For you, what does an ideal day with the girls look like? Does it include catching up over a rich and creamy latte, or shopping for a little something but ending up loving everything you see?

Benicia has some of the best dining, shopping, pampering and bars around. Centrally located near Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Sacramento and the South Bay, Benicia is easy to get to, and a convenient meeting place for friends who live throughout the Bay Area. And the waterfront scenery is spectacular. You’ll have lots of great photos to remember your get-together.

If your girls’ trip starts with breakfast or lunch, Java Point Café is a popular spot among locals for a cup of joe and a tasty bite. Seating is cozy inside, and the outdoor patio offers street-side dining great for people watching. Most of the stores open between 10-11 a.m.

For those getting a mid-day start, Camellia Tea Room is a great option. Enjoy a delectable lunch, a choice of more than 40 fine teas, and top it off with a rich dessert. Everything at Camellia Tea Room is made fresh daily. For example, you could start with a specialty drink or mimosa, have one of their amazing sandwiches or salads, then finish with a freshly baked scone served with strawberry jam and Devon Cream, or go all in and order the traditional English tea service.

One of Benicia’s many charms is First Street, lined with shops filled with unique wares, art, antiques, gift items and an large array of custom made jewelry. The close proximity of the shops makes it easy to pop in and out without losing track of your group.

Looking for a special boutique? Benicia boasts the best of the best in ladies apparel and accessories. Check out Literatus Design and Christina S Fashion Destination for the latest trends and some upscale runway pieces. Even the most critical of fashionistas will likely find a special gem in a sea of inventory as eclectic as the town itself. If vintage is more your style, try Elisa’s Cottage, where the designer handbags are as stylish today as they were decades ago.

With a little planning, your special girls’ day out can include a trip to one of the many popular day spas. Benicia is a hidden treasure for holistic healing and beauty. Indulge in a massage, get a little Botox, have your aura read, or release your chakras. With more than 40 spas to choose from there is something for everyone. It’s best to call ahead to ensure availability. For a full list of Benicia’s great spas browse visitbenicia.org/businesses/spas.

And after a few hours of walking, shopping, and visiting there are plenty of places to take a break for an adult beverage or snack. Sip and swirl up-and-coming wines paired with European cheese at The Chill wine bar. Or for those looking for something a bit edgier, pop by The Rellik Tavern, Benicia’s ultra lounge and tapas bar.

The rest of September has some weekend events great for an end of summer girl’s day out. Check out what’s on the horizon for art, wine, and fashion.

  • Saturday, September 16: Benicia Fine Arts & Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for the 44th annual celebration of creativity and diversity, a true shoppers delight. Get the details at com.
  • Saturday, September 23: Benicia Wine Walk, 1-5 p.m. on First Street from B to D streets. Taste more than a dozen wines being poured inside downtown shops. For more information, visit org.
  • Friday & Saturday, September 29-30: Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend from 6-10 p.m. Meet celebrity designers as they reveal their ready-to-wear collections on the catwalk. This is a shoppers’ paradise and fashion frenzy. For more information visit com.

So whether you are looking for “A Great Day by the Bay” with your girls, or an overnighter you will be sure to remember, this charming little town is bursting with style. For more a complete guide to shopping, dining, and playing. visit our directory at visitbenicia.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what’s trending here and now.