This February, leave your partner at home – it’s time for Galentine’s Day! As Leslie Knope in the hit show Parks and Recreation said, “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year!” 

Since February is all about love, it’s important to spend some quality time with the most important ladies in your life and have a great day by the bay!

If you’re looking for an adventure without the stress of planning, Benicia is the perfect escape from your everyday, busy life.

Start your day, “breakfast-style…”

Farm & Flour is a must for a cup of coffee, handcrafted bread, and baked goods. This modern — yet homey — cafe invites you to come in, sit at their long oak tables, and catch up with your ladies.

Their signature sourdough, made in-house, is used throughout their menu, but they have gluten-friendly bread, as well!

Open 7AM-6PM daily, so no matter how early or late you start your day, it’s the perfect first stop.

If you love shopping (and puppies)…

Walk across the street to The Vintage Owl, a local boutique that specializes in refurbishing vintage and antique furniture using a little bit of modern creativity and chic designs. Not only is this the place to find the custom vintage piece of your dreams, a portion of the proceeds are donated to The National Canine Cancer Foundation.

Directions to The Vintage Owl.

 

Want to see some spectacular, hand-blown glass art? Stop by Lindsay Art Glass shop!

Artist David Lindsay uses this ancient art form to create work inspired by the sea. This is the only shop of its kind in the area, offering the works of more than 70 American artists from leather, to candles, to clothing and, of course, glass.

Directions to Lindsay Art Glass.

Make your way down First Street and stop by the Fox & Fawn Bakehouse.

This vegan sweets shop will knock you off your feet with mouth-watering cookies and cupcakes. Be sure to pick up a jar of their addictive chocolate chip cookie dough to bring the yummy-ness home!

 

Directions to Fox & Fawn Bakehouse.

What’s a gals’ day out without a spa appointment?!

If you’re looking for a place with great massages, book an appointment at Golden Reef Day Spa. They offer 30-minute hot towel massages, hot stones, and aromatherapy. It’s the perfect relaxing afternoon activity with your girlfriends.

Before you head home, stop by Bella Siena for happy hour and dinner…

Treat yourself to fine Italian-American cuisine, complete with a full bar and extensive wine list. Watch the sun set with panoramic views of the Carquinez Strait or curl up at the fire pit seating in the charming courtyard patio. Make sure to try their bread dip – it’s so good, they sell it by the jar!

 

Whether you follow this list to a tee or stop by a couple of the suggested spots, we hope you find something special about leaving the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spending time with the special women in your life.

 

Happy Galentine’s Day!