Tucked away in Northern California, about 40 miles south of Sacramento, you’ll find a little town called Lodi which, for tourists, has so much to offer. Whether you are looking to have a girl's trip, staycation, or a family getaway, this hidden gem has a little something for everyone. Lodi may be a small town, but as the Zinfandel capital of the world, it knows how to deliver in a big way.
The Amtrak San Joaquins train and/or thruway bus will take you right into the heart of downtown where you can take advantage of exploring, eating, and drinking your way through downtown for the day or during the evening. Below is a list of activities, restaurants, tasting rooms, and hotels that you can experience throughout the year to help make an unforgettable adventure.
Jeremy Wine Co.
This tasting room is a hop, skip, and jump away from the San Joaquins train station, making it easy to access and have one tipsy of a time. As soon as you walk inside you are greeted with friendly staff and amazing wine! This tasting room has a simple aesthetic with a rustic charm to it. With a variety of red and white wines for any time of the year. Do not forget to make your way to the secret garden in the back, and did we mention they are dog-friendly?
What better to go with wine…CHEESE! For cheese fans, Cheese Central is a must! Walking into this mom and pops cheese shop your senses are immediately taken over by the wonderful smells of all things cheese. Do not feel like you need to be an expert to appreciate all the goodness taking place here, cheese mongers are always there to answer any questions or provide you with samples of unique cheeses you may have never tried... Do not forget to try their Vacherousse d’Argental , a soft-ripened cow’s milk cheese from Southeastern France.
Here’s a local tip. While there, build your own charcutier board with items from their pantry for a small picnic, or to take with you to your next winery stop.
This German inspired restaurant is a fresh of breath air when looking for a place to grab a bite to eat if you are craving something different. With house made-sausage, burgers, craft cocktails, and chalk board walls displaying the daily menu, specials and beer options, this is a great stop to round out your wine tasting before heading home. Make sure to order the giant pretzel, meat sampler board and a delicious cocktail from their subway tile covered bar area and giant chalkboard wall art.
Wine and Roses
Wine and Roses is an award-winning hotel and spa that offers packages for women, men, and couples. This oasis is nestled and surrounded by tall oaks, redwoods, roses, wildflowers, and beautiful birds on site. This estate has existed since 1902 and has been granted recognition as a historical site. If you are looking to spoil yourself or your significant other this is the place to go.
Grabbing pre-dinner drinks at the Town House Lounge with live music is a must before heading over to the Town House Restaurant to enjoy a romantic ambience and decadent dinner.
Now that you have our top picks for Lodi, CA, do not forget to visit during Spring or Summer. It's the best time to enjoy this small town. And remember to take the Amtrak San Jaoquins train. With spacious seating, onboard café car and free Wi-Fi you will be happy you did. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride with friends or family.
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