Woodland is a city transforming. With new investment and a thriving entrepreneurial spirit, Woodland’s historic downtown district is a lively destination in its own right. New fine dining restaurants and specialty shops, an expanding slate of popular events, and the soon-to-open completely renovated State Theater multiplex due to open soon, Woodland offers you more reasons than ever to visit.
Woodland for history lovers. Consider: it is home to the amazing California Agriculture Museum, the single largest collection of agricultural machinery in the world. You’ll find nearly a dozen museums here, and to so many historic homes and buildings there’s a book about them all. It no wonder that one of the city’s signature events is the evocative annual Stroll Through History.
Woodland is for fun-lovers, too. Consider: it is home to the spectacular Velocity Island Park, a cable-tow wake-board water park, a watery oasis that fun for the whole family. Woodland hosts the annual Scottish Games and Festival, more than 137 years running. Besides its many comfortable hotels and surprisingly diverse restaurants, Woodland is home to its venerable Opera House, with performances throughout the year. From Woodland, you can easily strike out to Davis or Winters, or explore the other reaches of Yolo County.
Downtown Woodland Is A Dining Mecca…
…with everything from casually elegant fine dining to savory, comforting diner fare. Whatever you might want ~ a juicy steak, super-fresh sushi, tasty Thai cuisine, great pizza, something spicy from south of the border ~ you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Historic Woodland Downtown Restaurant Guide! Check out all 27 locations, most of them all within a safe, walkable five-block stretch of Main Street. To download the guide, click here.
Explore Historic Woodland is the title of a book collecting more than 400 houses and buildings that grace this charming community, which also serves as the county seat. The book presents ten different walking tours to eight distinctive neighborhoods, the remarkable downtown (itself listed on the Register of Historic Places), and folksy Dead Cat Alley. Many architectural styles are represented, from stately 19th-Century Victorians to Craftsman, Bungalow, Tudor, Dutch Colonial, even Moderne designs.
Maps, addresses, color photographs along with concise descriptions of the houses and buildings, and brief glossary make this a complete, fascinating resource. For more details and purchase information, click here.
If you haven’t had a chance to walk the shops in Historic downtown Woodland, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find some amazing stores. And don’t limit yourself to just the downtown area, shopping options reach well beyond the Main Street corridor.
Built in 1885, the original Opera House burned down in the 1892 fire that destroyed much of downtown Woodland. It was rebuilt on the same site, using some of the remaining foundations and bricks from the walls, reopening in 1896. WOH became the stopping place for such performers as Nance O’Neil, James A Herne, and Harry Davenport. The great Polish actress Madame Helen Modjeska, John Philip Sousa and his band, comics Weber and Fields, George M. Cohan’s troupe, “Gentleman Jim” Corbett and John L. Sullivan (who appeared in theatrical production followed by exhibitions of “Fistcuffs”), and such up and coming young motion picture stars as Sidney Greenstreet, Walter Huston, and Verna Felton. Over 300 touring companies have appeared on its stage by 1913 when the opera house.
The Opera House features concerts and live entertainment for the whole family. For up to date show information, click here.
The State Theatre and Multiplex is a fully resored historic theatre with an attached modern multiplex. The grand auditorium features a 60′ giant screen, and luxury seats are throughout the theatre. The spot also features the State Cafe where you can catch a movie meal and beverages before a flick (beer and wine available).
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The beauty of Woodland’s 11 lodging properties is their accessibility. No matter where you land, we have options close to Sacramento International Airport, Downtown Woodland, or other attractions in Yolo County.