VOLCANO - Are you into daffodils? Then you've got to take the drive to Volcano in the Gold Country to Daffodil Hill. Each spring Daffodil Hill explodes with more than 300,000 blooms, attracting visitors from around the world. Daffodil Hill is a 4-acre farm owned by the McLaughlin family since 1887. The farm began as a 36-acre ranch and toll road for travelers and teamsters hauling timber. In the ...
YOSEMITE VALLEY - Yosemite is a wildflower enthusiast's paradise, where blossoms are found most of the year.
Central Valley native Jeffrey Murray has spent most of his life looking through the lens of his camera, training his artistic eye to capture stunning visuals of the rustic world around him. After obtaining a degree in photography, and working as a photojournalist for two different papers in Arizona, Murray grew tired of being chained by the constraints of the workplace, and decided to forge his own path amongst the wildflowers.
Looking for an assortment of wildflowers may mean a short road trip.
During her recent commute from Stockton, Krystal Jacks recently noticed a change in the rural area east of West 11th Street not too far from South Bird Road just outside of Tracy.
Ok, Ok. So Manteca means lard in Spanish. Go ahead make fun of it. But you've got to admit there's no other city in the United States named Manteca, or elsewhere for that matter. Oakdales and Oaklands are a dime a dozen. There's multiple San Franciscos and San Joses. You'll find more than one Sacramento. There's even at least two other Ripons in the world. But a second Manteca? Who in their right mind would ...
As a modern American, it is rather difficult to imagine the sorts of things that might concern the first settlers of the Turlock area back in the distant year of 1867. It may seem as though there would be countless problems with forming a town from nothing, but two issues dominated the thoughts of those struggling to farm their land: water, and the railroad.
What's in a name? In Stanislaus County, pioneering history. Stanislaus County is a region rich with agriculture, native history, and technological progression. Its name first stemmed from the Stanislaus River, which was commemorated to honor a Native American warrior. Chief Estanislao was a member of the Laquisimas tribe, which was a division of the California Northern Yoquts, and named after St. Stanislaus, a patron saint of Poland. He attained an education at Mission San Jose ...
YOSEMITE -- More than a century after his death, the world hasn't stopped talking about Dr. Lafayette Bunnell's most important diagnosis.
What's in a name? The discovery of gold on the American River in 1848 transformed this part of California, from small settlements to thriving commercial centers for miners heading up to the Sierra foothills. In turn, San Joaquin County was changed forever. With it, came the names of the towns along with some of the waterways and railways. Stockton Capt. Charles Weber was a German immigrant who decided to try his hand at gold mining ...
SONORA - You know you're in Sonora, California, when you see "The Red Church." At least, that is true to a lot of visitors to this historic Gold Country town in the foothills. That's also the nickname that locals simply use to describe this photogenic circa-1860 house of worship for the very obvious reason, and why it's a favorite photographic subject of many a camera-toting tourist.
What's in a name? It depends who you ask. Or, realistically, where that person you're asking is really from. Entire sections of America can trace their roots back to events of historical significance – whether it was Texas winning its independence from Mexico or the original colonies holding strong against a far superior British Army. New England. It's still called that to this day and it's a nod to the revolutionary heritage and spirit that ...
RIPON – From its plush riparian jungle, warm summers and cool waters, Caswell Memorial State Park has long been a place of discovery, recreation and escape.
BOULDER CREEK - If you're looking for just a hike, stay away from the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
In the middle of scenic agricultural lands and open spaces in the Central Valley lies the city of Escalon, home to 7,206 residents.
LODI – One of the larger wineries in the Central Valley rises from the fields east of Highway 99 like a stainless steel behemoth.
MODESTO - In California, when one thinks of the production of wine, the first place that comes to mind is the Napa Valley. However, 80 miles from the illustrious wine mecca of Napa, located in the heart of the Central Valley is the city of Modesto. For those familiar with the area, Modesto is host to Gallo Winery, one of the largest winemakers in the world and also one of the city's largest employers. However, ...
MURPHYS - Part of the history of wine country in the Sierra Foothills can be traced back to 1948.
Whoever said that you had to go to Napa to get the true wine experience?
LODI - Wine and Roses in Lodi can easily be described as being luxurious, elegant and intimate as a romantic venue in the Central Valley as well as being a desired location for business meetings.
MURPHYS – Ironstone Vineyards, the premiere outdoor entertainment venue of the California Gold Country, has announced the line-up for their 2013 Summer Concert Series.
SONORA – The Bureau of Reclamation announces summer interpretive programs and activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County.
MODESTO - From melodic waltzes to the ab-curving belly dance, Modesto Junior College's Theatre and Dance Department offers a unique assortment of dance classes for keeping the beat.
The nightlife scene in the Central Valley is full of places to boogie. From high-energy dance clubs to low-key bars, there's something for everyone in the 209.
Weekdays are long for Harmony Rebeiro.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - We had been traveling for hours - six by plane from Philadelphia to San Francisco, then nearly four more in a car through city, suburbs, farmland and forest - when we glimpsed our reward from a turnout in the mountain road.
By JOHN PAIN
By DAVID GERMAIN
Mr. D's Pizza & Sports Bar sits in a historic brick building near downtown that was once the engine room of one of the largest tanneries on the West Coast.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) presents its season finale concert on Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at Gallo Center for the Arts.