This romantic inn is the perfect place to rest and restore when visiting Lodi’s many award-winning wineries.
By Kimberly Horg
In 1849, Dean Jewett Locke, made the journey out west to practice medicine. Between 1863 and 1865, he had a small cottage replaced by a 14-room, three-story brick house and water tower.
The Locke House accommodated 13 children, relatives and patients because Dr. Locke conducted his medical practice at his home. The house and barn also became centers for the pioneer community that would one day become Lockeford.
Over the years, the property deteriorated so in 1992 (after 6 years of renovation and restoration), Richard and Lani Eklund re-opened the The Inn at Locke House. The brick farmhouse is now on the National Register and is a California Landmark, offering guests a relaxing stay near shopping, restaurants and Lodi wineries.
The Eklunds opened The Inn as an effort to preserve and share a part of California and American history as well as continue the Locke family tradition of welcoming guests.
“We offer an intimate experience unique to the needs of our guests,” Lani Eklund, Owner/Innkeeper, said. “A home-like atmosphere where guests relax in the parlors, on the porch, the patio and in the gardens, and guest rooms are individually decorated to reflect the ‘history’ of the room.”
The restored 22-room Inn has four large guest quarters in the main house and a secluded three-level suite in the water tower.
Guests can enjoy insights into pioneer Gold Rush family and small town life by exploring the inn and then venturing into the town where they can visit an historic cemetery, church and old schoolhouse museum.
Beverages and fruit are available 24-hours in the carriage way for guests to enjoy and Lani Eklund prepares breakfasts each morning with local, organic, seasonal products from her garden at The Inn. The breakfast menu changes daily and she will accommodate dietary needs and requests with advanced notice.
Eklund says her guest’s favorite breakfast include orange French toast, eggs Florentine, cloud pancakes and vegetable frittata. Her homemade scones, coffee cakes and muffins are also a treat in each breakfast menu.
They offer afternoon tea as a package option for guests and will prepare a private dinner with a couple weeks notice. At least twice a year, The Inn hosts a public afternoon tea and tour of the property since it is a Historic Landmark. Private events may also be arranged for groups of eight or more.
The Inn offers lodging-spa packages periodically through Perfect Balance Day Spa in Lodi, arranges kayaking trips, golf packages, event tickets, and make reservations at restaurants for their guests.
They also offer packages including the Equestrian Experience, which has a picnic lunch for those on the go. Packages are described in detail at theinnatlockehouse.com.
“Lodi has become more of a popular destination due to the development of local wineries, a World of Wonders Museum, Lodi Lake and festivals centered around local agriculture, food and wines,” she said.
Busy times of the year for them are during wine events or wedding season. If guests would like to book a particular room, make your reservation early. To reserve a room, call (209) 727-5715. The Inn is located at19960 Elliott Road, Lockeford, Calif.