Yolo County Culture… and Shopping
Once you’ve had your fill of salads, ribs, and candy, dodge the food coma by going for a shopping spree at Winters Collective. You’ll come across a variety of Yolo County-based vendors such as The Local Floret plant shop and Christian’s Corner clothing boutique. Another popular destination to check out is the Yolo County Fairgrounds. Located in Woodland, California, the site is home to an RV park as well as the annual Yolo County Fair (every August). The event is jam-packed with carnival rides, various exhibits, live entertainment, and much more.
Immerse yourself into the rich agricultural history of the region by heading over to the California Agricultural Museum in Woodland. Spanning over 45,000 square feet, this Yolo County museum exhibits a one-of-a-kind selection of tractors and farming artifacts. Its interactive displays and events showcase the story of how the Golden State became an agricultural powerhouse due to abundant natural resources and clever innovation. If you’re visiting for the weekend, consider spending the night at Park Winters. This historic, Victorian-style inn boasts gorgeous gardens, a beautiful barn, and insanely comfortable beds, making it ideal for a romantic getaway.
Hiking Your Way Around Yolo County
The untapped wilderness of Yolo County creates the perfect setting for a hiking adventure — and a unique opportunity to explore one of the best-kept secrets of Northern California. Spanning 16,600 acres, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is a wetland conservation zone between Davis and West Sacramento. This spread of land provides habitat to over 200 species of birds such as mallards, yellow-billed magpies, and marsh wrens. Mammals including muskrats and river otters also thrive in this area. During summer, you’ll find Mexican free-tailed bats filling up the sky in the thousands as they emerge from under the bypass. Make sure to time your hike accordingly so that you can witness this natural spectacle known as “batnado”.