Lodi, CA gets a lot of shit, it's a medium sized Central Valley town without much to distinguish it at first glance. But really it's kind of a pleasant place, and it has a nice airport with a good mechanic. And the region is getting serious about producing quality wine, too.

Ken and I just had a nice overnight stay at Wine and Roses, a hotel / restaurant / spa on the northwest side of town. Very pleasant place. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a nice outdoor patio. Dinner was great, the place is often billed as the finest restaurant in Lodi. Pricy food but wine was inexpensive, and while the service was a bit irregular it was also professional and friendly. We didn't try the spa, but the pool looked good.

One Lodi place we didn't get to try is the Woodlon Diner, an unassuming little truck stop diner with a trained chef. Recommended by a friend, we tried to go but all eight tables were full. Note that Google Maps has the wrong location; it's actually just north of the airport.

  2011-08-02 00:40 Z