich.com Jersey Mike’s 1110 Leisure Town Rd 707.359.4480 jerseymikes.com
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where to eat Coffee & juice Sourdough & Co. 661 Elmira Rd 707.564.3700 sourdoughandco.com
Togo’s 1031 Helen Power Dr 707.448.1447 togos.com
Dutch Bros 101 Elmira Rd 541.955.4700 dutchbros.com Healthy Life Shakes 609 Elmira Rd 408.424.8044 healthylifeshakes.com Jamba Juice 2091 Harbison Dr 707.451.8403 1651 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.455.7302 jamba.com Journey Coffee Co. 896 Alamo Dr 707.580.2641 308 Main St 707.474.9657 journeycoffeeco.com True Roots 374 Merchant St 707.514.7528 truerootsjuiceandeats.com Virtue Juice Bar 1670 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.689.5158 virtuejuice.com Vitality Bowl 1631 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.724.8333 vitalitybowls.com
bakeries & sweets Baskin Robbins 812 Alamo Dr 1021 Helen Power Dr 707.446.3100 baskinrobbins.com Boudin Bakery 1620 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.471.7240 boudinbakery.com Cold Stone Creamery 2091 Harbison Dr 707.469.1504 coldstonecreamery.com
journey coffee co
Crumbl Cookies 2000 Harbison Dr 707.359.7027 crumblcookies.com
Cultivé Frozen Yogurt 501 Davis St 707.455.7931 Dairy Queen 191 Bella Vista Rd 707.449.6468 dairyqueen.com Donut Queen 122 S. Orchard Ave 707.455.0412 Famous Creations 330 Merchant St 707.474.9170 Fantasy Cakes 122 S. Orchard Ave 707.455.0412 Fenton’s Creamery 1669 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.462.7200 fentonscreamery.com Foster’s Freeze 653 Merchant St 707.448.1400 fostersfreeze.com Happy Donuts 1047 Alamo Dr 707.453.0878 Jelly Doughnut 1100 Marshall Rd 707.451.9563 Jungle Yogurt 126 S. Orchard Ave 707.474.5061 jungleyogurt.com Krispy Kreme 1620 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.452.0905 krispykreme.com Mochi by Okashi 1661 E Monte Vista Ave 707.999.5435 mochibyokashifusion.com Noah’s Bagels 1670 E Monte Vista Ave 707.474.4359 noahs.com Panera Bread 1637 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.450.0350 panerabread.com
where to eat
Peace Love & Boba 3083 Alamo Dr 707.880.7780 peaceloveandboba.com
Solano Brewing Company 5500 Weber Rd 707.999.7221 solanobrew.com
Stars Vacaville 155 Browns Valley Pkwy 707.455.7827
TJ’s Tavern 554 Main St 707.446.1224
Pure Grain Bakery & Cafe 600 Eubanks Ct 707.451.0991 11 Town Square Pl 707.447.4121 puregrainbakery.com
Sonoma Springs Brewing 300 Main St 707.474.5260
The Makse Speakeasy 555 Main Street 707.685.9744 makserestaurant.com
University of Beer 196 Nut Tree Pkwy 707.474.7545 theuob.com
Starbread Bakery 1989 Peabody Rd 707.474.5814 starbreadca.com drinks Andy’s Pub 519 Main St 707.474.5176 Beer 40 400 E Monte Vista Ave 916.213.0144 Brass Tap 783 Orange Dr 707.724.0634 brasstapbeerbar.com Cheers 321 Merchant St 707.451.4049 Hideaway Lounge & Grill 1080 Orange Dr 707.448.1900 Judy’s Wild Wrangler 4823 Midway Rd 707.447.5541 Linda’s Cocktails 500 Elmira Rd 707.448.3955 Miss Darla’s 110 Peabody Rd 707.446.4131 Nebula on Main 301 Main St 707.514.7192 nebulaonmain.com Schoony’s Bar 969 Alamo Dr 707.455.7335
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davis - 20 miles
winters - 15 miles 20 minutes up the road from Vacaville is the charming and historic farming town of Winters. Agriculture thrives in this little town, where you will find a smattering of delightful locally-owned farm to table restaurants such as Preserve and Ficelle as well as a collection of unique boutiques and wine tasting rooms. Discover more about local agriculture on an Ag Tour, or explore the area’s many scenic bike routes.
20 miles from Vacaville, Davis is a great city to discover. Check out the UC Davis Arboretum, stroll through the quaint downtown, or satisfy your inner thrill-seeker with a trip to Skydance Skydiving. During the summer, downtown Davis is home to one of Northern California’s largest and most popular Farmers Markets, where locals and tourists alike gather every Saturday to stock up on an assortment of farm-fresh goodies!
lake tahoe - 141 miles
sacramento - 34 miles A trip to California isn’t complete without a visit to the capital city. Sacramento has gained a lot of attention as “America’s Farm to Fork Capital,” and the annual Farm to Fork Festival is an event not to be missed by foodies. In addition to many locally owned restaurants embracing the farm to fork movement, Sacramento has the California Railroad Museum, a beautiful zoo, and the historic district of Old Sacramento, where visitors can stroll cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants along the Sacramento River.
Whether you want to hit the slopes at some of the country’s top rated ski resorts, relax in the summer sun on a sandy beach, or try your luck at the roulette tables, Lake Tahoe is the place to be. The Tahoe area is home to plenty of shopping, dining, and of course, outdoor recreation options, making it a family-friendly destination everyone will enjoy. Just a 2 hour drive from Vacaville, Tahoe is the perfect option for a weekend jaunt or quick day trip.
AND TO THE napa & sonoma - 30 miles
fairfield - 10 miles Our neighbor to the west, Fairfield is home to the famous Jelly Belly Candy Company, where the Visitors’ Center offers free factory tours and family friendly events. You can also tour Anheuser-Busch Co and discover how your favorite beer is made. Nature lovers will love Rockville Hills Regional Park, where plenty of hiking and biking trails through the wooded foothills provide breathtaking views of the Suisun Valley.
Foodies and wine lovers rejoice! Just 30 minutes from Vacaville you will find California’s finest wineries, a staggering array of 5 star dining options, and the world famous Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa. You can also ride the vintage Napa Valley Wine Train, or float over the picturesque valley in a hot air balloon.
San francisco - 54 miles
Lake berryessa - 34 miles Located just an hour north of Vacaville, Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County and boasts over 165 miles of pristine shoreline for year-round recreation. From houseboat and wakeboard rentals to camping, fishing, and hiking, Lake Berryessa is a perfect destination for those who love the outdoors.
Cable cars, Alcatraz, Ghiradelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, and so much more! The famous city by the bay is truly a must-visit destination where you can build your own adventure. From shopping and dining to sight-seeing and nightlife, San Francisco has something for everyone. Locals’ tip: Skip the legendary San Francisco traffic and take the ferry from Vallejo. It’s only a 35 minute drive from Vacaville, and the ferry drops you off right in the middle of the action at famous Pier 39. VISITVACAVILLE.COM
WHAT MAKES IT GREAT The Nut Tree Boulders are easily accessible from either Interstate 80 or the 505, and you’ll find more than 50 problems in the easy to moderate range. The rock here is basalt, which means the good holds are really good, but there can also be some loose stuff in there. It also means you can’t climb here after it rains or the holds could break. The Nut Tree Boulders are not as busy as other climbing areas, and are split into three sections: Boxcar Woody Boulders, Hillcrest Boulders, and Woodcrest Boulders. The Boxcar Woody Boulders are a popular after-work climbing spot because there is no approach - the boulders are right next to the road. The Hillcrest Boulders are a little more spread out, but have the most problems, as well as the area classics. The hardest problem in Vacaville is found at Hillcrest (Scott’s Traverse, V9). The Woodcrest Boulders are more concentrated and is the most popular area in the Nut Boulders. It’s easy to run a circuit on the problems in this area and there’s also a short approach The area is still being developed, but most problems fall within V0-V5. The majority of the boulders are around 10-20 feet, but there’s the occasional 30-foot climb if you like exciting highballs. The best time to come is in the winter and on cooler spring or fall days. DIRECTIONS, PARKING, & REGULATIONS The trails in the Browns Valley Open Space are not marked, so you have to do a bit of exploring to find the boulders. There are several entrance spots for the open space area- look for cattle grates and signs posted. Parking is available by the corner of Wrentham and Vaca Valley Parkway. Please be courteous about parking in the residential neighborhood. There are also cattle in the area (vaca does mean “cow” after all), and you shouldn’t approach them. Because of the animals in the area, be extra diligent about packing out whatever you take in There’s no camping in the area, but there are plenty of hotels and RV parks in town. Basalt can be very fragile when wet and easily break, so you should not climb here within 24 hours of a rain.
tips Difficulty- 2 stars Most of the bouldering here is in the easy to moderate range. Time to Complete- 2 days There are definitely enough problems to come back again and again, but most people head out for a weekend. Seasonality- Fall/Winter/Spring-the best time to climb here is in the winter when temperatures are cooler. You can climb on cooler days in the spring or fall, but June through September is usually too hot. You can’t climb here within 24 hours of rain or holds could break off. Dog-Friendly- Yes, on-leash or at least under voice control due to the cows roaming around the area.
6 MUST-DO HIKES IN & AROUND
LAGOON VALLEY PARK
ROCKVILLE HILLS PARK
The scenic 470-acre Lagoon Valley Regional Park includes the historic Peña Adobe home, barbecue areas, horseshoe pits, multi-purpose field, bike trails, a 30,000 square foot fenced-in dog park, and fantastic hiking complete with beautiful views. There are multiple trails to choose from, depending on how hard of a workout you’re looking for. For a flat, easy walk, take the 2 mile loop around the lake. This half dirt, half paved track offers an easy pace and great views of the surrounding hillsides. For a bigger challenge, tackle one of the tougher climbs into the hills. The Tower Trail, a 1.5 mile trail with a 620 foot elevation climb, is a local favorite and will give your quads a workout!
Pick a trail, any trail! The Rockville Hills Regional Park encompasses nearly 600 acres of grasslands and oak woodlands, and features more than 20 trails, many with gorgeous views of the surrounding hills. Whether you are looking for a quick hike or an all-day adventure, there is something for everyone. Rock formations, cool caves for exploring, picnic areas, a lovely little lake, and over 30 miles of tracks and trails makes Rockville Hills a must-see hiking destination in Solano County. Each trail is wellmaintained, but we would recommend printing out a map of the trails beforehand as some of them are not clearly marked. Rockville Hills is great for kids, and dogs are permitted on leashes. Tip: There is a $3 per person and $1 per dog entrance fee that is strictly enforced.
Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80, Vacaville Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous
Rockville Road, Fairfield Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
8685 Pleasants Valley Road, Winters Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Lake Solano is known as one of the best fly fishing spots in the Sacramento Valley, but there’s plenty for boaters, swimmers, hikers, bikers, nature lovers, campers, and picnickers to do as well. The lake was formed by the Putah Diversion Dam and also offers 90 campsites. Lake Solano is a great spot to take little hikers, where they can see gaggles of peacocks and enjoy some beginner level trails.
BROWNS VALLEY HILLS Vacaville, CA Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Although there are no officially-marked trails, the open space areas in the Browns Valley hills are a favorite spot for local hikers. Steep slopes give way to spectacular sweeping views of Vacaville, and it’s a great place to explore with furry friends. Bonus points if you visit the Instagram-worthy tree swing! There are a few different entry spots- take Browns Valley parkway, left on Wrentham Drive, left on Rambleton Drive, and look for an entry way to walk up into the hills.
SKYLINE WILDERNESS PARK 2201 Imola Ave, Napa Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
The Sugarloaf Mountain trail in Skyline Wilderness Park is definitely one of those Napa hikes worthy of your attention. The trail leads you through grasslands and chaparral, winding uphill through oak forest and ultimately providing great views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Reaching the summit involves a challenging, but short, section of steep trail which takes careful negotiation and is not great for little hikers, but that just makes reaching the summit more rewarding. The trailhead is accessible from inside the RV park at the end of Imola Avenue. A day-use fee is charged per vehicle, at which time you can pick up a copy of the park map. Adequate parking is available.
COLD CANYON- PUTAH CREEK STATE WILDLIFE AREA 2201 Imola Ave, Napa State Highway 128, 7 miles west of the town of Winters Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
The Cold Canyon Reserve is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System and one of the few UC Reserve areas open for public use. It is located within the Putah Creek State Wildlife Area, where trails range from moderately easy to strenuously difficult. The Stebbins Cold Canyon Loop trail is a 5 mile loop that takes you up to the rim of the mountains surrounding Lake Berryessa. On a clear day you can even see all the way to the Sacramento skyline from the top of the trail. Although there are other less strenuous trails that are dog and kid friendly within the Putah Creek Wildlife Area, the Cold Canyon Loop has steep stairs and some rocky areas to navigate through, so it is not great for little ones or pets. Plan for about 2.5 hours to complete the hike. A day-use fee is requested.
FUN FOR FAMILIES
Alamo Creek Bike Path
Beat the Room
Alamo Creek Bike Trail is a 4.6 mile point-to-point, shaded trail that winds its way across town. Various forms of wildlife, including beavers, have been spotted along the trail and adjacent creek
814 Alamo Dr beattheroom.com
Great Wonders Park
318 Main St bellaterraonmain.com
614 W Monte Vista Ave
A fun escape room experience, designed for groups of 2-8 players, for ages 14+. Test your wits and skills, to escape from a room before time runs out
A fun studio to paint your own pottery and decor
A large scale wooden playground, the perfect place for hide-and-seek
Graham Aquatic Center
Joyful Art Studio
531 Davis St brendentheatres.com
1100 Alamo Drive cityofvacaville.com
318 Main St joyfulartstudio.net
Featuring two 35 ft water slides, playground, two lap pools, diving boards, and a BBQ area
Art studio that does art/craft classes and camps for both children and adults. Paint and craft nights, parties and more
Baseball Barn 777 Elmira Rd vvbaseballbarn.com A premier baseball/softball training facility for all ages, with indoor batting cages and pitching practice areas to help take your game to the next level
Comfy recliners, popcorn, and movies, perfect for a rainy day or an afternoon treat
family fun Lagoon Valley Park
Peña Adobe Historic Area
Peña Adobe Rd off I-80
Peña Adobe Rd off I-80 penaadobe.org
An expansive Regional Park with hiking, biking trails, disc golf, and even a hilltop tree swing MAKE 512 Tulare Dr A creative space for the whole family offering paint nights, event space, and a wide variety of art classes
Magnolia Park 215 Cogburn Cir Large park offering a playground, splash pad & basketball court, plus covered picnic tables & BBQs
An 8-acre park that includes the historic Peña Adobe home built in 1842 and the Mowers-Goheen Museum that hosts a free event on the first Saturday of the month
828 Alamo Dr rockinjump.com Fitness and competition disguised as fun! You’ll find trampoline dodgeball, open jump arenas, slam dunk zone and more
Rowland Freedom Center
The Rock Shop
Vacaville Ice Sports
5115 Quinn Rd
551 Davis Street 707.455.0225 vacavilleicesports.com
A dream come true for little aspiring rockhounds, with a huge collection of gems, rocks, and minerals
Offers public ice skating all year long, as well as fun seasonal events
300 County Airport Rd rowlandfreedomcenter.org
Midway Paintball 4901 Midway Road midwaypaintball.com Ready for an adrenaline-filled day of fun?! This paintball facility has six different unique courses on almost 25 acres, and offers games for every skill level
Nut Tree Plaza 1661 E. Monte Vista Ave nuttreevacaville.com From a vintage roadstop that it used to be, Nut Tree is now contemporary retail and dining. The plaza still includes a carousel and children’s train just like the old days
A large scale museum featuring historic aircraft, aviation history, and memorabilia from the Nut Tree Airport
Stars Recreation Center 155 Browns Valley Pkwy starsrecreation.com Featuring 40 lanes of bowling, an arcade, laser tag, and billiard room with shuffleboard and darts, Stars is a great spot for a little friendly competition. You can also enjoy great food and live entertainment at City Sports Bar & Grill
Factory Tours DAILY 9:15
• Fun, interactive and sensory exhibits • Retail Store and Café • Chocolate & Wine Experience Daily 11am – 4pm
Jelly Belly Visitor Center One Jelly Belly Lane • Fairfield, CA JellyBelly.com • 800-953-5592 jellybelly.com/california-factory-tours © 2021 Jelly Belly Candy Company
LIKE A VACA KID
1. See how many different kinds of wildflowers you can collect on a hike at Pena Adobe. Take a small book to press your flower finds along the way, and see if you can make it all the way to the tree swing! 2. Try stand up paddle-boarding at Lake Berryessa. You can rent single and double SUP boards at Lake Berryessa Boat Rentals. 3. Take your camera and visit Lake Solano Park to take pictures of the peacocks! You can also have a picnic, play volleyball, and test your angling skills at the kids fishing pond. 4. Sign up for a whole week of action-packed outdoor adventure at Lagoon Valley Rescue Adventure Camp, where you can learn archery, rappelling, survival skills, horseback riding, and much more! 5. Visit Morningsun Herb Farm, learn about native California plants, and get some heirloom seeds to start your own herb garden. Don’t forget to pet the donkeys (you can bring them some carrots for treats, too)! 6. Pack a picnic lunch and cool off on a hot day at Magnolia Park’s splash pad. 7. Learn a new sport! Grab a friend and play pickleball on the pickleball courts at Orchard Park. 8. Challenge some friends to a race down the Alamo Creek Bike Trail. Start at Patwin Park on Elmira Drive and find the trail to the left of the playground. Follow the trail about a half-mile and turn around near Vaca Pena Middle School. 9. Tackle some beginner boulders in the Browns Valley Hills. Known as the Nut Tree Boulders to local climbing enthusiasts, the open space area in the Browns Valley Hills is home to a slew of basalt rocks, ranging in size from super easy climbs to expert difficulty. Don’t forget the safety gear, and watch out for snakes! 10. Show off your tricks or learn some new ones at the Three Oaks Community Center skate park. Always wear your helmet and pads! 11. Feed alpaca at Menagerie Hill Ranch. Don’t forget your camera, there will be lots of opportunty for photos with these adorable animals. Check out the farm store for items made from super soft alpaca fleece.
VACAVILLE SPOTS PET FRIENDLY SHOPPING
Apricot Lane Camping World DeBartolo Jewelers Eco Chic Fleet Feet Sports Home Depot Jackson Medical Supply Laineys Furniture Lowes Mirage Salon and Spa Motoring Specialists MotoXotica Naughty or Nice Pawsh Place Pretty and Chic Pet Smart PetCo Rays Cycle State Farm Chelsea Dunnington State Farm Kathy Krohn Sweet Peas Pet Boutique Talk of the Town Salon The Rock Shop Thornton and Sons Western Ranch and Pet Supply PATIO DINING
Brass Tap Buckhorn BBQ Cheese Steak Shop Cultivè City Sports Bar & Grill Digger’s Deli Fenton’s Creamery Five Guys Burgers & Fries Foster’s Freeze In-N-Out Fuso Italian Healthy Life Shakes Heritage House Jamba Juice Journey Coffee Co
Yappy Hour at the Brass Tap - All Day On Sundays Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade & Costume Contest in Andrews Park Pet Pictures With Santa at Western Ranch & Pet Supply, PetSmart, and Sweet Peas Doggy Derby Barktoberfest at SPCA of Solano County www.solanospca.com
Lagoon Valley Dog Park This 30,000 sq. foot fenced dog park is located in Lagoon Valley Park, just off the Peña Adobe exit on I-80. This park features two gated entrance points, benches and tables throughout, dog water stations, and trash receptacles. The park opens at dawn & closes at dusk. A great place to hike, too! Parking is $5 and can be paid at the kiosk in the parking lot. Centennial Dog Park This spacious off-leash dog park, located in Centennial Park off of Browns Valley Parkway, offers separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, shade canopies, drinking fountains, and double-gated entries.
Jungle Yogurt La Borgata Italian Deli Los Reyes Mary’s Pizza Shack Merchant & Main Mr. Pickles Panera Bread Peet’s Coffee Rubio’s Pure Grain Bakery True Roots Juice and Eats Vasquez Deli Villa Corona Vitality Bowls University of Beer VISITVACAVILLE.COM
vacaville’s farm trail
EXPLORE VACAVILLE’S BACKROADS AND ROLLING HILLS ON A FRESH-FROM-THE-FARM ADVENTURE!
gates canyon road
browns valley road
gibson canyon road
mix canyon road
elmira road leisure town road
No matter the season, Vacaville is positively bursting with fresh, local products, and discovering them is an adventure in itself! Take a look, and explore even more ways to savor the home-grown side of Vacaville!
did you know? Vacaville is home to the Pleasants Valley Agriculture Association (PVAA), a group of small farmers and ag-minded property owners who work together to grow and advocate for Vacaville’s farming scene. You can spot their members in the list below with the leaf icon , and find out more at pleasantsvalleyagricultureassociation.com.
Appointment Only 8212 Pleasants Valley Road 707.448.2288
- Historic Pleasants Ranch - Available for Weddings, Retreats, and other Special Events
Menagerie Hill Ranch Appointment Only 4071 Norman Court 707.290.7915 menageriehillranch.com
- Alpacas for Sale - Farm Tours - Alpaca Rentals for Events - Alpaca Fiber Products - Finished Goods & Accessories - Alpaca-themed Novelties
Availability and hours vary 3574 Cantelow Road 707.448.4792
Be Love farm
10-5 Every Day, Year-Round 7071 Bucktown Lane 415.726.8723 - Produce - Wine - Olive Oil - Eggs - Bread
Appointment only 6963 Gibson Canyon Road 707.447.8037 www.36oaks.com - Unique Day Spa - Massage and Facials - Numerous Spa Packages
Nature’s Bounty Meats Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm 5634 Weber Road 707.693.0908 - Meats - Eggs - Honey
Open 9 am - 2 pm 3628 Gates Canyon Road 707.448.1707
Fred’s Cherry Stand
May - June, Daylight Hours 149 Elmira Road 707.448.2762 - Cherries
Morningsun Herb Farm
Tuesday - Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm 6137 Pleasants Valley Road 707.451.9406 morningsunherbfarm.com - Culinary, Medicinal & Landscaping Herbs - Specialty Products & Nursery - Picnicking & Relaxation Areas
1st and 3rd Fridays Aug through Dec 7811 N Meridian Road 707.688.3493 meridianjacobs.com
- Fruit & Farm Stand
Mon - Sat, 4 pm - 6 pm 7335 Franco Lane 925.639.5401
- Locally grown fiber and yarn - Weaving and Spinning Classes - Weaving Supplies
- Produce Stand
- Organically Grown Fruit - Organic Eggs - Hand-made Award-winning Jams and Jellies - Pies and other Baked Goods
Appointment Only 7781 Locke Road 707.624.0831
Sunny Slope Orchard
Appointment Only M-F 8-5 Sat 10-12 7351 English Hills Road 707.448.3867
- Specialty Products - Ranch - Wild Game Processor
- Farm Tours - Fresh Produce - Eggs - Specialty Products
Gates Ranch Meat Co.
Soul Food Farm
Friday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm 6046 Pleasants Valley Road 707.365.1798 -
Farm Stand Olive Oil & Vinegar Fruit Pies Regional Fiber Find farm favorites from Erickson Ranch, Zinger Ranch, Hierbas Y Flores, Lockwood Acres, Dolly Farms, East Bay Herbals, Five Mile Ranch, Menagerie Hill Ranch, Liberty Duck, and PT Ranch
Eggs available at Soul Food Farm zingerranch.org - Animal Sanctuary - Chicken eggs available - Duck eggs available VISITVACAVILLE.COM
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#Agriventure start your adventure From a backroads road trip through the outskirts of town in search of produce stands and alpaca farms to thrilling hikes up the oak dotted hills around town, fuel your quest for adventure with an off-the-beatenpath tour of Vacaville. From high climbing adventure at the Nut Tree boulders and endless miles of hiking and biking trails to small farms offering up the olive oil, stone fruits, and nuts that put Vacaville on the map, this town overflows with outdoorsy appeal.
outdoor expeditions Grab a shake or avocado toast at Virtue Juice Bar or Healthy Life Shakes and tackle one of the challenging hiking trails at Lagoon Valley Park. The tower climb is a local favorite: its 620 foot elevation gain gives climbers who make it to the top unbelievable views of Vacaville, Fairfield, and beyond. Or head to the North part of town to explore the Browns Valley Open Space, where enormous basalt boulders offer climbs from easy to challenging. Bring a crash pad if you plan to tackle the more difficult holds!
Agrivetures Abound AGRIVENTURE COMBINES THE BEST OF AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR THE ULTIMATE OUTDOORSY TRIP. Ready to plan your visit? check out our farm trail on pAGE 39!
#vacapacas farm to fork flavors Ready to wind down and explore the outskirts of town? Cruise through the historic agricultural heartland of Pleasants Valley to find farm-fresh lavender, eggs, cheeses, and produce. Longtime Vacaville institution Morningsun Herb Farm carries herbs, vegetables, ornamentals, and fruit trees that you won’t find anywhere else. Across town, Lockewood Acres presses fresh jellies, syrups, and shrub (a fruity, sweetened vinegar) from produce grown in their orchards and fields. Sample these and other one-of-a-kind local products when you explore Vacaville’s farming community.
packs of ‘pacas Vacaville is also home to Menagerie Hill Ranch, an alpaca farm that is packed with sweet, gentle alpacas and all sorts of ‘paca products like yarn, clothing, and more! Alpaca fiber is warmer and lighter in weight than cashmere wool and can be used in knitting and weaving, so make sure to pick some up for yourself or a friend during your visit. The farm is open by appointment only (except during National Alpaca Days in September, when they open their doors to the public for a whole weekend) so please call ahead or visit their website for more information about their tours or to set up a time to visit! VISITVACAVILLE.COM
AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO LAGOON VALLEY PARK
Lagoon Valley Park is a welcome respite along the I-80 corridor between Sacramento and the Bay Area. It’s located on the outskirts of Vacaville, a charming Solano County community that borders the Sacramento Valley and the Bay Area. With its grass-covered hills rolling over the horizon, stately oak trees, a small lagoon that shimmers in the sun, and 470 acres of hiking and biking trails, this park is a delightful Northern California escape.
CLASSIC ADVENTURES Lagoon Valley is a relatively small park, but there are plenty of adventures to be had within its boundaries. Hiking and dog walking are among the most popular activities here, but it’s also well-loved for fishing and non-motorized boating in the lagoon, trail running, disc golf, and mountain biking. The scenery is golden later in the year but crisp and green in the springtime.
HISTORY Most of the park land was acquired by the City in the early 1970’s, but the park was developed under an agreement between the City and Solano County. Responsibility for the operation of the park was transferred from the County to the City of Vacaville in 1994, but the history of Lagoon Valley and the people who lived here goes back long before that. Until the 1800s, this land was inhabited by Native Americans. By the 1840s, the region that would one day become Solano County was settled by pioneers, including the prominent Vaca and Pena families. To this day visitors can explore an old cemetery located in the park as well as the Pena Adobe, one of the oldest structures in the county.
From the short and flat 2-mile loop around the lagoon to the harder switchbacks into higher elevations, this park has something for everyone. Kick it up a notch and tackle the 20-mile loop around the entire park. Keep an eye out for native wildlife as you hike, but also enjoy the sight of grazing cows that roam the lower fields of this oasis. A popular trail run is to follow the route chosen for the classic Vacaville race, the 10K Tower Challenge. It starts with the short loop around the lagoon before ascending a gravel road to a radio tower on one of the park’s highest hills. It features about 620 feet of elevation gain between miles 3-5.
If you prefer to explore the trails on two wheels rather than your own two feet, the park is also one of the premier mountain biking destinations in Solano County. A good place to start is with the 7.5-mile trail that you’ll find on the left as soon as you enter the park. Continue on past the wooden bridge and follow the trail to the tree line before ascending 1,181 feet in elevation on this thrilling loop. Lagoon Valley is one of the most dog-friendly places around. In addition to the walking trails, you’ll also find a 30,000-square-foot off-leash fenced-in dog park for your four-legged family members to run free. Horseback riding is also allowed at the park, so keep an eye out for equestrian users on the trails. There’s also a 27-basket disc golf course in the park, and the Lagoon Valley Disc Golf Club meets at the course weekly. Anyone can join them, and they’ve put in a lot of work to improve the course over the last year. Last, but not least, go for a paddle around the lake. It’s not very deep (it’s around six feet) and is not stocked with fish, but it makes for a peaceful day on a paddle board or kayak. SECRETS OF THE PARK With its rolling hills, dramatic skies, and surprisingly charming landscape, Lagoon Valley Park has tons of scenic viewpoints and quiet spots just waiting to be discovered.
MORE PARKS AND REC TENNIS COURTS Alamo Creek Park 2 Tennis Courts - Corner of Buck Ave and Alamo Dr Cannon Station Park 1 Tennis Court - Ruby Dr and Opal Way Hawkins Park 2 Tennis Courts - Summerfield Dr and Newport Cir North Orchard Park 4 Tennis Courts - 805 North Orchard Ave Three Oaks Community Center 4 Lighted Tennis Courts - Alamo Dr and Marshall Rd
Early morning is a great time to explore the park, although it is rarely crowded during any time of the day. Early in the day, you’ll be treated to dewy views, cool mists, and lovely golden light casting over the hills. In the afternoon and evening, however, there are some incredible places to watch the sunsets, especially if the sky is in the process of clearing from a recent storm. One of the best places to catch a sunset is the picturesque wooden swing that is well-loved by professional and amateur photographers alike. It’s located at the top of one of the peaks along the 7.5-mile mountain biking and hiking trail mentioned above. It’s somewhat hard to find, but you can follow the directions on page to find it, and the view from the top is worth the effort, whether you file it away as a mental image or add it to your Instagram feed. ENTRANCE FEE AND DIRECTIONS One of the best parts about Lagoon Valley Park is that it is so easy to access. Located right off I-80, it’s the perfect place to break up your daily commute or get out of the city on a weekend. Take exit 51B off I-80 onto Pena Adobe Road. The park’s entrance is just off the freeway and very obvious. As of the winter of 2021, the fee is $5 to park your car each time you pull into the park, although $50 annual passes are also available for purchase ahead of time. Written by RootsRated for Visit Vacaville
Dog Park Restrooms
Playground Picnic Area
Walking/Jogging Path BBQs
community parks Al Patch Park - California Dr and Peabody Rd Andrews Park - Main St and Davis St Arlington Park - Foxboro Pkwy and Peabody Rd Centennial Park - Browns Valley Rd Keating Park - Corner of California Dr and Alamo Ln Nelson Park - Nut Tree and Marshall Rd Three Oaks Park - Along Ulatis Creek
creekwalk bike paths Alamo Creek Bikeway - 4.6 Miles Runs along Alamo Creek Southside Bikeway - 1.25 miles Al Patch Park on California Drive
From Main Street, walk a few steps into Andrews Park and you’ll find a lovely natural respite in the form of a quiet path snaking along the Putah Creek. The Creekwalk is easy to find: the blue wave painted on our downtown street will take you straight to the water, and you’ll feel as though you are the first to discover our little natural treasure in the heart of the city.
DISCOVER VACAVILLE’S TREE SWINGS ALONGSIDE FOUR OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL ADVENTURERS AS THEY SHARE HIKING DIRECTIONS, TRAIL TIPS, AND HELPFUL INFO TO GET YOU TO THE TOP AND READY TO SWING!
THE LAGOON VALLEY SWING
LOCAL EXPERT: ANGIE SMITH “It’s the simple things in life that often make us smile the most. The tree swing at Peña Adobe Park is definitely on the list for sure. I discovered this hidden gem a few years ago while hiking on one of the many trails throughout the park. DIRECTIONS: Enter the park off I-80 in Vacaville. As you enter, follow the signs to the dog park. As you pass the dog park you will want to head up the gravel fire road, continuing through the gate up the hill till you come to where it turns and levels off a bit. At the turn, there will be a trail on the left-hand side going the opposite direction of the road. Take that to the large oak tree where the swing is located.
@asmithpics LOCAL EXPERT: MIKE MORA
ADVICE: I would rate this as a moderate hike due to the fact that it is a gradual uphill climb. A shoe with good tread is recommended since the terrain is gravel and dirt trail. The conditions will vary depending on the weather. This is not a shaded hike so don’t forget the sunscreen and some water. It should take about 20 minutes to reach the site where you can take in the view while swinging under the canopy of one of the oak trees in this amazing place.”
DIRECTIONS: “The first time I encountered the tree with the swing on top of the hill was actually a happy accident. I parked at the Peña Adobe parking by the lake and took the gravel road up to the radio tower in the distance. Before arriving at the tower I took a left onto another trail when I saw the tree. When I arrived at the tree with the swing it did not disappoint, the view was majestic and I could not wait to bring my friends one day to what I had discovered. Sure enough, my friends and their kids loved it, the kids could not get enough of the swing. ADVICE: My advice is to arrive early to get some swings in as the sun rises, or sunset is also a sight to behold. Remember to take some hiking shoes or boots as prickly bushes are commonplace in summer. Overall, it is my favorite landmark of Vacaville and a great place to share with a loved one.”
THE BROWNS VALLEY SWING LOCAL EXPERT: TRAVIS WILLIAMS
@bellaforma_jewelry LOCAL EXPERT: SANDRA ROSA - BELLA FORMA JEWELRY “Sometimes there are a few special spots in your town that you just love to visit over and over and it never gets old. This lush lonely tree with the yellow wooden swing is special. I’ve nicknamed it Swing Tree Hill as it’s one of my break spots during my hill runs at the Lagoon, it reminds me of simple times and simple pleasures and I always feel like a kid again soaring into the sky. DIRECTIONS: Located in Lagoon Valley Park, once you pass the gate shack, follow the road in and park in the large parking lot on the right after the dog park. If you see a green park bench memorializing my dear friend Mike aka “Papa Mitt”, you are in the right place. Across the road you will see a large openspaced, tree-lined path leading up the hills, this is where the path starts. Just pass through the heavy metal gate. You will hike approximately 3/4 of a mile, and due to the moderate incline, it should take you about 20 minutes. The path is clear most days unless you encounter a cluster of cows. It is their territory so you will likely see them elsewhere if not on the path. The trail is kid and dog-friendly, but please keep your dog leashed at all times. You will be making a left off the trail when you see a wide opening and barbed wire fencing running all the way up the hillside. Once you make this left off the main trail, you will see a sign that directs you to Spreading Oak Spur. Keep going and the giant tree should be in sight. Enjoy the views and the shady refuge, and turn the yellow swing over to discover a special message written underneath. ADVICE: My recommendation is to avoid going in the middle of the day during the summer as the temperatures get really hot and the path is not shaded at all. It is a dusty trail and very likely your footwear will get dirty. Bring water, stay hydrated and wear sunscreen. Going before noon or after 6pm are the best times. If you are visiting between December and April it could be very muddy if we’ve had a lot of rain, but generally, the ground is very dry and kids may want to wear long pants as the low brush near the tree may scratch their legs.”
Do you know what I think is the best part of swinging? It’s that fraction of a second when you reach the top of your upswing, just before you come back to earth. It’s that moment of stillness where you can see your world from a slightly different perspective, and if you go high enough, get that tiny bit of weightlessness. You’re already treated to beautiful views of Vacaville from the hike you need to take to get here, but this swing can get you a little more up and over the city with Rio Vista’s windmills in the background. It might seem a little scary at first because of the downhill descent the ground takes in front of the swing but it adds so much to the feeling of being in the air that it’s easy to get over. With all that being said, this is one swing you need to try. DIRECTIONS: Most people use Wrenthram Drive to get there, then park along Vaca Valley Pkwy. You’ll be at the trailhead of the Browns Valley Hillcrest Boulder Loop (shout out to all my rock climbing friends!). Take the smaller dirt trail through the public fence and turn right. All that’s left is to follow the trail until you get to the swing. ADVICE: This is a moderately challenging hike (about 1 mile and quickly elevating) on an unpaved trail where farmers graze the namesake of the city: cows! (the town was actually named for founder Manuel Vaca, the word vaca means cow in Spanish, which makes “cowtown” a pretty irresistible nickname) So, I recommend hiking shoes and clothes and watch out for cow patties. Once you get there you’ll have access to a picnic table and a bench supplied by the Boy Scouts. For those that like to rock climb, continue up the path a little farther for some pretty epic boulders to climb.
Vacaville sits on land that was granted to Juan Manuel Vaca and Juan Felipe Peña in 1843. Originally called Rancho Lihuaytos - the name of Putah Creek at that time - the land eventually came to be known as Rancho Los Putos. In 1850, Vaca sold one square league (about 9 square miles) of land to William McDaniel with the provision that one square mile (640 acres) would be used to create a township called Vacaville. The sale caused significant controversy, as Vaca did not speak, read, or write English and later claimed that William McDaniel had misled him into selling 9 miles instead of the 1 mile he had agreed to, and the attorney for McDaniel, who profited
from the sale of the land, acted as interpreter during the transaction. The land sale caused a rift between the Vaca and Peña families. Following the quarrel, Vaca sold his adobe to John Wesley Hill, prior to Vaca’s death in 1856. The Vaca adobe was destroyed during the Vacaville-Winters earthquake in 1892, but the Peña home has been carefully preserved thanks to the stewardship of the City of Vacaville and the Peña Adobe Historical Society. Visitors can tour the adobe and the accompanying Mowers-Goheen Museum, whose collection includes children’s toys from the Peña family, clothing from the turn of the century, and even a woolly mammoth bone.
Back in the Nut Tree’s heyday, Vacaville had quite a few celebrity visitors. Here are a few you might have heard of: President Ronald Reagan, President Richard Nixon, Queen Elizabeth II, Danny Kaye, Bozo the Clown, and Bing Crosby. Hankering for some throwback Nut Tree experiences? Explore the Nut Tree’s history on page 53.
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FAMOUS FOOTBALLERS When you think football, Vacaville may not be the first city that comes to mind, but many previous residents became professional football players! Jarret Bush played at Will C. Wood High School and became a cornerback for the Green Bay Packers. Other players include Vince Newsome (NFL player for Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), Xzavie Jackson (ex-defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals), Josh Kaddu (linebacker for the Miami Dolphins) and Kyle DeVan (offensive guard for the Tennessee Titans). Other famous athletes from Vacaville include Andy Bloom (Olympic shot putter, NCAA champion in the shot put and discus), Dennis Alexio (kickboxer, eight-time world champion), Jermaine Dye (Major League Baseball player; 2005 World Series MVP with the Chicago White Sox), and Stefan Janoski (skateboarder).
California’s most renowned botanist, Willis Jepson, was raised in Vacaville. In 1892, at the age of 25, Jepson co-founded the Sierra Club with John Muir. He went on to have a career as a botany professor, a botanical writer, and a conservationist. Willis Jepson Middle School in Vacaville is named for him, and you can spot a big, metallic bunch of flowers and fronds on Leisure Town Road near Orange Drive that pays tribute to Vacaville’s favorite botanist.
An Aviation Icon Vacaville is home to Icon Aircraft, an aviation game-changer, and manufacturer of the world’s first light-sport aircraft. The ICON A-5 is an amphibious sport-plane that can fold up to be towed behind a vehicle. Coupled with the Nut Tree Airport and the Rowland Freedom Center, aviation is an intrinsic part of Vacaville’s past, present, and future!
A longtime favorite roadstop for aviators and road-weary travelers in need of a break and a bite to eat, the Nut Tree has grown and changed dramatically from it’s humble beginnings as a roadside fruit stand. Explore the history of California’s Legendary Roadstop and the modern day attractions you’ll find during your visit! Harbison House is the family home around which Nut Tree grew. Luther and Hester Harbison built the home in 1907. Their youngest daughter, Helen Harbison, married Ed “Bunny” Power on the porch in 1921, and opened the fruit stand they named Nut Tree in the same year. Harbison House stands today as one of the last architectural elements of the former Nut Tree. Nut Tree made quite an impression. For almost 75 years it stood as a vibrant stop along Highway 40. The Nut Tree showcased the fresh flavors of California’s harvests, the energy of California’s people and the diversity of California’s experiences. It was fun, it was food, it was shopping, it was private aviation, it was entertainment. In the words of Alan Temco of the San Francisco Chronicle it was “an oasis of good taste.” After 75 years in business, the original Nut Tree closed its doors in 1996. In 2006, the Nut Tree re-opened under new management with a bold new look, a unique mix of popular retail stores, restaurants and services, as well as beloved and newly renovated Nut Tree Plaza, featuring the Nut Tree Train, carousel and other elements of the original Nut Tree. Today a visit to the Nut Tree is sure to be an enjoyable and memorable experience for the whole family.
1921 On July 3, 1921 The Nut Tree is born! As a last resort in a terrible crop year, Helen & Ed “Bunny” Power set up a small fruit stand on the side of the road under the walnut tree Helen’s grandfather had planted and sold fruit to passers-by. 1923 By its second year, the Nut Tree had begun offering prepared food, serving an average of 950 cars per day! 1947 The flower shop and a gift shop opened in the main building of the Nut Tree.
Bunny and helen power with airport manager, russ mackey
Nut Tree Restaurant was serving 1,000 meals a day, and had acquired a national reputation for its cuisine, which combined “comfort food” with fresh fruits and vegetables. Credited as the pioneer of “Farm-to-Fork” cuisine.
coffee tree restaurant
spanish room in the nut tree restaurant
1950 Due to its free pineapple appetizer, the Nut Tree grew to be the 3rd largest importer of pineapples from Hawaii.
1958 The Nut Tree retail store was opened. 1959
1965 Coffee Tree opened to accommodate customers looking for a faster meal off the newly built I-80. 1971
1952 Nut Tree opens a toy store and railroad. 1953 Don Birrell was hired as Design Director, and his vision and ideas would shape the look of Nut Tree from then on. 1955 Nut Tree Airport was opened, as a way to attract pilots to the already popular road-stop.
Nut Tree Airport recorded 25k fly-in passengers. 1961 Grand opening of the Nut Tree Plaza.
Nut Tree celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Its 500 employees dedicated the founders’ tree to Bunny and Helen Power. 1980
1962 Richard Nixon visited during a campaign stop.
The first annual “Great Scarecrow Contest.”
postcard image of airport, pilot center and train
Unable to compete in the fast paced, consumer and technology driven 1990’s, Nut Tree closed its doors, ending an era rich in atmosphere and innovation. 2006 Nut Tree re-opened as a mixed use development, nodding to its past with historical elements while reaching into the future with new shopping and restaurants. 2021
1964 The 72 foot high Nut Tree Tower sign was installed. Each of the handcrafted panels weighs 12 tons.
Catered the luncheon given by Governor Deukmejian for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the State Capitol.
Celebrating 100 years, Nut Tree continues to grow, offering timeless moments to a whole new generation of visitors.
nut tree plaza, 2021 VISITVACAVILLE.COM
TRANSPORTATION Centrally located, Vacaville’s gateways include the Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, and the Nut Tree Airport. Getting around Vacaville has never been easier with inter-city bus, taxi, and area transit services for everywhere else in between. Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) Bus services from Fairfield, Dixon, Davis, Sacramento and the Pleasant Hill BART Station. 707.422.2877 - fasttransit.org
Soltrans SolTrans rovides bus service to the cities of Vallejo, Benicia, Fairfield, and Suisun City with express bus service to the Contra Costa County communities of El Cerrito, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek at BART stations. 707.648.4666 - soltrans.org San francisco bay ferry The San Francisco Bay Ferry provides public ferry service in the Bay Area on three daily routes, two weekday-only routes and two seasonal routes, plus two Short Hop routes. 707.643.3779 - sanfranciscobayferry.com Amtrak Capitol Corridor
The Capitol Corridor is a 168-mile passenger train route in Northern California operated by Amtrak between San Jose, in the Bay Area, and Auburn, in the Sacramento Valley. Vacaville/Fairfield station - 4921 Vanden Rd 800.872.7245 - capitolcorridor.org
city coach City Coach is Vacaville’s primary public transit system, running six bus routes with convienent stops at medical offices, shopping centers, parks and recreation venues. 707.449.6000 - citycoach.com
Car Rentals, Services & Taxis Vacaville Limosine 707.348.4900 vacavillelimousines.com
BART The Bay Area’s mass transit system operates to over 40 destinations in the Bay Area. The stations closest to Vacaville are Richmond and Pleasant Hill. 877.700.7275 - bart.gov
Enterprise Rent-A-Car 630 Orange Dr 707.452.0300 enterprise.com
Vacaville Checker Cab 707.457.4444 California Limo 1266 Callen St 707.453.1200 californialimo.com
Uber and Lyft are also available throughout Vacaville by using their apps.
banking & planning assistance banking
Bank of America 150 Parker St 707.454.3823 633 Elmira Rd 707.455.3905
US Bank 367 Merchant St 707.446.7283 Umpqua Bank 403 Davis St 707.452.7000
Bank of the West 330 Davis St 707.448.1100 Chase Bank 2011 Harbison Dr Ste A 707.451.6640 First Northern Bank 555 Mason St # 100 707.447.8600 Golden 1 Credit Union 196 Nut Tree Pkwy Suite L 877.465.3361 Travis Credit Union 2020 Harbison Dr 11 Cernon St 2010 Peabody Rd 1650 E. Monte Vista Ave 707.449.4000
Westamerica Bank 138 Peabody Rd 707.451.6980 Wells Fargo Bank 120 Browns Valley Pkwy (707) 452-0783 3061 Alamo Dr 707.446.0196 event rentals AZ Rents 2 U 800 Mason St 707.392.9197 azrentstoyou.com
Backdoor Bistro 820 Merchant St 707.685.9222 backdoorbistro.com Chef To Go Catering 707.301.7683 cheftogocatering.com
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Merchant & Main 349 Merchant St 707.446.0368 merchantandmaingrill.com
STEMS 218 Main St 707.451.8585 stemsfloristvacaville.net
Pabla Sweets and Catering 348 Merchant St 707.514.7600
The Red Anthurium 713 Northampton Dr 707.742.9281 rosacafeflorist.com
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planning assistance Visit Vacaville provides invaluable assistance in nearly every aspect of conference and event planning. We strive to make your meeting in our city the easiest and most enjoyable experience possible. To discuss bringing your meeting or event to Vacaville, contact us at 707.450.0500
Meeting and Banquet Facilities America’s Best Value Inn 1571 E. Monte Vista Ave | 707.448.6482 Meeting Room | 80 Sq ft | Capacity 60 persons
Hyatt Place 610 Orange Dr | 707.469.2323 Meeting Room | 525 Sq ft
Courtyard By Marriott 120 Nut Tree Pkwy - 707.451.9000 Sierra & Tahoe Rooms | 622 Sq ft | Capacity 40 persons Napa Room | 458 Sq ft | Capacity 20 persons Executive Room | 1,035 Sq ft | Capacity 80 persons
Residence Inn By Marriott 360 Orange Dr | 707.469.0300 Meeting Room | 400 Sq ft | Capacity 30 persons
Comfort Suites 191 Lawrence Dr | 707.446.3000 Meeting Room | 480 Sq ft | Capacity 53 persons Rowland Freedom Center 300 County Airport Road | 707-449-3402 15,000 Sq ft Hampton Inn & Suites 800 Mason St | 707.469.6200 Atrium | 3,000 Sq ft | Capacity 200 persons Grand Ballroom | 2,716 Sq ft | Capacity 200 persons Boardroom | 120 Sq ft | Capacity 16 persons Meeting Room A | 840 Sq ft | Capacity 40 persons Meeting Room B | 1,036 Sq ft | Capacity 60 persons Meeting Room C | 840 Sq ft | Capacity 90 persons Meeting Rooms A&B | 1,820 Sq ft | Capacity 104 persons Meeting Rooms B&C | 1,820 Sq ft | Capacity 104 persons Holiday Inn Express & Suites 151 Lawrence Dr | 707.451.3500 Meeting Room | 810 Sq ft | Capacity 94 persons
Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre 1010 Ulatis Dr | 707.469.4013 Theater | 505 Sq ft | Fixed seating, stage 82’ x 38’ Vacaville Opera House 560 Main St | 707.446.4441 5,200 Sq ft | Capacity 200 persons McBride Senior Center 91 Town Square Pl | 707.469.6671 Multiple Room Configurations | Capacity 200 persons Mission On The Hill 1300 E Monte Vista Ave | 707.455.7530 Indoor space capacity 90 | Outdoor space capacity 135 Sunrise Event Center 600 Orange Drive | 707.449.4900 Small Ballroom | Capacity 150 persons Grand Ballroom | Capacity 1,000 persons Stars Vacaville 155 Browns Valley Pkwy | 707.455.7827 Banquet Room | 3,800 Sq ft | Capacity 422 persons Room 2 | 1,250 Sq ft | Capacity 139 persons
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Meeting and Banquet Facilities within restuarants
Vacaville Elks Lodge 302 Parker St | 707.448.2763 Dining Room | 963 Sq ft | Capacity 107 persons
China House Restaurant 513 Main St | 707.446.8068 Private Banquet Room | 20 persons
The Mission Church 6391 Leisure Town Rd | 707.448.3124 Main Auditorium | 22,468 Sq ft plus stage Gymnasium | 8,000 Sq ft | Commercial kitchen available
City Sports Bar & Grill at Stars Recreation Center 155 Browns Valley Pkwy | 707.455.7827 Private Banquet Room | 175 persons 2 Semi-Private Rooms | 10-80 persons
Ulatis Community Center 1000 Ulatis Dr | 707.469.4000 Multiple Room Configurations Total 8,000 Sq ft | Capacity 625 persons Three Oaks Community Center 1100 Alamo Dr | 707.455.7827 Assembly Hall | 3,712 Sq ft w/ stage | Capacity 340 persons Activity Room | 1,296 Sq ft | Capacity 80 persons Multi-Purpose Room | 2,704 Sq ft | Capacity 150 persons Arts & Crafts Room | 648 Sq ft | Capacity 60 persons Vacaville Masonic Lodge 879 Cotting Ln | 707.249.5333 Lodge - 1,805 Sq ft | Capacity 200 persons Vacaville Moose Lodge 6585 Gibson Canyon Rd | 707.448.1122 Lodge - 3,309 Sq ft | Capacity 400 persons
Denny’s 1701 E. Monte Vista Ave | 707.448.0660 Banquet Room | 35 persons King’s Buffet 601 Orange Dr | 707.448.8808 Banquet Room | 70 persons Fenton’s Creamery 1669 E. Monte Vista Ave | 707.469.7200 Banquet Room | 100 persons Fuso Italian Restaurant 535 Main St | 707.447.5560 Banquet Room | 60 persons Mary’s Pizza Shack 505 Davis St | 707.446.7100 Banquet Room | 30 persons Pietro’s #1 407 Cernon St | 707.448.7354 Banquet Room | 40 persons Pietro’s #2 679 Merchant St | 707.448.4588 Room A - 25 persons Room B | 40 persons Room A&B | 100 persons Round Table Pizza 888 Alamo Dr | 707.446.8111 Banquet Room | 75 persons 3045 Alamo Dr | 707.446.1900 2 Banquet Rooms | 40 persons 1 Banquet Room | 70 persons 140 Browns Valley Pkwy | 707.451.7224 Banquet Room | 50 persons VISITVACAVILLE.COM
Take a piece of Vacaville home with you
Find these and more at the Visit Vacaville Visitors Center at 1671 E. Monte Vista Ave, or shop online at VacavilleSouvenirs.com
Visit Vacaville is the official Destination Marketing Organization for the City of Vacaville. 100% of Visit Vacaville’s budget comes from an assessment paid by guests staying in Vacaville hotel rooms. Visit Vacaville fosters economic development because funds generated from visitors to Vacaville go into the city’s General Fund to help pay for local services such as police and fire protection. our mission Visit Vacaville’s mission is to develop Vacaville as a desired destination for visitors through aggressive marketing of its diverse assets and advocating for the enhancement of Vacaville as a more attractive visitor destination. Inherent to our mission is to increase the economic benefits obtained from bringing visitors to Vacaville without negatively affecting Vacaville’s natural, cultural, and socio-economic resources. Our long term goal is to preserve, conserve and share Vacaville values, beauty, and history for future generations. our vision Vacaville will be widely known and respected as the perfect place for people of all ages and backgrounds to meet for business and leisure. board of directors Dave McCallum Sandy Stuart Andrea McPeak Vannessa Jackson-Talbert Ed Forrest Liliana Mejia Deena Ramen
Keith Thompson April Ziomek-Portillo Sandy Person Debbie Egidio Brooke Fox Tim Padden Denise Giddings
our team the visitor center 1671 E. Monte Vista Ave, Suite N-110, Vacaville CA 95688 Phone: 707.450.0500 Fax: 707.450.0516 email@example.com visitvacaville.com
Melyssa Reeves - President & CEO Beth Lofthus - Office Manager Kris Krzan - Director of Marketing Allyson Masi - Graphic Designer Rosa Trevizo - Community Engagement Manager Alaina Gjertsen - PR & Media Manager
CALIFORNIA’S LEGENDARY ROAD STOP
With over 50 shops, you’ll find something for everyone.
Over 25 restaurants to whet any appetite.
Train and carousel rides, kids corner & special events year round!
Retailers Apricot Lane Bead Gallery Best Buy Beverages & More Cost Plus World Market Eco Chic Edible Arrangements Five Below Home Goods Jelly Belly Kirkland’s Michael’s Nordstrom Rack Old Navy PetSmart
See’s Candy Sleep Number Sport Clips T-Mobile Thornton & Sons Jewelers Tilly’s Tuesday Morning ULTA Beauty Vacaville Vaporium Vitamin Shoppe Work World
Spas and Salons Angel Nail & Spa Le Nail Spa Top Coat Nail & Spa Eyebrow Art Premier Day Spa
Amici’s Buffalo Wild Wings Chicken Hawkers China Stix Kitchen Fenton’s Creamery Five Guys Burgers & Fries Fuji Sushi Buffet Jamba Juice L&L Hawaiian BBQ Lean Feast Moshi Nick the Greek Okashi Fusion Panera Bread Peets Coffee & Tea Ramen 101 Villa Corona Vitality Bowls
AAA Children’s Choice Pediatric Dental Care Club Pilates Link & Link Real Estate Milan Institute of Cosmetology NorthBay Urgent Care Nut Tree Optometry RE/MAX Gold Spring Medical The Academy of 21st Century Learning Visit Vacaville
Nut Tree Management Office