The Norcal Nomad

Traveling in Northern California

Vacaville Premium Outlet Stores

Just across the freeway from the famous Nut Tree, the Vacaville Premium Outlet Stores flourished in good times and are still going strong in financially trying times. When my children were younger, we headed to this outdoor mall for school clothes in August, and it hasn’t changed much in the ensuing years. One change I […]

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The Nut Tree Returns

The Nut tree in Vacaville started as a fruit stand.  In 1921 the original restaurant was opened by the Power family. It was named for a black walnut tree that shaded the property: planted in 1859 by Josiah Addison as he crossed the plains. He picked up the nut on the Gila River in Arizona. […]

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