Traversing fields and orchards awash in pale blossoms, California's Highway 16 winds 50 miles through bucolic Capay Valley from Interstate 5 before it crosses into Colusa County and meets Highway 20 for a detour to hot springs. Visit on March 15 to catch the Almond Festival in Esparto (530-787-3242, espartoregionalchamber.com). Area code is 530.
WOODLAND Explore the nicely preserved downtown, then settle in at Tazzina Bistro for a brunch of bananas Foster French toast or eggs Benedict with Kurobuta ham. 661-1700, tazzinabistro.com.
CAPAY Grab a picnic to go at the rustic Road Trip Bar & Grill. If you skipped brunch, enjoy a turkey burger or ribs with root beer barbecue sauce. 796-3777, roadtripbg.com.
TABER RANCH The gardens and restored barn at this 1865 ranch are booked for events all summer, but in early spring managers Jean and Kim Chevalier happily offer tastes of their fine Arbequina olive oil. By appointment. 908-2359, taberranch.com.
CAPAY VALLEY VINEYARDS Call ahead for a tasting break in Brooks. By appointment, noon to 5 p.m. 796-4110, capayvalleyvineyards.com.