Monterey and Point Reyes might get all of the kayaking fanfare, but the Suisun Estuary near Fairfield holds its own. In fact, it’s the biggest wildlife estuary in the lower 48 and remains largely untapped by the kayak and canoe crowd. Once a major transportation canal used by the Patwin Indian tribe, the estuary’s magic was not lost on Trish Abbatiello of Sunset Bay Kayaks. For the past nine years, she has rented kayaks to some of the lucky folks who have discovered this watery oasis. Her new shop is in the heart of old Suisun City, right across the street from the put-in. Go on a naturalist-led tour or take to the water on your own. We recommend the self-guided 1.5-hour Sunset Kayak. As the sun sinks on the horizon, you’ll paddle south past houseboats and the marina, heading toward pyramid-shaped Mount Diablo. Take the first right into Peytonia Slough and follow it west toward the setting sun. Keep an eye out for beavers, ducks, and pelicans. When you’re ready, paddle out of the slough and back to the dock, where Trish will be waiting to help you unload. It’s modern-day service amid an ancient Northern California secret.
TIP: After changing out of wet shorts and shoes, grab a bite down the street at Main Street Bar and Grill. The downstairs has a white tablecloths and candle vibe, while the upstairs has a more casual feel, with a long bar and TVs. The menu ranges from New York steaks to salmon filets.
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Sunset Bay Kayaks, 607 Main St., Suisun City; 707-429-5925.
Main Street Bar and Grill, 627 Main St., Suisun City; 707-428-6270.