With less than two weeks until Christmas, if you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, here’s a novel idea for getting it all done, while enjoying every minute of it. Take an overnight trip to Benicia, and do a little shopping, dining, and relaxing, all in one beautiful stay by the bay. Find the perfect gift when you shop Benicia’s boutiques, antiques, and art studios. Meet friends for a bite or plan a romantic evening at one of the many popular eateries in town. Then wrap up your day just steps away at one of Benicia’s cozy Inns, where you will find the perfect accommodations for Santa’s helper.

pic1With everything from spacious and stylish to comfy and charming, here’s a list of our top picks to help you plan your trip.

Enjoy all the historic charm that Benicia has to offer in the 1854 Victorian Inn at Benicia Bay. Only minutes from the beautiful waterfront, this cozy bed and breakfast boasts seven unique rooms, each offering modern amenities with a distinct personality. This B&B is the ideal place to relax after a fun day, with private balconies and patios overlooking the gardens. Let the holiday madness slip away as you enjoy an in-house facial or massage. The Inn at Benicia Bay is located at 145 East D Street in Benicia. Reservations can be made online at www.theinnatbeniciabay.com or by calling (707) 746-1055. Room rates start $150 per night. (Please note that these are current rates before taxes, and could change.)

pic2Overlooking the Carquinez Strait, the recently renovated all-suite Shorelight Inn provides breathtaking views and luxurious accommodations. Each suite averages 400 square feet, and includes its own private bathroom – many with oversized Jacuzzi bathtubs. Just steps away from shopping, dinner, and drinks, the Shorelight Inn is situated in the heart of Benicia. With so many boutiques and restaurants within walking distance, guests can shop till they drop, then fall into the welcome comforts of a cozy waterfront room.

“We are offering special mid-week rates for guests looking to make the most of their holiday season,” says Patti Dunn, inn manager. “Our guests always comment on how comfortable the inn feels – like a home away from home.” This waterfront treasure books up fast. You can reserve your room by calling (707) 297-6313 or online at www.shorelightinn.com. Located at 153 West E Street in Benicia, room rates start at $159 per night.

pic3Pet lovers won’t need to leave Fido at home for this holiday outing. The Best Western Plus Heritage Inn is a AAA Three-Diamond hotel offering quiet, well-appointed rooms, including some pet-friendly options. For those able to get away during the week, the Best Western Heritage Inn hosts an evening reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres Monday-Thursday. Located at 1955 East Second Street in Benicia, you can make reservations online at www.bestwesternbenicia.com or by calling (707) 746-0401. Room rates start at $129 per night.

VFMLID=35341401Also great for families, the Holiday Inn Express features 49 spacious and stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and a complimentary breakfast complete with coffee and pancakes at the Express Start Breakfast Bar. Then use the fitness center to burn off your holiday stress. The Holiday Inn Express is located at 1375 East Fifth Street in Benicia. Make reservations online at www.hiexpress.com or by calling (707) 297-6873. Please call for room rates.

pic5Union Hotel is located right on First Street, so you won’t have far to go to get off your feet after a long day of holiday cheer. It features 12 guestrooms, Jacuzzis, and a historical flair. Union Hotel is located at 401 First Street, with room rates starting at $85 per night. Make your reservations online at www.unionhotelbenicia.com or by calling (707) 746-0110.

Any time of year, Benicia is a great place to recharge your batteries. For more information about overnight getaways, please visit www.visitbenicia.org/visitors/lodging/.