Great places to go within 100 miles of Sacramento

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Video: 100 mile vacations- Point Reyes National Seashore

Video: Great get aways: Jackson

  • Viewer Pam shares her Point Reyes moments with us
  • Locke was built in 1915 and is on the National Historical Register
  • Beautiful views at Fitzpatrick Winery in Fair Play
  • The Ryde Hotel in Walnut Grove is a beautiful place to visit
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  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • El Dorado County Wine Association
  • Amador County Wine Association
  • Ryde Hotel
  • Sacramento River Train
  • WOW Museum Lodi
  • Dancing Fox
  • Windwalker Vineyard
  • Fair Play Winery Directions
  • Amtrak
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • SACRAMENTO- Many people may plan to travel over Memorial Day weekend or are staying closer to home for a day-cation. There are so many places to visit in Northern California, we thought we'd try a few within 100 miles of Sacramento. We had fun with a few favorites.

    Point Reyes National Seashore is 93 miles outside of Sacramento and 30 miles north of San Francisco. There are 80 miles of shorelines and incredible view of wildlife and the Point Reyes lighthouse, originally bulit in paris! Thanks to Pam, our faithful viewer for recommending this beauty!

    Jackson and Amador County Wineries and El Dorado County and Fair Play wineries offer fun for all ages. To get there it's a beautiful drive on Highway 16 and Highway 49 and then a great way to turn into wine country where there are no tasting fees, whether you travel towards Sutter Creek or turn off Mt. Akum towards Fair Play in El Dorado County. We've been to pouring parties at Windwalker and say hi to owners Jim and Alana for us! There are also antique stores, gold mine parks and places like Daffodil Hill to visit.

    The Sacramento River Train- Just north of Sacramento in Woodland, the train departs for a three hour trip that includes a BBQ lunch and a shoot-out with outlaws. Beautiful scenery is all part of the ride. You can let someone else take the wheel/engine! Call 1-800-866-1690 and you can also get info on the train that leaves from Oakdale as well as dinner tours. The wildlife is amazing and when you stop for lunch you can see egrets nesting in the trees above by the river on the Sacramento train ride.

    You can also ride the rail with Amtrak or visit the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento at 111 I street where there are train excursions and great stories about the history of rail.

    Locke and the Ryde Hotel are the destination for Thursday. Travel south of Sacramento down Highway 160 past Courtland to Walnut Grove and Locke.

    Locke was built in 1915 by the Chinese for the Chinese. On Main Street you can visit Al the Wops for great food that features peanutbutter on the tables to snack on. Close-by is the Ryde Hotel on the river, for lunch and dinner with a storied history of its own.

    On Friday we'll visit downtown Lodi for a winery/bakery at 203 South School Street called the Dancing Fox Winery and Bakery. Stroll and check out outdoor art and then the WOW Museum that are all part the fun. WOW is ppen to the public Fridays noon to 7:00pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Field trips available Wednesday through Friday.  The address is 2 North Sacramento Street in Lodi and the phone is 209-368-0969.

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