Let's see....how do I describe where this charming little town is located? There's the San Francisco Bay, then north of that is the smaller San Pablo Bay, then east of the San Pablo is the even smaller Grizzly Bay. Joining those two bays is the Carquinez Strait.
And on the northern shore of that strait sits Benicia. The town of less than 28,000 seems to be divided into sections. It's in the midst of 3-digit interstates, but you'd never believe it once you got into any section of this colorful waterside treasure.
I spent the day in the historic district and down by the water. I totally missed the Arsenal, the artsy section which includes a live-work area for artists. The waterfront section included unique shops, outdoor cafes and, on the day I was there, a farmer's market that started at 4 in the afternoon. On the main street was a community garden bordered on one side by huge sunflowers.
It was a memorable day in a memorable town. Perhaps I'll need to go back to see more.
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