From a California Ranch to a Design, Food, and Hospitality Icon
Nut Tree tells the story of an iconic, historic Northern California restaurant. Beginning in 1850 and the quest for gold in California, the author tells how her great grandparents found peaches and grapes instead of gold, and established a prosperous fruit ranch in the Vaca Valley. The author’s grandmother started a fruit stand that expanded into a unique, one-of-a-kind attraction. Over the years, Nut Tree, became a destination known for its Western food, mid-century design, and cutting-edge hospitality. It attracted ordinary folks and dignitaries alike, including Herbert Hoover, Neil Armstrong, and Queen Elizabeth II.
Nut Tree in the News —
Former Petaluma City Schools superintendent captures saga of Vacaville’s Nut Tree in new book
Article by Clark Miller, Petaluma Argus-Courier contributor
“What caused me to write the book was that when it closed, I was deluged with questions as to why,” Zimmerman said. Clearly, fans of the Nut Tree assumed that such a protean entity would never die. While the actual writing took about a year, there was a decade of contemplation, interviews and research. Fortunately for Zimmerman, at the Vacaville Museum she discovered a huge archive of Nut Tree memorabilia, newspaper clippings and photos. “I was overwhelmed by what they had. I had so many unanswered questions.”
Zimmerman’s ‘Nut Tree’ is No. 1 seller this week
Article by David Templeton, Petaluma Argus-Courier staff
… the exception is Diane Power Zimmerman’s “Nut Tree: From a California Ranch to a Design, Food and Hospitality Icon,” currently the No. 1 book in Petaluma. It’s a memoir and a photographic history of the once-mandatory rest stop attraction in Vacaville, as written by someone who grew up there, as Zimmerman’s grandparents owned the place.