We were so glad we joined Club Nautique on the Delta River Cruise 2018. The trip up the Delta was a first for our family, especially for our 9-month-old son. We owe such a fantastic time to the great team at Club Nautique that handled every detail and made the trip so enjoyable!
The boat we chartered was a 37 ft power boat called Dream Won, which had two generously sized staterooms, one bathroom with a shower, plenty of bilge storage, and a nice covered flybridge that even had room for a pack ‘n play.
We left out of Sausalito and headed north to the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta, and the promise of warmer, sunnier weather! Dream Won provided us with plenty of storage for all the necessities we needed while cruising with two kids and four adults. We traveled up the Carquinez Strait toward our first overnight stop in Pittsburgh CA. After a delicious group dinner at New Mecca Cafe, we all turned in for the night.
The marina at Pittsburg had great facilities and Lumpy’s Diner provided a fantastic breakfast, then we continued on to our second stop at Tower Park. While underway we passed the C&H Sugar Factory, lots of tankers and pleasure boats, and many amazing bridges.
We stayed two nights aboard at Tower Park, and the newly opened Tower Park Waterfront Grille was worth a stop all on its own (the ceviche was amazing!). The aft deck on Dream Won was the perfect place to hang out with our fellow Delta Crusiers. Cheers to another wonderful night aboard.
We headed out in our chartered coach to visit wineries in the surrounding Lodi area. Abundance, Jessie’s Grove, Michael David, and others welcomed us with open arms, and it was a great way to get to know our other Delta Cruisers.
In the evening we had a competition between the boats for the best tasting and most locally inspired appetizers. We decorated Dream Won with string lights and memorial day decor, then we laughed and shared stories well into the night.
We headed out down the South fork of the Mokelumne River and then cruised up the San Joaquin river to find a perfect spot to raft up for the night. The covered flybridge on Dream Won even had room for a pack ‘n play, and our boys truly enjoyed hanging out and watching the other boats and turning bridges.
Some of the more adventurous souls took the opportunity to swim and play in the water after we rafted up. Later that evening on the bow of Dream Won, the moon and stars were so beautiful and it was a perfect way to cap off the trip.
We woke up early to make our way back to Sausalito. The great interior layout on Dream Won allowed for us to set up bouncers and activities for the kids when they were not up on the flybridge enjoying the view.
On the way, we decided to duck into Benicia for lunch and a chance to stretch our legs. It was such a fun trip and the kids did great!