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Richard Hanner

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:00 pm

Welcome to Lodi. Please relax and sip some wine. You’ll find wines here are generally excellent, affordable — and often poured for you by the vintner who made them.

As you roam the area’s vineyards and wineries, though, consider the other blandishments available to you during your visit here.

Lodi offers a charming downtown with boutiques and bistros, winetasting venues and restaurants. (Check out the pastiche of murals on downtown buildings painted by a troupe of so-called ‘wall dogs.’)

Lodi Lake is a liquid jewel where you can stroll, picnic, take a swim or cruise around in a kayak.

Lodi offers a cultural center in the form of Hutchins Street Square, a stylish locale for concerts, conferences and receptions.

Beyond Lodi’s city limits are charming destinations such as Locke. A rural Chinese village in the Delta, Locke is embroidered by community gardens and boasts a well-known steakhouse, Al’s Place.

Near Locke are the Delta towns of Walnut Grove, Isleton and Rio Vista. Also in the Delta is the Ryde Hotel, once a getaway for movie stars and now a favored spot for wedding parties and the brunch crowd.

For a different kind of rural, travel east to the Mother Lode, which still reflects a distinctive Gold Rush flavor. Historic towns such as Jackson, Sutter Creek, Murphys and Sonora, once the province of miners and ranchers, now beckon visitors with B & Bs, stylish restaurants and specialty shops.

Whether you are tasting wine, shopping, dining or just exploring, we here at Discover wish you a memorable experience. And if you have suggestions for next year’s edition of this magazine, please contact me at richardh@lodinews.com.

Rich Hanner, Editor

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