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Where to go and where to stay in Stanislaus County.

Visiting Stanislaus County

Ceres, Modesto, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Turlock.

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Stanislaus County was originally inhabited by Native Americans who lived off the land along the banks of a large, winding river in the Central Valley.

Gabriel Moraga, a Spanish explorer, discovered the river in 1806; causing an eventual clash between Mexican officials and the Indians.

Stanislaus was established in 1854, just five years after the first gold was discovered.

By 1872 Stanislaus County was recognised as the leading centre of wheat production in the nation and in 1881, the county reaped an astounding harvest of nearly seven million bushels.

Today, Stanislaus County's borders stretch from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada's to California's Coastal range.

The county seat of Stanislaus County is Modesto.

Connecting Stanislaus:
Located in the northern San Joaquin Valley, the nine cities and six communities of Stanislaus County offer countless possibilities for residents and visitors.

Stanislaus River Valley:
The Alliance is charged with serving both the employer and employee needs of the Stanislaus River Valley while effectively partnering and adding value to local economic development programs that currently exist in the area.

Around Stanislaus County


City of Ceres:
The Daniel C. Whitmore family was considered the first family of Ceres and, with two other founders, settled in Ceres in 1867. Mr. Whitmore built the first home in Ceres in 1870. That home has been fully restored, by the City and the Ceres Historical Society, and can be found at 2928 Fifth Street.

Ceres Accommodation:

Howard Johnson Express Inn: 1672 Herndon Road.
Located on three acres of spacious grounds, the Howard Johnson Express Inn Ceres is close to Highway 99, with easy freeway access.

Guests receive a deluxe 'Rise and Dine' continental breakfast every morning. There's also an outdoor pool, free wireless high-speed Internet, free national calls and complimentary parking.


City of Hughson:
Located to the east of Ceres, to the north of Turlock and to the south-east of Modesto, Hughson is the smallest incorporated city in Stanislaus County and home to the annual Hughson Fruit and Nut Festival. Although a growing community, Hughson still maintains the small, hometown feel that long time residents have always associated with the city.


From its earliest days, Modesto (Spanish for modesty) has been a community dedicated to growth, progress and the quality of community life.

In the last decades of Modesto's history, there has been progress, vision and growth beyond even founder William Ralston's prediction for the wheat field that was Modesto in 1870.

McHenry Mansion and Museum:
Built in 1883 by Robert McHenry, a prominent local rancher/banker, the McHenry Mansion (on the National Register of Historic places) is a fine example of the Victorian-Italianate style of architecture. Located close by, the McHenry Museum aims to present and preserve the past and the many people who pioneered this unique area.

Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Modesto’s central location puts you within a short drive of the ocean, mountains and some of the nations most renowned parks. Day trip options from Modesto include San Francisco, Sacramento, and Yosemite National Park among many others.


City of Newman:
Founded by Simon Newman in 1888, the City of Newman is the jewel of the West Side of California’s central valley. Known for its annual Fall Festival and small town charm, the City of Newman retains its rural flavour while keeping up with larger more-urbanised communities.


The Oakdale Visitors' Bureau is located at 590 N. Yosemite Avenue.

City of Oakdale:
Primarily an agricultural community, Oakdale is also home to several large manufacturing firms including Hershey's Chocolate, Con Agra Foods and the United Can Company.

Hershey's Chocolate:
The Visitors Center and Gift Shoppe is located at 120 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. Public tours of the chocolate factory, next door, are no longer available.

Oakdale Chamber of Commerce:
In 1848, gold was discovered along the Stanislaus River by the Indians living in the area. The stampede to mine the gold sent representatives of the Stockton and Visalia Railroad to the location that is now Oakdale.

Sierra Railroad Dinner Train:
The Sierra Railroad Company, the third oldest railroad in North America, was launched in the late 1800s to connect the Gold Country with the world. Re-live the ultimate, romantic experience which combines the best from the past with luxury railroad dining.


City of Patterson:
The history of Patterson begins with the measuring of the Rancho Del Puerto and the subsequent grant of the land to Mariano and Pedro Hernandez on January 30th, 1844. With agriculture as its primary economic base, orchards of apricots, almonds and walnuts, as well as row crops of dry beans, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, peas and melons play an important role in Patterson’s history.

Patterson Apricot Fiesta:
Since Patterson, designated the 'Apricot Capital of the World', is designed in a wagon wheel shape most of the Fiesta takes place on the 'Circle'; the hub of the wheel.

Patterson Accommodation:

Best Western Villa del Lago Inn: 2959 Speno Drive.
Enjoy a charming mini-resort experience at the Best Western Villa Del Lago; in the heart of California's beautiful Central Valley. The Villa del Lago offers 82 stylish, well-appointed guestrooms and suites, featuring contemporary amenities and services for a restful and relaxing stay in Patterson.

Start your day with a continental breakfast, or dine at the Atrium Bar & Grill. The hotel also offers high-speed and wireless Internet connections.

When it's time to relax, you can take a swim in the outdoor pool and catch some rays on an attractive sundeck. Take a soothing sauna and spa, or get in a workout in the well-equipped fitness facility; equipped with weight and cardio machines.


City of Riverbank:
Blending the new with the old, Riverbank maintains a sense of harmony with the surrounding rural and agricultural heritage.


City of Turlock:
In the heart of California’s Central Valley, Turlock is the second largest city in Stanislaus County.

Stanislaus County Fair:
From a summer weekend in 1911 to a 10-day run, the Stanislaus County Fair has been a source of fun, entertainment and education for persons of all ages. Today's aim of the Stanislaus County Fair is to provide a family and community oriented experience promoting agriculture, entertainment and technology.

Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Centered among some of California's most popular tourist destinations, Turlock is an ideal place to visit. Whether you are interested in cultural activities or experiencing Turlock's rich and diverse agricultural heritage, this is the place for you.


City of Waterford:
Known as the 'Gateway to Recreation', the city plays host to the thousands of people who travel through on their way to the many recreational opportunities in the area.

Stanislaus Communities

Crows Landing, Denair, Empire, Grayson, Hickman, Keyes, Knights Ferry, La Grange, Valley Home, Westley.

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