Your wandering spirit knows well the feeling of the protagonist in Creedence Clearwater Revival's song "Lodi," expressed in the line, "I set out on the road / Seekin' my fame and fortune / Lookin' for a pot of gold..." And while the desire for fame and fortune might be a minor element of your wanderlust, that pot of gold you seek takes a different form in every destination. At times it's the unsullied serenity of the countryside or the friendly welcome of a coffee shop in the city. You find your gold in the fragrantly ripe fruit at a farmers market and the cool shade of an old oak where you retreat to sample your harvest and watch the world go by. When you next set out on the road, choose one of the delightful hotels in Lodi, CA and you won't have to look far for the treasures you seek.
Lodi might not be as well known a California wine region as Napa and Sonoma, but its vineyards, tasting rooms, and wineries together offer over 100 varieties and comprise the largest appellation in the state. No matter how much or how little you know or care about wine, Lodi promises a prime opportunity to get acquainted with some world-class Zinfandels and Cabernet Sauvignons. And if you're staying at Lodi hotels on a weekend, you can catch one of many lively wine-themed events, such as barrel tastings, wine dinners, and live music with a vineyard backdrop. Arrange Lodi rental cars, and you can drive to farms to sample, pick, and purchase other local harvests, from plump berries to peppery olive oils. The Thursday evening farmers market downtown brings such bounty even closer. You'll leave Lodi with a new appreciation for California's often-overlooked Central Valley, whose soils yield the food that feeds the nation. Continue past rice paddies and orchards to Sacramento hotels, outside of which State Capitol tours, the Old Town, and intriguing museums await.
Travelocity has the best hotels near Lodi, CA for your budget. Why not go lookin' for that pot of gold?