There's something for every taste "bud" and age group in Fairfield, California, where two factories offer tours of candy and samples for kids of all ages or brews with samples for big kids 21+.
Former President Ronald Reagan loved Jelly Belly candies made in Fairfield, and his image is commemorated in intricate artwork made from thousands of colorful Jelly Belly candies glued to canvas. It is one of the fascinating items you might see during a factory tour where all ages must don paper Jelly Belly hats and step into the viewing area above the factory floor to learn about and watch millions of little bite-sized candy pieces being manufactured, polished, packaged and shipped around the globe.
Jelly Belly Factory Tours are free, and after you take the 45 minute tour you get to go to the Sample Bar and try out many flavors. Yum! jellybelly.com
After the Jelly Belly Factory Tour, head down the road a short distance to the Budweiser Brewery Tour in Fairfield. This tour also lasts around 45 minutes and allows you to experience the process for making beer. Afterward, anyone age 21 or older gets to sample beer products, including many unique and seasonal blends. Anheuser Busch Brewery Factory Tours are also offered in cities throughout the U.S. (St. Louis, MO; Fort Collins, CO; Jacksonville, FL; and Merrimack, NH.) budweisertours.com
After you've filled your belly with Bellies' & Brews, you might want to grab a bite to eat. Fairfield has lots of great restaurants, including many popular chain options located along the Highway 80, a busy transportation corridor and main route between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Fairfield Eats: Applebees, Chevy's, Hometown Buffet, Jelly Belly Cafe, Quiznos, Round Table Pizza, McDonalds
Fairfield Hotel Sleeps: Staybridge Suites, Courtyard Inn, Best Western, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, etc.