Fairfield is a lesser known spot nestled in the lovely hill country between Sacramento and San Francisco. Many people know Fairfield as the location of the famous Anheuser-Busch brewery headquarters but there is so much more to this city than just a brewery. The wineries in the region can hold their own against the tourist touted and famous Napa Valley wineries. There are incredible options for outdoor enthusiasts from hikers to bikers to swimmers. Not to mention Fairfield has an incredible up and coming restaurant scene. There’s truly something for everyone in this California town.
1. Life In The (Wine) Valley
Between Sacramento and San Francisco, you’ll find a hidden gem of a wine region just miles outside of the Fairfield city limits. Suisun Valley and Green Valley are both nestled picture perfectly amid green rolling hills and blue skies. There are over two dozen wine-grapes produced by the wineries in the valley. But wine grapes aren’t the only things grown in the valley, local farmers also grow everything from peaches and plums to pumpkins and herbs. Come out for a tasting on a Saturday and enjoy an afternoon strolling among wine vineyards and chat with the winemakers themselves at these wonderful local wineries!
2. Get Outdoors
Fairfield is known for its rolling hills. These hills are wonderful for outdoor activity, whether you enjoy hiking, biking, or just going out for a walk, the area is absolutely breathtaking. Rockville Hills Park which has over 600 acres of land and 30 miles of trails is one of our favorite spots. Spend your day running, picnicking, and admiring the abundant wildlife at this park and don’t forget to bring your pup as this park is dog-friendly! Another great option to get some sunshine and fresh air is Lynch Canyon which has multiple runner friendly trails as well as trails for mountain bikers and even horseback riders.
3. Escape the Hustle and Bustle and Get a Great Location
Fairfield is a much less busy cousin of San Francisco to the South and Sacramento to the North. It sits right in the middle of these two major metropolitan areas giving access to the cities if needed but it’s still far enough away to stay small and tranquil. Fairfield is a sleepy little city nestled amid green hills and big open skies. Fairfield isn’t a tourist trap like many other Californian cities near the Bay Area and has a lower crime rate. You’ll feel right at home in this little slice of paradise. As mentioned before there are incredible wineries right outside the city, however, if you want to take a weekend trip to Napa Valley this is the spot to go from as Napa is only a short 19 miles away.
4. Activities Galore
Living in Fairfield you’ll have tons of unique options for activities. Visit The Jelly Belly Factory for a free tour any day from 9am to 4 pm. See how the delicious little jelly bellies are made and then sample every flavor at the sample bar. Another great place to check out is the Anheuser-Bush (Budweiser) Brewery which offers daily tours and tops off with a trip to the tasting room where you can sample from the nearly two dozen products Budweiser creates. For a higher thrills excursion take a 15-minute trip to nearby Six Flags Discovery Kingdom where wildlife and wild rides mix together to create this one of a kind park experience.
5. Discover Delicious Dining
No matter what you’re craving you’ll be able to find it in Fairfield. The city boasts a wide array of restaurants. Featuring everything from amazing NY style pizza to traditional Thai favorites. Many of the Fairfield chefs live out California’s Farm to Fork ideal and serve fresh ingredients locally sourced from farms in the region. Saffron Indian Cuisine & Bar is a favorite for Indian specialties. Mankas Steakhouse is sure to please with its extensive menu of refined dishes from calamari and bruschetta, to filet mignon and steamed mussels. There’s no better way to get acquainted with Fairfield than by eating your way through the different restaurants in the city!