#PlanForVacation 2019

Did you know America's workforce let 705 million vacation days go unused? Are you one of them?

Don't be!!

Start planning your time off from work now, and let Lodi be your destination for a fun getaway with family and/or friends!

Lodi is certainly known as one of the world's most renown wine regions, named the 2015 Wine Region of the Year and now home to the 2019 Winemaker of the Year, Adam Mettler, of Michael David Winery and Mettler Family Vineyards, but there is more to us than just wine.

Here are some resources and itinerary ideas to get you thinking about your next reprieve from work!

Plan For Vacation 2019

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Lodi Museums and More

Begin the day at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum that lives in the heart of lush Micke Grove Park, where you will find numerous fun and educational exhibits. Be transported back in time to the San Joaquin County schoolhouse and the authentic blacksmith shop. Observe authentic tractors from the early 1900’s and view hundreds of antique farm implements. Walk the sunshine trail that recreates a trip across California from west to east including waterways, bridges and native California plants, while being guided along the trail by special markers and audio stations.

Travel to Downtown Lodi to partake in a historic Mural Tour in the heart of our city, relishing in Lodi’s vast history. Brick-cobbled streets lined with Elm trees adorned in twinkle lights, will enchant you as you are welcomed into our boutiques and unique shops. Eat a hearty lunch at any one of our many downtown restaurants where innovative cuisine will tempt the palate and customers can take in the energy of downtown.

Hill House Museum, a turn-of-the-century Victorian built in 1902 will be a perfect place to take an afternoon tour where you can view everything from the early architecture to the beautiful antiques and furnishings. Hill House was built by Lodian George Washington Hill and his wife Mary, and is a testament to their lives, loves and interests. Here you will find a museum with a story to tell, rich in history and unique in content.

 

Lodi Wineries

Start your Lodi wine experience at the Downtown Visitor Center where visitors can learn all about Lodi wine and attractions and pick up an Official Visitor Guide, complete with winery listings and a wine trail map. Whether you are looking for boutique wineries with historical significance or a new modern tasting facility, Lodi wineries not only showcase award-winning wines, but will dazzle you with their own Lodi hospitality.

Dine for lunch at the elegant Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant & Spa. Nestled in the heart of Lodi Wine Country, this historic inn and restaurant provides a comfortable and relaxing environment set within seven acres of towering trees and serene botanical gardens. Savor the essence of fresh, local ingredients flavored to the season, prepared by Wine & Roses’ hottest up and coming chefs. A meal at Wine & Roses will be one unforgotten, book-marked in your mind as a time of flavor and elegance.

Take what you learned about winemaking and see the process in action! With 85+ wineries to choose from, it can be harder than you think finding the right one for you and your group. Every winery and tasting room has something unique to offer.

Stay downtown where you can visit 11 different tasting rooms (and a few breweries for the beer fans in your group).  Taste some great wines from McCay Cellars before heading over to the Dancing Fox for a quick bite and sampling their handcrafted wines and beers. Then walk up our famous School Street (where you started your day at the Downtown Visitors Center) and you'll find a few more tasting rooms.

Stop at Cellar Door where you can sample wines from Van Ruiten Family Winery and Michael David Winery, the latter of which is home to Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Winemaker of the Year, Adam Mettler.

But you don't have to stay downtown!  Wineries are scattered across Lodi, Woodbridge and Acampo, with many of them offering a very different experience than the tasting rooms in downtown. 

Hitting some other Lodi wineries out of downtown, make an appointment to taste Portuguese, Italian and Spanish varietals at St. Amant, then head a few minutes down the road to Klinker Brick where sixth generation winegrape growers are producing some terrific wines and finish off with a drive to visit Lodi's 2019 Winery of the Year, Bokisch Vineyards where you'll find some great Spanish varietals. 

Or maybe you're heading north of the downtown area and exploring! Begin to the northeast at Acquiesce Winery (opens after winter) for their incredible white wines before making your way across Peltier Road to hit Macchia for some Italian varietals and m2 Wines for a gorgeous tasting room experience inside their vineyard! Finish your excursion north of Lodi off with some handcrafted and sustainable wines produced by LangeTwins Winery.

 

Lodi Family Friendly Activities

Watch the action at the Micke Grove Zoo, which features over 180 birds, mammals and reptiles. Visitors will enjoy native animals and exotic species from all over the world, right here in Lodi! Catch a glimpse of several endangered species such as the popular Chinese Alligator, snow leopard and cotton top tamarin. Exhibits include the Tropic Forest Canopy with its Rodrigues fruit bats and the Island Lost in Time featuring lemurs, parrots and radiated tortoises from Madagascar.

Enjoy a tasty boxed lunch while soaking in warm rays peeking through massive oak trees at Micke Grove Park. With 258 acres, this regional park provides room for a relaxing day with nature.

After lunch, it’s off to the World of Wonders Science Museum where adults as well as children will love exploring the hands-on exhibits. Learn about energy, electricity, magnetism and more. 

Looking to cool down? Then off to Lodi Lake where you can begin your tour with a visit to the Lake’s Discovery Center. The Discovery Center hosts a mounted collection of the animals and birds that are found along the Mokelumne River. Vintage photographs of the lake area, along with interpretive educational games make a visit to the Center enticing for all ages. Afterwards, take a walk along the 1.5 miles of nature trails lined with mature oaks, cottonwoods and willow stands overlooking the river.

This 58-acre wilderness area is home to over 200 species of birds according to the San Joaquin County Audobon Society. This charming and serene lake will refresh you as you take in the breathtaking sights around you. Paddleboats and canoes can be rented and a beach area available for those who wish to swim.