Things To Do Year-Round

Food & Drink

Consistent with its thriving food and ag ecosystem, Woodland and the surrounding area is full of perfect getaways to eat and drink. 

Restaurants

From Urban Afghan bites to farm to fork lunch to no-nonsense tacos, Woodland’s restaurant scene is tough to beat.

Wineries

Yolo County is a Northern California wine destination, growing and bottling award-winning varietals and offering inviting tasting rooms and breathtaking views.  

Click here to learn more about Yolo County’s thriving vineyard and winery scene.

Breweries

Repeatedly voted the best brewery in Yolo County, Woodland’s Blue Note Brewing Company offers beer, live music, and food trucks in the heart of Downtown Woodland and leads an impressive list of Yolo County breweries all within a short drive of Woodland.

Woodland Farmers Market

Visit one of Northern California’s best farmers markets every Saturday from 9 AM – 12 PM in Downtown Woodland

Educational Experiences

You don’t have to wait for the Honey Festival to learn about honey, bees, pollinators, and our natural environment.

Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a unique outdoor museum where visitors can observe and learn about bees and the plants that support them. Located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road at UC Davis, the Haven is open year round and admission is free.

Woodland Regional Park

With the motto “To inspire wonder of nature nearby,” the Woodland Regional Park will soon welcome visitors to a brand new, 160 acre riparian nature park in Woodland.

This project shows how community-based conservation may be one of the most durable ways to protect and enjoy nature. In particular, the project partners aim to put responsibility and authority in the hands of the community that benefits from it.

This habitat restoration project is led by The City of Woodland, Tuleyome & Explorit.

Edible Learning Garden at City Hall

Supported by Woodland’s Dinner on Main and a group of local sponsors and volunteers, the Edible Learning Garden acts as:

  • A food source for local charity groups such as the Yolo Food Bank
  • A teaching site for young people
  • A classroom for instruction from Master Gardeners 
  • A sampling of innovative gardening practices 
  • A site for a farm to fork meal

UC Davis Arboretum

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden spans the campus’s more than 5,000 acres and includes the historic Arboretum – a 100-plus acre amenity comprised of demonstration gardens and scientific collections as well as the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve – a rare stream and grassland ecosystem managed for teaching, research, wildlife and habitat protection.

Equal parts teaching, advocacy, and recreational attraction, the Arboretum is an example of UC Davis’ food and ag leadership for our region and the world.

Day Trips & Local Adventures

With 300 days of sun and plentiful amenities, Woodland and the surrounding Yolo County area are perfect for a weekend getaway. Try one of these suggestions:

Farm to Fork

Visit Woodland’s California Agriculture Museum to learn about our rich ag heritage, then go to the source: swing by the Woodland Farmers Market to sample local fare from the greater Yolo County area. Grab lunch at Savory Café in downtown and order from its constantly-changing menu of locally-sourced produce. We recommend the honey-glazed chicken!

Wine and Dine

Grab some food to go in Downtown Woodland and hop on I-5 for a winery doubleheader: Grindstone Wines and Matchbook Wines, located just five minutes away from each other a few miles northwest of Woodland. Both are perfecting Yolo County-grown varietals and feature stunning views of the Berryessa hills and greater Capay Valley. Then come back downtown and treat yourself at Morgan’s on Main, whether at the bar or for a sit-down meal. Ask for a whiskey cocktail made with honey!

History and Hops

Grab lunch at Father Paddy’s Irish Public House on Main Street in Woodland. They’ve got more than just bangers and mash – Paddy’s is located in a 1903 bank building and houses a whiskey vault (in the original bank vault) stocked with close to 90 Irish, Scotch and American whiskeys. Then take a historic walking tour of Downtown Woodland, check out the Andrew Carnegie-built Woodland Library, and learn about the Historic Woodland Opera House. Then wash down some California history with a cold one at Blue Note Brewing, an artisan nano-brewery with a 6-barrel system that ensures every beer is literally hand crafted.