The Sacramento River Delta is a special treasure that draws visitors from all over California. Though it offers boating, dining, fishing, historic exploring, and internationally known windsurfing, many locals have never explored it. Take a tour with us.
We’ll start by visiting an eatery in one of the small towns nestled along the Sacramento River such as Courtland. You may want to make a special trip out on July 31 for the Courtland Pear Fair or on August 13 and 14, to check out the Delta Farm & Winery Trail’s fifth annual Wine and Produce Passport Weekend
You might explore the city of Locke, originally built by Chinese immigrants in 1915, and remains to this day one of the state’s oldest and most authentic Chinese establishments. The city features fascinating rustic architecture, monuments, statues, as well as two restaurants, gift shops, the Locke Dai Loy Gambling Museum and a boathouse marina. History buffs and photographers will especially love exploring the narrow streets.
Next on our tour is Walnut Grove where you might stop at Giusti’s
, a popular steak, seafood and pasta spot featured on “Diners Drive-ins and Dives” from the Food Network. Fill up on prime rib or lobster and then try a nice glass of wine from nearby Scribner Bend Vineyards.
For a unique treat, head further south to Sherman Island
, the hotspot for wind-surfing. Discovered more than 15 years ago, this windy beach is home to competitive windsurfers and a training ground for up-and-comers. It’s great for watching, picnicking and photography.
At the end of the day, spend the night at the famous and picturesque Ryde Hotel
. Built in 1927 at the peak of the prohibition era, it was a speakeasy, jazz club and attracted celebrities including President Herbert Hoover. Make reservations for the wonderful Sunday brunch and book one of the rooms that feature views of the Sacramento River and surrounding Delta farmland.
Encompassing roughly 1,000 miles of navigable waterways and spanning approximately 738,000 acres, the Delta is bustling with year round attractions. For more information visit these websites: