Lodi has not been immune to the aftershocks of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 in New York City and Washington, D.C.
A majority of businesses, restaurants and stores around Lodi report a slowdown in business since Sept. 11, said Nancy Wilkinson, executive director of the Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau.
"Everything is slow right now," she said Tuesday. "This time of year business tends to be a little slower anyway, but this is unusually slow - even for September."
Wine & Roses Country Inn, which offers Lodi's most upscale accommodations, experienced a rash of cancellations for events and guest rooms in the week following the attacks.
"Even the restaurant business slowed down a little," said co-owner Sheri Smith.
But things have gotten back to normal, said Smith, who added the inn's rooms are now booked up for months in advance.
Local travel agents told similar tales, as clients saw long-standing travel plans scrapped in the days after Sept. 11 when the nation's air travel came to a standstill.
"Actually, relatively few of our cancellations have been voluntary," said Kay Duelfer, a travel agent at B & J Travel Inc. on Crescent Avenue. "Most people who have already made plans are going ahead with them," she said.
Conversely, rail and bus ridership spiked dramatically in Lodi and around the nation in the tense weeks following the attacks.
Recently, the trend appears to be evaporating, however, as wary passengers begin to regain confidence in the safety of America's airlines after a series of high-profile security measures were put into place.
Lodi appears to be somewhat of an exception to the trend, as ridership continued at elevated levels through the end of the month at the Greyhound Bus terminal on Sacramento Street.
September is a traditionally slow month - but this year, business is up by about 20 percent over September 2000, Lodi Greyhound agent Cheryl Lafebre said.
"We're still seeing more passengers than normal," said Lafebre, who has worked for Greyhound in Lodi for the past four years.
That is not the case at the national level, said Greyhound corporate spokeswoman Kristin Parsley, from the firm's headquarters in Dallas.
Greyhound's business picked up by about 50 percent following the attacks, but returned to normal levels by Sept. 16, Parsley said.
Nationally, Greyhound's average one-way ticket is still just $39 for trips of 450 miles or less, she said, adding she hoped that travelers would rediscover the relative value of motor coach service.
Rail service in Lodi appeared not to be faring quite as well, however.
Lodi's Amtrak station has no passenger rail service at this time, serving only as a shuttle stop for passengers bound to board trains at the Stockton station.
Ridership out of the Lodi station appeared to be sluggish Monday, as only two passengers waited for the noon shuttle to Stockton.
"Personally, I've always preferred the train, anyway," said Galt's Marcia Hoegle. "I flew once many years ago, and I got sick to my stomach."
An Amtrak station attendant preferred not to comment on ridership levels, and Amtrak's media relations department failed to return calls from the News-Sentinel on Tuesday. A call placed to Amtrak's Stockton station was answered by a recording.
Around the nation, other travel-dependent businesses faced grim short-term prospects.
Two high-profile restaurants are closing their doors at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim after failing to pack in big enough crowds at the struggling theme park.
Disney spokesman Ray Gomez said Avalon Cove, a seafood restaurant owned by Wolfgang Puck Food Co., closed Monday. It was the first defection of a tenant since the theme park opened in February.
Robert Mondavi Corp. also said it will no longer operate its Golden Vine Winery and restaurant but will remain a park sponsor. Disney will now take over control of the Mondavi attraction.
"We want to eliminate further financial exposure," said Nancy Light, a spokeswoman for the Oakville-based winery. The company will record a charge (expenses) of more than $12 million related to its investment in California Adventure.
A Wolfgang Puck spokesman declined to comment about the restaurant closure.
The departures raise more concerns about lagging attendance and future prospects at the $1.4 billion resort that features a theme park, hotel and Downtown Disney development.
When California Adventure first opened, Disney officials estimated about 7 million people would come through the turnstiles annually, or about 19,000 a day.
But disappointing attendance prompted Disney to cut admission prices this summer from $43 to $33 for adults. Children accompanied by an adult received free admission through Labor Day weekend.
Disney does not release actual attendance figures. But the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the park drew a daily average of about 4,500 people during the week before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.