Exploring California – UC Davis Arboretum and Temple Coffee Roasters
Since the weather was sunny and in the 70s this weekend, I was super excited to explore the UC Davis arboretum and the temple coffee roasters. The University of California Davis is a beautiful 5,300 acres college campus that is only about 30 minutes away from me. It contains the UC Davis Arboretum, which is 100 acres of space shared by both flora and fauna. . My brother and one of my good friends in college both studied at UC Davis for their Masters. Both have told me that the Arboretum is a must-see!
One thing that stands out when you are in Davis is that you see bicycles and bicyclists literally everywhere on campus and in the downtown area. This is not surprising because Davis is the Bicycle Capital of the U.S. as it has the highest rate of bicycle use. Naturally, a city that loves bikes is home to the United States Hall of Fame. It is a non-profit organization that promotes the history of American cycling, encourages all levels of cycling, and promotes cycling development and fitness.
I have been to Davis a few times before and I love its relaxed and small-town vibe. In terms of food, it is culturally diverse. There are choices for Asian, Mediterranean, Italian, Indian/Himalayan/Nepalese to name a few. I will be sure to try one of these restaurants next time, but on the morning of my visit I was craving hot cocoa so instead, I checked out Temple Coffee Roasters on G St and 3rd St.
With my breakfast done, I drove over to UC Davis to check out the Arboretum. There is no entrance fee to the Arboretum and parking is free on the weekends. Coincidentally, The Arboretum Teaching Nursery was having a Spring Plant Sale so I followed the line of cars to park at the lot in front of it. However, it was open to members only until 11AM so I did not get to check it out. It sounded interesting though. They had almost 400 varieties and 13,000 plants available for sale.
So I walked down the path to the right of the nursery instead towards the Arboretum. I noticed that several plants were labeled with their names. In this area, they had a lot of paths where people jogged or walked their dogs. There were also several photographers, one was doing a family photoshoot.
Near this area is the horses stable which was fun to be at. The horses were friendly and interactive.
As I stood there taking photos, the horses must have thought that I was there to feed them because they galloped towards me on a couple of occasions and I was able to get this close up!
Tips: Parking on campus is free on the weekends but I recommend to always check the signs.
UC Davis Arboretum: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/
Temple Coffee Roasters: https://templecoffee.com/about/locations/
Davis Chamber of Commerce: http://www.davischamber.com/