Make Woodland Your Dining Destination

We sent Sacramento writer Barbara L. Steinberg to check out the dining scene in Woodland for Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week – here is her enthusiastic report.

In California, every season is splendiferous and bountiful along back roads of Yolo County. Part of the Central Valley, this agricultural heartland is situated between coastal foothills and the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Rolling hills, verdant valleys and mountains overflow with a profusion of vineyards, orchards, pastured livestock and row crops. All the best, the finest and most delicious ingredients take center stage during Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week, January 22-28, 2017. (more…)

Now Open: The Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

The Manetti Shrem Museum, a visible landmark along Interstate 80 that welcomes visitors on a major gateway to the UC Davis campus, opened its doors this November. It is a magnificent facility, full of eye-popping works of art, and thanks to the generosity of museum donors and partners, admission is free to everyone. (more…)

Cheers to Yolo’s Wine Scene

It’s California Wine month and Yolo County has a ton of award winning wines, amazing tasting experiences and vineyards right in our own backyard. We’re here to share a fantastic article Evan Ream wrote for the Davis Enterprise about Yolo’s wine scene. Keep reading for details and a huge thanks to Evan and The Davis Enterprise for letting us share this piece. (more…)

Welcome To Beertopia

With a half-dozen microbreweries producing insanely good craft beers—Eye of the Lager, anyone?—Yolo County is becoming one of California’s capitals of beer touring

“Beer,” Trent Yackzan says, “is an emotional beverage.”

Yackzan is sipping one of his beers at his Sudwerk Brewing Company in Davis. And it only takes one sip of Sudwerk’s Cascaderade IPA or Big DIPL to realize that he is right. Beer is an emotional beverage, and the emotions it stirs most strongly are happy ones. Joy, exhilaration, delight —it would take a million emoji’s to fully express the pleasure you feel when drinking a really good glass of beer. (more…)

Fred Manas & The Best Peaches in the West

Fred Manas is a rancher, in the fullest sense of the term. He grows and harvests good things to eat: a variety of fruits on 60 acres around Esparto, almost all of it sold on the premises, and Angus-Hereford cattle run in the fields and foothills of Napa and Yolo counties, which is processed and sold at his namesake meat market near town. He wears what suits him: jeans with a large tarnished buckle, stripped shirt with two pockets, cowboy boots that haven’t been polished since he bought them, and a hat no one else in the world could get away with wearing. (more…)

Wine Tasting in Winters

We asked long-time Sunset Magazine travel editor Peter Fish to visit Winters and tell us what he found there ~ here is his entertaining report.

HERE WE ARE, my wife and I, in downtown Winters, California, on a fine Saturday afternoon. On the sidewalk on Main Street, just outside Berryessa Gap Vineyards’ tasting room, a small sandwich board sign shares a profound piece of wisdom: WINE IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER.

This day in Winters, we quickly learn the sign is correct. If your questions are: (A) how to spend a really fun afternoon; and (B) explore a very pretty downtown; and (C) meet interesting people, wine-tasting in Winters is always the answer. (more…)

Morgan’s On Main Owner Dishes on Dining in Woodland

Our favorite Woodland blogger sits down with Kellie Morgan, owner of Morgan’s on Main in Woodland, to discuss Woodland, Farm to Fork and dining at Morgan’s on Main.

The interiors are warm but masculine, with a combination of original brick and newly installed barn wood walls.  The lighting is both romantic and rustic while the food is comforting and creative. Morgan’s is a complete package of fabulously comfortable ambiance and good eats. (more…)

Strolling the Arboretum at UC Davis

Ask Davis residents where they should take visitors, and most will mention the UC Davis Arboretum. The 100-acre public garden is the community’s most spectacular asset. And it’s free.

About the arboretum
This “living museum” spans about 100 acres, and showcases some 4,000 kinds of trees, plants and shrubs. The grounds, which follow the old north channel of Putah Creek, serve as a habitat for birds, reptiles and other wildlife. For visitors, the meandering path offers space to exercise your body, rest your mind and spark your creativity. (more…)

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