Benicia, CA, USA

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Benicia, CA, USA

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Explore the Bay Area's scenic artists' enclave

Tucked along the Carquinez Strait north of San Francisco, artsy and romantic Benicia is one of Northern California's true gems. Once the state capital (from 1853-1854), today the intriguing city is home to one of the Bay Area's most active art communities. Dotted with art glass studios and bohemian artist enclaves, the laid-back town attracts visitors young and old to its beautiful waterfront shops, cafes, and restaurants. A centrally located Benicia vacation rental is a perfect base for strolling the town's relaxed streets. Just be sure to leave room in your suitcase for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

A world of glass, from the beachfronts to the storefronts

Everywhere you turn, you'll find glittering glass at your fingertips in Benicia. Unique in a state known for its beaches, Glass Beach is unusually rich in sea glass, making for great natural souvenirs. For a more formal glass keepsake, head to one of the countless art glass boutiques and antique shops that line historic First Street. There's plenty more shopping to be done in the renowned art district. The picturesque waterfront has several top-notch restaurants and spas, plus water activities like kayaking and fishing. For the bikers in the group, part of the famous San Francisco Bay Trail passes through downtown.

History meets art in a waterfront wonderland

The city's top draw is its scenic waterfront promenade, overlooking the impressive Carquinez Strait. In addition to galleries and restaurants, outdoor enthusiasts will find three waterfront parks, including the Benicia State Recreation Area. Unleash your inner child on the slides of Waterworld California, or stop to smell the flowers at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Art lovers and history buffs alike will want to visit the Arsenal, a former Army installment from 1860 that today houses historic landmark buildings alongside a thriving bohemian artist scene.

Leave the snow behind, but pack a sweater just in case

Whether you opt for a Benicia vacation rental in summer or winter, you'll be met with moderate weather and comfortable temperatures. Summers are dry and warm, with the warmest months of June to August seeing high temperatures in the 80s, though the cool ocean breezes may make you want to bundle up at night. Winters are mild, with the coldest months of December to February still seeing highs in the 50s. January is the wettest month, so be sure to pack your umbrella. Don't be surprised if you occasionally see a glimpse of that famous Bay Area fog.

A natural paradise of grass and glass

Fresh ocean breezes will envelop your Benicia vacation rental, whether you opt for a waterfront home overlooking Carquinez Strait or venture further afield to the grassy hillsides and rocky coast. Grizzly Island Wildlife Area is home to salt grass marshes, wildlife, and over 2 miles of paths for biking, running, and horseback riding. The coast's rocky outcroppings make for some serene fishing, or may just be the perfect place to enjoy the crashing waves and some killer sunsets. No visit to Benicia would be complete without a day scrounging for colorful sea glass at Glass Beach.