This peaceful little park sat across the street from the McHenry Mansion and was nicely landscaped with hedging and rose bushes. It looked like the perfect spot to settle onto a bench to read a good book.When we travel, we often find a town park that begs to be visited. I love the fact that they are ideal meeting places or just small, welcoming...more
This playful bronze statue portrays two teens from the early 1960's hanging out by a '57 Chevy. This piece is meant to be a tribute to those fun-lovin' days. It 's located in George Lucas Plaza at the busy intersection known as "Five Points": Downey, 17th Street, McHenry Avenue, J Street and Needham Avenue.Modesto is film director/producer George...more
We really enjoy touring historic homes, so the McHenry Mansion was top on our list of things "to do". We arrived a half hour before closing. Despite the time constraint, the docent graciously led us from room to room explaining the history of this beautiful mansionThe mansion sits on a shady street, surrounded by trees and across from a small town...more
This upstairs bedroom was filled with light, so photographed better than other rooms. It's set up to look as if one of the McHenry children has stepped out of the room and will be back to play any minute! A gift shop, stocked with 'dainties' is located upstairs, too--if you see anything to your liking, they'll ship it to you.We stayed beyond the...more
See a play at the Prospect Theater ProjectThis is a small, independent theater that produces 5 plays a year. Sometimes they have poetry readings and musical events, too. Tickets are cheap, acting quality excellent, and they tend to pick provacative plays. There is a small art gallery in the lobby. $2 beer and wine! Don't miss it.more
Purchased via Hotwire, so didn't know where we would be staying. Once I knew, I checked out the...more
We stay in Salida probably 100 nights per year. Would not stay anywhere else. Learned the hard way.more
4300 Bangs Ave, Modesto, CA, 95356
Good for: Couples
I'm listing Tresetti's World Cafe in my restaurant tips because our guidebook recommended it, along with Galletto's Ristorante. We didn't have time to visit more than one restaurant, so the information I'm posting is from their website.Tresetti's Chef Ramiro has served as Chef de Cuisine under Wolfgang Puck and has worked in the restaurant business...more
Galleto Ristorante was listed in our guide book as a great place to find northern Italian fare. When we stepped in, the restaurant was not officially open yet but they allowed us to sit inside while preparations were made.I thought this gesture was extremely nice, so we looked forward to dining here. While we waited, we sat at a marble counter...more
For a touch of the old days, stop by A & W Restaurant--just look for the vintage cars in the parking lot out front. Expect to find the usual burger fare here.We went inside and took a look at the dining area and decided we wanted a restaurant with air-conditioning. Unfortunately, this local dive only had ceiling fans--but that adds to the image if...more
Mallard's offers good food for average prices. The restaurant is decorated with ducks, from etched glass to decoys. The food was good, we had a good time. My grandmother would freak if she saw Mallard's version of minestrone soup. They make it cream based, almost like a tomato soup. But it's superb. Definetly recommend this interpretation of the...more
Harvest Moon Restaurant and Catering(209) 523-97231213 I StModesto, CA 95351L[http://www.harvestmoonrestaurant.com]Harvest MoonHarvest Moon is a cozy restaurant with distinctive and different food all made from stratch on the premises. American food with some Cajun dishes, you will love our Neil's Toss salad, Dinah burger, Stuffed Filet Mignon and...more
Dimly lit (not glaringly bright). The decor is interesting, and the layout of the restaurant is so unusual--it's like a cluster of smaller areas, so there really aren't more than a few tables in within eyesight of each other. If it's not too crowded, the staff let you choose where you sit, and you may end up with one of these little 'areas' to...more
Getting around Modesto by car is not difficult. Our 'rush hour' is only that--as compared to 3 hours each (morning/evening) in bigger cities.
Buy an area street map. One of the most confusing aspects of getting around Modesto is that lots of streets have more than one name depending on how far down them you travel. (Examples: Carpenter/Briggsmore, Standiford/Sylvan, Oakdale/El Vista/Mitchell). You may think you're lost when you really aren't!
Be careful if traveling during the winter--the fog in this area is beyond thick!! Visibility can be no more than a few yards as early at 6pm, and as late in the day as noon!
Also Hwy 132 can be dangerous under any conditions. It's only one lane each direction with no barrier median. The potential for head-on collisions is very high. Use headlights even during the day, do not speed or pass illegally, and watch out for the 'other guy!'
In the summer, bring cool, breathable cloting, and sunscreen. Temp's over 100 degrees Farenheit aren't unusual.
In the winter, bring warm, water resistant clothing as rain and damp fog are commonplace, with evening temps regularly in the 30's.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen in the summer.
Eyedrops (especially if you wear contact lenses...depending on what 'harvesting season' it is, the general air quality can be dry and dusty.
Photo Equipment: If you need special camera batteries, bring a spare--there aren't many places to get unusual types, except for maybe a RadioShack or two.
When one enters Modesto, you travel beneath an arch displaying the city's motto: Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health. I was curious about this, so I did a little reading. Modesto developed along with the railroad in 1870. Water was an important issue right off and one of the first organizations established was the 'Modesto Water Irrigation District'...more
Mr TS Delicate Donut Shop 3507 Tully Road, Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 522-1614 How can one not be tempted by a shop of this name. We stopped in while moving my friends up here. Can I say they were great. No.But I loved the name. And in a town with more fast food than anywhere I have ever seen - at least this place has character.Keep on trucking...more