Jelly Belly – Fairfield, California
Did you know that a jelly belly was the first jelly bean in outer space, riding aboard the Challenger STS-7 in 1983? This little bean sure is popular and now you can see what it’s all about during a visit to the California factory with a 40-minute walking tour. Guides will show you the secrets to creating this legendary candy and explain why it takes more than a week to make a single bean. For information visit www.jellybelly.com.
Our Russian River Preserve is just over an hour from the factory.
Ethel M Chocolates – Henderson, Nevada
This self-guided tour not only takes you through the factory but also through the world famous Ethel M. Botanical Cactus Garden, which features one of Nevada’s largest collections of cacti with more than 300 species of plants.
The Ethel M factory is less than 20 minutes from our Las Vegas Preserve.
On the Calendar
Visit Lake Minden and enjoy the 133rd Bok Kai Festival on March 16. The 133rd Bok Kai Festival celebrates the Year of the Snake. The heart of the festival is in the Bok Kai Temple, built in Marysville’s historic Chinatown in 1888. This festival acknowledges the Great Chinese Water God (Bok Eye) and California’s Chinese history dating back to the Gold Rush days. Entertainment, food and crafts provided by cultural organizations from Yuba and Sutter Counties will also be a part of the event. The Bok Kai Temple and the Chinese American Museum will be open during both days of the festival. The Festival continues on Sunday with Bomb Day. Parade begins at 11 a.m. For more information visit www.bokkaifestival.com
If you plan to visit Pio Pico any time in March, you’re in prime whale watching season. The nearby Birch Aquarium hosts twice-daily cruises to locate gray whales on their round-trip migration from their Alaska feeding grounds to Baja California. Search for seals, sea lions, dolphins, migrating birds, and more. For reservations call (619) 234-4111.