The Nut Tree Plaza shopping center.

Vacaville’s Nut Tree Plaza

A day trip to the Nut Tree Plaza is the perfect way to include the entire family while also taking in some serious shopping. The Nut Tree Plaza dazzles guests with a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options the entire family is sure to enjoy. 

You can shop til you drop at the large number of stores and shops, before heading over to Fenton’s Creamery for a delicious dinner and dessert. The kids will love a spin around the carousel or a quick ride on the No. 5 train, an original icon of the historic Nut Tree Railroad. 

The train crossing with the nut tree plaza shopping center in the background.

The Nut Tree Plaza is also conveniently located near the Vacaville Premium Outlets, an open-air mall home to more than 100 stores and one of Northern California’s largest shopping destinations. There are plenty of nearby restaurants that are sure to leave your tummies satisfied. 

Nut Tree Plaza offers visitors a fresh take on the historic Nut Tree Restaurant, which became a famous pitstop for travelers along the bustling I-80 corridor. 

The original Nut Tree began as a roadside stand in the 1920s and blossomed into a landmark destination which grew to include a restaurant, bakery, toy shop, railroad, and an airport. The iconic Nut Tree attracted famous visitors in its day, the likes of which included Bing Crosby, Chuck Yeager, Shirley Temple Black, Danny Kaye, and former California Governor turned President, Richard Nixon. 

The wall of fame at Nut Tree Plaza shows photos of famous visitors to the Nut Tree restaurant in Vacaville.

While the Nut Tree Restaurant shut its doors in 1996, the Nut Tree Airport remains as a public-use airport operated by Solano County. 

For those interested in learning more about the fascinating history of the Nut Tree, including how the Nut Tree got its name from a tree planted by pioneer Sallie Fox in 1859, swing by the Vacaville Museum for tons of incredible history. 

It may not be the same Nut Tree that once drew famous celebrities to its doors, but it’s definitely worth the visit. 

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