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Get to know Byron

Farms, orchards and ranches sprawl throughout Byron, situated south of the San Joaquin River along eastern Contra Costa’s agricultural belt. Not far from where the state’s first settlers from east arrived by wagon train, the community opened its first post office in 1878 and played host to the Byron Hot Springs, a once-favored retreat for professional athletes and Hollywood luminaries alike. For a rural community, there’s no shortage of things to do here. At Vasco Caves Regional Preserve, on the east slope of Mount Diablo, you’ll find an abundance of native flora and Native American petroglyphs dating back 10,000 years — it’s a site so special visits are by appointment only. Los Vaqueros Reservoir, surrounded by a large recreational area, offers fishing, boating, hiking and many outdoor activities. And while Napa isn’t far, Campos Family Vineyards event center boasts an award-winning list of homegrown wines to sip back and enjoy.

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Living in the California Delta

Set where the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meets Suisun Bay, the Delta forms a natural gateway between the bustle of the Bay Area and the bountiful Central Valley. Golden, windswept hills give a watercolor backdrop to the region, home to half a million residents across Contra Costa, Solano and their adjacent counties. The towns here range from suburban to rural-adjacent, with convenient access to major interstates putting the entire state at your fingertips. Water is central to life in the delta and the boating is unbeatable, some of the best anywhere in the country. It’s not uncommon to catch the curious sight ocean-bound ships gliding through the farm fields towards Stockton, the state’s third-largest port. Many area residents enjoy docks right in their backyards, making it easy to cast off for an afternoon of watersports or lunch at a nearby seafood shack.