Don’t Leave Empty Handed
When visiting Benicia, you will likely want to bring home some souvenirs to family back home or take back a few for yourself. Here is a list of local shops and centers with great retail stores to visit so you don’t go home empty-handed from your travels.
1. The Nut Tree Plaza
Located near Benicia, this beautiful outdoor mall is perfect for shopping or for taking the kids out for a fun day. With a big merry-go-round and a mini-train on a real railroad track with a conductor is fun for kids to ride as well. There are also plenty of stores offered from local boutiques to larger well-known retail stores such as; Apricot Boutique, Old Navy, Saks Off 5th Ave., Cost Plus World Market, and more. This is a landmark to visit as in 1921, the Nut Tree started as a fruit stand and small restaurant right off highway 80. Now it is a multi-million dollar retail development, recently renovated with corporate stores, restaurants, and fun activities for kids that have stood the test of time.
2. Southampton Shopping Center
This shopping center has all the essentials needed when traveling. From grocery stores, Starbucks, local small restaurants ranging from Asian food to pizza, there is something for everyone here. It is a great place to stop in upon arriving to the city to stock up your hotel room or vacation rental with goods from the grocery store to avoid extra running around. It can get a bit crowded at this shopping area due to Benicia being a small town and locals frequently visit these establishments as well.
3. Premium Outlets in Vacaville
This shopping center is not in the city of Benicia, but it is not far. In order to truly get your shopping fix and some great deals along the way, visiting the Premium Outlets in Vacaville should be on your to-do list. A few of the outlet stores offered are; Gucci, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Nike, and many more. This is one place where you can shop until you drop as it is a large area full of stores lined up in an outdoor setting with excellent layout. Shopping for souvenir items is also great to do here if you are bringing items back to friends and family. It is highly likely you will be able to find something for everyone with the vast store selection offered at the Premium Outlets in Vacaville.
4. The Vintage Owl
Charming and complete with modern and vintage treasures alike, this is a great place to find cute items to bring back home with you. There are adorable baby outfits, trinkets, stocking stuffers and other cute gift ideas that will bring back the feel of your vacation to Benicia. They are also a heart-centered local retailer giving back a portion of their profits to The Canine Cancer Center in Benicia.
Whichever shopping area you choose, there are plenty of options for a small town. For larger scale shopping, the cities nearby such as Napa or San Francisco also offer everything from small boutiques to larger retail stores to choose from.