Posted By Erin on March 2, 2014
The town of Winters, CA, located in Yolo County, was first established in 1875 (though not incorporated until 1898) as the northern terminus for the Vaca Valley Railroad. These days it’s a small town with a strong agricultural focus. Winter’s historic downtown district still has many of its original buildings, many of which now house the small merchants and tasting rooms that you would expect in an historic district.
First stop is the Winters’ visitor’s center, which has a lot of fun historic information in it.
I also snagged a copy of the Winter’s Historic Main Street Walking Tour Brochure (which is one of the reasons I decided to check out the town). It gives a nice history of the town as well.
Posted By Erin on February 25, 2014
de Young Museum
Admission: $10 (audio tours and special exhibitions are extra)
San Francisco’s de Young Museum has existed in various forms since it’s inception in 1894 as part of the California Midwinter International Exposition. It’s current building was completed in 2005 ( the 1989 earthquake seriously damaged the last one) and is the most visited art museum west of the Mississippi.
That is a GIGANTIC piece of work.
A looping video wall. I liked it a bit better when I thought it was a live feed. Which really wouldn’t make much sense, truthfully.
Posted By Erin on February 23, 2014
Tickets: Start at $27 (parking is $10)
The Sacramento Kings are Sacramento’s only professional sports team (currently, that is. C’mon MLS). The King’s home games take place out of Sleep Train Arena (formerly Power Balance Pavilion, formerly Arco Arena) and while they don’t have the greatest winning record, they do have an incredibly loyal fan base. Attending a Kings game wasn’t really on my list of things to do, but my roommate got tickets and I figured, why not? Also, it’s a good excuse to include the arena in a review before the Everything is Awesome Arena gets built downtown.
Hey, pretty decent seats.
The giant scoreboard has always made me uneasy. I mean, it’s HUGE and hanging right out there in the middle.
Posted By Erin on February 20, 2014
Black Oak Casino
Black Oak Casino, located in Tuolumne, CA, is owned by the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians. Originally opened in 2001, it went through an extensive renovation in 2005 and now consists of four restaurants, three bars, over 100 slots, 24 table games and a family fun center complete with a bowling alley.
Oh, interactive maps, how do I love thee?
Neon, in the classic casino tradition.
Posted By Erin on February 19, 2014
Historic Downtown Sonora
Dubbed the “Queen of the Southern Mines”, Sonora is located in Tuolumne County toward the lower end of Gold Country. Incorporated in 1851, many of the buildings in town date back to that time, especially along the portion of route 49 that goes through the city. This makes it very easy for travelers to be tempted to stop for a while.
I do appreciate the “white dude” specification. Let’s not forget that there were plenty of other people here first.
As with many historic towns in the area, there are plenty of antique stores, like Antiques Etcetera here. Seriously, you need anything more than 30 years old? Yo can probably find it here.
Posted By Erin on February 18, 2014
Tuolumne County Museum
The Tuolumne County Museum is located in Sonora, CA in what used to be the Tuolumne County Jail (until 1960, sheesh). The museum currently features the history and culture of the county.
The museum is located in an cute building off of the main drag.
Hello to you too, Mr. Adorable Bear!
Posted By Erin on February 16, 2014
Sacramento Tet Festival
The Sacramento Tet Festival is held in South Sacramento commemorate the new year. The festival includes performances, vendors, a carnival, resources booths and more, all for free.
I have no idea what that Domo bag says, and I’m pretty sure it’s too awesome for me to care.
I have a feeling that things are about to get adorable.
Posted By Erin on February 9, 2014
UC Davis Biodiversity Day
Biodiversity Day at UC Davis is where the biological museums ( the Bohart Museum of Entomology, the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, the Botanical Conservatory, the Center for Plant Diversity, the Anthropology Collections, and the Paleontology Collections) all open up to the public for free for one afternoon.
No, no, no. Displaying your dead critters like they are dead is creepy. You’re supposed to give them life-like poses.
See? Like this, much less creepy. Or maybe not. Never mind.
Posted By Erin on February 5, 2014
Top 5 Favorite Festivals
Festivals are great fun. Food, activities, live performances all focused around a central theme can be a great way to spend the day. Northern California is home to both an incredible variety of foods and cultures which helps contribute to a wide selection of interesting festivals. The fantastic landscapes and interesting history can also lead to fun festival themes. Below are my five favorite festivals that I have had the pleasure of attending.
As always, you can check out my original reviews by clicking on the header link for each festival.
The Mountain Mandarin Festival takes place every year in Auburn and features, obviously, mandarin oranges. The oranges are big crop in Norther California foothills, second only to apples. The festival does an excellent job of featuring the oranges in numerous different forms as well as all the other things (performances, booths) that you expect from a festival. I was a big fan of the HUGE variety of different orange products that were available for sale.
Posted By Erin on February 4, 2014
Feather Falls Casino
Feather Falls Casino is located in Oroville, CA and is owned by the Concow-Maidu of Mooretown Rancheria. Originally opened in 1996, the casino now boasts a hotel, RV park and it’s own brewing company.
I’m digging the waterfall.