Newcastle and Loomis, California
Where to eat: The Rat Trap, Newcastle
Tip: the turkey is reeeally good
Where to thrift: Merry Go Round Antiques, Newcastle
tip: this place is HUGE. plan on spending some time there. Don't be alarmed by the outrageously priced items at the front of the store(barn). Head to the back where she forgot what she has and is basically giving stuff away.
Where to sample and buy 1000 different sauces, dips, marinades, and schmears: New Castle Produce, Newcastle, obviously
Tip: Don't go right after lunch at The Rat Trap. They have a deli as well, and you will want to try it, but your tummy will be much too full.
Where to look at amazing plants and trees and browse the cutest fabric store. Also, where to eat at a restaraunt where they grown ALL their own produce right there. (we ran out of time to eat there this time....but next time for sure!)
High-Hand Nursery, Loomis.
Tip: Don't even go into the Persian Rug section. Don't. You will want everything (rug, coverlet, giant bag that you could fit your family in), and you won't be able to afford it, yet will still be thinking of it all weeks later.