Is this the year one of your dear friends makes good on the promise to visit you? Or a milestone event like a wedding or graduation lures your relatives to the West Coast? This summer there are many reasons why you will become the host or hostess, casting around for ways to keep your guests entertained.
Do they appreciate following the local music scene? Or religious about maintaining their exercise regimen? Or do they simply like to be surprised and delighted? We've got suggestions for all of these sensibilities...and more. All happening in the Vallejo area. Check out our list.
#1 Take the Vallejo Urban Farm Tour
Visit Vallejo farms...literally in their own backyards. It's all part of the Urban Farm Tour and Vallejo is being featured on June 8, 11am-4pm. Tour fruit & vegetable gardens, and see composting systems, rabbits, goats, bees, and greywater systems. The farm locations are sent a week before the event so you can plan your itinerary. Guided tours with tasting and Q & A are lead by the farmers once per hour on the hour . Each tour lasts about 45 minutes. It's pay as you go to each site ($5 per site, $3 for kids under 12). For more information: http://www.iuhoakland.com/events.html
#2 Visit SF attractions on the cheap
Take the BayLink ferry (from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal) to San Francisco. Buy the CityPASS and see so many of the most talked-about San Francisco attractions at a fraction of what each would cost had you purchased them individually. The Exploratorium is one of these attractions and some of the ferry routes drop you very near this very popular destination. Ride the cable cars until your head is whirling...and have the time of your life, giving your guests great memories to take back home. For rates and terms, click here.
#3 Indulge in the Bass Spectacular
One of the best deals around entertainment-wise is happening in San Rafael on Saturday June 7. That's when Vallejo's own bassist Ariane Cap appears with bassoonist Paul Hanson at the big blow-out Bass Spectacular. Also onboard for the fun are Michael Manring, Larry Kassin and John Burr.
The skivvy in brief:
Saturday, June 7 - 8:00pm
WHERE: Studio 55 Marin, Premier Live Music Listening Room
1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, California
TICKETS: $17 advance / $20 at door
#4 Hike the King-Swett ranch
Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Solano Land Trust, hikers can now enjoy extraordinary views of Vallejo, Benicia and Fairfield during guided hikes of the King-Swett Ranch. Every first Saturday of the month, you can hike this exceptional property for free while getting a great workout and learning about the wildlife and plants of this region. For much more detailed information, click here.
#5 Experience Verismo Opera
The Verismo Opera is one of Vallejo's best kept secrets. From June 1 through June 12, hear Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini and and Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. The liner notes read:
"Uncontrollable passion, tragedy, murder, suicide, and the anguish of an illegitimate child fuel the stories of these two one-act operas.". And all played out at the Bay Terrace Theatre on Vallejo's scenic waterfront.
Bay Terrace Theatre
51 Daniels St, Vallejo
#6 Get stoked on the Tsunami Soaker
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom added the Tsunami Soaker this summer. So plan on getting soaked (and stoked) in your own city. With temps expecting to climb in the nineties this month, staying drenched may be one of the best ways to go. (For a more vigorous experience, consider swimming with dolphins, courtesy of Six Flags). Read all about it here.
Address: 1001 Fairgrounds Dr, Vallejo, CA 94589