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Secret Gardens of the California Gold Country

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 Woodlon Diner, Jahant Road exit in Acampo and then head towards Highway 26. If you know the back roads, you'll exit at Liberty Road and breath deep as you cruise into the foothills.  Clements Ridge produce stand at highways 88 and 12 is a must! The very best homemade pies, local fruits and veggies, and more, more, more! Check online for seasonal hours.
Melanie Pickrell – Antioch, CA Oakwilde Ranch & Sculpture Nov 2011 Credit
Hunger sated, continue east towards Valley Springs. Ready yourself for scenic vistas. Two-lane country roads framed by orchards, vineyards, and small towns are visually soothing.  On 52 acres in Calaveras County, owners/artists Denise Mayfield and Kresimir Luckars 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
7111 South Burson Road
Valley Springs, CA  95252



If my Subaru can't get me there, 
that's a good reason not to go!

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Make/Do Sacramento is more in historic Oak Park neighborhood

Old Sew tote made from vintage rice bag.
Old Sew tote made from vintage rice bag.
Make/Do Sacramento new vintage store
Rating: Star!Star!Star!Star!Star!

Not too late for a little "sumpin sumpin" for that Valentine's Day, or any day, someone special. A new addition to historic Oak Park, Make/Do Sacramento is all about that perfect gift. With a focus on local artisans, you're almost assured it's one-of-a-kind, handmade, and yes, very local!

Make/Do Sacramento is shop local, made local, owned local. Vintage clothing, fabrics, handmade bags and jewelery.

Handmade jewelry and stylish purses and totes are sure to please. Vintage clothing, home decor, and fabrics, buttons, and notions are trendy again. And beautifully displayed. This diminutive boutique delivers on shop small, shop local mantra. Daughter and mother team, Lori and Linda, are the driving force. Mom Linda creates her Old Sew must-have handbags and totes from recycled fabrics including vintage rice bags! Sacramento-made Backyard Soapsmith soaps are made in small batches -- and vegan! Kitschy favorite is the Chandewheel by Kevin Greenberg the "up-cycled-bike-wheel-license-plate chandelier that you never knew you wanted..or needed!"

Anticipation! Make/Do Sacramento is only open Friday and Saturday, 10am to 4pm and by appointment. More hours coming soon, I hope. Meanwhile, this will definitely Make/Do!

Make/Do Sacramento
2901 35th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817