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San Joaquin Historic Museum, Haggin Museum are cool summertime destinations!

The Holt Side-hill Harvester M30 sold for $3000 in 1928!

Cool destinations to beat summer heat and learn about our past… San Joaquin Historic Museum, Haggin Museum With the balance of summer flying by, let’s go for a couple local “cool destinations”, which each offer cool temperature-controlled environments and places that most kids or grandkids rate as “cool”, once they get involved. Our family favorites [...]

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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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Holiday kid’s activities in Stockton and San Joaquin County!

Kids experiment with a vertical windtunnel at the WOW Science Museum in Lodi.

With holiday school break coming, you may wonder where to take the kids and/or grandkids on these first days of winter. Here are a handful of “activity-destinations”, kid-tested with our three grandchildren over the last year. You and the kids will find them interesting, relatively inexpensive (or free) and true memory-makers. The Stockton Children’s Museum [...]

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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 and San Joaquin County “must sees” for visitors and residents…

A Delta sunset dinner is just the way to end a day of touring Stockton; photo taken from Garlic Brothers Restaurant outdoor deck on the Delta.

Updating your local travel “bucket list”! A few weeks ago, I postulated on “must visits” in Stockton and San Joaquin County for kids out on summer break. Since that article appeared, a number of folks have asked what would be on an “adult bucket list” for our city and county? In other words, the places [...]

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Stockton/San Joaquin road trip on a budget…Adventure, mystery, history, good wine and great food

Consumnes River Farms, just south of the Cosumnes River Preserve, is a fine place to sample olive oil, balsamic vinegars and wines!

Adventure, mystery, history, good wine and great food…close to home! A long-time Stocktonian recently said to me “there’s not much to do in this town, unless you’ve got a lot of money”. I responded with “come-on, two people could find adventure, mystery, history, good wine and great food for about $50″, and offered several suggestions. [...]

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Winter activities for kids, grandkids in San Joaquin County

Jack prepares to drive his Regional Transit bus at the Children's Museum.

With an El Niño winter pelting San Joaquin County with rain and winds, you may wonder where to take the kids and/or grandkids on these blustery days. Here are several local destinations, kid-tested with our three grandchildren over this year and last. You and the kids will find them all compelling, relatively inexpensive (or free) [...]

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Discovering Native American history in San Joaquin County; Haggin Museum’s and San Joaquin Historical Society’s Native People’s galleries

Recreation of a Native American village at the Haggin Museum.

In San Joaquin County, there are several places to learn of the history of our Native American people. One is Stockton’s Haggin Museum, another is the San Joaquin Historical Museum in Micke Grove Park, Lodi. With holiday breaks coming, time for touring our history! These haunting words are found in the Haggin Museum’s California Room: [...]

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All those cows, county ag tourism and Hilmar Cheese Factory…!

Breeds of dairy cows, left to right: Holstein, Brown Swiss, Red Holstein, Guernsey, Ayrshire, Milking Shorthorn and Jersey.

All those cows…  San Joaquin County has scores of dairy farms, and thousands upon thousands of dairy cattle. You’ll see them along Interstate 5 and Hwy. 99, and on many of our back roads throughout the county. If you get your kids or grandkids talking, you’ll realize that these dairy cows provide many of the [...]

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