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Fairfield (California)

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Fairfield is a city in Solano County in the San Francisco Bay Area region of California, although it is also sometimes considered to be part of the Sacramento Valley.


Fairfield is a smallish/mid-size city that shares a metroplex with Suisun City. Travis Air Force Base, home of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, is located just to the west of Fairfield. C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft and KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft are common sights in the skies over the twin cities. Fairfield is located along Interstate 80, the main route between the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, about midway between the two. It is sometimes considered a far-flung suburb of San Francisco.

The climate of Fairfield is typical of the Sacramento Delta, cool winters and hot, humid summers. Winter temperatures average 37º-65º. Summer temperatures average 56º-89º. As Fairfield is located near the Carquinez Straits, where wind from the San Francisco Bay is funneled through a narrow channel, Fairfield can experience strong winds.

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By plane[edit]

  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF), 6900 Airport Blvd., Sacramento, ''+1 916'' 929-5411, [1]. SMF in Sacramento is located 50 miles northeast of Fairfield, about a 55 minute drive.  edit
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Intersection of S. McDonnell Rd and S. Link Rd., San Francisco, Toll-free ''+1 800'' 435-9736, [2]. SFO in South San Francisco is located 57 miles southwest of Fairfield, about a 1 hour drive.  edit
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK), 1 Airport Drive, Oakland, ''+1 510'' 563-3300, [3]. OAK, in Oakland is about 50 miles southwest of Fairfield, about a 55 minute drive.  edit

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, 1040 Mason St., Vacaville, +1 707 447-5989, [4]. M-F: 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sa: 9:00AM-11:59AM, Closed: Su and holidays. The nearest Greyhound bus service to Fairfield is Vacaville, 10 miles north, a 15 minute drive. Fairfield/Suisun Transit System routes 20, 30, and 40 run between Vacaville and Fairfield. Note that only 20 runs on Sa, and none of the lines run on Su.  edit
  • Solano Express, 2000 Cadenasso Dr., Fairfield, +1 707 422-2877, [5]. Travelers arriving from Sacramento or the greater Bay Area can use the public FAST transit bus system. Visitors arriving on Monday-Friday can use Route 30 from Sacramento or Davis, Route 40 from the Walnut Creek BART station, or Route 90 to the El Cerrito del Norte BART station. Saturday visitors are limited to the Route 30 bus on a reduced schedule, while Sunday visitors are plain out of luck. Fares are $6.75 for intercity buses. $6.75.  edit

By rail[edit]

  • Amtrak (Station ID: SUI), 177 Main Street, Suisun City, [6]. M-F: 5:45AM-7:30PM, Sa: 8:40AM-12 noon, Su: Closed. Amtrak's Capitol Route services Fairfield/Suisun City. Note that there is no ticket office at this location although a Quik-Trak Self-Service Ticketing Kiosk is available.  edit

Get around[edit]

  • Fairfield/Suisun Transit System, ''+1 707'' 422-2877 (, fax: ''+1 707'' 426-3298), [7]. M-F: 6:30AM-8:12PM, Sa: 8:30AM-6:05PM, Su: No service. Fairfield/Suisun Transit System provides local service as well as extended service as far as Davis and Walnut Creek. Base local fare: Adult - $1.50, Senior and disabled - $0.75. Extended area fares vary. See System Map on website for details..  edit

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  • Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, 2548 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City (Take Grizzly Island Road south from SR12), ''+1 707'' 425-3828, [8]. Hiking, fishing, hunting, and boating. Some areas are disabled accessible.  edit
  • Hill Slough Wildlife Area, Grizzly Island Road, immediately south of SR 12, ''+1 707'' 425-3828, [9]. 1,722 acres of salt tidal marsh, marshes, sloughs and upland grasses. Excellent areas for bird-watching.  edit
  • Jelly Belly Factory tour, 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Toll-free: ''+1 800'' 953-5592, [10]. Daily from 9AM-4PM, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Easter Sunday. Take a tour of the factory where Jelly Belly jelly beans are made. A highlight is the robotic stacking machine and portraits made of jelly beans. The tour ends with a free packet of jelly beans. Also check out the factory store where "defective" jelly beans are sold as Belly Flops. The tour is very popular, so expect a wait, even on weekdays. Free.  edit
  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour & Gift Shop, [22] 3101 Busch Dr Fairfield, CA 94534 (707) 429-7595, Take a tour of a real factory where your favorite Budweiser products are created, call to check for hours to see if they are opne, two complimentary beers and free pretzels are offered
  • Travis Air Force Base tours, ''+1 707'' 424-0132, [11]. Travis AFB offers tours of the base and museum to groups of 25-40. Tours are held on Thursdays and are booked on a first-come/first serve basis with priority going to ROTC groups.  edit
  • Rush Ranch, Grizzly Island Road (2 miles south of Highway 12), [12]. 8am-dusk. A working ranch that is kept as open space for the public. There are historic displays and hiking trails over the hills and marshes surrounding the ranch as well the opportunity to interact with the animals on the ranch. Free. (38.209141,-122.025175) edit
  • Rockville Hills Regional Park, 2149 Rockville Rd, Fairfield, CA 94534 ('''Directions from East bound 80''' Take the Abernathy Road exit and head west. At the roundabout, turn left to Rockville Road. Continuing on Rockville Road through the intersection of Suisun Valley. The Park is located about 3/4 of a mile on the left hand side. Look for a chain link enclosed parking lot. '''Directions from West bound 80''' Take the Rockville Road exit and continue straight through the signal light on to Oliver Road. Proceed to the next signal light turn right onto Rockville Road. Continue down Rockville Road. At the turnabout proceed straight on Rockville Road and go through the intersection of Suisun Valley. The Park is located about 3/4 of a mile on the left hand side. Look for a chain link enclosed parking lot. '''Public Transportation''' Transit & Trails offers on-line public transportation planning to get to the Emerald Bay Drive entrance of the Park from the Bay Area), Teri Luchini Park Ranger 707.428.7614, [13]. Sunrise-Sunset. Rockville Hills Regional Park is 633 beautiful acres of grasslands and oak woodlands, with a dense mixed broadleaf forest. The rich and diverse habitats provide shelter to a variety of wildlife that call Rockville Hills home. '''Day Use Fees''' $3 per person, $1 per dog '''Group Day Passes''' Group of 1-5 people $15 Group of 6-10 people $30 Group of 11-15 people $45. (38°14'49.8N,122°08'27.5W) edit

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  • Valley Cafe, 4171 Suisun Valley Road, Suisun Valley, CA 94534, (707) 864-2507. 7AM-3PM. Located in Fairfield's Suisun Valley, Valley Cafe serves countrystyle breakfast and lunch meal options, with indoor and outdoor seating available. $11-$30. (38.231903,-122.127560) edit
  • Cast Iron Grill and Bar, 700 Main St, Suite 104, Suisun City, CA 94585-2493 (From I-80: Get onto Hwy 12, then get off at the Suisun City Main Street exit. Turn right onto Lotz Way, then turn left onto Main St. Go down Main St until you reach Solano St. Cast Iron Grill should be visible by now.), (707) 425-1700, [14]. Sun: 9:30AM-9PM, Mon-Thurs: 11:30 AM-9PM, Fri: 11:30AM-10PM, Sat: 9:30AM-10PM. Congenial American restaurant & bar offering steak, seafood & pasta, plus a patio with a fireplace. $5-$31. (38.235470,-122.040612) edit

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  • Best Western Cordelia Inn, 4373 Central Place, +1 707 864-2029 (toll free: +1 800 422-7575, fax: +1 707 864-5834), [15].  edit
  • Courtyard Fairfield Napa Valley Area, 1350 Holiday Lane, +1 707 422-4111 (fax: +1 707 428-3452), [16].  edit
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Fairfield Napa Valley Area, 315 Pittman Road, +1 707 864-6672 (fax: +1 707 864-6282), [17].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 316 Pittman Road, +1 707 864-3797, [18].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Select, 1350 Holiday Lane, +1 707 422-4111, [19].  edit
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton, 4755 Business Center Drive, 707-863-0300, [20]. checkin: 4:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. An all suite hotel equipped with full kitchens and free wireless Internet. Complimentary amenities include a hot breakfast and a light dinner with beverages (Monday-Thursday).  edit
  • Motel 6 Fairfield North, 1473 Holiday Lane, +1 707 425-4565 (fax: +1 707 435-9232), [21].  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Bay Area - San Francisco, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge
  • Sacramento - Capitol of California, Old Town, Sutter's Fort, 45 minutes away
  • Napa Valley - California's wine country, 45 minutes away

Routes through Fairfield
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