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Travel Guide: Putah River

Summer is officially over and we’re sure you need something to look forward to.  We are here to help you start planning your Fall adventures.Slide1

Attention all fishermen/women, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone else who just needs a weekend away from the monotony of your nine to five office job – we have the perfect getaway for you. Introducing Putah Creek – an 85-mile long creek flowing through Napa and Sacramento valleys and offering some of the best fly fishing, hiking, and camping in Northern California. From its glassy reservoirs to its tumbling whitewater, Putah Creek is without a doubt one of California’s hidden gems and the ultimate weekend retreat for you this fall. And don’t worry, we’ve done all the hard stuff and come up with every activity, campsite, hotel, and restaurant you should try. So- no excuses.

Activities At Putah Creek

Putah Creek is an outdoorsman’s heaven. Brimming with steelhead trout, rainbow trout, and chinook salmon, Putah Creek and its adjoining lakes offer great fishing opportunities year-round. Oh and did we mention that the fish often exceed 18-inches long? Yeah, bring your Go-Pros and get ready for some brag-worthy photos to show your buddies back at home. In addition to fishing, travelers at Putah Creek can also enjoy its miles of meandering hiking trails, abundant wildlife, and rushing whitewater perfect for kayaking or canoeing.

Lodging At Putah Creek

While we recommend really getting in touch with your wild side and camping near the creek, there are plenty of places to kick your feet up at the end of a long day outside. Putah Canyon Campground has 46 tent sites equipped with barbeques and picnic tables for those looking to really “rough it”. But if you aren’t feeling up to the challenge of becoming one with nature (or just have a natural fear of the dark, bears, and creepy crawlers in the night) we recommend the Abbey House Inn located in Winters, California. With its convenient wraparound porch, this quaint cottage is a comfortable retreat for travelers who appreciate some good ‘ol fashioned hospitality.

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Dining At Putah Creek

One does not go to Putah Creek without dining at the Putah Creek Cafe in Winters, California. (Just a few blocks away from the Abbey House Inn… see what we did there?) Putah Creek Cafe offers travelers comfort food at its finest. From its old fashioned flapjacks to its famous Putah Creek Scramble, this local favorite is a must. And if we haven’t convinced you yet, Guy Fieri came here to film an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives – so its basically famous.

You’re welcome. Plans for next weekend are now finalized and Putah Creek is officially calling your name. Don’t forget your fishing pole, hiking boots, and a bottle (or two) of Lost Republic for an epic weekend getaway.