When Planning a Group Trip to Northern California, Think Fairfield

Enjoy what the area has to offer, from a tour of the famous Jelly Belly to wine tasting in beautiful Suisun Valley, or explore popular northern California destinations and attractions just a short drive from the city limits.

Fairfield is home to Jelly Belly, possibly the world’s most famous of all beans. Take a free 40-minute Jelly Belly factory tour and learn the secrets to how the legendary Jelly Belly jelly bean is created. Discover why it takes more than a week to make a single bean.  Over 20 million jelly beans are made at the factory every day – and you can taste every flavor at the sample bar.  

While nearby Napa Valley garners most of the national attention when it comes to wine, the beautiful Suisun and Green Valleys, located just outside the Fairfield city limits, are two of Solano County’s hidden treasures. Few travelers driving Interstate 80 between Sacramento and San Francisco realize that just mere miles from the Fairfield city limits is a thriving wine country, where acres of grapevines grow amid a backdrop of green rolling hills and blue skies. The Suisun Valley has roots dating back to the 1800s and represents more than a century of continuous wine grape growing activity. Wineries with tasting rooms include Wooden Valley Winery, Seven Artisans Winery, Vezer Family Vineyard and the Blue Victorian Winery, also owned by the Vezer family. The Suisun Valley Wine Cooperative offers tastings for four family-owned wineries in one location – Blacksmith Cellars, King Andrews Vineyards, Mangels Vineyards, and Sunset Cellars. Nearby Green Valley wineries with tasting rooms include GV Cellars and Rock Creek Vineyard.  Complementing the wineries in the region are seasonal farm stands, u-pick produce and olive oil tasting. 

The Western Railway Museum in Rio Vista Junction houses one of the most complete collections of authentic streetcars and interurban electric trains from all over California and the western U.S.  Take an electric train excursion through the picturesque Montezuma Hills over the original historic main line of the Sacramento Northern Railway. The museum is just a short drive from the Fairfield city limits.

About ten minutes outside of Fairfield, family fun adventure awaits you at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.  Discover your wild side with all kinds of wildlife, swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Discovery, entertaining shows, and thrilling and exciting rides. Experience your thrills as a spectator at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, which is home to NASCAR sprint car racing, NHRA drag races, historic car races, motorcycle racing, and the Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma.

A few miles beyond Fairfield and the Suisun Valley is the world famous Napa Valley with its legendary wineries, Napa Valley Wine Train, gourmet dining, spas, and the mud baths of Calistoga.

Because of Fairfield’s proximity to so many popular travel destinations and attractions, it is the ideal home base for tour groups interested in exploring northern California.  Travel west for about 45-minutes and you’ll find yourself at the doorstep of America’s favorite city – San Francisco.  Where do you start?  How about Fisherman’s Wharf, PIER 39, a cruise to Alcatraz Island, Chinatown, Union Square, or numerous fine arts museums, such as the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. 

On yet another 45-minute drive, this time in an eastern direction, is Sacramento, California’s capital city and gateway to the Golden State’s historic past.  Must-sees on a Sacramento itinerary are the historic district of Old Sacramento located along the Sacramento River, the California State Railroad Museum with its 21 restored locomotives, the newly expanded Crocker Art Museum, and, of course, the State Capitol.  Along the way to or from Sacramento, check out the 120 stores featuring brand name bargains at Vacaville Premium Outlets.

Take your time exploring what Fairfield and the surrounding region has to offer and stay in one of the city’s 18 hotels that offer affordable and comfortable overnight accommodations.  Stay and play, or tour northern California – either way, think Fairfield when planning a group tour. 

For help planning a group tour, contact the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau at (707) 399-2445 or visit www.VisitFairfieldCA.com.   

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 Business Improvement District and is funded by 18 lodging properties in Fairfield.  For more information, contact us at 707-399-2445, email info@visitfairfieldca.com or visit www.visitfairfieldca.com