Article & Photography by Barbara Steinberg
The splendor of autumn makes it an especially ideal time of year to
travel in Fairfield, California’s Suisun Valley; one of California’s
oldest standing viticulture and agricultural areas. A best kept secret
of California, a foliage trip to Suisun Valley is one that’s best suited
to travelers who long to be away from the crowds.
With the change of seasons in this eight-mile-long valley, it’s a great time to enjoy Mother Nature’s bounty and colorful show. Suisun Valley offers visitors a step back in time, to when life was more meaningfully connected to the earth. Within a short driving distance of surrounding urban areas, Suisun Valley provides a completely unique experience for fall foliage lovers. A perfect day-trip or overnight retreat from Sacramento and the Bay Area, this region experiences cooler temperatures in the lower valley (from coastal influences of San Pablo and Suisun bays), while the upper regions are usually a bit warmer. It’s a perfect combination to relax and explore.
A fall foliage journey into Suisun Valley features colorful images of autumn on the valley floor, wine tasting experiences in between natural discoveries, and fruit and vegetable stands loaded with a profusion of autumn’s harvest fare. Stop at one of the many farm stands and bring home some valley-fresh produce. On Fun Family Farm Days Weekend, October 16 & 17, local growers and businesses invite everyone to savor the good life in Suisun Valley.
Every season, is wonderful time for taking photographs, riding bicycles, and discovering all that Suisun Valley has to offer. Stay overnight or for a long weekend — there’s so much to see and do. Nearby Fairfield offers a wide variety of lodging opportunities to create a relaxing getaway.