Why rent a home for a vacation in Lodi?

Mission Arch, nighttime

This question comes up regularly.  Renting a vacation home meets the needs of many travelers and families.  There are many reasons our guests stay in one of our three homes.  They come for art classes, festivals, to watch the Sandhills Cranes in winter, to have close access for cherry harvest season (brokers), grape harvest, and olive harvest.

liz_card_bk_prfThey offer private get aways for anniversaries, honeymoons, places for families to stay for weddings, college graduations, grandparents welcoming their new grandchildren, grandparents turning their home over to children and grandchildren and finding a quiet place, staff retreats, get aways for pastors and missionaries, and class reunions. Our long term stays are for brokers, winery staff and out of town contractors that prefer something more like home rather than stay in a hotel for months.


T his is the sixth year that we’ve welcomed guests to our Cottages.  We are the longest operating vacation rental in our area.  We can accommodate multiple families or groups traveling together in our two cottages that share a property and allow meals and excursions to be shared.


As our local lovely gems become more popular with visitors, more people traveling together look for a shared place conducive to  eating some meals in, more privacy, traveling with children or pets,  and flexible check in and check out times.  Parking behind a gate helpscoa_vine_kit2_2


with feeling more secure and less exposed to vandalism. Free wi-fi and satellite TV, laundry facilities for the unexpected events, the ability to barbecue after an afternoon of wine tasting on a private patio with a firebox is a very different experience when traveling.  Many times, it’s less expensive for families or friends to rent a vacation home than to reserve multiple hotel rooms.cottages_Mer_frtrm new




I’m glad to say that Lodi offers choice in what type of venue is needed for travelers.  We have luxury accommodations with food and spas on site, we have hotels that offer breakfast and pools and easy access to travel with shuttles for big events, and economy hotels.  There are lovely Bed and Breakfasts nearby in Lockeford and Clements.  And we have several vacation rentals to choose from.  Finding yourself ‘Stuck in Lodi’ isn’t so bad!image


Vineyard Harvest

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Harvesting by Hand

Harvest of the Zinfandel Vineyard at the Cottages Sept, 2010

It’s harvest time in the vineyard!  Harvesting equipment arrives the night before, and with the harvester pulled by the tractor, the gondolas, and the truck with the bins waiting to be filled with fruit, the equipment starts moving about 5 PM. Harvest is done in the evening, when the sugar levels are highest in the fruit.  The cool evening temperatures keep the fruit cool while the trucks are waiting to unload the bins at the winery.

Harvesting the Gardens

A happy result of seeds!

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Pesto, Olive Oil

Better late than never! Harvested fresh peaches for cobbler and smoothies, basil for pesto (lots of pesto this year) and fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. So much better even than Farmer’s Markets. And the pumpkins are turning colors!

July at the Cottages


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We are mid way through summer here in Lodi

Irrigating the vines

Irrigating vines in midsummer

.  It’s been mild, delightful, and has just enough heat to help the vegetables.  The grape harvest will be later due to the mild weather, and we are just seeing verasion, the development of color in the clusters.  The pumpkins are in, the vegetables are ripening and the hot tub has been delivered to the Vintner’s Cottage.