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Finding France in California

Finding France in California

A French Escape on a California Staycation BudgetI get it. You spend many evenings planning a fabulous French vacation. You want to visit the castles, the art museums, the stately cathedrals with their lofty spires and ancient stained glass windows. You want to...

Benicia Staycation

Benicia Staycation

Benicia Staycation: Tourist for a Day It’s no secret among Benicia residents that our town is full of fun activities and unique businesses. From parks and trails to restaurants and shopping, this little community on the strait is bursting with things to do. That being...

Make a Date on the Strait: BYC Opening Day

Make a Date on the Strait: BYC Opening Day

“Make a Date on the Strait” Benicia Yacht Club Opening Day 2023 Photos by Luke George Photography “My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea.  And the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.”  -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Once again the...

Hidden Benicia: Mare Island

Hidden Benicia: Mare Island

Family Outing to Mare Island Moms, dads and grandparents are always looking for fun and educational outings to do with their children and grandchildren. One splendid place for just such an outing sits right next door to Benicia: Mare Island, in Vallejo. The Mare...

Kid Craft Corner: Shamrock Moon Sand

Kid Craft Corner: Shamrock Moon Sand

Those who have touched moon sand can attest to its mesmerizing nature. It’s soft, holds its shape without any water, and seems to fall in slow motion. With the addition of some green dye and golden sparkle, this substance becomes a captivating Saint Patrick’s Day...

Fun and Inexpensive Bay Area Winter Activities

Fun and Inexpensive Bay Area Winter Activities

Cheap things to do in the Bay Area this winter When January hits, we are often tired and broke. We can help! Sometimes, a refreshing getaway doesn't have to be far away or expensive. The Bay Area in winter is beautiful; the hills are green, the tourists are scarce,...

July 3rd Drone Show

July 3rd Drone Show

Verge Aero: From America’s Got Talent to July 3rd in Benicia Gene Pedrotti was looking for the “wow!” factor to help celebrate Pedrotti Ace Hardware’s 100th anniversary during Benicia’s Independence Day Weekend. He believes he found it – and more.  Pedrotti says the...

Late Summer getaways

Late Summer getaways

September in the Sierras Summer is coming to an end and autumn is around the corner. While fun in the sun may be on its way out, there are still plenty of seasonal activities to enjoy, even for those not quite ready to start thinking about pumpkin patches and...

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