A River Runs Through It
An inland delta and estuary, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta encompasses more than 1,000 miles of waterways centered in and around Lodi.
Assuming you didn’t bring your own boat, a great way to unwind after a busy day is Headwaters Kayak Shop’s sunset paddle trips that start at Lake Lodi and cruise the Mokelumne River on every Wednesday during spring and summer.—Virginie Boone
Birds of a Feather
September through early March, flocks of Sandhill Cranes, each with a 7-foot wingspan, congregate in Lodi’s wetlands, some of which have been officially turned into a Sandhill Crane Reserve. The locals-favorite Sandhill Crane Festival is the first weekend of November.
The Cosumnes River Preserve holds 45,859 acres of wildlife habitat open for hiking alongside vernal pools and seasonal wetlands, or paddling by canoe or kayak through free-flowing sloughs.
Flying High-Touching Down
For the true thrill seekers who seek a birdseye view of the region, be sure to grab your helmet and head to Lodi’s Parachute Center. A key sky-diving and parachute destination, it’s one of the biggest and oldest in the country. The facility serves first timers and pros alike.
Recipe courtesy Woodbridge Crossing, Lodi, CA
In her 20-plus years of bartending, Woodbridge Crossing’s Veronica Agnew has learned it’s best to keep things simple. It allows her region’s ripe local bounty—in this case, blueberries—to shine on their own tasty merits.
In a shaker, combine 1½ ounces of vodka, 1½ ounces of sweet-and-sour mix and a splash of triple sec. Add ice, shake and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with fresh blueberries and a slice of lemon. —Brandon Hernandez
And Don't Miss...
Owned by brothers Michael and David Phillips, the guys behind Michael David Winery, Phillips Farms is a wide-reaching Lodi farming operation. Sourcing from what they grow, they also run a popular farm café and bakery just outside of town. Locals and visitors flock in for the insanely fresh and delicious fruit pies, breads and cookies. Next to the café, a fruit stand brims with seasonal delights.
Look also for Rhythm and Blueberries’ blueberries, pomegranates and pears in Galt and local farmers markets, as well as cherries from Gotelli Farms and olive oil from Cecchetti Olive Oil. —Virginie Boone