Visitors’ Guide: Camping/regional parks

Yolo County’s public parks, which total 2,300 acres, spread out over the county’s 1,021 square miles. Some span hundreds of acres, offer dozens of campsites and boast oak trees older than the United States of America. “It’s everything from Elkhorn Regional Park along the Sacramento River to parks on Cache Creek, parks on Putah Creek, […]

Visitors’ Guide: Lake Berryessa

Nestled between Blue Ridge and Cedar Roughs, east of the Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa offers year-round recreation opportunities. Berryessa’s water reaches temperatures of up to 75 degrees in the summer, making it an ideal place for water sports. Anglers enjoy fishing for both cold- and warm-water species, such as rainbow trout, bass and catfish. One […]

Visitors’ Guide: Golf courses

Public golf courses in Yolo County include: — Wildhorse Golf Club, is a challenging course for golfers of all caliber, and includes a driving range and putting green. * Location: 2323 Rockwell Drive, Davis * More information: 530-753-4900; www.wildhorsegolfclub.com — Davis Municipal Golf Course is a full-service facility. Besides the 18-hole course, it has a […]

Visitors’ Guide: Double-decker buses

In 1968, Unitrans, UC Davis’ bus system, purchased vintage double-decker buses from London and brought them to Davis to start a bus system. Over time, Unitrans added 10 more of the vintage buses, although only a few run now. To catch a ride on one of the iconic buses during the academic year, take the […]

Visitors’ Guide: Davis Shakespeare Festival

The Davis Shakespeare Festival, now in its fifth year, is a local theater event for the community to enjoy. Two shows will be featured this summer: “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Rob Salas, features the face-off between Shakespeare’s most fiery couple: Benedick and Beatrice. Inspired by California wine country in the 1940s, this “Much […]

Visitors’ Guide: Davis Farmers Market

The Davis Farmers Market has been a downtown staple since 1975 when it was founded by local family farmers looking for a way to sell their produce directly to the public. In 2009, the Davis Farmers Market was crowned America’s favorite large farmers’ market by the American Farmland Trust and thousands of voters. The win […]

Visitors’ Guide: The Davis Arts Center

The Davis Arts Center is a gathering place for dynamic engagement with the arts. Through multidisciplinary classes and programs for the regional community, the Arts Center inspires creative expression in people of all ages and fosters an environment for the arts to flourish. Founded in 1959, the Davis Arts Center has remained true to its […]

Visitors’ Guide: Bicycling

Davis takes its reputation as the bicycle capital of the country seriously, and there are many ways this town proves its loyalty to pedal power. It has earned the title of “America’s Best Bicycling City” because of its high volume of bicycle use, its renowned system of bikeways and cyclist-friendly facilities, and supportive city and […]

Visitors’ Guide: Mondavi Center

The Mondavi Center is UC Davis’ world-class performing arts facility. It is the premier performance venue in Northern California and the regional destination for the best in classical music, dance, distinguished speakers, jazz, theater and world music. This sumptuous theater on the southern edge of campus nestles right up to the railroad tracks, but fear […]

Visitors’ Guide: Hattie Weber Museum

Those wishing to learn more about the history of Davis and surrounding areas can visit the Hattie Weber Museum in downtown Davis. Named for Hattie (Harriet Elisha) Weber, who was the first paid librarian in Davisville, the museum is operated by the Yolo County Historical Society and run by knowledgeable volunteers. The museum houses permanent […]

Visitors’ Guide: U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame

After a nationwide competition in 2008, Davis was chosen as the new home for the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame and its museum. Occupying an 8,000-square-foot building in Central Park in downtown Davis, its collection includes a vast array of bicycles, photographs, awards, posters, periodicals and racing apparel from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. […]

Name Droppers: Fire chief earns training officer designation

City of Davis/UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan J. Trauernicht has completed the process that awards him the professional designations of Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Trauernicht is one of only 956 CFOs and 49 CTOs worldwide. The Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer Programs are voluntary designations designed to recognize individuals who […]

Visitors’ Guide: Art walks

Second Friday ArtAbout / public art in Davis One way Davis likes to liven up its landscapes and neighborhoods is through public art. Playful sculptures, functional pieces like a wall or a clock, and much more adorn the downtown area, shopping centers, parks, greenbelts and buildings throughout Davis. Local galleries combine efforts for a festive […]

Visitors’ Guide: Hiking

Spring-fed waterfalls cascading over shadowy caverns, pockets of wetlands with turtles floating undisturbed and the fur of black bears shimmering in the sunlight as they move swiftly along river banks. Recounted by Andrew Fulks, who manages UC Davis’ Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, these adventures actually are close to home. Fulks has worked to inform, protect […]