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Discover Solano Spring 2014: Yolo County

The Capay Valley in Yolo County. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file 2010)

The Capay Valley in Yolo County. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file 2010)

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From page DIS58 | March 31, 2014 |

Yolo County is home to the vibrant cities of Davis and its University of California campus, Woodland and Winters as well as a vast agricultural countryside, which has something to offer year-round.

For those who want to connect closer with Yolo County’s agriculture, there’s Harvest Hub Yolo, which connects people to the county’s diverse number of organic farms, traditional farms, olive oil, wine vineyards and farmers markets.

Yolo County is the home of 17 art galleries, many of them in Davis. One of the centers of Yolo County’s art community is YoloArts and Gallery 625 in Woodland, which hosts 10 exhibitions a year to showcase Yolo County’s artists’ creations.

The county hosts a fine collection of bike paths that both riders through its communities as well as through the farmlands, aqueducts and orchards can enjoy.

Winters features a compact downtown district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The quiet of the countryside blends with some of the best live music in the country performed live at the Palms Playhouse. Winters has a handful of famous restaurants with meandering Putah Creek bordering the southside of the city. Winters is home to a blossoming art community.

In contrast to the intimate Palms Playhouse music venue is the the Robert Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts world-renowned performers on the UC Davis campus.

For fun for people of all ages interested in learning, there’s the California Raptor Center, the UC Davis Arboretium, the Bohart Museum of Entomology, the Explorit Science Center, the Heidrick Ag History Center and the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.

The Gibson House Historical Museum in Woodland gives visitors a glimpse at Yolo County’s early agricultural history from the early 19th century.

Festivals in Yolo County offer a little something for everyone, with the Annual California Landscape Painters Conference, the Capay Valley Almond Festival, California Duck Days, the Annual Petite Sirah Port Weekend, Earthquake Street Festival, the Davis Feminist Film Festival, the Woodland Scottish Festival & Games, La Raza Cultural Days, Picnic Day and the Cache Creek Lavender Festival.

The county’s outdoor public areas are surprisingly diverse, ranging from the Native American Contemplative Garden at UC Davis to the wild and mountainous Quail Ridge Wilderness Area near Lake Berryessa.

Visitors Bureau: Yolo County Visitors Bureau, 604 Second St., Davis; 530-297-1900; www.yolocvb.net

Chambers of commerce: Davis Chamber of Commerce, 604 Third St., Davis, 530-756-5160, www.davischamber.com. Winters Chamber of Commerce, 11 Main St., Winters, 530-795-2329; www.winterschamber.com. Woodland Chamber of Commerce, 307 First St., 530-662-7327; www.woodlandchamber.org.

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