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Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

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Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

We are 4 fifty something males visiting Fresno in late September for a week and are looking for; what area in Fresno to stay, where to visit (views), recommendations for casino(s), places to eat, or any other advice you might have. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Dublin, California
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1. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

Any specific reason why you are visiting Fresno (not your normal tourist destination)?

Toledo, Ohio
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2. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

We'll be in town for a football game. I was there 37 years ago for a bowl game I played in, we will be the visiting team. Thought we'd make a week out of it.

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3. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

You'll have time for both Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon national parks if you are staying a full week.

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4. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

Best suggestion is don't spend the week in Fresno. And do look into Yosemite and/or Sequoia (although get accommodations now, because they start booking up a year in advance).

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5. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

You can make easy day trips to Bass Lake, Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon Parks from there. Go to Chukchansi in Coarsegold for your casino fun. We like to eat at El Cid in Oakhurst and Ducey's in Bass Lake. 😎

Edited: 13 February 2018, 21:22
Fresno, California
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6. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

Sounds like some Toledo Rockets coming to town. I had just had a job transfer to Fresno not long before that bowl game so I did not go to that game. Hopefully your experience off the field years ago was good.

I would definitely recommend using the trip to spend time exploring other areas beyond the cities of Fresno and Clovis. A couple of days in Yosemite then a couple of days in Sequoia/Kings Canyon would be very convenient.

If you have some other questions just ask.

First, I do not know what plans exist for Toledo fans/alumni. Typically visiting team alumni organize a tailgate party. But Fresno State's tailgate atmosphere is one of the best on the west coast. Fresno fans are friendly and welcoming so feel free to walk the pregame tailgating areas. You might find yourself invited to try some food. Here are a few links about Fresno State's gameday atmosphere.



Food/Drink - Food Network's Simon Majumdar said the "Best Dish" he ate in the USA in 2016 was the seasonal Agnolotti made with Fresno State grown sweet corn at the Annex Kitchen.


Tyler Florence from the Food Network ate at Annex Kitchen a few months ago and called his dinner there "amazing".


Annex Kitchen menu:


Doghouse Grill and Mad Duck Brewery, both located adjacent to the east side of the university (football stadium is on the campus west side) have good food like tri-tip along with local beers. Both are also popular pregame.



The local craft beer scene is small but rapidly growing. Many are scattered around the city in different areas. The long-ignored downtown area is currently revitalizing with new housing, tech startups and beer/dining options including the "Downtown Ale Trail". The Trail is growing with new locations and "Party Bikes". HoP/PK is the newest in that area, it opened in November and is still experiencing hour-long waits for tables.


Where to stay - I'd probably recommend several different hotel clusters given your reasons for this stay. Many of the chains have multiple Fresno/Clovs locations so be careful about the hotel names and addresses.

I'd probably recommend as a first choice some of the North Fresno hotels near Freeway 41 (close to the RiverPark retail area and Woodward Park). That would be about 3 or 4 miles north of the stadium. Hotels I'd suggest checking in that area would be Hampton Inn & Suites Fresno, Holiday Inn Express Fresno Riverpark Highway 41, La Quinta Inn Fresno Riverpark, Homewood Suites Fresno, or the Springhill Suites Fresno.

You could also look at the hotels around the Old Town Clovis area, about 3 miles east of the stadium. Hotels there to consider would be the Fairfield Inn Fresno/Clovis, Hampton Inn Clovis, or the Homewood Suites Clovis.

If you want to be closer to the campus/stadium for some reason, I would look at the Holiday Inn Express Fresno/Clovis area, the Hilton Garden Inn Clovis, or the Best Western Plus Fresno Inn. All of those have Shaw Avenue addresses and are about 1 mile or so from the stadium.

Casinos - There are a number of different casinos within 30-40 minute drives of Fresno. In the immediate Fresno/Clovis area you will find a couple of poker only clubs. Outside the city, the closest tribe-owned full casinos are Table Mountain and Chukchansi.





Edited: 13 February 2018, 23:42
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7. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

Campagnia is one of our favorite restaurants, try to get a table in the atrium room. If you enjoy Japanese food and Tappanyaki dining, go to Sakura Chaya. For really good Mexican food and an amazing selection of margaritas, go to La Kebrada in Clovis. For Italian food, Andiamo's in Clovis is really good and if you dine between 3-6 they offer early bird specials for $10. You will find lots of chain restaurants also like Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, Outback, etc. For good steaks, go to Tahoe Joe's on Cedar Ave, they do not have a corkage fee there if you want to bring in your own wine. Across the street is Hunan, a very good Chinese restaurant. Lots of In n Outs there also for a great burger! :)

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8. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

There are many new chain hotels in the area. Just search on your favorite engine for one in your price range and you should be fine. A great day trip to Kings Canyon or Yosemite in certainly doable and a must if you haven’t already made that trip. The best casino in the area is Chikchansi and is on Hwy 41 and could be visited on your way to Yosemite. They have a very nice hotel so this could be an option. Be sure and sample the fresh fruit available in the area and be prepared for HOT weather. But the nights are wonderful!!!

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9. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

The only reason I'd spend a week in Fresno would be to visit my family and friends who live there. And even then, we'd probably plan to spend most of that time out of Fresno.

So I agree with the suggestions to take any nights not directly connected to game activities and spend them in Yosemite, Sequoia/Kings, gold country - anything.

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10. Re: Suggestions/recommendations for our visit

Might think about a trip to the coast. Also, if you like wine then Paso Robles is a good spot to hit. It's only about 2 hours from Fresno and has over 200 wineries. They produce some world class wines in that area and are best known for Rhone blends & Zinfandels (though they have some nice cabs too).

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