The Best Things to Do in Woodland
Less than a half-hour from downtown Sacramento, Woodland is a quaint historic town with a walkable downtown and a tight-knit community. The reasonable housing prices in Woodland make the city a viable option for the commuter or world traveler, as the airport is just minutes away.
Woodland is an agricultural town surrounded by lush farmland and pastoral scenery. Best of all, it has easy access to farm-fresh produce, locally-made wine, and other gourmet food items like olive oil and honey. In fact, Woodland has been named and official “Bee City” for its efforts to support pollinators by planting bee-friendly plants in urban areas. It’s also host to the California Honey Festival, an annual event celebrating the humble honey bee.
Locals have worked tirelessly to preserve the town’s historic heritage, and revitalization of the downtown area has made it a destination in its own right. Woodland’s Main Street is lined with charming buildings, many of which were built between 1860 and 1940. It is here where residents and visitors alike gather for community events, to grab a meal, or simply admire the charming architecture.
Whether you’re a visitor or a new resident to this charming town, following are a few ideas on how to spend a day in Woodland. Note: Hours and openings may change due to the Covid-19 pandemic and regional shutdowns; check individual websites to confirm.
Step Back in Time
Woodland is proud of its heritage, and you can learn about its past at several popular museums. The Heidrick Ag History Museum features antique tractors and Reiff’s Gas Station Museum showcases vintage cars and automobile memorabilia. The Woodland Opera House, a registered historic landmark and state park, was built in the 19th century and still operates to this day. The Gibson House, built in 1857, has period furnishings and agricultural tools, not to mention lovely gardens.
Woodland has no shortage of shops so you can engage in a bit of retail therapy! Historic Main Street has several charming boutiques, including Serendipity Boutique, which has farmhouse style home décor and accessories; The Nest, which sells antiques and locally-made handicrafts; and Haven Boutique known for its women’s clothing and accessories. If you’re into thrifting, you’ll hit the jackpot in Woodland, as it has plenty of second-hand and consignment shops featuring everything from clothing to furniture to books. Have a sweet tooth? Check out Sawyer’s Sweet Shop, which has every type of candy imaginable and also offers subscription boxes for true aficionados.
Explore the Arts
Woodland has a thriving arts scene, with several notable galleries displaying the work of local artists. Located on the Gibson House property, the Barn Gallery features the work of both established and emerging artists, while Gallery 625 downtown has a variety of special exhibits throughout the year.
Taste Wine (or Beer!)
Wine lovers rejoice! Woodland is the epicenter for wine growing in the region, and several great wineries are located just a few minutes from downtown. Some to try are Matchbook Wine Company, which has a large outdoor patio overlooking the vineyards and Grindstone Wines, which has a quaint tasting room and patio. If beer is more your thing, check out Blue Note Brewing Company, which serves everything from Kolsch to Stout in their downtown location.
Have a Bite to Eat
Woodland has no shortage of restaurants, many of which are situated along the town’s lively Main Street. Some of our favorites include the following. Note: some restaurants may offer only patio dining or takeout due to Covid-19 restrictions.
- Savory Café is a breakfast and lunch spot that serves hearty fare with a menu that rotates with the season. Breakfasts include classics like eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy, while lunch offerings include salads, sandwiches and pasta.
- House of Shah Afghan Urban Eats is a vibrant and modern eatery serving traditional Afghani dishes, such as halal kabobs, stews and various rice dishes. This new fast-casual eatery has gained quite a following since opening in 2017.
- Morgan’s on Main is a popular New American eatery that celebrates the bounty of Woodland’s rich agricultural history and culinary heritage. This classy local hotspot has limited hours during the pandemic (and a limited menu) featuring tri-tip, burgers, and prime rib.
- Las Brasas Tacos & Salsas serves some of the best tacos in town, stuffed with steak, chicken, pork, fish and shrimp — just to name a few. They also have burritos, quesadillas, tortas, floutas and mulitas.
- Maria’s Cantina is an excellent Mexican restaurant bringing regional Latin recipes that blend Old World traditions with new world flavors. Enjoy tacos, chips and guacamole, fajitas, burritos, tostadas and other specialties inside outside on the shaded patio.
- Father Paddy’s is housed in a historic bank building and offers an authentic Irish bar experience. Classic pub fare includes shepherd’s pie, Irish stew and bangers and mash as well as American staples like burgers. They even offer virtual whiskey tasting!
- Kitchen428 is a popular farm-to-fork restaurant tucked in a historic building just off Main Street. The seasonal, locally sourced menu offers dishes like steak, salmon, burgers, sandwiches and salads, plus fancy craft cocktails.
Make Yourself at Home
If you’ve enjoyed your time in Woodland and are considering making it your permanent home, we can help. Take a look at homes for sale in Woodland and contact us with any questions you may have about Woodland real estate.