On a recent Thursday afternoon I spent some relaxed time in Walnut Grove on the Sacramento River. It is an easy drive from Sacramento; taking Twin Cities Road is the most direct route. I parked on River Road next to the welcome sign and map. After a deep breath and a long look at the river at “lazy” stage, I checked out the map and then crossed the street to Mel’s Mocha & Ice Cream for a cappuccino.
Check out my review on Urban Spoon.
The people in front of me in line ordered ice cream and it looked good. I stuck to something lower cal and checked out the restrooms while I waited for my drink (very clean). I ordered my drink to go, but next time I’ll make time to enjoy at the cafe because the drink did not benefit from the to-go cup and plastic lid. And there is a lot of atmosphere to enjoy in this authentic local hangout.
If you drop in at 7:00 a.m. you wil be joined by local farmers with their own personalized mugs.
I picked up the brochure for the walking tour of Walnut Grove but got back into my car to drive to the local library in search of Wifi. Fortunately the Sacramento County Library is open on Thursday afternoons and they do have Wifi.
They also have an small but mighty used bookstore. I picked up “Knitting for a New Arrival” in hardback circa 1960. Lucky me: the used bookstore is only open on Thursday afternoons.
I was about to return to my car when I realized that the Walnut Grove Iron Works, located across the street in an old theater, was open! It is normally only open on the weekends so I had yet to be able to check it out. The proprietor/iron artist was in the office so he opened the gallery.
My mini break in charming Walnut Grove drew to a close and I pointed my car toward Davis determined to return to try Tony’s for dinner another time.
The town of Locke, an interesting treasure on the River, is just a stone’s throw down River Road from Walnut Grove and also worth visiting with more food choices for dinner.