Trip Plan Details
recommended LodiLodi is a conveniently place to break your journey north-south on Hwy 99 or east-west on Hwy 12. The vineyards around town are planted with some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in California. Start your ... read moretasting tour at the wine country visitor center in town.Recommended for:Foodies
- Domaine Carneros1240 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559-9713recommended Domaine CarnerosI love going to Domaine Carneros - what is not to love? Sparkling wines, tasting snacks, plus everyone does their tasting at seated tables rather than perched around a small counter waiting for a ... read morepour. The tasting room is perched on top of a small hill, and is a very grand building as well - definitely a fancier choice for wine tasting, but one of my favorites!Recommended for:
- Calaveras Visitors Bureau1192 South Main Street, Angels Camp, California
- Moaning CavernAngels Camp, California
recommended JamestownWho doesn't love Gold Rush California history? Jamestown's Main Street looks about as similar to 1860s California as you can get in California. There are still several historic hotels, an ice cream ... read moresaloon, and an actual saloon-saloon (plus an old-time jail and railroad depot just off the Main Street area). You can walk through the town in less than an hour, so it's a quick stop on the way to Pinecrest, Stanislaus Forest, Calaveras, and Highway 49.Recommended for:Alex L
This is a fun stop just past Angel's Camp. Murphy's is a cute little town, but I haven't been there in ages (my college boyfriend grew up in Arnold so I spent weeks and week up there over the summer 20 years ago). I love that area; so gorgeous.
- Vino Piazza12470 Locke Road, Lockeford, CA 95237recommended Vino PiazzaCalifornia has more wine regions that just Napa and Sonoma, but perhaps none are more surprising than Lodi. Between Sacramento and Tahoe is this Mediterranean take on a winery mini-mall. The beautiful ... read moreoranges, reds and earth tones blend well with the wrought iron and giant wood doors of this 1940s distillery-turned-wine plaza. About two miles from Highway 99 and five miles from I-5, follow the signs to Highway 12/88 and Lockewood. There are a handful of wineries here that do tastings, but the architecture alone is worth a visit.Recommended for:Alex L
HI Pat! You and Russ are big wine fans, yes? You've GOT to stop here. Part of the fun is that it's so unexpected. And the Lodi area has another dozen or so wineries to visit, as well.
- Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room9200 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452recommended Mayo Family Winery Reserve RoomI went here for the wine and food pairing - and I firmly believe that the chef here is truly gifted. I tasted the wine before eating the food, and I have to say for the most part none of the wines ... read morestood out much - but after pairing with the food, the wines tasted much better! The food here is prepared very carefully and with great attention to detail. The chef came out to personally explain the food to us, and answered all our questions. It was unanimously agreed that the most amazing dish we had was the israeli cous cous mac and cheese. This place is a real treat and very different from the standard wine tasting room!Recommended for:Traci
a good start to the trip perhaps?