Historic Benicia in Northern California
Benicia, Calif., a small waterfront town in the Bay Area often overlooked by travelers, is an elixir for big-city angst. Less than an hour from Oakland and San Francisco, this charming hamlet gives visitors a chance to relax as they stroll the compact downtown's boutiques and antique stores.
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The Union Hotel was built in the 1800s and today offers dining inside and out.