WHILE LODI, CALIFORNIA’S FAMOUS WINERIES ARE A FAVORITE TOURIST ATTRACTION, IT’S OUR VIBRANT DOWNTOWN THAT HAS BEEN EARNING PRAISES LATELY, TOO. RESTAURANTS, TASTING ROOMS, SPECIALTY BOUTIQUES AND MORE MAKE UP ITS LAID-BACK PERSONA. SO IF YOU’RE PLANNING A VISIT TO LODI WINE COUNTRY, PLAN TO SPEND A DAY EXPLORING THE BRICK-LINED STREETS OF DOWNTOWN. HERE IS A LIST OF 10 THINGS YOU CANNOT MISS!
1. Tony Segale’s Double Dip Gallery
Perhaps half of your group wants to visit an art gallery, while the other half is ready for an ice-cream break. What to do? Go to Tony Segale’s Double Dip Gallery, where you can get a taste of fine art as well as Gunther’s Ice Cream (a local favorite) all in one place. If you’re interested in creating your own art, Double Dip also offers classes for artists of all ages – beginners and experts alike!
2. Scotto’s Wine & Cider
In addition to the wines made by fifth-generation wine makers at Scotto’s Winer & Cider downtown tasting room are a handful of tasty ciders. Whether it is the cherry flavored cider, or the ever popular mango jalapeno cider, this is a must stop for those visiting downtown Lodi! Swing by on Friday nights for live music!
3. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Lodi’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is sure to please your sweet tooth! Whether you are looking for a caramel apple, a chocolate covered marshmallow, or some tasty peanut butter cups – they’ve got you covered! Pro tip: try to swing by early in the day to get freshly made treats.
4. Jeremy Wine Co.
Jeremy Wine Co. is one of 13 tasting rooms that have cropped up all over downtown Lodi, offering sips to visitors in relaxed surroundings. The owners harvest over 70 tons of grapes annually and serve the resulting wine in their tasting room—a former bank building—and courtyard, where you can also enjoy a side order of live music.
5. World of Wonders Science Museum
You’ll plan to go to this hands-on museum for your kids, but you’ll leave realizing you loved it just as much. Science becomes entertainment when you build Lego cars engineered to go fast and straight down a ramp, manipulate clouds and rainbows, and take a peek inside your own eyeball!
6. The Dancing Fox
You’ll be dancing too when you step into this winery/brewery/bakery/restaurant, which takes “house-made” seriously. Drink a glass of wine from its local vineyard or try one of their house-brewed beers. Top it off with a pizza made with organic grain that’s milled—where else?—on the premises!
7. Walldog Murals
Want to see amazing artwork without stepping into a museum or gallery? Just walk around Downtown Lodi. In commemoration of its 100thanniversary in May 2006, a group of artists called the Walldogs created nine colorful murals depicting the town’s fascinating heritage. Some of the murals are humorous, others historical, but all capture life as it was in Lodi.
8. The Lodi Mission Arch
Paris isn’t the only city with a famous arch. Lodi’s classic Mission Arch, topped with a 23-karat, gold-leaf-covered state bear, is a beloved focal point of the downtown area. The 40-foot arch was built in 1907 to provide a grand entrance to the site of the first Lodi Grape Festival.
9. McCay Cellars
Not new to Lodi, but new to downtown is McCay Cellars! Michael McCay came to Lodi in the 1980’s, started making wine in 1994 and launched the McCay Cellars label in 2007. Steps away from the heart of downtown Lodi, with a beautiful new tasting room, outdoor patio, and delicious Rhone varietals, McCay Cellars is a must! McCay Cellars is open daily from 11 am – 5 pm and from March to August they will be featuring “Market After” every Thursday evening from 5 pm – 7 pm with a new bottle special each week!
10. Visitor Center
Your trip to Lodi should be full of great wine, great food, great culture and memories to last a lifetime! There’s just too much to recommend to keep the list to only 10 places to visit. However, take a detour and come by the Visitor Center located in the heart of Downtown on School St. and let us help customize your experience in Lodi by offering recommendations based on your interests, passions and budget. Our facility is perfect to pick up some information about the wineries you want to go to, the lodging you want to stay at and the activities you want to see while you’re in our community. Whatever you want to do to make your time in Lodi memorable, we can assist.
After all, it’s your trip! Let us do the work for you!