While wine is a great benefit with widespread appeal, Lodi’s charm goes deeper than grapevine roots. It’s a memorable place to visit. And it’s an even better spot to stay and hang up your hat.
The downtown is vibrant and eclectic, but Lodi is so much more. It is ideally nestled between sea and mountains, allowing for short drives to beaches, mountain hikes and more. The location also brings breathtaking scenery, Mediterranean weather and Delta breezes.
Lodi offers shade-covered residential streets that are welcoming and safe. Lodi strikes a fine balance between preserving its historic charm while appreciating modern amenities. It has a strong sense of community through the people who live and work together here.
What’s more, it is ethnically diverse, which affords residents many opportunities to enjoy a variety of rich cultural heritages. Realizing the many different faiths of its residents, Lodi provides roughly 40 houses of worship. Nearly every denomination is represented in this city.
It is family-friendly is every sense, offering a host of amenities and things to do. One example is Micke Grove Zoo and Park, a 258-acre oak tree park that offers animals of all kinds, a Japanese garden with cherry blossom trees, Funderwoods Amusement Park, the San Joaquin Historical Museum and other amenities.
Animal lovers can also check out the Great Valley Serpentarium, which offers dozens of breeds of snakes and other exotic reptiles like bearded dragons.
Other family attractions include World of Wonders Museum and Phillips Farms.
Strong community spirit
Newcomers to Lodi often feel as if they have gone back in time to a place where civic pride and community spirit are very personal, and the warmth is
felt and seen in how residents greet each other.
Lodi is special because of its residents. They are people of vision and foresight who strive to maintain a quality of life unequaled in the Central Valley. Lodi is a small city with a hometown feel.
It remembers and celebrates its people and their contributions, which have made Lodi a community to envy. It is this heritage of pride that keeps Lodi a coveted place to live and raise families. Lodi will continue to improve and serve the needs of its people without sacrificing the quality of life we appreciate so much – it’s simply “Lodi-Style.”
So many landscapes are within a short drive from Lodi – from the ocean to snow-capped mountains, to lush valleys and rolling hills. Head an hour east, and you can check out the history of California’s famous gold rush.
When winter chill sets in, residents have their pick of ski slopes at famous resorts like Squaw Valley. Not to be overlooked is Tahoe National Forrest, which offers winter sports and activities of all kinds.
And practically in Lodi’s backyard is a national treasure: Yosemite National Park. This park is best known for its waterfalls, but here you can also find deep valleys, vast wilderness, ancient towering sequoias and more.
Residents can take a quick 45-minute drive north to check out the capital city, Sacramento. Take in an NBA game and cheer on the home team, the Sacramento Kings. Here you’ll also spy the American and Sacramento rivers, Sutter’s Fort and the Guy A. West Memorial Bridge – a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that spans the American River. Several public parks dot the landscape, as well.
Delve into the Delta
Head west to the Delta Region and explore 1,000 miles of waterways. It earned its name because it forms a triangle of waterways from Sacramento to Stockton to Pittsburg. Come for the houseboating; stay for the 100 or so restaurants that can be boated to. The Delta is also renowned as a waterfowl refuge, especially for thousands of Sandhill Cranes.
South to the Great Central Valley
South of Lodi is the great San Joaquin Valley, which is commonly known as the food basket of the U.S. and the world thanks to the region’s vast array of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and berries that grow there. Valley cities such as Stockton and Modesto offer many agriculture-related tours, museums, tasting rooms and specialty shopping. The Hispanic culture is abundant and culturally influential throughout the valley.
City by the Bay
Not even two hours southeast of Lodi is San Francisco. Stroll along the Embarcadero, behold Lombard Street – the most winding street around, tour Alcatraz, hop a trolley or shop the Ferry Market and Pier 39.
Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
Just a short drive from Lodi, Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel is the go-to for big shows, gaming, fine dining, lodging, and an RV park. Enjoy over 1,500 slot machines, more than 50 tables, plus a 24-hour poker room, and bingo four days a week. Major concerts and Global Knock-Out mixed martial arts events are scheduled throughout the year.