FAIRFIELD IN THE NEWS

Fairfield Is More Than a Dot on the Map

The sun-soaked, palm-studded, sparkling-waterwayed swatch of Suisun Valley is a living shrine to East Bay history — wreathed with abundant vineyards, championship golf links, and a famous candy factory.

By S. Rufus
Published: September 17, 2019
Oakland Magazine

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Maybe you’ve tooled through it en route to Davis. Maybe your coworker commutes from there. Fairfield is one of those busy, brightly lit outposts on the East Bay’s outer fringes whose names everyone knows — but that’s about all they know.

Yet this sun-soaked, palm-studded, sparkling-waterwayed swatch of Suisun Valley is a living shrine to East Bay history — wreathed with abundant vineyards, championship golf links, and a famous candy factory.




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Now helmed by the fourth generation of its founding family and offering popular, surprisingly panoramic free factory tours, the Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield is where its technicians developed modern-day jellybeans — flavored all the way through, unlike retro jellybeans whose coatings contained all their flavors.

Just a 10-minute drive apart, Paradise Valley Golf Course and Rancho Solano Golf Course offer the rare opportunity to play both in a single day. 

And — especially from September through November — Suisun Marsh is a wildlife-watching paradise. As the West Coast’s largest contiguous brackish water-marsh, it’s a habitat for hundreds of bird, reptile, amphibian, and fish species — not to mention such plants as the Suisun thistle, which grows nowhere else on Earth.

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