Cruise Like A Local

Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our Cruise Like a Local series! If you missed Part 1, head to this link to turn back time and give it a read. I’ll even give you a few extra minutes before we continue…..

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I’m back with some more insider tips for the Almond Blossom Cruise! This week is all about love for Valentine’s Day, so these local favs are all about spending quality time with your sweetie. Romantic restaurants, fun breweries, or outdoor activities – you’ll have a blast no matter where you go! Check out these favs while you’re visiting for the Almond Blossom Cruise and you will truly be “cruising like a local”.

Elyse, Marketing Manager

Roberts Ferry Gourmet/Waterford: “Of course the Almond Butter Milkshake is a fav, but so is the experience out there. The orchard walk to the top of the hill where you can see the snow-capped Sierras over the orchards blooming and the river is incredible.” – Todd

Food Fix Butcher and Baker: “Another local restaurant with an incredible beer selection! Once you’re done pondering over all of your beer choices, there’s a menu that has sandwiches made with fresh baked bread and rotating menu items dependent on what is fresh – plus a case of baked goods! You could easily grab a beer and some lunch here and then spend all afternoon talking to the friendly staff or people watching out on their patio.” – Elyse

Commonwealth: “My husband and I actually had our first date here many years ago, so this place has a special spot in my heart. Not only do they have an incredible beer selection, but their food is delicious as well!” – Elyse

Last Call Brewing Company: “I love this spot, it’s a go to for me and my friends.” – Kate

Dragonfly Tea Room: This gem is one spot you could do some shopping, have a casual meet up with friends, or splurge for a spectacular themed tea experience complete with accompanying fare. Hot or cold, this is an experience for anyone!– Kristin 

Wildfire Public House: Bacon Pickle Pizza…yes that’s a thing and you don’t want to miss this tasty appetizer. It’s great for sharing so you save room for all the other great dishes too! Try the It’s Lit Margarita (yes on fire!)…and don’t forget to take pics!” – Kate

Sciabica Family Olive Oil: “I recommend calling in advance to find out if someone will be available when you plan to go to conduct an olive oil tasting. Then save room in the trunk, as you’ll leave with at least four new flavors for your salads, baking and grilling! After my first tasting I started cooking my eggs with extra virgin olive oil and now I don’t ever use butter. Plus, they’ve got the new Track 24 Brewery adjacent to the tasting room…what more do you need!” – Todd

Galletto Ristorante:In the heart of downtown you’ve got one of the most memorable restaurants you may ever visit. The décor of this historic building, the patio with a fireplace, fountains and bocce ball, the unbelievable wine list, and one of the best whisky and spirit bars, all pale in comparison to the incredible food and service. Whether a romantic dinner or taking the kids for the fire-baked pizzas, you won’t be disappointed.” – Todd

Camp 4 Wine Cafe:Camp4 is one of my favorite spots for a “Me Date”! Don’t get me wrong… it is a great place for groups and events, but I love to indulge in their latest Pinot Freezio and try whatever’s in season on the charcuterie board. – Kristin

Modesto Certified Farmers Market: “This farmers market not only has options, but those options are the freshest and best around – on display in a charming and inviting atmosphere that celebrates the culture and offerings of our community.” – Kristin 

The State Theatre: “If you don’t live in the Bay Area or Los Angeles, it can be tough to see limited-release movies and smaller independent projects. The State gives film fans a chance to catch these movies in a beautiful location that’s been a part of Modesto history since 1934. If you’re like me and want to watch every movie nominated for an Oscar in any given year, or you’re just looking to support a theater that goes above and beyond what the bigger chains are doing, The State Theatre is the place to be.” – Anthony

🚙 Cruise along with me next week for staff favorite family spots 🚙