Kick Back, Relax and Have a Good Time in Lodi

Kick Back, Relax and Have a Good Time in Lodi

Lodi Wine Downtown Lodi, best known for being the center of wine production.

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Downtown Lodi, best known for being the center of wine production.

While many people get trapped in the continuous cycle of studying and sitting through class, it is important to take time for yourself to relax. Stockton, Calif. has many great things to offer that can help fill your free time with interesting things to do. However, if you are looking to leave town but not looking to spend the money on tolls and gas to head to San Francisco, try heading north just a few miles for a quaint little escape and enjoy the beauty of Lodi, Calif.

Lodi, located just about 20 minutes north of Stockton off of Highway 99, is home to a handful of great restaurants and outdoor expeditions. Whether you are a wine enthusiast, avid shopper or outdoor explorer, your cravings can certainly be fulfilled in this town.

Just this upcoming weekend is the Lodi Spring Wine Show, located at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, as well as multiple live music venues. Within the past few years, Lodi has become internationally recognized as one of the top wine producers in the world. Events that feature wine can be found nearly every weekend, especially with the improving weather. The festival this Saturday will also include the Lodi Zinfandel Experience, as well as some wine and cheese pairing events.

For art enthusiasts, this weekend is also home to the Atmospheric Exhibit, which will display some of the region’s top painters who incorporate unique weather aspects into their landscapes paintings.

In case you are not of age, be sure to hit Main Street for a great variety of brunch, lunch and dinner places. The Dancing Fox Winery, Bakery & Eatery has one of the best all-you-can-eat brunches in the area. For just under $16, you can get nearly any type of breakfast splurge imaginable – not to mention that Main Street is full of great boutiques and unique gifts for the shoppers in your group.

For the outdoorsy type, Lodi Lake Park is a beautiful area to go for a walk or jog. The path will take you clear around the circumference of the lake and to multiple trails throughout the forests. So, next time you are thinking of grabbing some food off campus or going to a movie, take the time to go explore one of the true diamonds of northern California, and gain a love for Lodi. Go to VisitLodi.com for more information on what is happening in Lodi, including a full schedule of events.

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Jamieson Cox

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