Welcome to Solano County
Solano County occupies a unique spot in the Bay Area counties. It bridges the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley, presiding over the junction of Suisun Bay and the Sacramento Delta. The county provides residents with the best of both worlds, opening up all of the recreational options the Delta offers, as well as the amenities, employment, and recreational opportunities in the greater Bay Area.
Solano County is growing quickly. It has more room for growth than the other counties. Residents are drawn to ample, affordable housing. The people who live here enjoy a vibrant county with warm weather, rolling hills, and the bounty that comes with the climate. Seasonal farmer’s markets sell local produce. The dining scene is becoming more ethnic and sophisticated, as locals want more variety. The county offers a wonderful blend of old and new. Rio Vista maintains the slower vibe of a river town. Benicia creates a sense of history, with its Victorian architecture, and brief former role as the capitol of the state. Suisun has a redeveloped waterfront with a public marina and promenade. Meanwhile, rapidly growing areas such as Vacaville and Fairfield create new opportunities and traditions.
Locals have the option of commuting to other Bay Area centers of industry and office parks, or they can take advantage of local industries. Agriculture is a main industry here, with more than 80 different crops and animals grown and raised. The county is one of the leading producers in the state for Sudan grass hay, sheep, and lamb.
The lay of the land
Solano County sits to the east of Napa County across Suisun Bay from Contra Costa County. It is also bordered by Yolo, Sacramento, and Contra Costa Counties.
The county covers 909 square miles and is the third largest Bay Area County with the third smallest population, with 431,131 residents (according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimate). Fairfield is the county seat. Vallejo is the largest city in Solano County, while Rio Vista is the smallest.
Solano County has a network of smaller highways and major freeways running through it (80, 680, 12, and 160). Public Transportation options include SolTrans and FAST Transit buses. Vallejo does have a ferry line connecting it to the San Francisco Ferry Building.
The Solano County Office of Education oversees seven school districts serving 68,000 students in 100 schools. A variety of private Catholic, parochial, and independent schools also serve the area.
For higher education, Solano Community College has four campuses: Fairfield, Travis Air Force Base, Vallejo, and Vacaville. The California Maritime Academy in Vallejo has a long history in the area and was the first maritime school in the West. It is now part of the state school system, filling a special niche within the system.
The county has several museums that reflect a community once dominated by the Navy and the Air Force as well as Vallejo and Benicia’s roles in the early days of the gold rush. The Travis Air Museum, Benicia Historical Museum, and Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum give history buffs a chance to glimpse what life was like in a different time.
Other museums worth visiting include the Western Railway Museum between Rio Vista and Suisun City, which highlights the history of the railways in the west and offers rides in restored trains and streetcars, and the Rio Vista Museum, which looks at the history of life on the Sacramento River halfway between the Capitol and San Francisco.
Mare Island was once a bustling shipyard, which served the needs of the U.S. Navy for 142 years before closing in 1996. The island is in a transitional phase, with development possibilities being discussed while restoration efforts are currently underway.
More than 25 spots are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Solano County, including Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Other places of note include the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park in Benicia, the Bird and Dinkelspiel Store in Birds Landing, Vallejo City Hall in Vallejo, and the USCGC Storis, a light icebreaker and cutter that served in the Coast Guard for more than 60 years.
Shiloh Wind Power Plant in the Montezuma Hills captures the winds that come off the bay and head toward the Delta, some of the strongest in the area.
For creative and performing arts Solano has a thriving art scene represented by several local theatres. The Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre is the largest in the area, followed by the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. Performers include the Vallejo Symphony, Vallejo Musical Theatre, and Solano Winds Community Concert Band. Pepperbelly’s Comedy & Variety Theatre in Fairfield is another option.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a theme park in Vallejo. It has roller coasters, water rides, and animal attractions, and is a popular destination for families.
The Jelly Belly Factory in Vacaville is a working factory that’s open to the public, giving tours and selling jelly beans, including the popular “belly flops” by the bag.
The great outdoors
San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Grizzly Island Wildlife Area have opportunities for bird watching and investigating marsh, mudflats and wetlands.
Benicia State Recreation area looks out at the water facing south, and is an ideal spot for bicycling, running, and walking.
Lynch Canyon Open Space is a joint operation between the county and the Solano Land Trust, and has hiking trails and picnic spots among the hilly grasslands.
Sandy Beach Park in Rio Vista is a camping and boating park along the shore of the Sacramento, and offers nice views for a picnic.
Lake Solano Park is in the northernmost part of the county, and is a nice spot for camping, kayaking, and fly fishing. It sits east of Putah Creek State Wildlife Area and Lake Berryessa.
Cities Located in Solano County
- American Canyon
- Birds Landing
- Rio Vista
- Suisun City
- Walnut Grove
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$989,0004 beds, 5 baths2,554 sqft lot 6,534 sqftListing provided by , RE/MAX GoldMLS 21722494
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