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As a Board member that lives in Oakdale, I thought I would share some of the great things we have to do in Oakdale for anyone lucky enough to have some time to spend....
When I plan a visit to a new town I have found the local Chamber of Commerce a great place to start so I have included their website and several others. www.oakdalechamber.com there you will find a tab on Oakdale's History and a Visitor tab that tells about the community of Knights Ferry (covered bridge) with a couple of restaurants and watering holes along with historic ruins and access to the Stanislaus River with rafting and fishing. Woodward Reservoir is another location nearby with camping available. In downtown Oakdale we are blessed with numerous antique stores, check out the area of “F” st at 3 also, easy 23 block area with the most in one area, but keep an eye out for others off this path they are scattered all over town with many specialty cowboy stores and don't miss the feed and western stores, we have 34. There's a reason we claim to be “The Cowboy Capital”!
Other points of interest include:
The Cowboy Museum next to the HB Saloon www.oakdalecowboymuseum.org
The Oakdale Cheese Factory, yes voted best Guda in the US www.oakdalecheese.com
The Sierra Dinner Train is a real treat, one of the oldest and used on too many movies for me to list, the diner is exquisite and elegant but they may have rides without too. www.sierradinnertrain.com
Above Sonora which is only 35 miles of the most beautiful drive you may ever take is several other locations worth the drive. Black Oak Casino is 45 miles from Oakdale www.blackoakcasino.com
Columbia State Park is a living history center with a town left in the 1800s, 40 miles from
Oakdale and again worth the drive if you love the old west. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=522
A little closer is Jamestown Railtown 1897, which is a sister to the Oakdale train, but here you find not only a train ride (no diner) but can walk through the round house and old sets. www.railtown1897.org
Of course there is always Yosemite National Park which is about a two hour drive from Oakdale to the north entrance. www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm And our meeting spot, The HB Saloon is a historic bar that made the top 10 cowboy bars in the US by one of the western magazines, I think American Cowboy but not positive. Anyway you can spend some time looking at all the photos on the wall while sipping your choice beverage....it may take more than one there are so many from all the good ol' days.
Motels in the Oakdale area are limited but I have a few to choose from, due to the proximity to Yosemite the chains are more expensive than I would have guessed.
Best Western 1450 E. “F” St, local phone 209.845.2500 at about $159
Motel 6 825 E. “F” St, local phone 209.847.8181 at about $95-105 (10% discount to American Mule Association when you make reservations)
Holiday Inn Express 828 E. “F” St, local phone 209.847.9121 at about $148-157
Holiday Motel (local nonchain) 950 E. “F” St, phone 209.847.7023 (dog friendly) priced $75-93
**all prices approximate and do not include taxes and fees