No doubt about it, the COVID-19 crisis has been rough on romance. Whether you and your special someone have been cooped up with the kids all day, never changing out of your pajamas, or if you’re looking to reunite with a loved one many miles away, why not surprise your significant other with a safe, romantic day trip?

Here are some ideas to help you escape with a lovely date by the bay, including fun, sun, and scenic views of the Carquinez Strait. 


With its stunning vistas and wide variety of pathways, Benicia is a premiere cycling destination. Local skate and bike shop, Wheels in Motion, is open for bike rentals Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm. Rent one of their hybrid cruisers and experience one of the 10 Great Bike Rides in Benicia.

For a cute afternoon date, try the Benicia Marina Walk/Ride, which has smooth and flat pavement, making it the perfect route for taking in the beautiful scenery while reconnecting with a loved one. 

Directions to Wheels in Motion


Stop by One House Bakery for delicious fresh-baked goodies to-go. Everything is made from scratch in-house, including artisanal bread, pastries, sweets, and unique & refreshing beverages. Try their savory House Made Free Range Chicken and Vegetable Soup, Salad Lyonnaise, or maybe their delicious Tomato Mozzerella Ciabatta Sandwich. The options are endless!

Co-owner and Head Baker, Hannalee Pervan, earned her pastry diploma from Le Cordon Bleu. She has spent 12 years studying and developing her skills (and her original recipes!).

After you’re done with your picnic, feel free to go back and order ingredients from One House Bakery try to recreate Hannalee’s recipes at home.

Call or order online for perfect picnic sandwiches and drinks with curbside pickup. 

Directions to One House Bakery


Don’t forget to say “I love you” with a custom bouquet of flowers. Sweetness & Light just reopened and they are ready to create the ideal arrangement for you! Daughter of Luna is also an incredible option offering an array of beautiful choices for your perfect flower arrangement.

They offer a wide range of color palettes and designs, with local blooms sourced from farms within a 60-mile radius of the shop.

Sweetness & Light offers pick up by appointment, as well as local deliveries. 

Directions to Sweetness & Light

(image courtesy of @SweetnessAndLightFlowers Instagram) 


Enjoy some amazing food with a picnic at the First Street Green! Stroll the waterfront promenade out to the pier and admire a relaxing, romantic sunset with a view of the Carquinez Bridge. Bring some art supplies or a camera to capture the many unique boats at rest, or just soak in the moment of being alone together.

The sunny weather and quiet, scenic waterfront will not disappoint!

Directions to the First Street Green


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