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CLICK HERE – what better than a tour by the man himself. Even the great Huell Howser ‘discovered’ Lodi and you can watch his hour long tour (2007) with our later updates to follow, below
Good place to begin your tour of Lodi is the Wine and Roses visitor center on W. TURNER and get some tastes of the famous Lodi wines while learning about how they’re made in a demo wine kitchen- but we didn’t make a reservation. Reservations are required during the pandemic . Wine and Roses is stop shop with a beautiful B and B and restaurant where you can luxuriate outdoors
Hollywood Diner one of at least five such nostalgic spots in town


Don’t know exactly what John Fogerty and Credence Clearwater Band had against Lodi (re. their ’60s anthem ‘Stuck in Lodi’…

… but we love it – so much so we made a return burtday backroadtrip to Lodi one year later and discovered a lot of new things! Lots of ‘firsts’ like original A & W and many still-intact original ‘palaces’ from the 1950s and even earlier with five or more diners plus the incomparable Richmaid Restaurant dating back to 1938. While other towns are destroying their pasts, LODI perhaps more than any other town is preserving its colorful , ‘Happy Days’ past . Here One can literally live in the 1950s again!

“Livable,Lovable, Lodi” (town motto)⁵

Amazing how a town like Lodi CA-populatipn 60,000 and only an hour and a half from Oakland , in the San Juaquin valley- can be so cut off from big city ways. And that’s a ‘good thing,’ as they used to say.

Its so refreshing to see smiling, friendly people with no obvious airs appearing to go about life as they did perhaps 60 years ago before the ‘PC’-change that encapsulated America in the mid-60s that haS never gone away- except in places like Lodi, which it appears to have hardly touched.

Despite its status as a significant wine region, best known for its Zinfandels, Lodi is no wealthy area. It would appear to be still supported by the descendants of generations of families that came West in the late 19th and
early 20th century via the new railroad- to work on the valley ranches, farms, vineyards and later manufacturing. Maybe not so many farms exist today but definately blue collar with what appears a large Hispanic population that drives the wine industry and manufacturing. Lodi saw a 40% population boom during the 1980s which.

You may be surprised to learn Lodi produces more wine than Napa and Sonoma combined with zinfandel being the grape that made Lodi famous what with its 100 year old ‘old vines.’
Not just wine bars and wineries but beer pubs are common along Lower Sacramento and School streets in downtown Lodi
too much booze for Yogi
Animals are a big part of Lodi, whether the living breathing kind or anthropomorphic ones Lodians come to know and love as sort of mascots for businesses like the next two
more animals but no real Fox in site along the main drag where all the downtown action is on School st.
another welcoming signage greening Lodi visitors
Friendly folks of all ages and strains dot Lodi’s landscape. Roads are open and traffic scarce allowing for plenty of casual bike riding
Lots of spirit and this block long brewery

Old water tower still remains

And hotel without a name
Home of the annual grape fest
FAVORITE old sign on oldes t street in town, Cherokee-see last year’s more extensive display
more local color -its all good in Lodi
you don’t see old motels-and signs like these much anymore
…and still on old Cherokee as we come upon a real jewel, circa 1938- our fave Richmaid Restaurant where we would have a fine 50s broasted chicken dinner
Saving the best for last…the incomparable Richmaid Restaurant from 1938!

Don’t miss last years visit to Lodi

Learn all about this grand old relic of a restaurant
Inside the old diner (not really a diner in true sense)