Winters Wonderland

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
Confucius

Winters Sign

We arrived in Davis, California early Saturday morning around 1am.

This morning I decided to explore the town of Winters. It’s just a short thirty minute drive outside of Davis.

Theodore Winters, for whom the city of Winters was named, was described in an early issue of the Winters Advocate in 1876 as a “capitalist.” You can learn more about the history of Winters at their website.

As I drove along Russell Boulevard headed for Winters, I stopped and took some photos of the beautiful fall scenery.

The following are a few shots I took of the small quaint town of Winters, California.

Shine On

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Chadwick Bldg Main St Trees

A Perfect Day in Davis

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
Confucius

DSC01665What a perfect day. Since the Hallmark Inn has bicycles for their guests to use, we decided to bicycle around town.

The first stop this morning was the farmers market. This market has got to be one of the nicest outdoor markets I’ve ever visited. The produce, nuts, breads, jams and especially the fresh apple ciders were delicious.

The people of Davis are friendly and laid-back. Everyone looks healthy and happy as they walked and biked throughout town. Lots of people with their dogs and young couples with their new baby’s strolling around. I just had to snap a picture of this border collie waiting patiently for his owners, a young couple with their new-born baby.

Here’s some shots of the beautiful produce at the market:

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DSC01686After we bought up some goodies from the farmers market, we walked across the street to Crepeville on 3rd Street. We split a strawberry crepe and a side of potatoes, which was delicious.

DSC01684Our next stop was a short bike ride up 3rd Street to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame. As a bicycle enthusiasts, I was in heaven walking through this famous bicycle museum. I could have spent all day just talking with David, the Program Director and looking at all the antique bicycles.

The majority of the bicycles on display are from the Pierce Miller collection which is owned by the University of California Davis. Pierce Miller was a successful rancher near Modesto with an avid interest in transportation history. He amassed over one hundred horse-drawn vehicles of every description, some antique automobiles, and a large collection of bicycles. The University acquired the bicycle collection in 2000 when it became available for sale by the Miller estate.

The Miller collection encompasses almost 100 years of bicycle evolution between the 1820s and the early years of the Twentieth Century. During this time, bicycles evolved from pedal-less “swift-walkers” to machines that would scarcely turn a head on today’s roads and paths.

If you are interested in antique bicycles, I highly recommend visiting this museum. Here are just a few photos of some of the bikes that caught my eye:

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After visiting the Bicycle Hall of Fame, we were motivated to jump on our bikes and continue our tour around town. We decided to end our ride at the Vampire Penguin for some shaved ice cream. We split a small strawberry cheesecake shaved ice and I was glad we did. It was huge and I can’t even imagine ordering the large.

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Perfect weather, perfect bike ride and perfect company made today a memorable and a perfect day in Davis.

Shine On

The Hallmark Inn

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”
Robert Orben

Hallmark Inn Entry

I arrived in Davis at almost 1am Friday. The drive took an extra two hours due to two major car accidents on the 5 Freeway. Just so thankful we made it in one piece.

The Hallmark Inn is a lovely boutique style hotel set right smack in the heart of old downtown Davis. The area is surrounded by great eateries and shopping. So much more different from Southern, California. Northern California feels more like you’re on the east coast, especially this time of year while the tree leaves are beginning to turn color for fall.

Hallmark LobbyThe Hallmark lobby and my room were exactly as they had advertised. At first I was a bit concerned when I heard the Amtrak train come through town in the early morning hours, but I actually enjoy the sound of a train so it doesn’t bother me.

The Inn has a great selection for breakfast, which is complimentary each day from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Also, was happy to see they offer smoothies on their breakfast fare.

The staff at the Hallmark were friendly, helpful and extremely accommodating. What I really appreciated was the underground parking and no extra charges on the bill like other comparable hotels.

Hallmark Room

The first day in Davis was extremely relaxing and I enjoyed all the great food and shopping. The weather was a perfect mid 70 degrees, which I like.  My son stopped by later in the day to enjoy the pool and exercise room with me.

Hallmark Pool Side

Saturday we plan to visit the Bicycle Museum just two short blocks up the street as well as the wonderful farmers market they offer every Saturday morning right across the street from the Hallmark Inn.

Shine On