Wander The Wet Mile Sundays
The Wet Mile (#WetMile) is a must-visit destination that highlights both the rich history of the area and its emergence as a source for great beer, wine, spirits and art.
The Wet Mile is located on Mare Island, a 30-minute drive south from Napa's wine country, or a 50-minute ferry ride from San Francisco. Nestled on the northern shores of the San Francisco (San Pablo) Bay in Vallejo, CA, Mare Island was founded in 1854 as the first naval base on the West Coast. Closed in 1996 after nearly a century and a half of incredible shipbuilding legacy, Mare Island is now four square miles of former naval shipyard buildings, workshops, waterfront promenades, homes, and parks, all in varying stages of redevelopment.
The Wet Mile kicks off with its weekly signature event beginning Sunday, November 10 with “Wander the Wet Mile Sundays”, giving visitors an opportunity to explore the attractions, tastes and wares on Mare Island including tastings, tours, galleries, exhibits and entertainment. Of particular note for your calendar is the “Meet the Maker” day on Sunday, Dec 1 when all the Wet Milers will have their “makers” (winemakers, distillers, brewers, artists) on hand to greet visitors during Wet Mile Sunday.
Businesses on Mare Island welcome visitors on other days of the week, but Sundays will offer something special: artisans affiliated with The Wet Mile will open their doors collaboratively from (at least) noon to 4pm, allowing visitors get a taste of 142 years of Naval Shipyard history and the renaissance of the Mare Island waterfront.
The Wet Mile consists of new breweries, wineries, distilleries and artists that have moved into historical buildings formerly used for storing coal, housing officers, or hiding some the Cold War’s most secret documents. Participating Wet Mile businesses include:
- Savage & Cooke American Distillery
- Mare Island Brewing Co. Coal Shed Brewery
- Mare Island Art Studios
- Vino Godfather Winery
- Ferry Street Wine & Spirits
- Mare Island Museum
Many of the attractions featured on Wet Mile Sundays are free of charge and include tours, tastings, art classes, exhibits, and food trucks.