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MI N ER SLOUG H

HU CK F INN WOULD HAVE LOVE D THE SAC RAME N TO-SAN J OAQUIN DE LTA, a lazy
labyrinth of waterways twisting through some of the world's richest farmland. And then there's the wine:
More than 35 grape varietals thrive in the Clarksburg appellation, making this region a must for anyone

Sacramento
Delta

looking to explore new flavors.
Before leaving Stockton, learn about state history and the city's role during the Gold Rush at the
Haggin Museum, where you can also catch a vision of early California landscapes in paintings by such
masters as Albert Bierstadt. Nearby, try the fried chicken at Manny's California Fresh Café, a local
favorite since 1955. Then head out into the heart of the Delta along State Highway 4, which cuts across
flatter-than-flat farmland before reaching suburban development areas on the edge of the Bay Area.

Wind through miles of channels
and sloughs to discover small
towns that seem to belong to
another era

With all of the culinary options available on this route, you may want to work in some exercise too. At
Dow Wetlands Preserve in Antioch, a 5.5-mile loop skirts by wetlands where you can spot beavers and
river otters. Located along the Pacific Flyway migration route, it's a prime spot to look for birds, as well
as such threatened raptors as black-shouldered kites and northern harriers. Roll down the windows and
savor the cooling breezes off the San Joaquin River as you cross over to Sherman Island. Soon you'll see
the twin towers of the Three Mile Slough Bridge on the way to Brannan Island State Recreation Area. If
you're more into fish than birds, the park has a pier where you can try to hook bass and salmon.
Highway 160 runs along the Sacramento River before reaching Isleton's Delta Farmers Market. The
steamy Delta summer is the perfect time for juicy peaches, nectarines, and heirloom tomatoes. Cross
the river, then dine along the water at The Point in Rio Vista, a favorite for the views and a hearty rib-eye
steak and grilled salmon (save room for the bread pudding).
After doubling back across the Sacramento, you'll meander along the two-lane Highway 160, also
known as River Road. You'll pass orchards and vineyards on the way to Locke, described by the National
Park Service as the U.S.'s "largest, most complete rural, agricultural Chinese American community." Built
in 1915 by Chinese immigrants and now a national historic district, the town's landmarks include the Dai

S TA R T
Stockton

Loy Museum, a former gambling house that displays gaming paraphernalia (open Saturday and Sundays
only), and the Jan Ying Chinese Association Museum, a onetime social club.

PHOTOGRAPH: LUIS SINCO

For a very different side of Delta history, the nearby Italian Renaissance-style Grand Island Mansion in

2

days

101
miles

Walnut Grove resembles an opulent European villa and has hosted American presidents, from Franklin D.
Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan. Experience the grandeur for yourself during lavish Sunday brunches.
Meander along River Road on the way to Clarksburg, in the heart of the Delta wine country. Built as
a beet-sugar refinery in 1934, the aptly named Old Sugar Mill offers a one-stop opportunity to sample

FINISH
Clarksburg

top Delta wines thanks to the 15 wineries pouring in this enormous brick structure. Or go to the source
at Bogle Vineyards, a Clarksburg classic where the region's first vines were planted in 1968. Toast the
journey's end with Bogle's heritage Petite Sirah, the Delta's original varietal.

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