Wichita Section

Lake Berryessa

  • Western Regional Event
Sunday, March 7, 2021 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
J & O's Market and Deli
8340 Bennington Ct.
Tim Bonifay
(707) 712-5402

March's FSD will explore the bucolic splendor of Solano County back roads and Lake Berryessa. Starting at Hiddenbrooke, a private community tucked off I-80, we will convene for coffee and staging at J & O’s Market and Delii at 8340 Bennington Ct, Vallejo, CA, then travel East I-80 to Suisun Valley Road.


As we meander north, we go only a few miles before we stop for 20 minutes (give or take) at Manka's Corner, a welcoming commercial hub situated in the unincorporated community in the Suisun Valley. Many may not know this area is also known as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) because of the grape and olive orchards and wineries, now emerging as one of best kept secrets in the world of wine making. Manka's Corner is famous for Manka's Backdoor Grill, and the treasure hunters mecca, Suisun Valley Antiques & Collectibles, where visitors are gobsmacked by the proprietors’ quirky and eclectic inventory of….well, EVERYTHING ever purchased by humankind. Clever merchandising or sophisticated hoarding?  You decide. J

Back on to SVR for a country drive up State Route 121 then take a right on State Route 128. (Note: the road gets a little steep here, so if you're driving your classic Mercedes, just be aware.) This road will lead us on a winding scenic trip, with views of goats, geese, and cows, as we head towards Lake Berryessa, the seventh largest man-made lake in California. Water from the reservoir primarily supplies agriculture in the Sacramento Valley downstream. The dam is noted for its classic, uncontrolled morning-glory-type spillway. The diameter at the lip is 72 ft (22 m). Locally, the spillway is also known as the "Glory Hole,”  which you will get a view of as we will stop here for a stretch and photo opportunity.


From the “Glory Hole,” we hop back on Hwy 128 and over Putah Creek to where we turn right at Pleasant Valley Road towards Vacaville. A left at Vaca Valley Road, then a right on Gibson Canyon Road will take us towards Old Town Vacaville. A left on East Main and we'll be in the center of charming Historic Vacaville, a rejuvenated area with a plethora of international cuisine options, including Mexican, Asian, Italian, Mexican Fusion, Delicatessens, Italian Fusion, Cantinas, Pubs and Taverns, American Cafes and Sandwich shops. With these choices you're certain to find exactly what you crave for lunch.