Fairfield – History
Fairfield was founded by clipper-ship captain Robert Waterman, and named for his hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut.
Located in the heart of Northern California, Fairfield is best known as being home to the world famous Jelly Belly Candy Company
As proud as the community is of its iconic attraction, Fairfield offers so much more. It’s time to open your eyes and embrace your explorer spirit, and you will find this community is full of surprises to fill an overnight or long-weekend escape.
Surrounded by some of northern California’s most beautiful landscapes, Fairfield is located within the California Coastal Range, centered directly north of Suisun Bay, northeast of San Pablo Bay, east of the Sacramento Valley, amid rolling green hills and a thriving wine country. The city is nearly equidistant from Sacramento and San Francisco, making both popular destinations for day trips and excursions. Fairfield is approximately 40 miles from San Franciscoand Sacramento, approximately 30 miles from Oakland, and less than 10 miles from the famous Napa Valley. The travel possibilities are truly endless.
Freeway close and urban in nature, many of Fairfield’s greatest attributes embrace its rural and agricultural roots. Nearby shopping, lodging, restaurants, and nightlife transcend the destination’s rural nature. The region’s Coastal Ranges and canyons create recreational abundance with championship golf courses, orchards and farms, and scenic backroads. The beautiful Suisun and Green Valley’s are two of the region’s hidden treasures. Few travelers driving Interstate 80 between Sacramento and San Francisco realize that just mere miles from the Fairfield city limits is a thriving wine country, where acres of vineyards alongside family-owned farms. This is a tranquil place for visitors searching for world-class wines, home grown farm products and the calm and beautiful rural country setting. Whether you come for the day or stay for the weekend, the beauty of these valleys will leave you wanting more.
Many familiar brand hotels are located just off Interstate 80, making Fairfield a convenient overnight and weekend getaway. Fairfield’s Solano Town Center is the largest indoor shopping mall in Solano County, featuring more than one million square feet of retail space including a variety of popular restaurants and clothing boutiques. Just across the way, the 140,000-square-foot Gateway Courtyard Shopping Center rounds out the local retail scene with a variety of retail and dining. Check out downtown Fairfield or the North and West Texas Street business districts for a number of one-of-a-kind shops
Fairfield offers a full menu of fine and casual dining to satisfy any taste and appetite. Mankas Steakhouse, Sticky Rice, Favela's Fusion, Chez Soul, Chianti Osteria, and Evelyn’s Big Italian Pizzeria are just a few local favorites. If you want to add some fun to your food, the Jelly Belly Café serves Jelly Belly-shaped hamburgers and pizzas.