The historic Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove, California is an Italian Renaissance style villa. It is the largest private estate in northern California, and embodies the finest features of classical architecture and European craftsmanship. It is located on Grand Island Road, off Scenic Delta Highway 160. It's only 30 minutes by car from Sacramento, Stockton or Lodi; 45 minutes from Walnut Creek or Concord; 75 minutes from Napa; 90 minutes from San Francisco; 126 minutes from Menlo Park; 155 minutes from Felton; 432 minutes from Encinitas; 1,630 minutes from Lawrence; and 2,533 minutes from Silver Spring.


As of October 5 there are five rooms left out of a pre-paid block we reserved for Saturday night, November 5 at the Ryde Hotel, 14340 Highway 160, Walnut Grove, CA 95690; phone: (916) 776-1318; toll free 1-888-717-7933; fax: (916) 776-1195: 3 - Euro style (Queen bed, shared bath) $95 each; 1 - US style (Queen bed, private bath) $110; 1 - Delta Suite (2 Queens, private bath) $133. Call or to get one (or more) of these rooms, as the Ryde is booked and will tell you so if you call them. A number of the wedding party (you know who you are) will stay at the Grand Island Mansion, 13415 Grand Island Road, Walnut Grove, CA 95690-9765; phone: (916) 775-1705; fax: (916) 775-2240, which is otherwise also booked up. Not too far up the road is the Hotel Del Rio, 209-11 Second Street, Isleton, CA 95641; phone: (916) 777-6033; fax: (916) 777-6123, probably also booked up. When the five Ryde Hotel rooms are taken, we'll have to send people to Sacramento. We might get a deal on some Embassy Suites rooms, but we need to know soon, so call or for details.


The population of Walnut Grove is approximately 669 (2000). The approximate number of families is 282 (2000). The amount of land area in Walnut Grove is 8.1 sq. kilometers. The amount of land area in Walnut Grove is 3.1 sq. miles. The amount of surface water is 0.9 sq kilometers. The distance from Walnut Grove to Washington DC is 2529 miles. The distance to the California state capital is 30 miles (as the crow flies). Walnut Grove is positioned 38.24 degrees north of the equator and 121.51 degrees west of the prime meridian. Elevation is 5 feet above sea level.