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Spend 48-Hours in Lodi Wine Country

Welcome to Lodi! California’s Wine Country gem located 45 minutes south of Sacramento and 90 minutes east of San Francisco. Our Mediterranean-style climate, lush surroundings, and fertile soil allow our area to produce award-winning wines from over 125 exciting varietals! When you visit Lodi, you will find that our unique attractions, food & wine, as well as our fantastic hospitality keep you returning for years to come.

Lodi has much to be explored by prospective travelers, and our 48-hour Lodi Wine Country guide details a taste of what our region has to offer. Enjoy a bottle of wine on a lush family-owned estate, explore the sights of the Mokelumne River, or take in live music downtown with delicious food and great company. Lodi truly has something for everyone!

Stay

Plan your stay in Lodi Wine Country at one of our fantastic lodging options. Book your stay today to begin a journey through one of California’s oldest wine regions.

If you are searching for a quaint bed and breakfast near bustling Downtown Lodi, look no further than Poppy Sister Inn. This delightfully renovated 4-bedroom 1907 Victorian home (one of the original houses in the Downtown area) exceeds travelers’ needs in hospitality, history, and relaxation. Wake up to a home-cooked breakfast, meet other guests at social hour, or relax with a glass of wine on the porch and enjoy the sights and sounds of beautiful Lodi.

When relaxation is your main priority, book a two-night stay at Wine and Roses Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa. Once checked into the property, you can explore their extensive spa treatment menu and gorgeous spa facility, relax by the pool, wine taste at the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, and plan a magnificent dinner at the renowned Towne House Restaurant.

Brand loyal customers who prefer familiar stay lodging as their base for trips will find that Lodi is home to a number of larger hotel properties including Fairfield Inn & Suites, Candlewood Suites, and the newly opened Residence Inn by Marriott, just to name a few. In Lodi, there are lodging options for every preference and budget!

Day 1 in Lodi Wine Country

Begin your day with a fresh pastry from Ruby’s Bakery & Cafe, a true gem in Lodi that fuels locals and tourists alike with their perfectly buttery croissants (trust us, these will make you wish you had discovered Lodi sooner!). Fausto and Lynn Echeverria are trained pastry chefs creating decadent creations at their Lodi bakery. You can’t go wrong ordering from their extensive menu, but make sure to take a morning bun with you on the go; you won’t regret the decadent laminated bun coated in cinnamon, sugar, and butter with a hint of orange zest!

After pastries, find yourself in Downtown Lodi! Stroll the tree-lined streets and take in the sights of our rich history. Begin your downtown adventure at the Visitor Center for a free Visitor Guide, and let staff walk you through our local sights and gems. Take a ‘wall dog’ mural self-guided tour through our downtown streets, pop into the Lodi Community Art Center to browse local artists, take a picture of the famous Lodi arch, and shop from an incredible selection of boutiques and specialty stores.

After strolling the charming streets of Downtown Lodi, it’s time to begin your wine-tasting adventure! Choose from 7 tasting rooms in the downtown area to introduce yourself to Lodi wines. Jeremy Wine Co.’s tasting room on Pine Street is open daily and offers a comprehensive variety of options. Find a spot at the tasting room bar and let a tasting room host guide you through their fantastic selection of wines. Once you’ve discovered a favorite, purchase a bottle to drink on their outdoor patio or to enjoy back home!

Have you worked up an appetite yet? You’re in luck! Downtown Lodi offers a variety of dining options that are sure to please! Head to The Oxford Kitchen to taste London street market fare from a menu created by Bay Area chef and co-owner Srijith Gopinathan of Ettan in Palo Alto. Start with a crafted cocktail, deliciously deep-fried fish and chips, and ricotta lemon flatbread. For your main course, indulge in a decadent mushroom ravioli in porcini, garlic, and thyme cream sauce or a rich chicken tikka masala bowl over a bed of perfectly cooked jasmine rice.

With over 85 wineries to choose from in Lodi, there is always a new adventure waiting amongst the vineyards! If you would like to experience wine tasting while taking in Lodi’s beauty, be sure to visit Durst Winery, situated less than 5 miles from Downtown Lodi. Once you enter this expansive property, you will be blown away by their stunning manicured estate, beautifully made wines, and amazing hospitality! On a warm day, be sure to order a bottle of their popular Amada Mia white wine, which pairs perfectly with local accoutrements for purchase inside their tasting room. Situate yourself under their shaded patio, out on the lawn, or under the century old plum tree and let Lodi whisk you off of your feet! Don’t leave without a stroll through their luscious herb garden and mini citrus grove just outside of the patio area.

If you have learned anything by the end of your first day in Lodi, it’s that we have fantastic wine and world-class dining to accompany our unique varietals. After a day of exploration and wine tasting, head to a Lodi favorite, such as Papapavlo’s, for delicious Greek fare that embodies fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Indulge in a menu of seafood, steak, and pasta in addition to delicious Greek favorites, such as Mousakka, Gyro, Pastitsio, and Spanikopita.

Day 2 in Lodi Wine Country

Spend your Saturday morning at Corner Scone Bakery and let the aroma of freshly baked goods whisk you off your feet. This local gem features delicious homemade scones, cookies, quiche, and pies. Satiate your sweet and savory tooth all in one spot for a guaranteed delicious wake-up call!

If you’re an early bird looking for scenic views, make your way to Lodi Lake and take an early morning stroll on the nature trail, where you can take in the sights and sounds of local animals, birds, and fauna to center yourself with nature before your fun day ahead. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit Lodi Boathouse, situated inside Lodi Lake to inquire about an early morning paddle out on the water!

Does an afternoon of Lodi wine and great company sound like an amazing plan? Then hop aboard the Lodi Wine Trolley! Whether you’re a couple looking for a fun activity or coming with a group of friends, you will be guaranteed to have a blast while you visit three Lodi wineries for wine tasting, lunch, exclusive perks, and more! This 4.5 hour winery tour is an incredible way to indulge in Lodi wine country in a unique way. Reserve your tickets in advance here to secure your spot on one of Lodi’s most exciting wine-tasting experiences.

A full day of adventure calls for a delicious dinner. Ask any local about Guantonio’s Woodfired Pizza, and they will probably tell you that it is amongst their favorite local gem for delicious seasonal food and unique wine! Don’t just take our word for it; see why so many locals and tourists line up for artisinal woodfired pizza and appetizers on Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Here, you will find a small wine shop that carries local Lodi favorites among other unique natural wines and hard-to-find labels. Be sure to ask your server for wine recommendations to accompany your dinner; as you simply cannot go wrong with an order of the mushroom dip, a seasonal salad, and the pesto pizza!  End the night with a delectable cannoli or a buffalo milk soft serve sundae topped with salted caramel (don’t worry, we won’t stop you from ordering both!). 

Day 3 in Lodi Wine Country

Begin the day with a hearty breakfast from The Farm Café at Michael David Winery, which offers a sizeable country-style breakfast and lunch menu! You can’t go wrong with a hefty helping of their delicious corned beef hash or a seasonal omelet special.  After a short walk on the extensive property, find yourself at the Michael David tasting room, where you can opt for an early afternoon wine tasting. On your way out, be sure to purchase a famous berry pie from The Farm Cafe; trust us, you won’t regret it!

Conclude your weekend in Lodi with an early afternoon at Calivines Winery and Olive Mill. In their newly designed tasting room, which opened in 2021, you will find the perfect place to spend an afternoon sipping on fantastic wine, tasting incredible Lodi-grown olive oil, and enjoying a curated small-plates snack menu, should you get hungry through your tasting. Be sure to check out our events page to see what live music they will feature in their tasting room and patio!

That a Wrap!

Whether you are searching for an approachable wine destination with a premium selection of heritage wines, passing through the Central Valley, or visiting another California wine country, make Lodi your next destination to visit! Once you get a taste of the good life in Lodi, you will be sure to plan your return to our beautiful wine region for years to come.

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