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If you love wine, Lodi, CA, is the location for you. With more than 85 wineries in the Lodi area, you’ll be able to raise a glass anytime in this lovely city in northcentral California. Lodi (pronounced LOH-dye) is 45 miles south of Sacramento, and 90 miles southwest of Eldorado National Forest. Plus, you can book an RV in Lodi and travel the 90 miles to San Francisco if you like.
Lodi has a flat terrain and is about 50 feet above sea level. Summers are generally hot and dry, and winters can be cool-to-cold and wet (highs up to 55 °F/13 °C and lows down to 37 °F/3 °C).
The city of Lodi, located in San Joaquin County, was founded in 1869. Once upon a time, back in the 1880s, Lodi was the unofficial “Watermelon Capital of the Country”. For more than a century, Lodi has been best known for its wine. At least as far back as 1899, Lodi had a minimum of two million grapevines and just kept growing. Prohibition in 1920 had little effect on Lodi’s wine production, as it still stayed strong. Lodi is considered the Zinfandel capital of the world.
If you prefer soda over wine, you’ll be thrilled to know that A&W Root Beer was born in Lodi in 1919. Make sure you visit the A&W Museum located in the A&W restaurant.
If you love the outdoors, you’ll enjoy the natural beauty of the area, including the Mokelumne River, which flows into the Lodi Lake Wilderness Area. There are plenty of water activities to enjoy here. Kayaking, paddleboarding, boating, and fishing are all popular. The nature preserve includes a 1.8-mile nature trail, which is perfect for families and those who need to take it easy on the trails.
There are plenty of bike trails and back roads for cyclists of all ages and levels. Bike trails include Lodi Lake Family Fun Ride (5 miles), Weekend Wine Jaunt (10.6 miles), Four Wineries and a Café (24.4 miles), Bird Watching, Wine Tasting & Lunch (29.4 miles), and Cosumnes River Preserve with Blossom Road Loop (36.4 miles). Annual cycling events include Tour Delle Vigne, Giro D’Vino, Lodi Cyclefest, and others.
With nearly 90 wineries in Lodi, it’s no surprise that you’ll have your choice of vineyards to tour. You can also take boating tours on the Mokelumne River, which are available April to October. If you are interested in birding and wildlife, you can go on a tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve (Isenberg Crane Reserve) to see the sandhill cranes when they arrive at the end of September and remain through the end of winter.
When you rent a motorhome in Lodi or other places in San Joaquin County, you are going to need a place to stay. No worries, there are some great RV parks in the area. Flag City RV Resort is close to Lodi, Stockton, and Sacramento. They have wide, paved roads and pads with full hookups. Amenities include a pool, convenience store, large pet run, 24-hour security, and more. If you’re traveling with kids, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Tower Park (14 miles west of Lodi) could be a good time. Amenities include comfort stations in different areas of the park, a dog park, a camp store, pool, mini golf, activities for the kids, and access to the beach and Tower Park Marina.
Riverpoint Landing Marina-Resort in Stockton is 15 miles south of Lodi. It’s located on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and has 32 RV sites. It’s located on the Deepwater Channel in a secluded area off I-5. Head west for 24 miles in the Lodi motorhome rental, and you’ll find Duck Island RV Park and Fishing Resort. This is an adult-only park with 51 sites with hookups for water, sewer, and 30/50 amp service. They have a clubhouse and six lighted fishing docks (must have California fishing license).
There’s one Walmart in Lodi and a few more in a 10-mile radius. Check with them to find out if you have the option to set up for a night or two in one of their lots. You’ll be set for gas, groceries, and supplies in Lodi as there are many options.
When you book a motorhome rental in Lodi, you can visit The Lodi Arch (or Mission Arch), which is iconic to the city as well as historic. Built in 1907, the arch is located downtown and was created for the first Lodi Tokay Carnival (now known as the Lodi Grape Festival). It’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places and as a California Historical Landmark.
If you love animals, power up the Lodi RV rental and visit Micke Grove Park and Zoo. The zoo, which opened in 1938, was a gift to the public from philanthropists William and Julia Harrison Micke. While only five acres in size, it’s unique and is involved in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plans.
Of course, the most popular thing to do when you rent an RV in Lodi is to enjoy being in the middle of Wine Country. You can go to wine tastings, take a shuttle to a number of vineyards, and learn about wine at the Visitor Center.
As far as restaurants go, Lodi has something for everyone. Here you'll find good old American cuisine (diners, brew pubs, and pizza) to Italian, Thai, and more.