Welcome to

the Central Valley

Whether you have moved into Modesto, Riverbank, Salida, Escalon, Ripon, or Oakdale – welcome; we are delighted you're here!  

Each of these cities has its unique vibe, and what we all have in common is being part of one of the most affluent agricultural areas in the entire country. Life is a little slower in the valley, and we like it that way! Knowing that we live in the same place where our food is grown is also comforting; life is good!

Whether you've moved from the next town over or overseas, settling into a new area can be exciting and overwhelming. Within the first few months, you will likely establish new routines, get to know local hotspots, look for local professionals and influencers, and explore your new community's vast resources. With so many nuances and so much on your plate from this recent change in your life, it can be daunting to think about everything you need to do to get used to your new surroundings.

Enter BeLocal, your residents' recommendation guide for Modesto and beyond. In your hands, you hold the best of everything the local community has to offer. From dining to family outings and attractions, this is your local guide to what you need to know and what you want to know about your new community. But, of course, with so much to offer, you'll need a guide to truly understand the area from current residents' points of view.

The goal of this publication is to bring to light many of the countless opportunities of living in the Central Valley, from certified farmers' markets, to the great craft beer at Dying Breed Brewery in Oakdale to catching a beautiful sunset after a walk through Dry Creek (Modesto), to the popular splash pad at Mistlin Park in Ripon. We can hop in our car and get to almost any climate or elevation within a couple of hours. This area is appropriately named Central as we are centrally located to just about everything our beautiful state offers.

We hope this publication helps you transition more smoothly and find yourself more quickly acclimated to your new community. With current residents' assistance, you'll be able to find the hidden gems that sometimes take years to discover!

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy life with your guide to your new home. I hope to hear from you, and I would love to meet for a cup of coffee to get your feedback on this magazine. I can be reached using the info below.


Carrie Sweet
Area Director