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This is the five-year anniversary of 209 Magazine and we have been busy celebrating. In August, we held the inaugural Best of 209 Awards Gala and hosted over 300 winners and their guests at the Gallo Center for the Arts. It was exciting having so many award-winning business owners from across the 209 together in one place. We can’t wait to hold the 2nd annual Best of 209 Gala!

Fall is a great time to get out and explore. 

Harrah’s has brought “a little bit of Caesars Vegas to Amador County” in their partnership with the Buena Vista Rancheria tribe in Ione. When visiting Harrah’s Northern California, make sure to check out Louie Oliver’s. While the restaurant features high-quality steaks, its dedication to farm to fork has them changing the menu to follow the local fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Another great 209 find is Tapped Apple in Salida. Modesto residents Corey Martin and Wells Mounday own and operate the small cider tasting room that attracts patrons from all over the Central Valley.

Just outside the 209 is the Fossil Discovery Center, located in Chowchilla. Fossil Discovery Center is home to some of the most historic finds in fossils and those findings are on display for visitors to enjoy. 

No matter how you decide to spend your fall months, we hope you will bring 209 Magazine along for the ride!

We welcome your comments, calendar events and stories. We hope you will support the businesses and charities that have chosen to partner with us. We appreciate them and look forward to being the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209.

Hank Vander Veen
Publisher, 209 Magazine