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Harris Ranch

Harris Ranch
This Central Valley oasis is a perfect place for a quick pit stop or even a relaxed meal and overnight stay

Looking for a great place to stop on Highway 5 between Los Angeles and San Francisco? Look no further: Harris Ranch in Coalinga is the perfect place to stretch your legs, grab a bite and even spend the night. Located 27 miles north of Kettleman City, Harris Ranch offers accommodations at its modern inn, treats and eats at its country store, and multiple restaurants to enjoy everything from Beef Filet Wellington to oak-smoked baby back ribs.

Harris Ranch Inn is a Hacienda-style resort that offers a collection of rooms and suites, an Olympic-style pool, three outdoor hot tubs, a gym and balcony views of the fertile Central Valley.

Need a hostess gift before you reach your final destination? The Harris Ranch Country Store combines a Western general store with fresh baked breads and pastries, handcrafted gifts, specialty housewares and Harris Ranch beef, cut fresh at the meat counter and packed on ice for your trip. (Harris Ranch is the largest beef producer in California).

Of course, any stop to Harris Ranch would be incomplete without enjoying something cooked on a grill or covered in barbeque sauce. Visit the family-friendly Ranch House for a sit-down breakfast, lunch or dinner—or head over to the fine-dining Steakhouse for an indulgent porterhouse. If you want to get back on the road in a hurry, Harris Ranch’s new Express BBQ offers fan favourites like smoked brisket and tri-tip in ready-made sandwiches, salads and plates to enjoy on the go. You can even order online, via the app, before you arrive.

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Laura Flippen

Central California

Discover the Central Valley

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California’s heartland offers up one of the state’s most authentic and sensory rich experiences, a chance to see and taste the state’s bounty at every turn. Follow oak shaded country roads to farm stands overflowing with fresh produce and meander along wine trails to some of the state’s most productive vineyards and low key tasting rooms.

Peaches, plums, apricots, and tomatoes. Just some of the ultra fresh produce you will find at farm stands throughout the valley. 

Throughout the broad valley, stretching for over 400 miles down the middle of the state, are cities and towns rich with history, international culture, and 'everyone’s welcome' charm. 

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Lake Berryessa, located just outside of Winters, has a sunken city underneath it called Monticello.
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The Tehama Trail is a surprisingly fertile area—a prime place for farms and ranches. Many invite visitors to stop in and buy fresh produce, artisanal olive oils, and other local food products.

The trail links together nearly two dozen vineyards, orchards, and grass-fed beef ranchers and...

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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

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Some 300 species of birds and mammals make this a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts

Located on the Pacific Flyway 60 miles north of Sacramento, Gray Lodge encompasses 9,200 acres surrounded by agricultural flatlands and...

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Houseboating

Take to the water on a deluxe floating home

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California Delta

A boater’s and fisherman’s paradise awaits

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Sample the city’s famous Zinfandels after a day of outdoor fun

Best known for big red wines, particularly old-vine Zinfandels, the American Viticultural Area of...

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The 10 acres of rooms, passages and gardens at Fresno's Forestiere Underground Gardens were excavated by hand using only farming tools.
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Bakersfield

Experience California’s oil-rich history, with Basque food and country western music on the side

This rapidly growing city in the southern Central Valley is full of surprises. Once known for oil and agriculture, Bakersfield has...

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See why this Central Valley region holds its own in terms of good wine, pretty countryside, and cool activities

A treasure awaits about 20 miles east of Napa, in a lovely but largely “secret” area of sprawling countryside and bayfront beauty. This is...