Vallejo, in the northeast corner of the San Francisco Bay Area, combines a beautiful waterfront with an historic downtown core. It’s easily reachable by Baylink Ferry from San Francisco and makes for a worthy visit to or from a trip to Napa, which is just 15 miles north. Things to do in Vallejo include Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of the world’s only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks, and the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum on Mare Island. Foodies from across the Bay Area make the pilgrimage to Michael Warring, a tiny, 20-seat restaurant with big-time reviews. Mare Island is the site of a former naval shipyard (founded in 1854), but now contains the museum, a craft brewery, winery tasting room, distillery, art studio, golf and a hiking trail. From Noon-4:00 on Sundays the public is invited to wander “The Wet Mile” to enjoy Mare Island’s offerings. The Vallejo Art Walk takes place each second Friday featuring artists, food vendors and performers set up along downtown sidewalks. Like most places in California, it also has hike and bike trails that offer expansive, scenic vistas and a healthy, outdoor workout. Hotel options are pretty much limited to mid or low-level chains next to the freeway, but The Shorelight Inn, in nearby Benicia, has redeeming charm and Airbnb offers options for a more local immersion experience.