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Nut Tree Plaza. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

Discover Solano spring 2014

Discover Solano Spring 2014: Nut Tree Plaza

By From page DIS43 | March 31, 2014

Today’s Nut Tree Plaza next to Interstate 80 in northeast Vacaville is an entertaining blend of the old and new, with a wide host of retail businesses sharing the land with a family oriented town plaza with the restored Nut Tree train and a carousel.

It has inherited the legacy of the original Nut Tree, which was founded in 1921 when the Power family set up a small fruit stand under a large oak tree beside the road that is now Interstate 80. It grew into the most popular road stop between Sacramento and San Francisco, offering a restaurant, dried fruits, toys, children’s rides, aviation books, souvenirs, gemstones and a post office.

The original Nut Tree closed in 1996, only to be reborn as the Nut Tree Plaza, which offers a mix of more than 40 restaurants and businesses that includes restaurants such as Fentons Creamery, speciality foods such as See’s Candies and major businesses such as Best Buy.

Nut Tree’s town plaza offers families shaded benches on which to relax, the colorful carousel, train rides and events such as the Vacaville Jazz Festival.

Location: East Monte Vista Avenue at Nut Tree Road

For more information: www.nuttreeusa.com


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