Go Explore! Oakwilde Ranch & Sculpture by Barbara L. Steinberg
You'll need all your best navigational devices to find this most secret art garden. Take Highway 99 south and enjoy some comfort food – breakfast or lunch – at the very local Lodi Airport Café or Woodlon Diner, Jahant Road exit in Acampo. (Lodi Airport Cafe is being remodeled, but check them out later this spring.)
Hunger sated, continue south to Highway 26 east towards Valley Springs. Ready yourself for scenic vistas. Two-lane country roads framed by orchards, vineyards, and small towns are visually soothing. Be one of the first to visit Oakwilde Ranch & Sculpture following their 5th Annual Spring Sculpture Exhibition! On 52 acres in Calaveras County, owners Denise and Kresimir are cultivating art and relationships along groomed trails and undulating hillsides. The winding road delivers sculptures, hospitality, wine tasting, spring wildflowers, and beautiful views. Ranch hikes are an adventure in search of art installations and views of Gold Country foothills from the “Top of the World.” Call ahead for an appointment and detailed directions.
If you have time on your return, Lodi wineries are plentiful and freeway-close.
Oakwilde Ranch & Sculpture
South Burson Road, Valley Springs, CA 95252; 209/931-4561