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 backroads, you'll exit at Liberty Road and breath deep as 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.
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. Be one of the first to visit Oakwilde Ranch & Sculpture during the 9th annual Spring Sculpture Exhibition! On 52 acres in Calaveras County, owner/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.