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Turning Goodbyes into Great Getaways!

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

Dropping off your child at college can be an emotionally charged experience for parents. It marks a significant milestone in both the parents and the child's lives and stokes emotions such as pride, anxiety, and nostalgia. It's also an exciting time, excitement about the opportunities and experiences that lie ahead for both your child and yourself. For those about to embark on this journey, here's a guide for out-of-town parents on where to stay, what to do, and how to make the most of your extended weekend in Davis.


UCD move-in weekend

Where to Stay


Experience the convenience of being close to your child's home away from home by staying at one of the hotels near the UCD campus. Check out options for any budget, and choose your location based on what your needs are, as there is something for everyone visiting Davis. Stay, play, and enjoy Davis, whether your ideal location is on campus or off.



Activities for Parents to Do

  • Explore Downtown Davis: Stroll through downtown Davis at your own pace. Known for its pedestrian-friendly streets, boutique shops, art galleries, and vibrant atmosphere, downtown Davis offers shopping, dining, drinks, and plenty of culture all without having to drive around town.

  • Visit the UC Davis Arboretum: Immerse yourself in nature at the UC Davis Arboretum. Enjoy a serene walk through beautifully landscaped gardens, water features, and a diverse collection of plants. A trip to this botanical oasis is a must-see for any visitor to Davis.

  • Wine Tasting in Yolo County: Davis sits in the heart of beautiful Yolo County. Explore the nearby Yolo County wine region, known for its excellent wineries and vineyards. Enjoy a wine-tasting tour and savor the local varietals.

  • UCD Campus Tour: Join a guided campus tour or explore the UCD campus on your own. Relive the excitement of your child's first steps into higher education while discovering the university's history and landmarks.



Dining Experiences

  • Farm-to-Fork Delights: Davis boasts a thriving farm-to-fork food scene. Indulge in fresh, locally sourced cuisine at local restaurants and load up to take home at the world-famous Davis Farmers Market. Typically open on Wednesday and Saturday, check out all the seasonal goods our Yolo County farmers and artisans have in store for you.

  • Delicious Desserts: Davis has so many options when it comes to finding the perfect frozen treat! Whether you're looking for small batch, in-house made ice cream from Davis Creamery, East Coast style Italian Ice and frozen custard from Sweet and Shavery, or rich and creamy gelato from Icekrimski Cafe, these are just a few of the options Davis has for the perfect treat to cool off and make you feel refreshed after your day of exploring on campus or off.

  • Davis is also home to some champion craft beer makers. What better way to cool down and relax than sampling some of the best craft beer in the nation?! The amazing food, much of it locally sourced, is just another reason to check out our local brewers and tap rooms and imbibe on some delightful, seasonal craft beers and ciders. Depending on when you're visiting, you'll often find events going as well.



Dropping off your child at UCD doesn't have to be a tearful goodbye. It can be the start of a memorable extended weekend getaway. Explore Davis, with all its charm, and embrace the university atmosphere and natural beauty that surrounds the campus and town. Use the extra time to create lasting memories with your child. This transition can be an opportunity to bond, explore, and celebrate a new chapter in both of your lives. So, pack your bags, prepare to experience our unique community, and turn your college drop-off into an unforgettable experience in Davis!

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