October is a great time of year for families to decorate and pick out fun Halloween costumes! There are all kinds of homemade options to consider that are easy to make and look great too. We found a few to share below that are sure to entertain:
Disney themes galore! Mickey, Tinkerbell, Fairies and more.
Give visitors a good scare with silhouettes of black cats and bats in the window!
Don’t forget about outside. Check out this cool “Pumpkinpillar” made with pumpkins, paint, felt and pipe cleaners!
We found this great post with almost 50 family Halloween costumes that are super cute, hilarious scary too!
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? OK, check out these Halloween recipes, crafts and costumes.
Enjoy making these great ideas with family and friends and be safe for Halloween!
Looking for something fun, unique and close to Fairfield to do in the near future? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of 5 great destinations that are within 25 miles of Fairfield. Outside of being close they’re all also inexpensive and in some cases free! The activities below are great for dates, alone time and/or family outings.
Skyline Wilderness Park
If you love the outdoors, you’ll find 900 acres of trails, lakes and forest as well as a native plants garden to explore. Camping, horseback riding and disk golf are also available.
If you’re a dog lover you’ll love Alston Park! While you can’t have dogs on the trails at Skyline Wilderness Park, dogs can run off-leash here at Canine Commons. A great day trip location to enjoy nature and get some exercise hiking, mountain biking or running with your dog.
Mission San Francisco Solano
History buffs will love the details behind this mission which was the last to be built in California and the only one to be built during the Mexican rule!
Historic walking tours, bike tours, picnics, hiking, museums and more! Named the “Happiest Place in California”, Sonoma Plaza is sure to bring a smile to your face and happy memories to last a lifetime.
Take a day to relax, enjoy fine art, a serene atmosphere and excellent wines. Artesa Vineyards is rooted in Spanish history and is considered the Jewel of Carneros and one of Napa’s most exciting wineries.
If you live in Fairfield or are planning on moving here soon, these are some of the many great destinations close by. We also wanted to include one iconic landmark right here in Fairfield if you don’t feel like heading out of town. Anheuser-Busch and their exciting “Flights of Farifield” brewery tour is a unique experience for those 21+. Whether you live here or are visiting, we hope you enjoyed learning about these unique and enjoyable activities for your next trip!
The end of summer means potential sadness for students around the country returning to class after summer break. Despite vacation being over, Vanden High School students can find solace in the fact that their school is rated as one of the Best High Schools in California (as well as the country) by US News.
Some of the considerations taken into account for the ranking are “Student Body” and “Test Scores” among others. Ranked in the top 2,000 high schools nationally, Vanden High secured #350 in California!
For parents with children in the Fairfield, Vacaville and Travis Unified School District’s or those considering relocating, top notch housing is also right here waiting for you. Citation Northern offers New homes in Fairfield, CA priced from the low 300’s.
For the past 35 years Citation has been committed to the community and we are pleased to congratulate Vanden High School for receiving such a prestigious honor. We also wanted to congratulate Elise P. Buckingham Charter Magnet High for receiving recognition as a bronze recipient school. Keep up the great work and thank you for your contribution to Fairfield and Vacaville!
Who’s hungry!?! While breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, don’t forget about brunch which happens to be our favorite meal of the day. In this post we highlight the Top 5 breakfast spots in Fairfield as rated via TripAdvisor, Urban Spoon and Yelp. The top 2 were found to have high ratings on multiple sites while the remaining 3 had very high ratings on Yelp. Let your appetite determine the one to get your business (heck, visit them all) next breakfast/brunch. Prices are reasonable for all 5 as well as high ratings for service too.
Louisiana inspired meals.
2) Crepes N More:
Just like the name suggests, Crepes and more.
3) Babs Delta Diner:
Also known for their marina views.
4) Mimis Cafe:
French countryside inspired menu.
5) Valley Cafe:
Family style country cafe featuring produce from local farmers.
Have a favorite local restaurant that we missed? Please let us know in the comments below. Enjoy!
Living in Fairfield or the surrounding areas, Travis Air Force Base is known by many if not all. Even if you know the base exists, how much do you really know about Travis AFB? We’d like to give you some quick facts to educate you on the significance of our prized neighbor.
Travis Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base controlled by the Air Mobility Command (AMC), located three miles east of the central business district of Fairfield, in Solano County, California. The base is named after Brigadier General Robert F. Travis, who died in a B-29 Superfortress crash while transporting a nuclear weapon.
1) TRAVIS GOLDEN BEARS
The Travis Golden Bears is comprised of our host unit, the 60th Air Mobility Wing, along with the 621st Contingency Response Wing, the 349th Air Mobility Wing and more than 50 partner organizations, with more than 26,000 Travis active duty, reservists and civilian employees assigned.
2) 60th AIR MOBILITY WING
The 60th Air Mobility Wing is the largest air mobility organization in the Air Force with a versatile all-jet fleet of C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III cargo and KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. As the host unit of Travis Air Force Base, Calif., the wing controls more than $11 billion in total resources, including 6,445 acres and 410 buildings. It handles more cargo and passengers than any other military air terminal in the United States. Travis is the West Coast terminal for aeromedical evacuation aircraft returning sick or injured patients from the Pacific area.
3) THE 621st CONTINGENCY RESPONSE WING
The 621st Contingency Response Wing is highly-specialized in training and rapidly deploying personnel to quickly open airfields and establish, expand, sustain, and coordinate air mobility operations. From wartime taskings to disaster relief, the 621st extends Air Mobility Command’s reach in deploying people and equipment around the globe.
4) 349th AIR MOBILITY WING
The 349th Air Mobility Wing, located at Travis, is the largest associate wing in the United States Air Force Reserve. Its mission is to “provide combat ready Airmen and expeditionary support to the war fighter.” As a reserve partner, the 349th works alongside 60th AMW personnel, operating and maintaining the all-jet fleet of 26 C-5 Galaxy cargo and 27 KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. 349th AMW members work in all capacities with active duty personnel, to include Operations, Maintenance, Mission Support, Maintenance and Medical.
5) Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center
Tours are provided for all size groups and is available to the public. Please follow the information below for escort service and large groups. All non-military visitors for the Heritage Center age 18 and over are required to present a photo ID and submit to a criminal background check at the Visitor Center. On occasion, this process can take up to 45 minutes. Once this process is completed, an escort will be requested from the Heritage Center to meet the visitors at the Visitor Center. Visitors will only be escorted directly to the Heritage Center and back to the Visitor Center. No deviations from this route are authorized.
* Please Visit Travis Air Force Base on Facebook to see pictures of Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle during his visit!
For more information visit the Travis Air Force Base Wikipedia page.
We hope these Travis AFB facts were informative and maybe even inspired you to take a visit sometime soon!
Love jelly beans? If so, you might have had a Jelly Belly or two in the past. Did you know that Jelly Belly headquarters is in Fairfield, CA!?! Much more than just jelly beans, Jelly Belly offers an array of merchandise and candy as well as daily chocolate and wine tastings featuring Suisun Valley Wineries and even unique conference space.
If you’re lazer focused on jelly beans, daily tours are available along with the option of a VIP “Jelly Belly University” experience for true enthusiasts! While there are many (over one hundred) Jelly Belly flavors, here are the 50 Official Flavors.
Now that you know Jelly Belly is from our hometown, let us introduce you to Chantel, our Vice President of Sales. Chantel has been with Citation Northern for almost 20 years and is the broker of record performing all functions with our clients throughout the home buying process. Chantel is the face of our company and provides a truly hands on experience with our buyers. We consider our buyers family and even provide new owners with a Maintenance and Care Guide to keep your home feeling new for years.
Chantel has shared her favorite Jelly Belly flavors below and we’re excited to share them with other fans!
Are any of these Jelly Belly flavors on your lists? If not, what flavors do you love? Let us know below in the comments! And enjoy…
The 4th of July is a time to feel patriotic so we wanted to share the best places around to enjoy the fireworks and the good times with friends and family! Before we get into our favorite places though, we wanted to share a bit of 4th of July knowledge we found on The History Channel:
Bet You Didn’t Know: Independence Day
Be the hit of your gathering sharing these fun facts before the fireworks start! Speaking of hits, here are a few local spots to enjoy your 4th that are sure to please.
If you love live music and family entertainment (a Ferris Wheel, rock wall and a giant slide) on the waterfront with tons of vendors…the Suisun City Independence Day Spectacular fireworks display can’t be missed!
Maybe you the feel of an old fashioned celebration in a historic district is more your style? If so, make plans to visit Andrew’s Park in Historic Downtown Vacaville. Later in the evening, the Creekwalk Concert Series features the Time Bandits for a $2 admission (ages 13+) if you want to really enjoy the festivities.
If you want to venture out a bit, here’s a list of great Bay Area 4th of July Events. Not impressed? Maybe the “Largest Free Jazz Festival on the West Coast” is enough to grab your attention! If you love tradition and great music, the Fillmore Jazz Festival will be an event you attend for years.
We hope this post has helped you in finding the perfect event to celebrate and wish you a safe and exciting 4th!
Have you ever wonder what accomplished individuals and well known personalities are from Fairfield? We were excited to find there are professional athletes, an iconic actor, a well known author and a TV talent from our home town!
Since we’re in the midst of baseball season, let’s start with Brad Bergesen. Mr. Bergesen was a starter for the Baltimore Orioles from 2009-2011. He sustained a season ending injury in 2009 after taking a line drive to the shin. Many baseball columnists believe he would have been a Rookie of the Year candidate if he had continued to play that season!
Fairfield is also able to boast another professional athlete that plays much closer to home after a recent trade. Stevie Johnson is now a Wide Receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. While playing for the Buffalo he became the only receiver in Bills history to record three consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons. Check out “Stevie Johnson Aims to Add onto 49ers WR Legacy” via 49ers.com
If you’re into great books and movies, we’ve got that covered too. “Wax on, wax off.” We probably don’t need to tell you, but Noriyuki “Pat” Morita (Mr. Miyagi) from the classic Karate Kid movies made that quote famous. Mr. Morita’s life was like a movielike. As a child he spent nearly a decade in a sanitarium for spinal tuberculosis where he learned to walk. When discharged, he went directly to the Gila River internment camp in Arizona where he joined his family until the war was over.
Author and former U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford whose most notable book was transformed into the war movie Jarhead is also from Fairfield. He grew up in a military family and lived on base.
Fairfield has at least one female personality that we were able to track down…Cat Cora. As an American professional chef she has been on many culinary TV shows including: Iron Chef, Master Chef, Top Chef, Around the World in 80 Plates and others.
It’s always fun to see people from your hometown in the limelight. These are the people we were able to find after a quick search. Do you have someone to add that we missed? Feel free to comment and thanks for reading!
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
The pace of life for many is fast and furious and summer (or any) vacations are few and far between. We find ourselves churning through the daily grind with a certain familiarity and often fail to find time for ourselves.
Even if it’s just for the day, being able to find time to relax and enjoy life is an excellent stress reliever. Maybe the budget is tight or maybe you don’t have time for a vacation that takes you far away. Perhaps you can’t find someone to watch the kids and/or can’t take them with you. Whatever the reason, there is beautiful tranquility for you and your family to enjoy in the great outdoors. And no reason not to do so.
We have amazing parks in Fairfield and Vacaville that are filled with nature (here are some great nature quotes), activities and an abundance of things to do that will clear your mind and produce amazing memories in the process.
Here are a few of our favorite local Fairfield parks that we recommend:
Allan Witt Community Park: This park is full of opportunity for sports lovers. With baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball, horseshoe pits, several fields, a skatepark, an aquatic complex and even two playgrounds for the little ones that might not be as sports oriented.
Gary Falati Neighborhood Park: This park is great for families on hot days with a splash play area, picnic area including gazebo, toddler and youth playgrounds as well as walking paths. If you live in Madison this park is in your backyard!
Laurel Creek Community Park: This park is great for explorers with walking paths, trails from Paradise Valley Golf Courses to Suisun City Marsh, wildlife habitats and creeks.
We hope this glimpse into local parks has moved you to get out and enjoy the great outdoors!
For a complete listing of Parks & Trails please click the City you’d like to visit for more details: Fairfield, CA / Vacaville, CA.
When school lets out for summer, camps, vacations and day trips fill much of the schedule. If you and your kids are lucky, some of that time is spent at the beach! While the beach can be a great place to relax we want to share some great activities for the whole family that your kids are sure to enjoy.
One of our favorite childhood games was hide and seek. A great activity for the beach that gets everyone involved is a scavenger hunt. You can search for things that are readily available like rocks, shells, sea grass and more as well as hiding pre-determined treasures.
This next one is a no-brainer, but a classic that everyone can spend hours enjoying. Sandcastles! You can build elaborate castles with moats, drawbridges and more. You can also create drip castles by mixing sand and water and dripping it from your hand held above.
Maybe traditional isn’t your style. Build a volcano in the sand that will blow your kids away. Take a few household items with you to the beach and once you’ve built the volcano to your liking…just add vinegar and watch the eruption!
Did you ever make a pillow fort as a kid? All you needed was a sheet or two and some sofa cushions. Take this easy way to create shelter to the beach and make a tent in a few easy steps. Bring a sheet or some large beach towels with you and have the kids search for sticks to use as supports. Have fun and get creative!
When the day is done you can even use scraps from the snacks you brought to feed the birds for some last minute enjoyment. Seagulls flock to food so throw a few pieces (make sure when you do this you are in an open area away from others) of bread or crackers in the air and watch the birds come from all around.
These are just some of the many activities you can enjoy at the beach as a family. Here’s to summer and enjoying the sun, sand, cool breeze and ocean waters!