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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 1:00 pm | Updated: 10:06 am, Sat May 28, 2011.

Livable, lovable Lodi. Come ride your touring bike on miles of country roads past scenic winegrape vineyards. Kayak down the mighty Mokelumne River. Explore the wild and maybe even catch a glimpse of a deer at the Lodi Lake Wilderness Area.

What’s that, you say? You don’t have a bike? You don’t want to get wet? And you see all the wilderness you need from those travel shows on television?

Well, then, you need the slacker’s guide to Lodi.

5 things to do in Lodi (without doing much at all)

Sip something other than wine

If you are near Downtown Lodi, stop by the Lodi Beer Company for a cold one. Lodi may be known for its world-class wines, but this local brewery has plenty of award-winning beers to cool your taste buds. Try a pint of Lodi Lite Lager, the dark Southern English Brown, and every shade in-between. Get a sampler for a little taste of everything.

While you’re enjoying that brew, get an appetizer, too. The deep-fried mac and cheese is a favorite. 

105 S. School St.

209-368-9931

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

Catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster

If there is one thing slackers do best, it is sitting and watching movies. And there is no better place to do that than in Downtown Lodi’s Stadium 12 Cinemas. With 12 screens featuring the latest films to hit the silver screen, there is always something to watch. Go early in the day for smaller crowds and save a little money by seeing a matinee before 5 p.m.

109 N. School St.

209-339-1900

Exercise your mind, not your body

Just because the body is lazy doesn’t mean the brain is, too. Stop by Tom’s Used Books in Downtown Lodi or The Book Lady on the south end of town to browse thousands of used books — and a few new ones, too.

While at The Book Lady rediscover parts of your childhood in the knick-knacks and old toys in the front of the store.

Want to read without committing to a financial investment? Visit the Lodi Public Library. For the slackers unfamiliar with this “library,” that’s where people went to read before the Internet came along.

Tom’s Used Books

108 N. School St.

209-369-1453

The Book Lady

440 E Kettleman Lane, Suite D

209-368-8018

Lodi Public Library

201 W. Locust St.

209-333-5566

Energize your adventurous sitting

Need a little pick-me-up to get you through a full day of being lazy? Stop by Tillie’s in Downtown Lodi or the House of Coffees for custom-made cups of joe. Get a couple shots of espresso to fuel your slothful enterprises. Sit on the patios of either cafe for some good old-fashioned people-watching.

Is parking, walking inside and standing at a counter just too much work for a lazy afternoon? Then navigate over to Java Stop Drive Thru for cappuccino on the go.

Java Stop Drive Thru and Coffee Roasting Company

321 S. Hutchins St.

209-369-9381

House of Coffees

239 Lakewood Mall

209-368-2611

Tillie’s Fine Food & Coffee Company

21 W. Pine St.

209-365-6644

The Denny’s Experience

It’s 1 a.m. on Saturday and you having a craving for something deep-fried. There’s only one place to go — Denny’s. Open 24 hours, Denny’s is a great place for the slacker to go at any hour to fuel up on ice cream, pancakes and bacon. Strangely full of people at all hours of the night, Denny’s is a slacker’s dream for diverse people-watching while relaxing in a booth for as long as you’d like.

So order that second plate of chicken tenders and have another milkshake, because you’re a slacker and doing next to nothing is what you do best.

701 E Kettleman Lane

209-334-1337

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