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Rainy day respites for kids and young adults in Stockton/San Joaquin County

Kids get a kick out of historical exhibits at the San Joaquin Historical Museum.

“Indoor fun in San Joaquin County”, in a wet winter! We’re six weeks into winter, with massive amounts of rain in Stockton while the Sierra has recorded epic snowfalls.  If you and kids or grandkids are getting cabin fever and desire to get out of the house and do something, consider a few outings right [...]

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Home for the holidays – take visiting guests on a tour de grace!

Sun sets over Mt. Diablo, looking west over the San Joaquin Delta from the deck of Garlic Bros. Restaurant.

Guests in town for the holidays? Take them on an exploration of our city and county’s special places. Christmas lights: Take a driving or, better, a walking tour of Meadow Avenue, just west of Pershing, for the city’s most spectacular Christmas lights.  Take a thermos of hot chocolate and enjoy the holiday spirit! And, if [...]

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Festival of Trees makes December perfect time to visit San Joaquin Historical Museum!

Museum docents prepare holiday decorations for the festival.

Anytime is a fine time to visit our county’s historical museum in Micke Grove Park near Lodi, but December is the “put it on your calendar” time! In December, the museum complex comes alive with both Christmas cheer and the stunning Festival of Trees! Featuring more than three-score beautifully decorated unique Christmas trees, the San [...]

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Winetasting, history and kid’s activities make for fun, fall destinations!

Syrah grapes from the Lodi-Woodbridge Grape Appellation

With the fall grape harvest and crush in full swing in recent weeks, no better time to visit nearby wine country, whether the Lodi-Woodbridge appellation in north San Joaquin County, or the Shenandoah Valley district, an hour to our northeast near Plymouth. Delightfully, both regions offer something for all members of the family, from wine [...]

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Stockton, San Joaquin summer-time destinations for the kids

The Water Fountain at Weber Point always draws big crowd of kids to its cooling waters!

Get the kids out of the house and into summer adventure! OK, your kids are just weeks into summer vacation, and, they are B-O-R-E-D! What to do…? Let them scan this list of kid’s favorites, polish their own list and get them out of the house and into the community’s wonderful attractions! Here’s a running [...]

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Traveling on foot; running and walking in Stockton and San Joaquin County

Costumed as holiday turkeys, two runners have fun at the Thanksgiving Run and Walk.

Today, travel by walking and running, for health, to reduce auto miles, to see more of your city and county.  To really see the scenic parts of your city or county – you can’t do it from the seat of the car. You have to walk, or as many do, run, to get to the [...]

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New exhibits on the Native Peoples of San Joaquin County opens Thursday!

News from Dave Stuart, Exec Director of the San Joaquin Historical Museum in Micke Grove Regional Park… Did you know that Native Americans have been living in what is now San Joaquin County for more than 13,000 years? That Native nations carefully cared for local habitats—landscapes that early white explorers mistook for primeval wilderness? That [...]

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Bicycling in San Joaquin and Stockton; Lodi Bike Summit is August 15

Riders tour along Lower Sacramento Rd. in Lodi, as part of the San Joaquin Bike Coalition's "Long, Slow Distance Ride", held first Saturdays each month.

Perhaps you are a local bike rider who thinks “there are no safe places to ride in my city”, or, you have not discovered scenic by-ways locally to challenge you to pedal. The Lodi Bike Summit, this Saturday, is for you!  The Bike Summit runs August 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, held [...]

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Farmers’ Markets in San Joaquin County offer family outings and make produce shopping fun!

  With summer almost upon us, it’s time to set sail for the various farmers’ markets that are open from summer and early fall throughout San Joaquin County.  Within a few miles from about any home in our county, you’ll find a family-oriented, lively farmers’ market! As an example, we spent three hours at the [...]

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Northern California summer travel destinations – leave the crowds behind!

Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is typical of Big Sur scenery on Highway 1.

  Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Appellation map. Main Street in Sutter Creek, a Gold Rush gem, taken from Hotel Sutter balcony. Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is typical of Big Sur scenery on Highway 1. Hearst Castle’s outdoor pool looks out over the Santa Lucia Mountains! In my last post, I noted five summer travel destinations (three California [...]

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