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As the weather — finally — cools down, now is the perfect time to get out and explore everything the 209 has to offer. In this issue, we highlight a number of “spooky” fun activities to celebrate fall as well as honoring local veterans who now run their own businesses. We encourage our readers to both shop local while supporting our heroes.

Those looking for a new place to eat, grab a cocktail or a glass of wine need look no further than our Flavors section. This issue we are featuring the Bourbon Barrel in Sonora, Galletto Ristortante in downtown Modesto, the Mainzer in Merced and Le Mulet Rouget in Sutter Creek. Each of these locally-owned businesses offer something special.

You don’t have to travel far this fall for a unique art experience. “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” has transformed a 27,000 square foot space in West Sacramento into an interactive exploration of the artist’s life.

We are happy to bring you all these stories and more to shine a light on the people, places, organizations and businesses that make the 209 such a special place to live, work and play.

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher/Owner 209 Magazine