I just came across this post which took me to this post, which then totally took me down memory lane. I grew up in Northern California and my dad was a pilot, so I grew up flying with my dad in small airplanes. We’d fly to almost anywhere that had an airstrip, especially if there was cool, kid-friendly stuff within walking distance from the airport. The Nut Tree in Vacaville was one- there was a little airstrip literally steps away.
It’s one destination I remember going on more than one occasion and loving- from these photos you can see why! Granted these photos were taken about twenty years before I went there, but honestly it hadn’t changed too much by the 80’s. These photos reflect my memories of the place. There was a restaurant, toy shop, sweets shop, a train, and the feeling like you were at playground for kids and grown-ups. Sad that the original is not around anymore… people didn’t know what they were missing.