A visit to Woodland is like a step back in time. The streets are lined with gorgeous Victorian, Tudor, and Mission Revival homes, many of which are featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s an oasis of old-time charm despite its easily accessible location not far from Sacramento.
You’ll find unexpectedly amazing restaurants and adorable mom-and-pop shops, not to mention some of the most unique history in CA! Woodland is home to the largest collection of vintage tractors and farm equipment in the USA, an homage to the gas stations of a bygone era, and an incredible collection of Biblical antiquities.
Woodland, located near Sacramento, is just under 90 minutes from San Fran. The quirky town is close enough for a day trip if you can’t spare a weekend. Head out on I-80E and keep left to merge onto I-580 W-I-80 E. You know the way. Keep left to continue on I-80 E and get your change ready for the toll. You’ll stay on I-80 E for about 57 miles.When the highway forks just past Davis, keep right to continue on CA-113 N. You’ll see signage pointing you toward Woodland. It’s only 11 miles away – that was quick! Follow exit 37 for Main St toward Downtown/Woodland and you’ve reached your final destination.
The Journey Inn on West Main Street is surprisingly peaceful given its central location. The clean, quiet rooms are spacious and equipped with flat screen TVs, air conditioning, and free wi-fi. Some rooms have seating areas as well. The owners are bilingual (English and Hindi), and the motel is a solid value. Guests love that they’re getting a great rate on a clean, utilitarian property right in the heart of town. Central to area attractions.
The Fairfield Inn is a wonderful choice for visitors to the Woodland area. The property is relatively new, and it shows in the clean furnishings and modern décor. The comfortable air-conditioned rooms have cable TV and free Wi-Fi. The property itself has a pool, hot tub/jacuzzi, and fitness center. The friendly staff at the 24-hour desk are happy to help. Laundry services are available and there’s a convenience store on site.
The Days Inn Woodland is a solid mid-range choice, with cheery rooms done up in citrus hues. All are equipped with coffee machines, flat screen TVS, air-conditioners, and free Wi-Fi. The beds are comfy, the staff is friendly, and you’ll never go hungry with McDonald’s and the Black Bear Restaurant right next door. The centrally located property features a swimming pool, round-the-clock front desk service, and express check-in/check-out.
This is the ideal spot for a delicious dinner if you stop by the Woodland Opera House. Located just across the street, this little Thai restaurant is the most authentic option in town. The food is savory, spicy, and full of flavor – order your meal Thai hot for an extra kick! Everything is cooked fresh to order and served up by friendly staff. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday with a break between services (closed 3 – 5 pm) and 12 -9 pm straight on Saturday.
Barajas Deli is a tiny taqueria tucked away in an unassuming strip mall near the DMV on Main Street. The food here is freshly cooked from scratch and the grilled meats are out of this world – try a trio of tacos so you can sample a few. The chiles rellenos are particularly good and the pozole here is the best hangover cure in town. This family-owned joint is friendly, easy on the wallet, and really hits the spot. Open daily from 8 am – 7 pm.
House of Shah is bringing global flavor to Woodland with their modern interpretation of fresh, fast, classic Afghan cuisine. The tastefully furnished restaurant has tables for dining in and takeout orders are welcome. Order at the counter and they’ll bring your food right to your table. Locals rave about the Shah fries, crispy French fries topped with spicy jalapenos, cilantro, and cooling yogurt sauce. The menu is heavy on vegetarian options, but meat eaters will love the huge kabob platters. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
The quality of the performances at the Woodland Opera House Theatre consistently exceed the expectations of the audience. The professionalism of the cast and crew make this an excellent choice for visitors if a show happens to be running. There’s plenty of seating in this small venue and every spot in the house has a great view of the stage. In addition to community theater performances, the Opera House Theater plays host to concerts, movie showings, and more. Elevator access for guests. There are delicious local restaurants on the adjacent blocks, but a snack bar is available if you skip dinner before the show.
The California Agriculture Museum houses an extensive collection of tractors and artifacts that showcase the history of farming in the region dating back to the Gold Rush. There are more than 100 antique tractors on site, making it the largest collection in the nation. You’ll also see a Blacksmith shop and a vintage moonshine distillery, plus a collection of 1920s and 1930s buses. Your kids will love the play area and the limited number of hands-on exhibits. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm with the last admission at 3 pm. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids 6-12, free for kids under 5.
Recently featured on HGTV’s hit show “Offbeat America”, Reiff’s Gas Station Museum is truly one-of-a-kind. Mark Reiff converted his home into an homage to the mid-20th century gas station. Exhibits include antique gas pumps and a replica diner and theater. There’s a lovingly restored 1956 vintage Chevy tow truck and even a bar with a BBQ on the patio that can be rented out for special events.
Velocity Island Park is an amazing place for the entire family to cool off on a hot summer day! They have a full-sized cable wake board park that’s suitable for all skill levels, plus beach volleyball, swim areas, and the icing on the cake – Pirate’s Cove. It’s an inflatable obstacle course with slides, trampolines, climbing towers, swings, wobble pads, and so much more! You have to see this place to believe it. The Cable Park is open limited hours throughout the year; passes start at $39 for a 2-hour session (gear not included). The Aqua Park opens for the season April 1st through October 31st, with passes as low as $15.
The Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaeology, run by the Woodland United Fellowship Church, features hands-on exhibits, antiquities on display, and a rotating series of guest lecturers. Their mission is to show the historical authenticity of the Bible while promoting their understanding of Jesus Christ as their savior. Guided tours of the museum are available for individuals and groups by appointment only. The pastor is friendly, open, and welcoming to all. Contact the museum at (530)662-1675 to arrange a tour.