By Oliver Jenkyns May 21, 2019
Located in the vast Sacramento Valley, Yolo County serves as a prominent agricultural region with a bounty of fruits, flowers, and of course, rolling hills coated in line after line of precisely placed grapevines. Yolo County summons visitors of all ages and holds world-class educational programs, organic farms, and incredibly rich soil. The healthy soil, generally warm weather conditions, and gentle breeze lend themselves to the diverse flavor profiles and playfully vibrant characteristics of the many grape varietals growing in the county, including Syrah, Chardonnay, and Malbec.
Travel through the air, high above the valley in a hot-air balloon overlooking the delicate purple hues of Rumsey’s lavender fields, discover the complexities of creating sustainable agricultural practices, tour around the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, and climb aboard the Sacramento River Train for an experience truly unique to this Northern California destination. Thanks to its convenient location between San Francisco and Sacramento, this portion of the state is frequently traveled through, though it is easy to overlook all of the hidden treasures residing just beyond the freeway exits.
Thrill seekers rejoice just outside of Rumsey at Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park, where exciting activities are endless. Whether white water rafting down Cache Creek, kayaking along calmer streams, hiking amongst the grassy meadows and fragrant pine trees, or picnicking beneath the oak trees, Yolo County provides opportunities for various types of thrills.
Entering this county plunges visitors into a world full of family farms and artisans eager to share their stories and immense knowledge. Pick your own peaches, cherries, and pumpkins throughout the year in Davis; learn how olives are grown, harvested, and processed to create world-class olive oils in Capay; and visit an organic farm in Guinda for wondrous memories and tales to share for years to come.