Solano County is one of California’s most diverse, geographically.
Vallejo is a classic Bay Area city with a cool and sometimes overcast summer mornings. It is along Mare Island Strait and San Pablo Bay. The new Carquinez Bridge span crossing the Carquinez Strait at the city’s southern end is a suspension bridge that looks like a smaller version of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Rio Vista seems like a world away. This is Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta country, a world of rivers and sloughs winding amid tules. The small city of about 8,000 residents is along the Sacramento River.
Suisun Valley near Fairfield is framed by oak-covered coastal hills. Among crops grown there are premium grapes used by local wineries.
And Dixon is amid the flatlands and farms of the Central Valley. A cool summer day in Vallejo could be a broiling one there.
Solano County retains a rural feel. A voter-passed law funnels most growth into the county’s seven cities. Fairfield has established open space buffers between it and Vacaville to the north and Benicia and Vallejo to the south.
That leaves agriculture as king in rural Solano County. Farmers grow everything from tomatoes to peaches to sunflower. Ranchers have sheep, cows and other animals. Altogether, the county produces about 80 commodities worth close to $260 million annually.
The county’s rural areas also provide places for recreation. People can boat and fish in local sloughs, hunt in Suisun Marsh and hike in Lynch Canyon, Rockville Hills and Lagoon Valley parks. They can camp along Putah Creek at Lake Solano park and along the Sacramento River at Sandy Beach park.
Solano County can also boast of being one of California’s original counties, established in 1850 along with the state.
For information: www.co.solano.ca.us