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Experience the history and culture of the Golden State and its people at more than 25 culturally rich and diverse museums in our area.

Pick up your complimentary California State Military Museum 1119 2nd Street, Old Sacramento (916) 442-2883

Aerospace Museum of California 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan Park (916) 643-3192

California State Railroad Museum 2nd and I Streets, Old Sacramento (916) 445-6645

Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park 16th and H Streets, Midtown (916) 323-3047 Heidrick Ag History Center 1962 Hays Lane, Woodland (530) 666-9700

California Automobile Museum 2200 Front Street, Downtown (916) 442-6802

Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street, Downtown (916) 808-7000

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park 800 N Street, Downtown (916) 324-0575

California Foundry History Museum 5301 Price Avenue, McClellan Park (916) 929-8001

Discovery Museum Science & Space Center 3615 Auburn Boulevard (916) 575-3941

Museum of Medical History 5380 Elvas Avenue, East Sacramento (916) 456-3152

The California Museum 10th & O Streets, Downtown (916) 653-7524

The Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum 4030 Lennane Drive, Natomas (916) 779-1410

California State Capitol Museum Capitol Building, 10th and L Streets, Downtown (916) 324-0333

Fairytale Town Land Park Drive at Sutterville Road, Land Park (916) 264-5233

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum 1200 Front Street, Old Sacramento (916) 483-8818

California State Indian Museum 2618 K Street, Midtown (916) 324-0971

Folsom History Museum 823 Sutter Street, Folsom (916) 985-2707

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Old Sacramento State Historic Park Front and I Streets, Old Sacramento (916) 445-6645

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Broadway at 10th Street, Land Park (916) 448-0811 Sacramento History Museum 101 I Street, Old Sacramento (916) 264-7057 Sacramento Zoo Land Park Drive at Sutterville Road, Land Park (916) 808-5888 Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum 2251 Florin Road, South Sacramento (916) 320-9573 Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park 2701 L Street, Midtown (916) 445-4422 Wells Fargo History Museum – Downtown 400 Capitol Mall, Downtown (916) 440-4161 Wells Fargo History Museum – Old Sacramento 1000 2nd Street, Old Sacramento (916) 440-4263

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Clarksburg’s Old Sugar Mill 20 Minutes from downtown Sacramento, find 7 great wineries and tasting rooms in a historic mill

features 22

Fun Places for Kids of All Ages!

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Use It Before We Lose It: California State Parks’ Leland Stanford Mansion

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Discover Downtown Dining

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Weekend Excursion Rides at the California State Railroad Museum

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Get the Low-Down in Old Sacramento’s Underground Tours

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Discover the Best of Old Sacramento!

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Step into Locke’s Chinese Past

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Recreation in the Sierra Foothills

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Placer County’s Heritage Trails

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Downtown Sacramento

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Old Sacramento

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Midtown Sacramento

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Cal Expo/East Sacramento

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Natomas

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Folsom’s Sutter Street

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Land Park

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Elk Grove

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California’s Northern Delta

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Lodi’s Wine Country

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Solano County

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South Placer/Placer Valley

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Sacramento Region (Area Map)

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calendar events 7/1

Nor Cal Knock Out. Nostalgic Rock ‘n Roll Bike & Car Show. Tickets, Parking. 10–6 p.m., Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 707-319-7704, www.NorCalKnockout.com.

7/2

International Celebration. Celebrate diversity as Fairytale Town welcomes cultures from around the world to perform on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage. 3901 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento. 916-808-7462, www.fairytaletown.org.

7/4

158th Annual Vallejo July 4th Parade begins at noon on Broadway and Tennessee. Music event downtown Vallejo behind JFK Library. 2-8 p.m. Fireworks at dusk—9:15 p.m. approx. 707-642-3653, www.VallejoJuly4.com.

7/4

15th Annual Great Vallejo Ducky Derby. 3 p.m. Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo. 707-644-5551, www.VallejoDuckyDerby.com.

7/6 - 7/17 World Masters Athletic Championships (WMA). Over 6,000 athletes are expected to attend from all over the world for the WMA World Championships 2011. AG Spanos Sports Complex, CSU-Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento. www.wma2011.com.

7/17

Sacramento Cyclefest Bicycle Show. Bicycle contest, food from various vendors and a raffle—not to mention some very cool custom bikes from all over the state. Free admission, 10–3 p.m. Fremont Park, 16th and P streets, Sacramento. 916-519-7117, tinyurl.com/3k9lyyf.

7/23

Ice Cream Safari Have a brain-freezing good time with delicious all-youcan-eat ice cream, all-you-can-drink soft drinks, popsicles, live entertainment and face painting. Hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips and raffle tickets are available for an additional charge. $ Tickets, children two and under free. 4–8 p.m. Sacramento Zoo, 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento. 916-808-5888, www.saczoo.org.

7/23

Launch Design & Music Festival. Launch is a multi-disciplinary audio/visual festival that connects people with art, music, fashion and design. Launch Events is planned by a collaborative of Sacramento designers, musicians, artists, photographers, stylists and other creative minds. Shuttle runs between Midtown and the hotel. 6–midnight, $ Tickets. The Greens Hotel, 1700 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento. www.5432launch.wordpress.com.

7/23 - 7/24 16th Annual Native American Pow Wow. Traditional singers, music, arts and crafts, food, raffles. Everyone welcome. Free Admission. 11–8 p.m. Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo. 707-373-8057, www.VallejoInterTribalCouncil.org.

7/8

Meet the Winemaker. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. 5–7 p.m. $ Admission. 5950 E. Woodbridge Road, Acampo. 209-365-8081, www.wood bridgewines. com.

7/23-7/24 Code of the West Gun Show. Sat 9–5 p.m., Sundays 9–4 p.m. Admission $10. Parking $7. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 530-676-8762, www.Codeofthewestgunshows.com.

7/9

Arts and Concert at Children’s Wonderland. Two-hour live musical performance, art displays including paintings, sculptures and other art forms in a festive atmosphere. Free. 11–2 p.m. 360 Glenn Drive, Vallejo. 707-648-4600, www.GVRD.org.

Thru 7/28 Thursday Night Market. More than 80 craft, food and community vendors line four blocks of Sutter Street, starting at 6 pm. Live entertainment and demonstrations. www.historicfolsom.org.

7/9 - 7/10 Adobo Festival is an annual festivity celebrated by mainstream audiences of people from all walks of life. Music, food and kid activities. 10–6 p.m. Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo. 650-290-0542, www.PinoyParinKami.com. 7/11

26th Annual Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation SUMMERFEST. Wines, appetizers from 25 area restaurants, raffle, entertainment. 6-9 p.m. $ Tickets. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, 5950 E. Woodbridge Road, Acampo. 209-365-8081, www.woodbridgewines.com.

7/14 - 8/1 California State Fair, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Boulevard, off Business 80. The 158th State Fair will offer a rich assortment of live and family entertainment, including multicultural events, vibrant music, dance, arts, agricultural, wine, arts and crafts, equestrian, industrial and technological exhibits and competitive events! The fun just got bigger! Open until 10 p.m. each day. $ Admission, Parking $7. W.A. 916-263-3049, www.bigfun.org. 7/16

Sacramento Mermaid Parade. The parade begins at Rio City Cafe, 1110 Front Street, Old Sacramento at 1 p.m. www.sacramentomermaidparade.com.

7/16

Hands on History: Mining the Miners is a fun day of games, as well as some of the “buyer beware” culture of the Gold Rush era. 10-5 p.m. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento. 916-445-4422, www.parks.ca.gov/suttersfort.

7/16 - 7/17 41st Annual Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s Wildlife Art Festival celebrating traditional wildlife art forms. Daily until 4 p.m. Doubletree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento. 925-754-4978, www.pacificflyway.org.

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7/30 - 7/31 NCNA Convention & Nor-Cal X Show. Free Admission, parking. Sat 9–5 p.m., Sunday 9–4 p.m., Vallejo Veterans Bldg, 420 Admiral Callaghan Lane, Vallejo. 707-246-6327, www.SolanoCoinClub.com. 7/30 - 7/31 Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park: Othello. Two days of FREE community event of the famous Shakespeare play. 1 p.m. Hanns Park Amphitheater, Skyline Drive and Redwood Pkwy, Vallejo. 707-648-4600, www.GVRD.org. 7/30 - 7/31 Old Sugar Mill’s Wine Cheese & Bread Faire. This is the “Ultimate Gourmet Wine & Food Shopping Experience” in the Sacramento Region. Cheesemakers from The California Cheese Guild and Local Bread Bakers will showcase the region’s best pairings for our Delta Wines. Purveyors of specialty chocolates, olive oils, nuts, coffee and teas, spices and other delicious locally made products will also be featured for tasting and available for purchase. Shop for your perfect picnic lunch and bottle of wine, then enjoy the beautiful outdoor patio and delta breeze. 11–5 p.m. 35265 Willow Avenue, Clarksburg. 916-744-1615, www.oldsugarmill.com. 8/3 - 8/7

Solano County Fair. Livestock shows, midway, a Kids Fun Zone with a petting zoo, pony rides and pig races, fireworks and, of course, irresistible fair food. Concerts free with paid admission. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 707- 551-2000, www.SCFair.com.

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26th Festa Italiana! Italian-style food, music, dancing, fun and friendship. Sat 11–10 p.m., Sun 11–6 p.m. $ Tickets. Festival Park on Auburn Blvd. 916-482-5900, www.italiancenter.net.

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Arts and Concert at Children’s Wonderland. Two-hour live musical performance, art displays including paintings, sculptures and other


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art forms in a festive atmosphere. Free. 11–2 p.m. 360 Glenn Drive, Vallejo. 707-648-4600, www.GVRD.org. 8/13

Mare Faire: Celebrate the Original Mare Island. Nature Fest to celebrate historic island. Look for a special display at our Visitors Center. Coal Shed artist studios will also be open. The Mare Island Museum will be open Saturday. Mare Island Heritage Preserve, 1595 Railroad Avenue, Vallejo. 707-557-9816, www.MareIslandPreserve.org.

8/13

Annual Woodland Tomato Festival. Salsa contest, tomato tasting, tomato toss for the kids, music, Tomato Wars, crafts and more. 9–2 p.m. Freeman Park, 1001 Main Street, Woodland. 530-666-2626.

8/14

Placerville Craft Faire. Main Street closes to host 100 artisans from all over the West featuring pottery, jewelry, woodwork, quilted and decorating items, dolls, garden items, soaps, candles, food. Free admission, parking. 8–3 p.m. 530-672-3436, www.placervilledowntown.com.

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8/27

The 116th Annual Miners Picnic – An Enduring Legacy. Step back in history with the Living History group at the Bourn Cottage, the Club House and watch the Blacksmiths in the Blacksmith shop. Games, food, entertainment for all. 11–4 p.m. $ Tickets. Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 East Empire Street, Grass Valley. 530-273-8522, www.parks.ca.gov or www.empiremine.org.

8/27

Moonlight Madness on Main. Late night shopping and dining with specials, promotions, sales and activities inside the businesses on Historic Main Street. 6–9 p.m. Placerville Downtown Association. 530-672-3436, www. placervilledowntown.com.

Nor Cal Bus Fest. This display and swap event for ALL Volkswagen buses and trucks. $ Tickets, parking. 8–3 p.m. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 925-667-7101, www.ReallyBigShows.com.

8/17 – 8/21 Yolo County Fair. Carnival rides, food, vendors, exhibits, live entertainment and more! 1125 East Street, Woodland. www.yolocountyfair.net. 8/19

Bill Maher, Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento. 916-88-5181, www.sacramentoconventioncenter.com.

8/20

Hands on History: Gold Fever! Gold Fever gripped Sacramento in 1849. Visitors will be able to pan for gold, participate in mock debates and hear speeches, bowl in our pioneer bowling alley, listen to miner’s stories of big nuggets and participate in the gold rush economy, with high prices and limited supplies. 10–5 p.m. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento. 916-445-4422, www.parks.ca.gov/suttersfort.

8/20

2011 Graffiti Night. More than 250 classic cars will line four blocks of Sutter Street. Live entertainment, great food, and 50+ vendors. 1-9 p.m. www.historicfolsom.org.

8/26 - 8/28 Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma. The cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500® invade the Sonoma Valley for the seventh consecutive year. Infineon Raceway, Highways 37 & 121. 1-800-870-RACE, www.InfineonRaceway.com. 8/26

older only) Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento. 916-376-4676, www.raleyfield.com.

Junior League of Sacramento’s Wine & Dine will host more than 50 of the region’s finest restaurants and wineries. 7 p.m. $ Tickets (21 &

Sirens of Chrome THE ENDURING ALLURE OF AUTO SHOW MODELS

July 23- Sept 25, 2011

Thru 8/28 Old Sacramento Walking Tours offers two one-hour tours each weekend. For the Gold Rush Legacy Tours starts at 11 a.m. with docents in historically appropriate attire take guests on a journey back to the 1850s. For the Old Sacramento Architectural Tours starts at 12:30 p.m. and examines the transformation of Sacramento from a water-logged tent city—with floods, fires and the Gold Rush along the way—to a firmly established city and the state’s capital. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces. Tickets $7 for adults and $5 for youths and can be purchased in advance or in person the day of the walking tour (if space is available). Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street, Old Sacramento. 916-808-7059. www.historicoldsac.org. 9/3 - 9/5

Gold Rush Days, Old Sacramento. Lively Gold Rush era activities will delight families of all ages! Visitors will relive the Gold Rush era with historic characters, steam trains, covered wagons, horse-drawn carriages, street dramas, period musicians, dancers, saloons, miners’ tents, ethnic

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California Automobile Museum 220 Front Street, Sacramento CA 95818 (916) 442-6802 – www.CalAutoMuseum.org

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villages, arts & crafts and exhibits. Friday 10–6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11–7 p.m. Monday 11–4 p.m. www.oldsacramento.com. 9/3 - 9/5

Rainbow Festival, Events at local nightclubs, a street fair with multiple stages, internationally recognized headline acts, local and regional talent and over 100 informational and vendor booths. 20th & K Streets. www.rainbow festival.net.

9/3 - 9/5

48th Annual Greek Orthodox Church Greek Food Festival, Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento. 916-443-2033, www.annunciation.ca.goarch.org.

9/9

Admission Day Celebration. Birthday cake and ice cream will be served to celebrate California’s 161st year of statehood. 11:30–1 p.m. California State Capitol Museum, 10th & L Streets, Sacramento. 916-324-0333, www. capitolmuseum.ca.gov.

California State Capitol Museum, 10th & L Streets, Sacramento. 916-324-0333, www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov. 9/23 - 9/25 Earthdance. Annual event in support of global peace and humanitarian aims. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 541-488-5468, www.EarthDanceLive.com. 9/24

Taste of Lodi, 40 award winning Lodi wineries along with food selections from some of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers. $ Tickets. Wine & Roses Restaurant, 2505 W. Turner Road, Lodi. 800-798-1810, www.tasteoflodi.com.

9/24

Festival de la Comunidad & Carnitas Cook-Off: This family friendly festival features live music, dancing and activities for kids along with the very popular carnitas cook-off. 5–10 p.m. Rotary Park, Corner of Main Street & Railroad Avenue, Winters. 530-795-2329

9/24

A Taste of History celebrates the culinary history of the region, merged with the Slow Food movement that promotes organic, sustainable food production. 6:30–9:30 p.m., $ Tickets. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento. 916-323-7626, www.parks.ca.gov/suttersfort.

9/25

11th Annual Car Show at the Waterfront Rods & Customs on the Bay. Free admission. $25 per car fee to show. Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo. 707-554-1244, www.BoyzUnderTheHood.com.

9/25

Antique Street Faire closes Main Street to host antiques & collectibles peddlers for this popular event. Food, refreshments and more. Free admission, parking. 8–3 p.m. Placerville Downtown Association: 530-672-3436, www. placervilledowntown.com.

9/10 - 9/11 Code of the West Gun Show. Sat 9–5 p.m., Sun 9–4 p.m. Admission $10 Parking $7. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 530-676-8762, www.Codeofthewestgunshows.com. 9/10 - 9/11 California Capital Airshow will offer an exciting line-up of performers from the electrifying Patriots Jet Team debuting their new six-jet performance, to the explosive, heart-pounding, live 3-D museum, Tora! Tora! Tora!, to a thrilling array of military jet demonstrations, world-renowned aerobatic performers, warbirds, vintage aircraft and so much more! 9–5 p.m. Mather Airforce Base, 3745 Whitehead Street, Mather (Rancho Cordova). 916-8767568, www.californiacapitalairshow.com. 9/10 - 9/11 Arts and Concert at Children’s Wonderland. Free. 11-2 p.m. 360 Glenn Drive, Vallejo. 707-648-4600, www.GVRD.org. 9/16 - 9/18 Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club Dog Show. Parking $7 per vehicle. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 707-795-7941, www.SCFair.com. 9/17

Mabuhay Filipino Festival at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Filipino Fest features authentic cuisine, arts and crafts plus live musical entertainment from local and mainstream talent. Park hours 10:30–8 p.m. 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 707-644-4000. www.SixFlags.com/DiscoveryKingdom.

9/17

Oktoberfest will feature German music (complete with Chicken Dance!), wiener dog races, keg races, children’s games, a silent auction and, of course, sausages, sauerkraut, strudel and beer. 3–8 p.m. Admission is free. Placerville Downtown Association. Historic Main Street, Placerville. 530-672-3436, www.placervilledowntown.com.

9/18

43rd Antique Peddlers Fair. Four blocks will be filled with more than 250 antique and collectible dealers. Admission is free. 8 -4 p.m. on Historic Sutter Street, Folsom. www.historicfolsom.org

9/19

Hands on History: Harvest – The Real Gold in California. 10–5 p.m. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento. 916-4454422, www.parks.ca.gov/suttersfort.

9/22

Hangtown Car Show. 5–8 p.m. Sponsored by Placerville Lions Club and Placerville Downtown Association. 530-672-3436, www.placerville downtown.com.

9/23

Native American Day. This annual event is held on the grounds of the State Capitol. Speakers include California Indian leaders; music and dancers are on hand to honor the spirit and contributions of the State’s indigenous people.

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Thru 9/25 California State Railroad Museum Excursion Train. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of a real, working steam locomotive as your train rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River. Excursion trains depart Saturdays and Sundays, on-the-hour 11–5 p.m., from the Central Pacific Freight Depot in Old Sacramento near Front and K Streets. 916-445-6645, www.csrmf.org. Thru 9/30 Downtown Certified Farmers’ Markets. Tuesday: Roosevelt Park, 10th & P and Fremont Park, 16th and P streets; Wednesday: Cesar Chavez Plaza, 9th & J; Thurs: Capitol Mall, 6th and Capitol Mall, and East End/Capitol Park, 15th and L streets; Friday: St. Rose of Lima Park, 7th & K streets. 10–2 p.m. Call 916-442-8575, www.downtownsac.org. Thru 11/27 Underground Tours. Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project. Tours run 10:30–3 p.m. Thurs–Sun. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 6-17).These hour-long guided walking tours check in at the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street before descending below several historic buildings. Tours tend to sell out. 916-808-7973, purchase tickets at www.historicoldsac.org. Ongoing 2nd Tuesday Classic Car Show. See classic cars lined up on display in historic downtown Winters. 4:30–9 p.m. Main Street in Winters, CA. 530-795-2329. Ongoing Downtown Sacramento Walking Tours. Join Downtown Sacramento Partnership guides on one-to-two hour tours featuring that which makes Sacramento so special! All start times in a.m. unless otherwise indicated. $ Tickets at start of tour or call 916-442-8575, www.downtownsac.org. Note: tours may be cancelled due to extreme weather.


Disappearing windows and doors Underground hollow sidewalks Entertaining tour guides and much more!

Discover more about how and why Sacramento was the only California city to raise its streets in the 1860s & 1870s. Underground tours available April 2 through November 27, 2011. Weekends–April & May; Thurs. thru Sun.–June thru November 10:30AM to 3:00PM. $15/adults; $10/children.

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Structural Stories: Local Examples of Historically Significant Architectural Styles; Tuesdays 10 a.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m., Thursdays 3 p.m. Starts at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J streets.

Thru 9/25 Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870-1940. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Sacramento. 916-808-7000, www.crocker artmuseum.org.

Art is All Around Us: A tour of Sacramento’s collection of art in public places; Tuesdays 10 a.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m., Thursdays 3 p.m. Starts at Indo Arch outside of Downtown Plaza at 3rd & K streets.

Thru 10/8 Banners on Parade. Come see 28 artistically decorated banners on light poles along Main Street in Placerville. 530-672-3436, www.placerville downtown.org.

Tales of the Central City: An Overview of Early Sacramento History; Sundays 10 a.m., Mondays 11 a.m., Fridays 10 a.m. Starts at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J streets.

Thru 10/23 Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Sacramento. 916-808-7000, www. crockerartmuseum.org.

The Art of Terra Cotta: An architecture tour featuring local clay artisans Gladding McBean. Sundays 1 p.m., Mondays 2 p.m., Wednesdays 2 p.m. Starts at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J streets.

Thru 10/31 The California Hall of Fame 2010. California Museum, 10th & O Streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, www.californiamuseum.org.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: K Street’s commerce, growth and redevelopment; Sundays 2 p.m., Tuesdays 1 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. Starts at Delta King docks at Front & K streets.

Ongoing 2nd Saturday Midtown Art Walk. On the second Saturday of each month, many local Sacramento galleries feature new shows of individual and collective artists. Many galleries play host to the artists, so it’s a wonderful way to meet them in person. www.2nd-sat.com. Ongoing 2nd Sunday Antique Faire: Find that treasure from the past! 6:30–3 p.m. Food, refreshments, free parking. 21st Street between W and X Streets, under the Freeway! 916-600-9770, www.sacantiquefaire.com. Ongoing 4th Sunday Craft & Flea Market: Newly added, offering arts & crafts and something new at special savings! 8–3 p.m. Food, refreshments, free parking. 21st Street between W and X Streets, under the Freeway! 916-600-9770, www.saccraftandflea.com.

exhibits Thru 7/17 Extreme Engineering: The California State Water Project Past, Present, and Future. California Museum, 10th & O Streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, www.californiamuseum.org.

Thru 12/28 Lunchtime Art Tours. On Wednesdays, Sacramento Arts Complex, 2110 K Street Sacramento, Sacramento. 916-476-5500, www.sacramentoart complex.com. Thru 12/31 California Canines: Dogs with Jobs. California Museum, 10th & O Streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, www.californiamuseum.org. Thru 12/31 Uprooted! The Japanese Americans During WWII. California Museum, 10th & O Streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, www.californiamuseum.org. Thru 12/31 California’s Remarkable Women. California Museum, 10th & O Streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, www.californiamuseum.org. Thru 12/31 Minerva Project Quilts. California Museum, 10th & O Streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, www.californiamuseum.org. Thru 3/30/12 Pick Me! Fruit Crate Art and the California Dream Award Winning Photographs. California State Railroad Museum, 2nd and I Streets, Old Sacramento. 916-445-6545, www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org. Thru 3/31/12 California Indians: Making a Difference. California Museum, 10th & O Streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, www.californiamuseum.org. Thru 6/1/12 Californians Over There! California’s Role in the First World War. California State Capitol Museum, 10th & L Streets, Sacramento. 916-324-0333, www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov.

Thru 8/31 Automobilia! Examine fabulous Ferraris, Alfas, Lamborghinis and Fiats! California Auto Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento. 916-442-6802, www.calautomuseum.org.

performing arts 7/1

The Beach Boys. 8 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalleyresort.com.

7/7

Thru 9/1 A Most Glorious Heritage: The Grandeur and History of California State Parks. California State Capitol Museum, 10th & L Streets, Sacramento. 916-324-0333, www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov.

Super 70’s Soul Jam. 7:30 p.m.$ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalleyresort.com.

7/9

Tesla. 8 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalleyresort.com.

Thru 9/16 We Won the Vote! 100 Years of Equal Suffrage in California. Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street, Sacramento. 916-808-7059, www.historicoldsac.org.

7/10 - 7/31 Children’s Sunday Concert Series. Popular mid-summer concert series features matinee performances by favorite local children’s artists. 2 p.m. 3901 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. 916-808-7462, www.fairytaletown.org.

Thru 9/18 Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Sacramento. 916-808-7000, www.crockerartmuseum.org.

7/11

Thru 8/31 The Politician and the Pop Princess. Don’t you just wonder who they’re talking about? California Auto Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento. 916-442-6802, www.calautomuseum.org.

7/23 - 9/25 Sirens of Chrome. Visual goddesses interpreted as hood ornaments throughout the 20th century! California Auto Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento. 916-442-6802, www.calautomuseum.org.

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American Idols Live! Tour Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena), 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. 916-928-6900, www.powerbalance pavilion.com.

7/12 - 7/17 The Producers, Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H Street, Sacramento. 916-557-1999, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com.


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performing arts

Kathy Griffin, Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento. 916-808-5181, www.sacramentoconventioncenter.com.

Thru 7/24 Annie. Fair Oaks Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre, 7991 California Avenue, Fair Oaks. 916-966-3683, www.fairoakstheatrefestival.com. Thru 7/24 The Sunshine Boys. Two elderly vaudville performers who hate each other reunite one last time in this hilarious comedy by Neil Simon. Studio Theatre, 1028 R Street, Sacramento. 916-28-6211, www.studiotheatre.net. 7/19 - 7/24 Oliver! Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H Street, Sacramento. 916-557-1999, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com. 7/22 - 7/31 El Dorado Musical Theatre: Curtains. Three Stages Performing Arts Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. 916-68-6888, www.threestages.net. 7/24

Train. 7 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalleyresort.com.

7/30

The New Christy Minstrels Benefit Concert. Fair Oaks Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre, 7991 California Avenue, Fair Oaks. 916-966-3683, www.fairoakstheatrefestival.com.

7/30

Chicago. 8 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalleyresort.com.

7/26 - 7/31 Anything Goes. Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H Street, Sacramento. 916-557-1999, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com. 7/28 - 7/31 24th Annual Strauss Festival of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Regional Park on East Stockton Blvd. Elegantly costumed dancers and professional symphony musicians. Free Admission, $ Parking. 916-714-2527, www.straussfestival.com. 8/2 - 8/7

Camelot. Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H Street, Sacramento. 916-557-1999, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com.

8/5/11

Doobie Brothers. 8 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalleyresort.com.

8/6/11

Peter Frampton. 8 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalleyresort.com.

8/16 - 8/21 I Do! I Do! Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H Street, Sacramento. 916-557-1999, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com. 8/17

Sade with Special Guest John Legend, Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena), 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. 916-928-6900, www. powerbalancepavilion.com.

8/20

World of Dance Tour is the largest touring event embracing Urban Dance Youth Lifestyle. $ Tickets, parking. 3–11 p.m. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. www.WorldofDanceTour.com.

8/20

Gabriel Iglesias. 8 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalleyresort.com.

Thru 8/22 Friday Night Concerts in the Park. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 9th and J Streets. The days of free love may be over, but the days of free music last all summer long every Friday night from 5–9 p.m. 916-442-8575, www.downtownsac.org. 8/23 - 8/28 Miss Saigon. Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H Street, Sacramento. 916-557-1999, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com. 8/24

Josh Groban: Straight To You Tour, Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena), 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. 916-928-6900, www.powerbalancepavilion.com.

8/25

Sugarland, Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento. 916-3764676, www.raleyfield.com.

9/3

Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour, Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena), 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. 916-928-6900, www.powerbalancepavilion.com.

9/11

Daryl Hall & John Oates. 7 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalley resort.com.

Thru 9/12 Defending the Caveman. Cosmopolitan Cabaret, 1000 K Street, Sacramento. 916-557-1999, www.californiamusicaltheater.com. 9/16

8/9 - 8/14 Annie Get Your Gun. Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H Street, Sacramento. 916-557-1999, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com. Thru 8/12 Friday Night Rock & Roll History Tour & Pub Crawl. Discover Downtown’s historical connection to The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Gloria Gaynor and even Blondie. You’ll revisit local venues downtown that launched the careers of Sacramento’s most beloved rock stars like Tesla, The Deftones and Cake. Tour ends at Cesar Chavez Plaza where you can redeem your beer ticket for a brew during the headlining act of our Friday Night Concerts in the Park. Purchase of your tour ticket includes a beer ticket redeemable at the Concerts in the Park! $ Ticket, Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J streets. 916-4428575, www.downtownsac.org. 8/12

Huey Lewis & The News. 8 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalley resort.com.

8/12 - 9/11 The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Fair Oaks Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre, 7991 California Avenue, Fair Oaks. 916-966-3683, www.fairoakstheatrefestival.com.

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Cheap Trick. Special concert set at historic Old Sugar Mill, home to seven wineries. Concert on the lawn; onsite food and beverage vendors.Ticketmaster outlets 415-421-TIXS. Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Avenue, Clarksburg. www.osmconcerts.com.

9/16 - 9/18 5th Annual American River Music Festival presents the finest in Americana on the river. Henningsen Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road, Lotus, CA 95651 530-622-6044, www.americanrivermusic.org. 9/24

Folsom Live will rock, featuring more than 15 live bands and four main stages all in Historic Folsom for one night! $ Tickets. Sutter Street, Folsom. 916-985-5555, www.folsomchamber.com.

9/17

Ramon Ayala. 8 pm. $ Tickets. Pano Hall, Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln. 877-468-8777, www.thundervalleyresort.com.

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Johnny Mathis, Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento. 916-808-5181, www.sacramentoconventioncenter.com.

9/27 - 10/2 SHREK the Musical. Broadway Sacramento. Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento. 916-557-1999, www.broadwaysacramento.com. 9/30

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Old Sugar Mill

by Sally King/photos by Stuart King

“We have a fun and relaxed atmosphere and

The Old Sugar Mill, a wine tasting, full-service crush facility and events destination, is located in Clarksburg, a small Delta town along the Sacramento River just eight miles from south Sacramento. Clarksburg is often described as “having an East Coast charm,” and is populated with many descendants of founding families.

the focus is on one to one wine education.” 916-744-1131, www.solomonwine.com. Heringer Estates  is owned by a family

that has farmed the Clarksburg Delta for over 140 years. Winemaker Michael W. Heringer is the sixth generation of Heringers.   “My grandfather was one of the first farmers to deliver sugar beets to the Old Sugar Mill in 1935 when

The history of the Old Sugar Mill goes back

The Old Sugar Mill, which has been open

to 1897, when Amalgamated Sugar Company

to the public since 2005, has a full-service

was founded in Logan Utah. They are now

custom crush facility with seven wineries.

located in Boise Idaho. Due to blight and

One of the notable features of the Mill is the

drought, many of Amalgamated sugar facto-

soaring atrium which serves as the concourse

ries closed in the early 1930s. The Smithfield

or lobby for the wineries, and is the setting for

Utah factory closed permanently in 1933 and

many events.  Spectacular Delta views appear

moved to Clarksburg California. The factory,

in the glass walls on either end of this lobby,

made mostly from bricks, was brought to

invoking a quieter time in the world.

Clarksburg, piece-by-piece via railroad and was reconstructed in 1935, where it still stands

Wineries

today.  Eventually the American Crystal Sugar

Solomon Wines produced their first vintage

Company bought it.  They sold it in 1982 to the

in 2000. They have been part of the Old Sugar

Delta Sugar Company, which closed perma-

Mill for five years. Winemaker Nancy Steel’s

nently in 1993.

signature style is blending the fruit from

In 2000, plans were made to renovate

the Sierra Foothills and the Central Coast

the building and create a facility for wine

mountain range. “Solomon Wines features

tasting and a full service wine crush facility. 

three distinctive brands to match anyone’s

Renovation of the building took two years. 

pallet,” Tasting Room Manager, Mary Tye, said.

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it was used to produce sugar,” Steve Heringer said. “We have come full circle.”  Steve said their vineyards are grown and harvested in Clarksburg, creating an estate wine that is 100 percent Clarksburg.  916-744-1094, www. heringerestates.com. Todd Taylor wines is run by Todd

and Gloria Taylor. Wines are single-vineyard-

Old Sugar Mill c. 1935


designated red wines.  The grapes come from the Napa Valley, Shenandoah and Clarksburg area. “People have a good time at our tasting room because Todd enjoys mingling with the folks and talking about his winemaking style,” Gloria says. “They always learn something about the wine.” 916-744-1120, www. toddtaylorwines.com. Three Wine Company  is run by Matt

Clarksburg Wine Company has just

and Erin Cline. Matt is the winemaker and his

opened. Tasting Room Manager Mary Tye

career began in 1982 helping his brother at his

said they are passionate about the Clarks-

Oakley winery. Most of their fruit comes from

burg Appellation and are looking forward to

Contra Costa County where the vines are 100

educating the public on how ideal the region

years old. “Our name Three Wine is based on

is for producing great wines. “We focus on the

three essential things’” Erin said. “Good dirt, a

one-to-one relationship with our customers,”

micro climate and don’t screw it up.” 916-744-

Tye says. “We educate folks about wine,

1300, www.threewinecompany.com.

providing a great wine experience.” 916-744-

Carvalho Wines’

heritage comes

from the villages and vineyards of Portugal. Owner John Carvalho said he is continuing the tradition of making port and wines, with the majority of his fruit coming from the Clarksburg area.  “We are tied to our heritage and staying true to it,” Carvalho said. “What is unique about Carvalho is that we were only the second winery in the district to be open five days a week.”  Carvalho invites folks to come by and sit on his patio and watch the Chardonnay grapes grow. 916-744-1625, www.carvalhowines.com.

1751, www.clarksburgwineco.com.

“People have a good time at our tasting room because Todd enjoys mingling with the folks and talking about his winemaking style” todd taylor wines

Elevation 10 (opening in August) is

named because the elevation of Clarksburg is 10 feet above sea level. owned by the Clark, DiMare and Wallace families. The Clark, DiMare and Wallace families own the winery, and state that the character of wine; the rich farmlands and the communities of the Sacramento Delta region inspired them. “It is the love of Clarksburg that brought these families together, says tasting room manager Jenny Loges.   “We’re eagerly anticipating the release of two varietals from our hometown Clarksburg Appellation—a crisp, golden Chardonnay and a delicious and approachable red blend.” www.elevationten.com. The Old Sugar Mill showcases great talent with seven great wineries, and over 50 wines. The Mill is also showcasing something new: entertainment!  A summer concert series kicked off in June, allowing guests to enjoy food, music and wine in the amphitheater.  Check www.osmconcerts.com for upcoming

Boulevard which is also SR-160.  Upon passing through the tiny village of Freeport, turn west at the bridge, and then south on River Road for three miles until you see the sign for the Old Sugar Mill.  If you miss the turnoff—no worries!  Take either of the next two streets through Clarksburg.  You can pick up a picnic lunch or supper at Husick’s—a converted hardware store, and browse for artwork next door at  Schumacher Ceramics. Drive through town past the School to Willow Avenue and follow that to the Old Sugar Mill.  35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg. 916-744-1615, www. oldsugarmill.com. Fast Eddie Bike Tours offers a great

way to check out the Old Sugar Mill. Take a memorable ride on the leather seat of a stylish and comfortable Raleigh Roadster along the scenic route through Delta history, art, and culture with Fast Eddie Bike Tours. Eddie’s Delta tours takes riders through

events.  Don’t miss the Wine, Cheese and Bread

grapevines and historic spots along the

Faire on July 30-31 tinyurl.com/3vxyw7c.

Sacramento River. Included is lunch, as well

Ways to See the Old Sugar Mill

as a helmet, tour guide and riding nirvana! The riders have plenty of time to do a little

Getting to the Old Sugar Mill is quick

wine tasting before the ride is over.  Reserva-

and easy. Take I-5 south to Pocket Road,

tions are recommented at 916-872-2712 or

go east ½ mile and turn South on Freeport

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kids

Stop at Jelly Belly® Jelly Belly® Candy Company has opened its doors to their state of the art candy facility and made it traveler friendly for two decades. In addition to over 90 flavors of the legendary Jelly Belly® bean, the company makes 100 other confectionery delights. And if the chocolate is your guilty pleasure, Jelly Belly also operates a chocolate shoppe for hand-dipped delicacies. The center even has bean-shaped pizza and burgers—this is one factory tour you won’t want to miss out on. Located just off Interstate 80 near the junction with Highway 12 in Fairfield, the tour center is an imaginative place to stop for a total experience for children and adults alike. The center embodies the creative spirit that Jelly Belly Candy Company possesses, and which is also the way many feel while eating the delicious candies. The walking tour of the candy factory begins in the spacious Visitor Center and

leads visitors on a 40-minute tour inside the

215,000-sq. ft. factory. Visitors learn how the jelly bean got its name, why it takes up to 21 days to make a Jelly Belly bean, and what happens to the billions of beans the company will produce this year. At the end of this sweet adventure, visitors are able to

region! Please see the Jelly Belly ad in this

No matter whom you consider “family,” and whether you’re a real kid or just plenty young at heart, you’ll love exploring the Sacramento region in any season. Here are several of our favorite kid-friendly attractions! Explore seven continents and over 500 animals on just 14 acres at the SACRAMENTO ZOO, in operation since 1927 and home to over 140 native, rare and endangered species. Here you could spy on a Sumatran tiger diving into a pool of water or catch an orangutan foraging for food. The Zoo’s newest exhibit, Tall Wonders, features a new giraffe barn, putting visitors at eye level with the stately residents on the 1,100 square-foot raised deck. Other adventures include Wildlife Stage Shows, Keeper Chats and monthly special events. Open daily 9–4 p.m. $ Tickets. 916-808-5888, www.saczoo.com. FAIRYTALE TOWN is 50 years young! A nonprofit family park dedicated to promoting the imagination, creativity and education of children, enchanting-for-allages FAIRYTALE TOWN stands apart from other passive or technology-based activities. At FAIRYTALE TOWN, a child can run, slide and climb; listen to music, nursery rhymes and stories; participate in art, crafts and gardening activities; see puppet shows and learn about animals. FAIRYTALE TOWN is open daily 9–4 p.m. $ Tickets. 916-808-7462, www.fairytaletown.org.

issue for those locations and a special offer

SUTTER’S FORT STATE HISTORIC PARK

stop at the Jelly Belly sampling bar and try one of Jelly Belly’s 50 flavors! Doesn’t candy just make you hungry? The Jelly Belly Café offers hamburgers, sandwiches, salads for a snack or a meal, as well as a variety of coffees. You’ll also find an enclosed patio and a grassy area, ideal spots for picnickers. The retail store carries souvenirs, chocolates in the Chocolate Shoppe and factory seconds known as “Belly Flops,” including misshapen or discolored jelly beans. You’ll also find post-season sweets and discontinued gift items at deep discounts on occasion. Some events to look forward to are Jelly Belly Craft and Fun Festival (July 7–8); Stickerpalooza (July 12–14), Build-a-Bear at Jelly Belly (July 29, August 10); Mascot Day August 3, and Spirit Week (August 8–12). Detailed event information is available at www.jellybelly.com. The Jelly Belly Visitor Center is open daily and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Free tours operate Monday through Sunday 9–4 p.m. Tour information is available by calling the tour information line (800-9535592). No reservations are necessary. Can’t make it to Fairfield? Jelly Belly has outlets stores throughout the greater Sacramento

for your visit to Jelly Belly!

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Kid-Friendly Attractions

impresses both children and adults with its


engaging setting. John Sutter received additional land from the Mexican government in appreciation for his establishment of flourishing New Helvetia. The Fort he constructed is now preserved as a State Historical Park and museum, open to the public 362 days a year. The gates of this heavily fortressed settlement—right in the middle of the city— allow visitors to march back through time to a California before the Gold Rush and Statehood. Located in Midtown Sacramento on L Street between 26th and 28th Streets, the Fort offers special events and living history programs each month. Open daily from 10–5 p.m. 916-4454422, www.parks.ca.gov/suttersfort. Taking minds of all ages into new frontiers, the AEROSPACE MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA showcases 40 military and civilian aircraft from 1932 to present day, as well as NASAsupported exhibits, state-of-the-art Aerospace Learning Center, flight simulator and gift shop. Open Tues–Sat 9–5 p.m, Sun 10–5 p.m. $. 3200

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Freedom Park Drive, McClellan Park. 916-6433192, www.aerospaceca.org. Want to go shopping? Sacramento has not only one, but two kid- and walletfriendly Premium Outlets shopping centers! Visit VACAVILLE PREMIUM OUTLETS® and discover savings of 25% to 65% every day at 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores. Shop Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Burberry, Cole Haan, Coach, Gucci, J.Crew, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo

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Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and more. Vacaville Premium Outlets is located 20 minutes west of Sacramento. Take I-80 West to the Monte Vista Avenue exit in Vacaville. FOLSOM PREMIUM OUTLETS® features BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Gap Outlet, Kenneth Cole, Liz Claiborne, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger and 80 more stores! The Outlets are conveniently located just off Highway 50 at Folsom Boulevard. Both centers are open daily. Visit www.premium outlets.com/vip to join the free VIP Shopper Club and gain access to exclusive offers and coupons.

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explore

downtown sacramento

A city. A county. Capital of the eighth largest economy in the world. Sacramento was established in 1848 as

surrounded by its beautiful park, and many

starting with Frank Fat’s, which won a

a trading post on the river of the same name

state, county and local government offices.

following among entertainers and civic and

(The word Sacramento signifies “Sacrament”

Sacramento’s grid format has numbered

political leaders by combining Asian spices

or “Lord’s Supper,” and was named by Captain

streets running north and south, with 12th,

and American foods. Visit Mediterranean-

Joaquin Moraga) to support Fort Sutter and

15th and 16th Streets being major thorough-

inspired Spataro, trendy and casual Cafe-

the Gold Rush. Incorporated as a city in 1849

fares. The “alphabets” are dominated by J

teria 15L and the beautiful and scrumptious

and made the state capital in 1854, Sacra-

(east) and L (west) Streets. Capitol Mall (M

Ella. A number of historic buildings house

mento was the last station of the first railroad

Street) is a beautiful boulevard leading to the

restaurants, which will enhance your dining

in 1856 and the western terminus of the Pony

State Capitol.

experience—try McCormick & Schmick’s in the restored Elks Building, the Grange

Express in 1860. Moderate climate, reason-

K Street Mall is a pedestrian-only street,

able housing costs and a huge array of recre-

lined with shops stretching from the popular

Restaurant in the Citizen Hotel (a 1926

ational and cultural activities have earned

Community/Convention Center to Down-

art-deco office building), Morgan’s Bistro

Sacramento numerous accolades. The “City of

town Plaza, a two-story, open-air shopping

in the Julia Morgan-designed Public Market

Trees” has been proclaimed “One of the Best

and entertainment complex. Downtown Plaza

of the Sheraton Grand Sacramento or

Ten Cities in the United States” by Newsweek

connects to Old Sacramento via Pedestrian

P.F. Chang’s in a restored Chevrolet dealer-

Magazine and “America’s Most Diverse City”

Tunnels under I-5!

ship across from Memorial Auditorium!

by Time Magazine.

Why You Will Love Downtown

Café theatrical complex offers musicals

Bordered by I-5 to the west and 16th

The Cosmopolitan Cabaret and

Street to the east, Downtown Sacramento

Capitol Park is a lushly landscaped

along with dinner and is across K Street from

is home to the California State Capitol,

green space containing more than 100 labeled

the iconic Crest Theater—home to several

botanical specimens native to California and

annual film festivals. Just across the street is

california state capitol

also features the restored State Capitol, with

the brand new Pizza Rock—home to terrific

its finely crafted architectural details. Public

artisan-style pizzas (hint: get there in time to

arts abound and are readily found through

order one of the 73 margherita pizzas made

both the Public Art Walking Tour and Walking

each day!) and the Dive Bar—watch the

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mermaids and mermen in the tank suspended

ship, and don’t forget the newly expanded

above the bar! Further South, R Street between

Crocker Art Museum!

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Art in Public Places Tours. Free educational tours available at the Central Library, Convention Center, Downtown Plaza, and Cal-EPA building in downtown Sacramento. h 916-566-3992, www.sacmetroarts.org. Blue Diamond Almond Exchange. The California Almond Exchange has been home to Blue Diamond Almonds since 1914. The Central Valley produces 99 percent of all almonds sold in the United States. The Visitor’s Center is open Mon–Sat. 1701 C Street, just off North 16th Street (Rte. 160). 916-446-8438, www.bluediamond.com. California Auto Museum. History of the automobile, brought to life by special dream exhibits, including 150 classic and antique vehicles of all makes—many are displayed in period settings which depict bygone eras. Continually changing special exhibits, and space for groups or special events. Daily 10–6 p.m. $ Admission, Free Parking. 2200 Front Street. 916-442-6802, www.calautomuseum.org.

The California Museum. See this exciting presentation of California’s past through its focus on what makes California the golden state—its people, land, historical and political legacies and the promise of a better future. Must-see exhibits depicting the spirit of California include California Hall of Fame, California’s Remarkable Women, and Uprooted: Japanese Americans during WWII. Don’t miss the

six-story Constitution Wall! Free admission, first weekend of every month for Bank of America cardholders. Mon–Sat. 10-5 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m., Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. $ h 1020 O Street (10th & O Streets). 916-653-0274, www.californiamuseum.org.

California Peace Officers’ Memorial. The beautiful bronze and granite edifice memorializes the more than 1,300 courageous peace officers who have laid down their lives “in the line of duty,� serving their fellow Californians. h 10th Street and Capitol Mall. 800-604-4333.

California State Archives. Historic state documents. Open Mon–Fri 9:30–4 p.m. except state holidays. $

h1020 O Street. 916-653-7715, www.sos.ca.gov/archives. California State Capitol Museum. A visit to California’s State Capitol provides a unique opportunity for visitors to witness the past, present, and future of California government interact with equal force. Numerous fascinating exhibits offer views on architecture, state history, former governors, county profiles, antique furnishings and historic flags. Special exhibits are offered periodically. Public tours are offered 7 days a week, on the hour, from 9–4 p.m. (Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.) Open daily from 9–5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s

Day) Free. h Gift Shop, Restaurant. 10th and L Streets. 916-324-0333, www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov.

California Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Its 22 shiny black granite panels memorialize the 5,822 names of California’s dead and missing. The exquisite full-relief bronze figures depict the realities of daily life during that conflict. h 15th Street and Capitol Avenue at the East end of Capitol Park. Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Built in 1889, the Cathedral is one of the oldest in the West. Its prominent architectural design comes from 19th-Century Paris, and the stained glass is from Austria. Open daily. h 1017 11th Street (at K Street). 916-444-3071, www.cathedralsacramento.org.

Chinatown Mall. During the Gold Rush, this area was largely populated with Chinese immigrants; now association halls and a Chinese language school help keep Chinese culture alive. h Between Third & Fifth Streets, J and I Streets. 916-488-6465. Crocker Art Museum. The Crocker Art Museum, founded in 1885 as the first public art museum west of the Mississippi River, offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections

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Downtown Sacramento History Tour. These guided tours introduce visitors to the people, places and events that shaped California history from John Sutter to Cesar Chavez. Tours cover more than 150 years of state and local history. All last approximately one hour and topics range from art and architecture to cultural, religious and urban history. 915 9th Street. 916-442-8575, www.downtownsac.org/tours.

experience. Tickets 443-6722 or at Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office (same complex). Shows are generally Wed–Sat with Sunday matinees. 1419 H Street. www.sactheatre.org.

Leland Stanford Mansion. The 19th-Century home of the former California governor, senator and railroad baron is now open to the public, culminating a 14-year renovation. The mansion is also used as the Governor’s official reception facility for visiting dignitaries. Guided tours are available Tues– Sun. $ Admission. h 8th and N Streets. 916-324-0575, www.stanfordmansion.org.

Second Saturday Art Walk. Visit artists’

Raley Field, River Road. Home to the Sacramento Rivercats professional baseball team! $ W.A. Just off the Camellia City Freeway, west of the Tower Bridge, West Sacramento. 916-447-4487, www.raleyfield.com.

Sacramento Convention Center. Located in

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial/Chinatown Mall. The “Father of China” can be remembered by visiting this museum filled with Chinese art. Tues–Sat 1-3 p.m. Between Third & Fifth Streets, J & I Streets. 916-488-6465.

Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park. Built in 1877 as a private home, this mansion housed 13 of California’s governors from 1903 to 1967. Guided tours given, available Tues–Sun on the hour, 10-4 p.m. (closed

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). $ Admission. h 16th and H Streets. 916-323-3047, www.parks.ca.gov/ governorsmansion.

the heart of downtown, the Sacramento Convention Center Complex includes the Memorial Auditorium and Community Center Theater. Check the schedule for any number of cultural or popular events! h 13th and J Streets, 916-264-5291, www.sacramentoconventioncenter.com.

Sacramento Theatre Company. Sacramento’s premier professional theater offers innovative interpretations of classics and cutting-edge works that celebrate the human

receptions on the 2nd Saturday of each month to experience art in a fun, friendly way. Most of the numerous galleries in this area, and many related businesses, host an open house beginning at 6 p.m. featuring art exhibits, food, wine and music. Free, 6-9 p.m. Midtown/downtown. www.2nd-sat.com.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Sacramento’s oldest congregation, attended by the Stanfords, the Crockers and the Harrimans. The 100-year-old present building contains historic stained glass windows and a Johnson Tracker organ from the 19th Century. Open second Saturday and by request. h 1430 J Street, next to the Convention Center. 916-4462620, www.stpaulssacramento.org. Wells Fargo History Museum. Drawing from its rich history, museum exhibits include an original, restored Concord stagecoach, documents, gold, treasure boxes, postal history and numerous attention-grabbing items that explain Wells Fargo’s express, banking, staging operations and its commercial role in the region. Free audio tours. Educational tours available by appointment. Weekdays 9–5. Free. h 400 Capitol Mall. 916-440-4161, www.wellsfargohistory.com.

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Leland Stanford Mansion State Historical Park is slated to close to the public in 2012 in response to state budget cuts

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ightseers and history-buffs have another

restored French polished wood paneling,

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

stop to make on their tour of California’s

elegant 19th-century crystal and bronze

Guided tours are offered on most days

capital city. Sacramento’s Leland Stan-

chandeliers, recreated Victorian carpeting and

between 10–5 p.m., with the last tour at 4 p.m.

ford Mansion, at 800 N Street (corner of 8th

original period furnishings. Enjoy its collection

Please visit www.lelandstanfordmansion.org

and N, just southwest of the Capitol) trans-

of awe-inspiring paintings and relax in the

or call 916-324-0575. Admission (Tour) $ Fees,

ports visitors back to the Victorian era and

beautiful period-style gardens.

Children (ages 5 and under) Free.

Group

One block west of the California

Reservations are available through Reserve

It is officially known as the Leland Stan-

State Capitol, the mansion also serves as

America (866-240-4655). The Visitor’s Center

ford State Historic Park, and the public

California’s official address for diplomatic and

and gardens may be visited at no charge.

is invited to tour the Mansion and learn about

state business receptions, allowing visitors to

the Golden State’s influential Stanford family

see where the Governor entertains some of

while taking in the building’s restored 19th-

the world’s high-profile guests. Come for the

century architecture and decor.

history and stay for a glimpse of where Cali-

offers a glimpse into the state’s rich history.

Other Parks to See Prior to 2012 Railtown1897 is the home of Hollywood’s first railroad

the 19,000-square-foot Stanford Mansion with

The museum is open daily for admission

guided tours of the restored interior: highlights

and tours, depending on the State Legislature

movies, beginning in 1919. Historic shops and roundhouse open daily, with steam powered excursion trains operating on weekends through October. 18115 5th Avenue, Jamestown. 209-984-3953, www.railtown1897.org.

include ceilings that soar up to 20 feet in height,

schedule. The Visitor Center and Museum

gilded mirrors and plasterwork, beautifully

Store are open daily from 9:30–5 p.m., except

Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park,

Experience the majesty and elegance of

fornia meets the world!

Publishers Note: The California State Parks has just announced the planned closure of 70 State Parks in response to state budget cuts. Several Sacramento area parks, including the Leland Stanford Mansion, Governor’s Mansion, and Railtown 1897 in Sonora are slated to close to the public in 2012. We urge you to visit these state treasures, and all 278 California State Parks which are a key ingredient of this majestic state. Better yet, join the California State Parks Foundation to voice your support and receive benefits to these great parks @ www.calparks.org.

Built in 1877 as a private home, this mansion housed 13 of California’s governors from 1903 to 1967. Guided tours available Tuesday - Sunday on the hour, 10-4 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). $ Admission. h 16th and H Streets., Sacramento. 916-323-3047, www.parks.ca.gov/governorsmansion.

Benicia Capitol State Historic Park, is the only pre-Sacramento capitol still standing. Period furnishings reflect it’s daily life in 1853-54 along the Carquinez Straits in Solano County. 115 West G Street, Benicia. Open weekends 10–5 p.m. 707-745-3385. planmygetaway.com | summer 2011

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downtown sacramento Pizza Rock

Restaurants for Every Taste

We all “eat to live” at times, but it’s a whole lot more fun to “live to eat,” especially when so many great restaurants are at your disposal. From fresh and inventive, hearty and comforting, exotic and tantalizing… the variety of foods being dished up by these downtown Sacramento restaurants is nothing short of heavenly. Whether you’re looking to try something new or different, prefer classic cuisine or old-school ambiance or have a hankering for something specific, you’ll find it in Sacramento’s lively and eclectic downtown dining scene.

American

Cafeteria 15L – Comfort Food with a Twist. Cafeteria 15L is Sacramento‘s newest eclectic urban restaurant. Hours: Mon–Thurs 11:30-10pm, Fri 11:30-12am, Sat 5:30-12am, Sun 5:30-10pm. 1116 15th St., 916-492-1960/ 442-7444, www.cafeteria15l.com Asian

Frank Fats The Center of Power Politicians. Lobbyists. Celebrities. The mystery of the Far East. There’s a Fat’s restaurant for everyone, but only one Frank Fat’s! Who would ever guess that a once penniless immigrant and dishwasher from Canton, China would pack his 806 L Street location with governors, U.S. senators and representatives, along with lobbyists, state stakeholders and legislators from both sides of the aisle? Frank Fat always had a cheerful and genuine interest in people and their wellbeing which transcended racial, age and language barriers.  Zagat has praised this downtown Chinese institution where three levels of exotic and elegant dining pair with authentic dishes from China’s four main provinces—Canton, Szechwan, Peking, and Shanghai—along with traditional American cuisine. Don’t miss the Macadamia Nut or Brandy Fried Chicken,

Hong Kong-style Chow Mein or Fat’s Peking Duck. What are the regular patrons always sure to get? Fat’s Banana Cream Pie is a mouth-watering, soothing slice of heaven. “My father knew how to provide great food and excellent service, and he had an instinct for good business,” said Jerry Fat, president of Fat’s restaurants. “He was well known for his joyful persona, humbleness and genuine interest in people.” The Fat family carries on his legacy by combining excellent cuisine with personalized and friendly service in all of their restaurants. Hours: Mon–Fri 11-10pm, Weekends Dinner 5-10pm. 806 L St. 916-442-7092, www.fatsrestaurant.com. Scan this QR Code with your Mobile Device to learn more, look for special offers, or get directions. If you don’t have a smart phone, enter this url: http://delivr.com/16xoq.

Brewery

Brew It Up! Personal Brewery & Grill – Find a New Hobby or Just Appreciate the Process Brew It Up Personal Brewery & Grill lets you be the brewer or just a patron of good food. Lunch and Dinner Served Daily, Weekend Brunch. 801 14th St. 916-441-3000, www.brewitup.com, info@brewitup.com. F a r m - t o - Tab l e / Ne w A m e r i c a

Ella Dining Room & Bar – Comfortably Elegant.

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Ella is truly a restaurant for all seasons, using mainly local products from the area’s Farmers Markets. Stand-out service and innovative design create an ambience-laden, one-of-a-kind experience. Hours: Mon–Fri 11:30–10pm, Sat 5:30–10pm. 1131 K St. 916-443-3772, www.elladinngroomandbar.com.

Grange Restaurant & Bar – Simple, Seasonal and Soulful. Grange is a culinary expression of all things local. An authentic American brasserie-style menu includes straightforward entrees, rustic artisan breads, an all-California wine list, culinary cocktails and house-made desserts. Hours: Mon–Thu 6:30-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm, Fri–Sat 6:30-2:30pm, 5:30-11:30pm, Sun 6-2:30pm, 5:30-9pm. 926 J St. 916-492-4450/4400, www.grangesacramento.com.

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Fondue

Melting Pot – Play with Your Food! Fondue is fun and interactive: choose from a vast array of ingredients and dip into something different. Hours: Mon–Thu 4:30-10pm, Fri–Sat 11:30-11pm, Sun 3:30-10pm. 814 15th St. 916-4432347, www.meltingpot.com. G r ee k

Petra Greek – Spend the Night in Greece. Petra embraces the authenticity of Greek culture and the cooking of traditional family recipes, using local products to complement the menu. Hours: Mon–Tue 11-11pm, Wed–Fri 11-3am, Sat 2-3am. 1122 16th St. 916-443-1993, www.petragreek.com. I ta l i a n

Il Fornaio – The Romance of Italy“. Award-winning authentic Italian cuisine” that includes fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas, grilled fish, roasted meats, traditional desserts and elegant decor fresh-from-the-oven breads makes Il Fornaio a force to be reckoned with. Hours: Mon–Fri 11-10pm, Sat 5-10pm, Sun 4-9pm. 400 Capitol Mall. 916-446-4100, www.ilfornaio.com. Irish

de Vere’s Irish Pub – Warm Irish Ambiance. Voted “Best Pub” and “Best Pub Food” in Sacramento, de Vere’s Irish Pub is a refuge from the daily grind. Hours: Open daily for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. ATM, AE, MC, V, W.A. 1521 L St. 916-231-9947, www.deverespub.com. J a pa n e s e

Sapporo Grill – Something for Everyone. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails in the lounge, fresh seafood delights at the sushi bar, cooked-to-order meals at the teppanyaki bar or an intimate meal in the dining room. Hours: Mon–Tues 11-10pm, Wed–Thurs 11-12 am, Fri 11-2:30am, Sat 12-2:30am, Sun 4-10pm. 1118 16th St. 916-448-1818, www.sapporogrill.com. Me x i c a n

Vallejos – Vallejos Equals Value. Vallejo’s is a familyowned purveyor of great, fresh Mexican food. 1100 O St.,


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Ste 5. Hours: Mon–Fri, 7am–10pm, Sat 4–10pm 916-4981744. 1900 4th St. Hours: Mon–Thurs 7 am –9:30pm, Fri–Sun. 7am–10pm. 916-443-8488. www.vallejosrestaurant.com.

World

Tower Café – Around the World in One Sitting. Voted “Best Breakfast,”“Best Sunday Brunch” Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Open Mon–Thu, Sun 8am-11pm; Fri–Sat 8am-12am. 1518 Broadway. 916-441-0222, www.towercafe.com.

Pizza

Pizza Rock

Thai

setting K Street on it’s side!

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It’s loud, it’s wild – check out the ‘Creation of Man’ mural on the ceiling, and the semi-truck bursting through the wall—but the pizza is oh-so-good, and available late night in downtown! Pizza Rock opened in early 2011 after a year of renovation to much fanfare. Offering a wide menu of gourmet pizzas, many of which are created by winning Neopolitan Pizza Chef Tony Gemignani (the Tony of Zagat-rated Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco), cocktails, wines and beers, Pizza Rock has quickly become a downtown destination. You’ll find several styles of pizza – Neapolitan (thin, airy crust), American (thicker crust but not truly thick), Italian (thinner but not thin) and Sicilian (a rectangular, focaccia-style crust), among others. Lots of interesting choices – try the thin-crust Margherita or the spinach-and-pesto Primavera. The Cal Italia comes with a tangy combination of sweet fig, prosciutto, gorgonzola chees and balsamic – mangia! Salads, sides, appetizers like Calamari are great. Lots of entertaining videos and lots of people to watch-- families, groups, couples on dates. You’re right between Dive Bar, with it’s incredible aquarium and Mermaids and Mermen, and the new District 30 nightclub. Hours: Sun.–Tue. 11-10pm, Wed. 11 am -Midnite, Thur–Sat 11am-3am. 1020 K St. 916-737-5777, www.pizzarocksacramento.com. Scan this QR Code with your Mobile Device to learn more, look for special offers, or get directions. If you don’t have a smart phone, enter this url: http://delivr.com/16xoz.

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Reputation Meets Good Times Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento in the historic Elks Club Building, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant features the freshest seafood available, fresh-squeezed, hand-crafted cocktails and impeccable customer service. With a classy but friendly atmosphere, they cater to both social and business outings. McCormick & Schmick’s executive chef works with the most reputable local, regional and international seafood purveyors to obtain only the freshest seafood at the peak of their seasons—from Alaskan Halibut and Northwest Salmon to

Not Downtown but Worth the Detour Hawaiian Ahi Tuna and a large selection of oysters. Menus are printed every day featuring a “Fresh List” of 20 to 30 seafood varieties. McCormick & Schmick’s also offers a wide variety of aged steaks, poultry, pastas and entrée salads. Stop in early for their legendary Happy Hour menu, with bar food items starting as low as $1.95. Hours: Mon–Thurs 11:30-10pm, Fri 11:30-11pm, Sat 4-11pm, Sun 4-9pm. AE, DI, MC, V .W.A. J Street. 916.442.8200, www. McCormickandSchmicks.com. Scan this QR Code with your Mobile Device to learn more, look for special offers, or get directions. If you don’t have a smart phone, enter this url: http://delivr.com/16xoe.

S t ea k h o u s e

Broiler – Downtown’s Oldest Steakhouse An “old-school” establishment with high-backed booths where portions are generous, customer service is king and servers are personable.Hours: Lunch Mon–Fri, 11-2:30pm, Dinner Mon–Sat, 5-10pm. 1201 K St. 916-444-3444, www.thebroilersteakhouse.com.

Enjoy some Pad Thai with a Lychee Mojito and learn why Thai Basil has been voted “Best Thai” every year since 2001 by Sacramento Magazine and Sacramento News & Review. Thai Basil features authentic dishes, homemade curries, fresh noodles and daily specials, all created and prepared by its family of owners. Passionate about authentic Thai home cooking quality, Prayoon Sununsangthong initiated the first Thai Basil restaurant in the area in 1996. A decade later, Thai Basil is now in four Sacramento-area locations, all owned and operated by her three daughters: Wanni, Kannika and Suleka. Each restaurant has its own characteristics and signature dishes, yet the sisters share their mother’s passion for quality. A heated outdoor patio, good service, vegetarian options and a convenient location with plenty of street parking help make Thai Basil stand out. Be sure to check out their upstairs lounge “Level Up” before or after dinner for drinks and small plates. The whimsical decor and views of Midtown make it worth the short detour from downtown. Hours: Open Daily for Lunch; Dinner Served Nightly until 9 Sun–Thurs, 10pm on Fri. & Sat. Level Up lounge: Tues. & Wed. 5pm-12am, and Thurs–Sat. 5pm-2am; Happy Hour 5-10pm Fri–Sat., all evening Tues–Thurs. 2431 J St. 916-4427690, www.thaibasilrestaurant.com. Scan this QR Code with your Mobile Device to learn more, look for special offers, or get directions. If you don’t have a smart phone, enter this url: http://delivr.com/16xon .

Morton’s of Chicago – Quality Control. From business meetings to holiday celebrations, Morton’s is “occasion-ready and waiting.” Hours: Mon–Thurs 5:30-10pm, Fri–Sat 5-11pm, Sun 5-10pm. 621 Capitol Mall. 916-4425091, www.mortons.com/sacramento. S t ea k h o u s e / Seaf o o d

Chops Steak, Seafood & Bar – Land and Sea

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Specialties. The award-winning Chops Steak, Seafood & Bar specializes in the most succulent seafood the world’s oceans have to offer. Hours: Open Mon–Sat for lunch and dinner. AE, MC, V, W.A.1117 11th St. 916-447-8900, www.chopssacramento.com. V ege t e r i a n

Andy Nguyen – Cuisine with a Conscience. Buddhistinspired vegetarian cuisine that satisfies vegetable and meat lovers alike. Hours: Sun–Mon 11-9pm, Tues–Wed 11-9:30pm, Fri–Sat 11-10pm. 2007 Broadway St. 916-736-1157, www. andynguyenvegetarianrestaurant.com. planmygetaway.com | summer 2011

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Sacramento Southern Railroad Weekends through September, climb aboard the California State Railroad Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad and enjoy a relaxing 40-minute, 6-mile roundtrip ride along the levees of the Sacramento River. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of a real, working steam locomotive as it pulls vintage passenger coaches and converted freight cars. 916-445-6645, www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org 34

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old sacramento

ld Sacramento is a favorite getaway

Sacramento,

for locals and has been voted the “best

(waterfront area) flourished and was the prime

boomed. The

embarcadero

place for a first date.” The district is a

trading center for miners outfitting themselves

National Landmark, part of which is desig-

for the gold fields. Prone to flooding, the city

nated as a State Historic Park. The waterfront

was raised 12 feet, which can be seen under

promenade where early fortune-seekers first

the boardwalks and in its basements. During

stepped ashore, wooden boardwalks lining

the next 100 years, the center of Sacramento’s

the streets, and historic Gold-Rush era build-

commerce gradually moved east, leaving this

ings make Old Sacramento a “must-see” desti-

area to languish and become a slum.

nation to explore!

In the mid-1960s, redevelopment of the

In 1839, John Sutter landed on the shore

area began with the construction of Interstate

of the American River near its confluence with

5 and a pedestrian underpass linking Down-

the Sacramento River. Sutter’s Fort was estab-

town Plaza (K Street) with Old Sacramento.

lished from a Mexican land grant to Sutter

Today, 53 historic buildings, with shops or

UNDERGROUND TOURS will let you explore

and his party. The settlement attracted other

restaurants on the street level and profes-

hidden sidewalks, find hidden doors and tour

businessmen looking for opportunities. Sam

sional offices or residences upstairs, are found

historic buildings.

Brannan established a store near the Sacra-

in the easily-walkable 10-block area.

gold Rush Days on Labor Day Weekend

Come explore America’s love of trains at

Check out the southwest corner of 2nd

the CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM

& I Streets or the alley between Front and 2nd

in Old Sacramento—America’s most popular

When gold was discovered in the

Streets to give you a perspective on the true

train museum! Climb aboard a sleeping car

nearby foothills, Brannan’s settlement, called

level of Old Sacramento in the early days. New

that gently rocks through the night, a 1930s

mento River hoping to take advantage of the convenient waterfront location.

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the California Supreme Court), the western terminus of the PONY EXPRESS, and the 1855 BIG FOUR BUILDING, where you can find lots

of interesting items in the HUNTINGTON, HOPKINS AND COMPANY HARDWARE STORE.

The WELLS FARGO MUSEUM now offers simulated Pony Express rides—watch yourself carrying the mail through the Old West!! The CALIFORNIA MILITARY MUSEUM showcases military history from pre-colonial (California) days through modern day activi-

Interesting characters like “Winnie and Dave� in Old Sacramento

ties and is a well-regarded military research center.

dining car filled with railroad china and a

JAZZ JUBILEE; and enjoy GOLD RUSH DAYS, the PACIFIC RIM FESTIVAL and numerous other events. Explore the Delta King, renowned for its restaurant, theater and hotel. North America’s largest railroad museum, the CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM, is here and also offers seasonal train excursions. Create great memories with any of HORNBLOWER CRUISES’ river rides on the Capitol Hornblower, a horsedrawn carriage ride, or take a spin with FAST EDDIE BIKE TOURS on his Raleigh Roadsters! Don’t miss EVANGELINE’S novelty gift shop, STAGE NINE ENTERTAINMENT STORE or FUN & GAMES. The RIO CITY CAFÉ, the fun and

Why You Will Love Old Sacramento

A cluster of noteworthy early Gold

investigate the back alleys and stroll along the

Rush sites includes the EAGLE THEATRE,

river walk! You will meet characters reliving

energetic JOE’S CRAB SHACK, FAT CITY’S dÊcor and great food and STEAMERS are just a few of the great restaurants where you can relax or refuel! Celebrate Sacramento’s historical heritage, savor the waterfront, do some shopping and enjoy a great meal—start in the place

the BF HASTINGS BUILDING (once home of

history! Attend the world’s largest DIXIELAND

that started it all for Sacramento!

million-pound

steam

locomotive.

If

it

happened in Sacramento, the SACRAMENTO

You will experience a host of interesting

HISTORY MUSEUM exhibits it, as well as the

adventures while strolling this 10-block area!

people who made it happen.

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Tour “Old Sacramento Underground” for an Entertaining Experience Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Meet characters from 1850’s Sacramento like ‘Miss Odessa’ and ‘Flatbroke P. Dodge’ (foreground) when you explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while learning about tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project. One-hour walking tours run 10:303pm Thurs-Sun. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 6-17). Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street . 916-8087973, www.historicoldsac.org.

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Now offering Champagne Brunch & Dinner Dance Cruises on the River! Hornblower brings its popular Dining Cruises from the California Coast to Sacramento.

Champagne Brunch Cruises

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best of old sacramento Best Place to Learn Where It All Happened The Sacramento History Museum This museum is a true celebration of all aspects of life in Sacramento over the past 200 years. The museum tells the stories of our city founders, rivers, the Gold Rush, agriculture, the media, industry, culture and more, including Gold, Greed & Speculation: The Beginnings of Sacramento City. Open Daily 10-5pm. (excluding major holidays) $ Admission. 101 I Street 10 916-808-7059, www.HistoricOldSac.org.

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Steamers Situated in the heart of Old Sacramento, Steamers offers a refreshing choice for a quality casual meal or a quick cup of coffee in a welcoming setting. Established in 1994 as a coffee house, Steamers meets the needs of the Old Sacramento district by adding a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as beer and wine. Now, Steamers offers boardwalk dining for an al fresco meal! Opens daily at 8am. Closing hours vary by season. 101 K Street 34 916-737-5252, www.steamersoldsac.com.

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California Military Museum Exhibits reflect California’s rich militia and military heritage, from Spanish/Mexican California through the latest addition — California’s Global War on Terrorism Wall of Honor. Contains more than 30,000 artifacts, documents and memorabilia, historical research center, gift shop. Group Tours available. Open Tues–Sun 10-5pm. $, Children 5 and under free. 1119 Second St. 20 916-442-2883, www.militarymuseum.org.

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Best Place to Take Care of Those Tired Piggies Sock City Tired of all this sightseeing? Give your feet a gift at Sock City, home of the most unique socks in the world! More than 4,000 styles of Knee-High, Business, Pleasure, nNovelty, Slouch , Over-The-Knee, Animal print, Toe, Slipper , ThighHigh and Sports Team socks! Fancy Hosiery, Texture Tights, Leggings. Name brands and boutique—including Trumpette for Babies and Toddlers! Open Mon–Thur. 11-6pm. Fri & Sat. 11-8pm. 1009 2nd Street 18 916-440-1559, www.sockcity.com.

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Old Sacramento Historic District Visitors Center This Visitors Center is open daily and provides information about the greater Sacramento area, including brochures, maps, guides and directions. Open Daily. 1004 Second Street Place 1 916-558-3912 (event hotline), 916-442-7644 (Visitor Center), www.discovergold.org.

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Best Place to See History Unfold Old Sacramento Living History Center Re-enactors promenade the streets of Old Sacramento in their 1850s finery. Join them as the stroll through time. 1101 Second Street, Lower Level Place 10 916-808-4980, www.oslhp.net.

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Best Place to Learn Your Ps & Qs Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Built in the style of one-room schools in the 1800s. Museum open daily, volunteer staff permitting. Front and L Streets 24 916-483-8818, www.oldsacschoolhouse.org.

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Best Fun California State Railroad Museum The finest and most visited interpretive museum of its kind in North America, displaying 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars plus 46 exhibits, including Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains, America’s most comprehensive toy train exhibit showcases approximately 1,000 vintage toy trains, and the priceless golden Lost Spike, of Transcontinental Railroad fame. Exhibits also include same-ticket admittance to Central Pacific Passenger Station on Front Street. Open Daily $, children 5 and under admitted free (with adult). 125 I Street 13 916-445-6645, www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org.

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Best River View Rio City Café Be right in the middle of the river action at Rio City Café! Step out onto any of the decks offering casual dining or cocktails, or enjoy panoramic views along with superb cuisine inside! Lunch and dinner are offered daily and feature fresh, wholesome and, where possible, local ingredients. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from Rio City’s extensive, well-rounded wine list featuring popular wines from Napa and other appellations of California. Stylishly rustic, Zagat-rated Rio City Café is the place to see and be seen in Old Sacramento! Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily. 1110 Front Street 22 916-442-8226, www.riocitycafe.net.

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Most Fun You’ll Have in a Bank Wells Fargo Museum The B.F. Hastings Building in Old Sacramento is a piece of Gold Rush History occupied by Wells Fargo & Express in 1854. This jewel of a museum has a large lithograph of 1849 Sacramento, gold, documents, an original Howard & Davis

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u5 reference to map page 35 gold scale and other artifacts and exhibits featuring Wells Fargo’s banking, express and staging operations. You can also ride the Pony Express Simulator! Free Admission, Educational tours by appointment. Daily 10-5pm. An ATM is available, of course! 1000 Second Street 1 916-440-4263, www.wellsfargohistory.com.

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Best Mail Story Pony Express Monument In April 1860, 80 riders completed the 1,966-mile run on horseback to St. Joseph, Mo. in 10 days or less. The fastest run by a single Pony Express rider was 110 miles in five hours, by Joseph Barney. He was averaging 22 mph. The average age of the Pony Express riders was 19 years old. Pony Express Park, 2nd and J Streets. 17

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Best River Cruise

The Eagle Theatre

Historic River Tours aboard the Capitol Hornblower

A reconstruction of California’s first public theater, the Eagle Theatre was originally built in July 1849. Special shows are held during the year—check out the wooden benches, sloping floor and tin roof! Free Admission. 925 Front Street. 9 916-323-6343.

The narrated 60-minute cruise and tour will take visitors both up and down river and provide an education on the history and lore of this important part of the California Delta region. Special Holiday Cruises and Private Events available. $ Tickets. 1206 Front Street 68 916-446-1185, www.hornblower.com.

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The Fat Family has created Fat City as a Turn of the Century Bar and Cafe filled with such unusual artifacts as the Legendary Pioneer Bar, the Famous Purple Lady, stained and beveled glass windows and many old Tiffany style lamps. Fat City has become downtown’s gathering space for people seeking fine food, drinks and lively conversation. It’s a European café offering a varied menu, with everything from light appetizers to hearty dinner entries and mouth-watering desserts. Lunch Mon–Fri, Brunch Sat and Sun, Dinner Nightly. 1001 Front Street 5 916-446-6768, www.lovemyfats.com.

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Museum Open Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

At O l d S a c r a m e n t o S ta t e H i s t o r i c Pa r k

VISIT North America's finest and most popular railroad museum, open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EXPERIENCE lavishly restored trains, galleries highlighting the human face of the railroad, a magnificent toy train exhibit – and the golden “Lost Spike!” RIDE behind a real steam locomotive weekends April-Sept. (also selected weekends Oct.-Dec.). SHOP at our fabulous Museum Store, and RENT our unique facilities!

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midtown sacramento

he leafy Midtown district stretches

Avenue (M Street) as more artists, restaurants

east from Downtown and is home to

and unique establishments open to service

some of Sacramento’s most happening

Midtown’s residents.

boutiques, galleries and restaurants, as

The MARRS complex on 20th and

well as the site of the original settlement of

J streets opened in late 2009 and houses

Sacramento—New Helvetia, aka Sutter’s

an eclectic array of tenants: Sacramento

Fort. Many former homes in this residential

Comedy Spot to a Peet’s Coffee & Tea to

district are being converted into indepen-

Luigi’s pizza-by-the-slice to the newly

dent galleries, salons and shops which appeal

expanded-into-a-restaurant Lounge on 20

to wide varieties of tastes. Curbside parking

and the popular Newsbeat where you can

is plentiful and available—especially along

find any number of interesting periodicals

the numbered streets that run North and

and greeting cards! MARRS regularly hosts

South. This is a wonderful area to park, stroll

various events, and its elevated patios

and discover many unique treasures. These

are great for people watching during the

blocks also contain novel bistros and services

numerous midtown events!

to fuel your shopping energies!

The Sutter District, at the east end

If it’s happening, it’s here. Midtown’s cool vibe comes from its inclusive art and literary scene. Avenue becomes Folsom Boulevard. Both avenues are home to shops, antique stores and places to eat before reaching the “Fabulous Forties” residential district. Just off North 16th Street (Rte. 160) is the California Almond Exchange, home since 1914 to Blue Diamond Almonds. The Central Valley produces 99 percent of all almonds sold in the United States. The Visitor’s Center is open Monday through Saturday.

Start eastbound from 16th Street, take

of Midtown, is home to not only Sutter’s

in J Street’s hip atmosphere, with novel

Fort, but also the State Indian Museum, a

boutiques like The Gifted Gardener,

number of medical centers, as well as highly

If it’s happening, it’s here. Midtown’s

Why You Will Love Midtown

Sugar Shack and Swanberg’s for Men,

regarded restaurants (more on this below)

cool vibe comes from its inclusive art and

and numerous restaurants—don’t miss Old

and Sutter’s Fort, the original trading post—

literary scene. 2nd Saturday, the monthly

Spaghetti Factory in the converted rail-

preceding Sacramento—and first non-Indian

opening of Art Galleries, originated here and

road station between 19th and 20th Streets.

settlement in the Sacramento Valley.

is a popular event on what else – Saturday

And it’s all within strolling distance! This funky

East of Business 80, J Street continues

evenings. Numerous art galleries abound;

charm spills over to K and L Streets and Capitol

on towards CSUS-Sacramento, and Capitol

try the Viewpoint Gallery on J Street for photographic studies, the newly remodeled Sacramento Arts Complex just east of

sutter’s fort

21st Street for its 2 stories of artists’ showcases, and on 20th Street, the Kennedy Gallery or the highly regarded b sakata garo gallery just north above J Street.

Another new “mini-district” is emerging: The Handle covers the thriving 18th and

Capitol Avenue area with several blocks (L to N, 15th to 19th) serving as a “handle” to Capitol Park on the West. Take M Street east from 16th from the East End Office Park and walk down

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< MARRS complex on 20th Street is a popular Midtown destination

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zocalo

to the corner of 18th and Capitol—you have plenty of dining choices here – both inside and al fresco. Be sure to check out Zocalo which was originally a Studebaker-Packard dealership; the exquisite design details complement the popular Mexican dishes. Go up 18th and you’ll see the L Street Lofts rising above L Street. There are a number of shops and cafes at this intersection and

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heading back downtown on L Street. Stop in at Zanzibar to find the latest treasure from Mexico, Africa or any number of 3rd world countries! Foodies take heart: Midtown is home to the mouth-watering Thai Basil (see coverage elsewhere in this issue) venerable Biba and highly-rated Paragary’s in the Sutter District, succulent Waterboy, Mulvaney’s, Mediterranean-inspired Aioli and the newer The Press and Tuli Bistro and, further out

on J Street, Formoli Bistro. Bring a lunch from any number of nearby bistros and watch the dancers practice at Sacramento Ballet!

Diverse nightlife options abound in midtown. Lavender Heights and a number of GLBT night spots radiate south-andeast from K and 20th streets to 21st street, and is home to annual events such as the Rainbow Festival each September, Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in October and Sacramento Pride each June. Both ends

of Midtown’s J Street (the west end between 16th and 19th, and then east of 25th to 28th have popular nightclub options. Stop in at Level Up (above Thai Basil) and explore their

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Zanzibar world imports

between 18th and 20th streets also offers wine bars and lounges mixed in with various restaurants. The easy grid of Midtown makes it a very walkable entertainment zone, not to mention it’s trendy denizens! Check out more at exploremidtown.org! Midtown has numerous parks and mansions that are lovingly maintained! You will find numerous homes throughout the midtown area in a wide range of styles:

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Victorian to Queen Anne to Arts and Crafts to Italianate. Now, Fast Eddie Bike Tours offers midtown art and history rides! Join many midtown denizens on their stylish cruisers! Want a completely unique shopping experience? The producers of the popular and well-regarded 2nd Sunday Antique Faire have supplemented this open-air ‘under the Freeway festival’ with a new event – the 4th Sunday Craft and Flea Outdoor Marketplace!

Out & About Midtown Blue Diamond Almond Exchange. Just off North 16th Street (Rte. 160) is the California Almond Exchange, home since 1914 to Blue Diamond Almonds. The Central Valley produces 99 percent of all almonds sold in the United States. The Visitor’s Center is open Mon–Sat. 1701 C Street. 916-446-8438, www.bluediamond.com.

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California State Indian Museum. Displays the rich and diverse culture of California’s indigenous peoples. View Native American structures, basketry, beadwork, clothing and exhibits about the ongoing traditions of

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various California Native American groups. Open daily 10–5 p.m. $ 2618 K Street. 916-324-0971, www.parks.ca.gov/ indianmuseum.

La Raza Galeria Posada advances, celebrates and preserves Latino, Indian and Native cultures. Open Tues–Fri. 1–8 p.m., Sat. 11–6 p.m. 1022–1024 22nd Street, 916-4465133, www.larazagaleriaposada.org.

Sacramento Ballet Company. Come watch the dancers perform! Bring a lunch and watch through the plate glass wall! Free, $ On-street Parking. 1631 K Street. 916-552-5800, www.sacballet.org.

Second Saturday Art Walk. Visit artists’ receptions on the 2nd Saturday of each month to experience art in a fun, friendly way. Most of the numerous galleries in this area, and many related businesses, host an open house beginning at 6 p.m. featuring art exhibits, food, wine, and music. Free. 6–9 p.m. Midtown/downtown. www.2nd-sat. com. Sutter’s Fort. Original Settlement location and trading post for Sacramento. Self-guided tours explain the unique museum exhibits, a visitor orientation room and exhibit rooms, carpenter’s and blacksmith’s shops, bakery, dining room, and living quarters. Historical reenactments scheduled periodically. Gift shop. Internet WI-FI access. $, 16 years and younger free. Open daily 10–5 p.m. 28th and L Streets. 916-445-4422, www.parks.ca.gov/suttersfort.


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LIKE RECESS FOR GROWN-UPS!

EXPERIENCE LIFE ON MARRS: DINE AT LOUNGE ON20, AZUL, LUIGI'S SLICE AND MR. PICKLE’S. DISCOVER LAUGHTER AT THE COMEDY SPOT. FIND THAT SPECIAL GIFT AT NEWSBEAT, ASHA

YOGA OR THE DENIM SPOT. ENJOY THE RICH AROMAS AND AMBIANCE AT PEET’S COFFEE. TELL SCANDALOUS STORIES OVER DECADENT COCKTAILS AT ZOCALO OR SAVOR THE MANY FLAVORS OF PARAGARY’S BAR AND OVEN.

MIDTOWN: GO YOUR OWN WAY.

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cal expo + east sacramento

East Sacramento has many gracious neighborhoods with stately homes, like this mansion designed by Julia Morgan of Hearst Castle fame

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everal interesting neighborhoods border the American River as it meanders through Sacramento East Sacramento is home to traditional neighborhoods

and a state university. Beginning east of Business 80’s northward path, you will find local shopping and dining districts along Folsom Boulevard and J Street, with many interesting shops also on H Street and Elvas Avenue. Antique shoppers will delight in this area, which is also home to the fascinating MUSEUM OF MEDICAL HISTORY. California State University, Sacramento “Sac State,”

nestled on the American River, is home to several Art Galleries, Museums and the division-winning Hornets athletic teams. Beyond the American River, J Street becomes Fair Oaks Boulevard—known locally as “Gourmet Gulch” for its upscale dining and boutiques, notably the popular PAVILIONS SHOPPING CENTER. East of Fulton Avenue, Fair Oaks Boulevard progresses along the north side of the American River through upscale Sierra Oaks, Arden Oaks and Carmichael to Sunrise Boulevard and Fair Oaks Village, where one can again cross the river to get to Highway 50. Cal Expo, the site of the annual State Fair, is adjacent to large shopping centers such as ARDEN FAIR MALL, the newly renovated MARKET SQUARE in the Cal Expo/Point West area and TOWN & COUNTRY VILLAGE. Howe and Fulton Avenues are major north-south thoroughfares (Howe intersects Highway 50, and Fulton crosses Business 80) with Arden Way and El Camino Avenue, the east-west arteries. North Watt Avenue is home to a number of interesting museums for the entire family. The DISCOVERY MUSEUM’S SCIENCE AND SPACE CENTER is just off Business 80, and further

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california state fair

north in the former McClellan Airbase are

Aerospace Museum of California

the CALIFORNIA FOUNDRY MUSEUM and the AEROSPACE MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA— perfect for inquiring minds!

Aerospace Museum of California The young and the young at heart are invited to learn, explore or imagine what it would be like to soar through the skies in the many aircraft and exhibits at the Museum. Have you ever wanted to fly a World War Spad, a P-38 Lighting or P-51 Mustang, or pilot a mission in a US Navy F/A-18? Now’s your chance with our brand new Simulator Center! Guests will experience historic planes and displays representing over eight decades of aviation history, as well as a chance to view thrilling jets like a US Navy Blue Angels’ fighter, A-10 Thunderbolt, or a famous ‘Top Gun’ F-14 Tomcat just like the movie. Available for evening events. $ Admission. Open Tues–Sat 9–5 p.m. Sun. 10–5 p.m. Closed New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas. 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan Park. 916-643-3192, www.aerospacemuseumca.org.

Library Gallery, Main Floor Library. 10–5 p.m. Tues–Sat. 6000 J Street. 916-278-2368, www.csus.edu.

$. Tues–Fri Noon–4:30 p.m. Sat–Sun 10–4:30 p.m. 3615 Auburn Blvd. 916-808-3942, www.thediscovery.org.

The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center is a family-focused educational institution suitiable

Museum of Medical History. Unique museum of Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Patent Medicines, Pharmacology, Infectious Diseases, Asian Medicine, Nursing, Radiology, Quackery, Onsite Library. Mon–Fri. 9–4 p.m. Closed Holidays. Free. 5380 Elvas Avenue. 916-456-3152, www.ssvms.org/museum.

for all ages. Weekend activities include animal presentations for all ages, make- and- take crafts, and planetarium shows for visitors 4 and over. There is a nature trail to explore outside, a Challenger Learning Center, and an animal discovery room.

Cal Expo is a beautifully landscaped, 350-acre multipurpose facility with more than a dozen venues. The perfect site for major trade shows, consumer shows, sporting events, concerts, satellite conferences, meetings and conventions. Harness Racing Thurs–Sat evenings through Aug. 2. $ Admission, $ Parking. 1600 Exposition Blvd, off Business 80. 916-263-3049, www.calexpo.com.

California Foundry History Museum captures the history of the foundry (metal casting) industry from Gold Rush to present. Free, open weekdays (except holidays) 11–3 p.m. 5301 Price Avenue, McClellan Park. 916-933-3062 (or Technikon at 916-929-8001), www. foundryhistory.com.

California State University, Sacramento. Visitors Center located in the North entrance lobby of Sacramento Hall open 8–5 p.m. weekdays. 916-278-6011. Guided tours may be arranged by contacting University Outreach at 916-278-7362. Athletic Tickets at CSUS Ticket Office. 916-278-4323 or at Tickets.com at 916-766-2277. University

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natomas Riverbank Marina on the Sacramento River

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atomas is one of the fastest growing residential areas in Sacramento, located just minutes north of Downtown and the intersection of the American and Sacramento rivers. There are

numerous restaurants along the Sacramento River west of Interstate 5 that provide views of the river and marinas dotting the shoreline.

Power Balance Pavilion $ Fee Parking. One Sports Parkway. 916-455-4647, www.powerbalancepavilion.com.

Discovery Park is located at the western end of the 32-mile Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail. Activity areas include boating, fishing, group picnics, multi-use field areas, archery range and a variety of trails for horses, biking and hiking. Covered group picnic shelters, horseshoes, playground equipment and volleyball standards. $ Parking. Off Interstate 5 at the Richards Boulevard or Garden Highway exits. 916-875-6336.

The Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum showcases pharmacy rooms from the mid-1800s, the 1940s and the present and brings the history and helpfulness of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pharmaceutical practices to life. Tours available by appointment only. 4030 Lennane Drive. 916-779-1410 x326, www.pharmacyfoundation.org. Sacramento International Airport handles more than 140 flights each day. 6900 Airport Boulevard off I-5 North, 916-929-5411 or www.sacairports.org.

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folsom

riginally a gold mining town and the site of the first passenger rail system west of the Rockies, Folsom is steeped

in a rich and colorful history. Folsom has been a mining center, a Pony Express stop, the site of the first powerhouse west of the Mississippi and, of course, the anchor for Folsom Prison.

Celebrating Sutter Street’s reopening by Ron Huntley

Since the middle of the 19th century, Sutter Street—a three-block strip of stores,

restaurants and bars that will instantly take

Gold Panning at Folsom Pioneer Village

you back to the days of the Gold Rush—has been the heart of Folsom. Largely unchanged since 1851, although with newly installed landscaping, Sutter Street maintains the look and feel of the Old West, including some of the original stores which have remained the same for over a century.

The Folsom Pioneer Village has been offering hands-on historical educational experiences for more than 15 years. This outdoor site offers artifacts, historic buildings, a working blacksmith shop, gold panning and gem mining activities. Open Fri–Sun from 11–4 p.m. 200 Wool Street, next to the historic Southern Pacific Depot. 916 985-2707, www.folsomhistorymuseum.org.

Sutter Street is most easily approached

Folsom Prison Museum. Artifacts dating from

from Folsom Boulevard or Bidwell Street,

the 1880s, photographs, hand-made prison weapons and

a to-scale model of a prisoner’s cell are displayed. Arts and crafts made by Folsom prisoners. Open daily 10–4 p.m. $ h Just inside the Old Prison Visitor’s Gate off Natoma Street. 916-985-2561, www.folsomprisonmuseum.org.

Historic Folsom Powerhouse. The only 19th-Century powerhouse in the country open to the public. Visitors touring the powerhouse can see the massive General Electric transformers, each capable of conducting from 800 to 11,000 volts of electricity, in addition to the forebays and canal system that brought the water from the dam. Wed–Sun noon–4 p.m. Scott & Greenback Roads. 916-985-4843, www.folsompowerhouse.com.

both of which intersect Highway 50. Parking is plentiful at the base of Sutter Street at Regional Transit’s light rail train station or off Leidesdorff Street.

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Check out some of the other attractions Folsom has to offer. Folsom Premium Outlets are off Folsom Blvd. at Highway 50,

and the 32-mile Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail begins at Beal’s Point in

Folsom Lake and follows the scenic American River to Old Sacramento. Information courtesy of Folsom Tourism Bureau/Folsom Chamber of Commerce.

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Home to some very special animals. See American black bear, mountain lions and many other exotic and native species up close. Tue–Sun 10–4 p.m. Closed Major Holidays. $ Children 4 and under free, Free Parking. Located in Folsom City Park at Natoma and Stafford Streets. 916-351-3527, www.folsomzoofriends.org.

Folsom History Museum. Museum features history of the town’s settlement and development. Antique quilt show, Natoma company exhibit. Tues–Sun 11–4 p.m. $ Free Parking, W.A. 823 Sutter Street. 916-985-2707, www.folsomhistorymuseum.org.

Folsom Historic Homes Tour. Eleven historic homes and churches are passed on this walking tour that covers less than a mile distance. Pick up a free brochure at the Folsom Chamber of Commerce. 200 Wool Street. planmygetaway.com | summer 2011

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land park

Go eye-to-eye with Val, Skye, Goodie, or the newest giraffe, Chifu, in the Sacramento Zoo’s Tall Wonders elevated viewing platform!

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and Park is a popular destination for fami-

Broadway and winds its way south to William

lies visiting Sacramento! Land Park’s stun-

Land Park, home to legendary FAIRYTALE

ning architecture and beautiful tree-lined

TOWN, Funderland, the acclaimed SACRA-

neighborhoods make it one of the area’s most

MENTO ZOO and the 9-hole WILLIAM LAND

prestigious addresses. The area, developed

PARK GOLF COURSE! History and culture

from the 1920s through the 1940s, is situated on

buffs will love the HISTORIC SACRAMENTO

either side of Land Park Drive, which intersects

CITY CEMETERY! Close to downtown and

major freeways, Land Park is a great place for family Fun!

Explore Land Park Fairytale Town celebrates 50+ years of affordable family fun featuring imaginative three-dimensional play sets based on fairy tales, friendly barnyard animals, learning gardens and special events. Open daily 9–4 p.m. (weather permitting). $ Admission, free parking. 3901 Land Park Drive. 916-808-7462, www.fairytaletown.org. Historic Sacramento City Cemetery. Established in 1849 with a donation of 10 acres by Captain John Sutter, the Old City Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 25,000 pioneers, immigrants, their families and descendants. Guided tours available (call 916-448-0811). Open Fri–Tues 8–5 p.m. Free, donations requested. 1000 Broadway (Broadway between Muir Way and Riverside Boulevard) 916-264-5621, www. oldcitycemetery.com.

Sacramento Zoo’s 14 acres allows close inspections of more than 500 rare and endangered animals in a fun, family-oriented setting. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in recognition of attaining rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science. Animal shows are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tues–Sun. Free Cell Phone Safari offers “guided” tours of over 30 animals. Zoo open daily 9–4 p.m., (guests may stay on grounds 1 hour after closing), closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. $ Admission, free parking. 3930 West Land Park Drive. 916-808-5885, www.saczoo.org.

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elk grove Elk Grove Regional Park

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inutes south of Downtown Sacramento is Elk Grove, California’s first new city of the 21st century—and one of the region’s fastest growing areas. Numerous shopping centers,

which are easily accessible, offer a wide array of shopping and dining choices. Most of these centers are on either side of Highway 99, and are reached by major east-west thoroughfares Laguna and Elk Grove Boulevards. The historic section of Elk Grove lies east of Highway 99, and is just north of the popular Elk Grove Regional Park. Nature lovers also take heart—two wetlands preserves lie west and southwest of the city, and welcome visitors!

Explore Elk Grove Cosumnes River Preserve. View freshwater wetlands from remaining undammed Sierra River. Visitor Center offers interpretive displays and interactive educational exhibits. Open Daily 9–5 p.m. Franklin Blvd (south of Twin Cities Road). 916-684-2816, www.cosumnes.org. Elk Grove Hotel & Stage Stop Museum. Originally named the Elk Grove House, this is a reconstruction of the 1850s building. Open to the public every 1st Saturday from Noon–4 p.m. Museum tours available. Adjacent is the restored 19th Century Rhoads School, which served the community from 1872 until 1946. Free Admission, Parking. Northwest Corner of Elk Grove Regional Park on East Stockton Blvd, 1 mile south of Elk Grove Blvd and CA-99. 916-6858115, www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com.

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge offers seasonal and permanent wetlands, riparian forest and grasslands, attracting a wide variety of wildlife. Open Trail Days and Guided Tours every 2nd and 4th Saturday (trail open 7:30–3 p.m.; guided walk begins at 9 a.m.). Laguna Blvd (west of I-5). 916-775-4420, www.fws.gov/stonelakes. Elk Grove Hotel & Stage Stop Museum

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california delta

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Tours. The historic Old Sugar Mill, this issueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

system primarily comprised of fertile

cover story, is home to a unique community

agricultural islands that sit below sea

of seven California wineries. These wineries

level but are protected by a stout system of

at the Old Sugar Mill, as well as Bogle

levees. It is fed by five major rivers, including

Winery, Wilson Vineyards and Scribnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers.

Bend, are a bridge to the rich agricultural

Although at Sacramentoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Stocktonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

heritage of the region, whose vineyards are

doorsteps, and a 45-minute drive from Solano

staking their claim alongside the great wine-

County cities, there is a remoteness to the

growing regions of the world. Slip away in

lightly- populated inner Delta. The lifestyle

time, enjoy the scenery, meet the winemakers

here is decidedly laid back, a sort of Huck

and sample their product while making new

Finn kind of existence. Boating, watersports,

friends!

fishing and camping are a way of life. Some of the historic river towns are little changed from the Gold Rush era when

in time when you stroll Lockeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chinatown

now open to public. Fanstatic displays of card tables, money booths and cages, historical pictures and articles depicting 20th century life. Free. Main Street, Locke. 916-776-1661, www.locketown.com.

streets, bask in the elegance of Walnut Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Fast Eddie Bike Tours. Take a memorable ride on

or Courtlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Victorian homes or drive along

the leather seat of a stylish and comfortable Raleigh Roadster along scenic Delta routes with Fast Eddie Bike Tours. Get up close and personal with vines and wines and charming Delta villages and byways. Bike, helmet, tool kit provided on this guided tour. Choose from 3 hour casual touring to full day experienced road cyclist itineraries. Advance Reservations. 916-812-2712, www.fasteddiebiketours.com.

paddlewheel steamboats carried mail and passengers from San Francisco. Step back

a levee road and gaze upon cornfields or vineyards stretching to the horizon. For all its rural charm, the California Delta caters to visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs. There are quaint waterside restaurants for dining, grocery stores for provisions, bait and tackle shops and over 50 boat launching facilities. Check out Locke (explored elsewhere in this issue), and closer to downtown Sacramento is the tiny riverside community of Clarksburg. There are several art galleries and Husickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a ___NI[\MLLQMJQSM\W]Z[KWU ! 

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Dai Loy Museum. Former Chinese gambling den,

and fun-lovers are discovering a new way of seeing the Delta with Fast Eddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bike

Locke Boarding House Visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Center. An exhibit and research facility operated by the California State Parks and the Locke Foundation. Free. Open Tue, Fri, Sat and Sun. Docent tours of Locke are available to individuals and groups. Main Street, Locke. 916-776-1661, www.locketown.com.

Old Sugar Mill features Todd Taylor Wines, Three Wine Company, Elevation 10, The Solomon Wine Company, Heringer Estates, Clarksburg Wine Company and Carvalho Family Wines in a truly beautiful and scenic setting. Explore a converted sugar mill while you sample award wining wines. 35265 Willow Avenue. 916-744-1615, www.oldsugarmill.com.


Dai Loy Gambling Museum

Locke’s Main Street by Melanie Light

Step into Locke’s Chinese Past

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ake a leisurely drive south along the

and most stores are open Thursday through

Sacramento River, and you’ll find

Sunday from 11 to 5 and by appointment.

several charming Delta Villages: Clarks-

Neighboring Delta wineries and the scenic

burg, Courtland and Walnut Grove. Nearby

drives past river estates and drawbridges

Locke is the only Chinese village built by

make this a fun trip 30 minutes from down-

Chinese-Americans for Chinese immigrants.

town. A faster route is to take I-5 south to

Established in 1915, Locke housed about

Twin Cities Road, west to Walnut Grove and

1,000 people at its peak. When you visit, you

north 1 mile to Locke.

might see several of 80 current residents of this National Historic Landmark. Locke has two streets just off the River Road. One-block long Main Street is the rickety commercial center. An easy stroll, you’ll feel the river’s ”Delta Breeze” and recall the smell of incense and food, the playing of a piano, the sounds coming from a gambling hall. Although many buildings are forlorn and lean precariously, all recall the Chinese heritage. Notable are the Boarding House Visitors Center, restored to its original glory,

the one-room Locke Chinese School, and the Dai Loy Museum—a gambling hall which was the social center of town until the 1950s! Two restaurants are popular and historic—Al’s Place is a famous bar and restaurant that was once a brothel, and the Locke Garden Restaurant serves Chinese

lunch and dinner. Don’t miss the Chinese Culture Shop, the art centers and galleries

or Locke Chinese Medicine, with its array of acupuncture, herbs and traditional treatments. Take a look along Key Street at the quaint houses and check out the planters in Connie’s Toilet Bowl Garden!

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lodi wine country

Dozens of wineries offer tremendous variety and experiences for you to discover and explore

Y

ou’ll encounter wineries large and

virtual aerial tour of the region, map of the

small, brand new and decades old

wineries, complete events calendar and exhi-

along the Lodi wine trail, just a

bitions pairing the region’s wonderful wines

30-minute drive south of Sacramento. The

with various foods. The Center was recently

beautiful vineyard scenery in Lodi tells the

honored by Sunset Magazine as runner-up for

tale of both young and old vines. Whether

“Best Tasting Room in the West,” calling out

Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or

the “collective tasting room…with museum-

Chardonnay, Lodi vines yield wines that

quality exhibits explaining winemaking” as a

are irresistible. Follow the Lodi Wine Trail

“great example of what every appellation in

signs through lush and orderly vineyards to

California should do.”

friendly wineries where the staff will intro-

The City of Lodi is a picturesque

duce you to sensational vintages. Vintners

community that offers many charming

will take time to educate you about the

shops and restaurants—spot the old-time

winemaking process, and you have a strong

street lights that line the downtown busi-

chance of sipping with the winemaker!

ness and residential area! School Street

Stop at the Lodi Wine and Visitor

is the center of the business district, and

Center or visit www.lodiwine.com for a

Turner Road and Cherokee/Highway 12 are East-West arteries.

Hill House Museum. This turn-of-the-century Victorian is a must-see for history buffs and genealogy enthusiasts. Docent-led tours. Sundays 1–4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. 826 S. Church Street. 209-369-6073, www.lodihistory.org. Hutchins Street Square hosts a wide variety of musical groups, theatre events, city commissions, wedding receptions, business conferences, youth activities and senior care. Indoor Swimming Pool. 125 S. Hutchins Street. 209-333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com.

Woodbridge winery visitor center

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Over 80 wineries - come taste the award winning wines made in Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undiscovered wine jewel, Lodi Wine Country. Go to lodiwine.com and use our interactive wine trail map to plan your next visit!

Lodi Lake. Swim, Fish, Picnic, Play. Open daily until dark. Discovery Center offers educational programs about the lake and its wildlife. Open daily until 5:30 p.m. Turner Rd. east of Lower Sacramento Road. 209-333-6890.

Or call our Visitor Center at 209.365.0621, 10am to 5pm daily.

Lodi Wine & Visitor Center. Start your visit to the region at this center, complete with an expansive tasting bar featuring a wide selection of regional wines, interactive and educational exhibits on grape growing and winemaking and a gift shop featuring handcrafted products and Lodi giftware. Open Daily 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. 2545 W. Turner Road. 209-365-0621, www.lodiwine.com.

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Micke Grove Regional Park. A gem with plenty of amenities, this 258-acre oak tree park features Micke Grove Zoo (209-331-7270, www.mgzoo.com). Enjoy native animals and exotic species from all over the world, including several endangered species, such as the popular Chinese Alligator, snow leopard and cotton top tamarin); Japanese Garden; Tea Pavilion and Koi pond; rental facilities with outdoor picnic shelters and indoor facilities for receptions, family reunions and corporate events; Funderwoods Amusement Park and the San Joaquin Historical Museum. $ Fee Parking. Closed Christmas. 11793 N. Micke Grove Road (Off Highway 99, west of Armstrong Road exit and follow the signs). 209-953-8800, www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us/parks.

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solano county

Bay Link Ferry connects Vallejo to San Francisco

S

olano County is the Sacramento Valley’s

factory tours and tastings of their famous

gateway to the Bay Area. Stretching

products. Fairfield is also home to Travis Air

south from Vacaville to Vallejo and the

Force Base, which allows access to veterans.

Carquinez Strait, the corridor along Interstate

Highway 12 goes east to Suisun, Rio Vista and

80 provides many attractions for a day trip.

the California Delta and further to Lodi in the

The Vacaville Premium Outlets

Central Valley. Suisun City has redeveloped

houses over 100 different retail outlets, and

its waterfront with a charming harbor flanked

the Nut Tree Family Park—for many years a

by the civic center and a business district! Just

popular midway rest stop between San Fran-

west of Fairfield is the scenic Suisun Valley,

cisco and Lake Tahoe—has reopened as a

with a number of up-and-coming wineries

shopping center. Downtown, the Vacaville

and produce stands.

Museum offers a window into early Solano

County history.

Vallejo is convenient to the San Francisco Bay, Napa Valley and the Northern Cali-

Both Jelly Belly® Candy Company

fornia coast. Just a 50-minute ferry ride away

and Anheuser-Busch in Fairfield offer free

from San Francisco’s Pier 39, Vallejo’s historic downtown provides hours of treasure-

Vacaville Premium Outlets

hunting and discovery. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a popular amusement park, zoo

and oceanarium in one. Mare Island, the first naval station and shipyard in the Pacific, shares its 150-year history with tours open to the public. See the officer’s mansions as well as St. Peter’s Chapel, which has the largest collection of Tiffany stained-glass windows in the west! Just north of Vallejo, westbound Highway 12 provides access into the famous Napa Valley. Downtown Napa has numerous attractions to acquaint the visitor with the region’s famous charm.

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Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour Center. Visitors may enjoy a complimentary brewery tour from 10–4 p.m. The tour includes a visit to the brewery’s cool cellars and high-speed packaging lines. Guests also may visit the Tour Center Gift Shop, specializing in apparel, steins and Clydesdale merchandise. Gift Shop open 10–5 p.m. 3101 Busch Drive, Fairfield. 707-429-7595, www.budweisertours.com.

Jelly Belly® Candy Factory. FREE Factory Tours from 9–4 p.m. Candy & Gift Shop open daily 9–5 p.m. Enjoy a meal in our café. Reader’s Digest named the tour Best Company Tour in its 2005 Best of America cover story. One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. 1-800-953-5592, www.jellybelly.com.

Mare Island Historic Park. Retired naval base offering guided tours. View Officers’ Mansion Row, shipyards, historic cemetery and St. Peter’s Chapel, featuring the largest collection of Tiffany-stained glass windows west of the Mississippi. Reservations required. Mare Island, Vallejo. 707-280-5742, www.mareislandhpf.org.

Napa Valley Museum. California Wine: The Science of an Art takes you through a year in the wine-making process. Open Wednesday thru Monday, 10–5 p.m. $ Admission, children under age 7 free. Free Admission every Monday. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 707-944-0500, www.napavalleymuseum.org. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. $ Tickets. 1000 Marine World Parkway, Vallejo. 707-643-6722, www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom.

Solano County Fairgrounds. Home of the annual Solano County Fair. Features year-round satellite horse racing and wagering. 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. 707-551-2000, www.scfair.com.

Mare Island Mansion

Travis AFB Museum includes exhibits of aviation artifacts. Open daily from 9–5 p.m. Free admission. Note: Military/government ID (active or retired) is required for admission. Located in Travis AFB (5 miles east of I-80 on Air Base Parkway), Fairfield. 707-424-5605. Vacaville Museum. Center for Solano County History includes cultural and historical artifacts. Wed–Sun 1–4:30 p.m. $ Admission, W.A., Free Parking. 213 Buck Avenue, Vacaville. 707-447-4513, www.vacavillemuseum.org.

Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum. Museum features a working submarine periscope, bookstore and gift shop. The third Saturday of every month will feature free admission to the museum, special discounts in the Museum Bookshop, fun activities for both kids and adults and a variety of interesting speakers, programs, videos and other events. Open Tues–Sat 1–4:30 p.m. 734 Marin Street, Vallejo. 707-643-0077, www.vallejomuseum.org.

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C

placer valley

onveniently situated between Sacra-

museums and historic sites depicting its Native

neighborhood parks, plus specialty shopping

mento and the Sierra Nevada foothills,

American and railroad heritage. Roseville has

along Granite Drive, which runs parallel to

Placer Valley (South Placer County)

been designated an “All American City” and

Highway 65.

is home to the dynamic cities of Roseville,

is a shopper’s dream with hundreds of stores

Lincoln offers an interesting blend of old

Rocklin and Lincoln, as well as the neigh-

and restaurants in new shopping centers,

and new. Gladding, McBean, the world-

boring communities of Loomis, Penryn,

such as Westfield’s Galleria and The

renowned architectural terra cotta factory,

Newcastle and Granite Bay. Visitors to Placer

Fountains. Folsom Lake, one of the largest

was founded here in the 1870s, and is home

Valley are welcomed by a generous supply of

in California, offers water sports, camping and

to the annual Feats of Clay, juried art exhibit

lodging, restaurants, shopping, champion-

horseback riding.

‘,. Lincoln’s newest attraction is the Thunder

ship golf courses, orchards and farms, scenic

Founded in 1893, Rocklin is named

Valley Casino, known for its Las Vegas-style

backroads, a historic legacy, festivals and

for the granite upon which it is built. Today

gaming. Placer Valley has a number of diverse

events and team sports venues.

Rocklin is a vibrant city featuring golf courses,

attractions which welcome all to “come out

numerous family-friendly community and

and play”!

Roseville attractions include several fine

Placer County Museum Gold Country Museum Bernhard Museum Complex

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Golden Drift Museum Forest Hill Divide Museum Griffith Quarry Museum


Carnegie Museum. Roseville’s history as a transportation center is displayed in historic Carnegie Library building. Free Admission. Open Daily 12–5 p.m. 557 Lincoln Street, Roseville. 916-773-3003, www.rosevillehistorical.org.

Griffith Quarry Museum. A 23-acre park converted from a granite quarry. Focus on granite industry and local history. Open weekends Noon–4 p.m. Corner of Taylor and Rock Springs Roads, Penryn. 530-889-6500.

Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation offers visitors a window into the burgeoning art world of South Placer through it’s gift shop. Monthly exhibitions featuring a wide array of media. Gift Shop open daily 10–4 p.m. 580 Sixth Street, Lincoln. 916-645-9713, www.lincolnarts.org.

Maidu Museum & Historic Site. Ancient Nisenan village site. Guided tours. $ Admission. Mon–Fri, 2nd Saturday 9–4 p.m. 1960 Johnson Ranch Road, Roseville. 916-774-5934, www.roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum.

Rocklin History Museum. See tools and images from the time when Rocklin was the Granite Capitol of the West. $ Admission. Wed, Sat, Sun. 1–4 p.m. 3895 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. 916-773-3003, www.rocklinhistory.org.

Maidu Museum, Roseville

Roseville Telephone Museum. Filled with 100 years of telephone history and technology! Weekdays 10–4 p.m. 106 Vernon Street, Roseville. 916-786-01621, www.rosevilletelephonemuseum. Roseville Utility Exploration Center. Adjoining the Roseville Sports Center in Mahany Park. Free. Open Tues–Sat. 1545 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville. 916-746-1254, www.roseville.ca.us/explore.

Sculpture Park/Miner’s Ravine Trail. Features bronzed art sculptures along a scenic 1.5-mile creek-side trail. Taylor Road below Eureka (across from Roseville Automall).

Utility Exploration Center

Sierra College Museum of Natural History. Geological and Paleontological displays and a Nature Trail that goes through the local woodland. $ Donation, $ Parking, 8–8 p.m. whenever school is in session. 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. 916-789-2724, www.sierracollege. edu/museum.

STAR ECO Station Environmental Education & Exotic Wildlife Rescue Center. Hands-on lessons of ecology and environmentalism. Tours on the hour Fri–Sun. $ Admission. 4465 Granite Drive, Suite 700, Rocklin. 916-632-8347, www.ecostation.org.

1500 Eureka Rd Roseville 787.3287 2585 Iron Point Rd Folsom 983.1133

1500 Eureka Rd Roseville 787.3287 2585 Iron Point Rd Folsom 983.1133 www.lovemyfats.com

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T

Rafting options abound

hese foothill destinations offer plenty of attractions for all interests! Just an hour away are rolling vistas, quaint communi-

ties, memorable experiences and friendly locals in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado and Amador Counties. Highway 49—the “Gold Country Highway”—offers numerous opportunities to explore a different time and place and

from locally-loved, nationally-recognized outfitters. You can be floating on the river from Sunrise Boulevard in Rancho Cordova (www.raftrentals.com) to overnight excursion, white-water thrills further up the American River! White water rafting in California on the South Fork American River offers lots of exciting rapids, beautiful scenery and the Gold Rush history of California. Professionally guided tours depart daily for half-to-3 day trips. Meals included with trips one day or longer. Beautiful private river front base camp. Equipment rental and group rates available. Lotus, 1-800-333-7238, www.arrafting.com

insights into one of California’s most exceptional areas!

utes to circa-1800s Grass Valley and Nevada

which abuts the historic EMPIRE MINE STATE

Drive #1: I-80 Northeast to Auburn, Highway 49 to Grass Valley and Nevada City

City in the lovely Sierra forest. Grass Valley’s

HISTORIC PARK.

Heritage tourists will enjoy Auburn, the Placer County seat. Just off Interstate 80 is a charming historical district which is adjacent to numerous Gold Rush museums and attrac-

mining and logging heritage is supplement-

Nevada City’s award-winning historic

ed by its charming and eclectic downtown,

district is listed on the National Register of

with a diverse collection of outstanding

Historic Places. Visitors enjoy fine restaurants

restaurants, interesting boutiques and wine

and lodgings, live theatre and music, specialty

tasting rooms, art galleries and quaint inns,

shopping, antiques, art galleries and muse-

Placer County Museum, Auburn

ums—all in a compact and walkable area.

into the past with modern shopping and din-

Drive #2: Coloma, Placerville, Camino and Apple Hill

ing experiences! Go to the hilltop above Old

El Dorado County, in the heart of the Gold

Town and find the Placer County Courthouse

Country, is an inviting world of resorts, win-

and museum complex.

eries, agriculture, historical attractions and

tions. Old Town Auburn combines a glimpse

Take scenic Highway 49 north for 40 min-

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outdoor recreation from skiing to rafting—all


valleys to breathtaking mountain vistas as you make your way along the county’s primary roadway, historic Highway 49. Amador County offers visitors a genuine, non-commercialized glimpse of the past. The historic building and covered sidewalks are just as they were a century ago. This is espeSutter Creek

cially true in six-block-long Amador City— check out interesting shops, bakeries and

within an easy drive of each other. MARSHALL

restaurants tucked along the road.

GOLD DISCOVERY PARK sits on both sides of

Further south, don’t miss Sutter Creek.

Highway 49 in a scenic valley between Auburn

Often called “The Jewel of the Mother Lode,”

and Placerville. Stop and wander through the

Sutter Creek is a beautifully restored Gold

Visitor’s Center, sawmill and Miwok Indian vil-

Rush community with balconied buildings

lage, and then walk down the road to inspect

and New England-inspired residential dis-

period buildings which sprang up to support

tricts. Historic Sutter Creek is home to the

the ’49ers!

MONTEVERDE STORE MUSEUM and Knights

Further south, Placerville sits in the

Foundry, America’s only remaining water-

bottom of a deep gorge. Originally named

powered iron works and machine shop, and

Hangtown for its multiple hangings, Placerville

is a treasure trove for the serious antique and

became an overland supply point and one of

unique item shopper. Stop by the SUTTER

the largest camps in the Mother Lode. Historic

CREEK VISITORS CENTER for a free walking

Main Street has unique specialty shops, art gal-

tour map.

leries, antique stores, great restaurants and services. Start at the quaint CARY HOUSE HOTEL by the historic Bell Tower and walk

up to the Courthouse along Main Street. Jump back on Highway 50 and head east to the Snows Road exit. Go west on Carson Road through the village of Camino. Take Larsen Road to North Canyon Road and go west on it to pick up Carson Road again. This loop will take you past the apple orchards, berry farms and wineries of Apple Hill. You’ll be amazed at the scenery this close to Sacramento! West of Placerville on Highway 50, try your luck at the area’s newest casino, RED HAWK CASINO, named Best Casino in

California in The Travel Channel’s The Official Best of California 2010.

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sierra foothills Foothills of El Dorado and Amador Counties

Take scenic Ridge Road east between Sutter Creek and Jackson to New York Ranch Road and then turn south to JACKSON RANCHERIA CASINO, nestled in a spectacular

setting. Adults 18 and over can enjoy a 24hour casino featuring 1500 slot machines, 47 table games, 15 poker tables and Bingo. Jackson was another of the many gold mining camps that sprung up along the ‘49er trail. The Kennedy and Argonaut Mines were two of the deepest and most productive gold

10791 E. Empire Street, Grass Valley. 530-273-8522, www.empiremine.org.

Firehouse No. 1 Museum. Gold Rush, Native American, Donner Party and Chinese American memorabilia. $ Donation. 214 Main Street, Nevada City. 530-265-5468. Grass Valley Museum. Former convent, orphanage and school built in 1865, with memorabilia of early Grass Valley. Open Tues–Fri, 12:30–3:30 p.m. $ Donation. Corner of Church and Chapel Streets, Grass Valley. 530-273-5509. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum. Features history

to 1920 at the AMADOR COUNTY MUSEUM

and rolling stock of the historic railroad. Free. W.A. 5 Kidder Court, off Bost Avenue and Gold Flat Road, Nevada City. 530-470-0902, www.ncngrrmuseum.org.

and see the KENNEDY MINE in full operation

North Star Mining Museum. One of the state’s

through the magic of large scale working

best collections of gold mining memorabilia. $ Donation. Allison Ranch and McCourtney Roads, one mile south of downtown Grass Valley. 530-273-4255, www.nevadacounty history.org/htmls/northstar.html.

mines in the United States. Take a trip back

models.

Auburn and Grass Valley/Nevada City Empire Mine State Historic Park. Once California’s richest gold mine. See the mines, mining equipment and methods used by early miners. Descend into the dark and damp main shaft to see how the Empire was a showplace in the mining world. Explore the mansion and gardens. Daily tours at 1 and 2 p.m. Weekends offer Living History reenactments. Open Daily 10–5 p.m. $ Admission.

El Dorado County El Dorado County Historical Museum. Displays and artifacts from El Dorado County’s history and genealogy assistance. Wed–Sat 10–4 p.m., Sunday Noon– 4 p.m. Free Admission. 104 Placerville Drive, Placerville. 530-621-5865, www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/museum.

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Placer County Museum Gold Country Museum Bernhard Museum Complex

Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

Golden Drift Museum Forest Hill Divide Museum Griffith Quarry Museum

Fountain-Tallman Museum. Original soda works building (dating to 1852) holds artifacts and exhibits about Placerville’s history. Open Fri–Sun, Noon–4 p.m. Free Admission. 524 Main Street, Placerville. 530-626-0773. Hangtown Gold Bug Park. Self-guided mine tours, gem panning available. Historical exhibits of mining equipment, local gems and other artifacts. One hard rock mine is open and available for tour. The Hattie Mine (now called Gold Bug) is dated as being started in 1888 and is available for self-guided tours. 12–4 p.m. weekends, 10–4 p.m. weekdays. Bedford Avenue, Placerville. 530-642-5207, www.goldbugpark.org. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Explore the site that changed the nation’s history!

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Visit the museum and restored sawmill buildings, pan for gold or enjoy a picnic on the scenic grounds. Park open until sunset daily. Free Admission, $5 Parking. Guided Walking Tours available Saturdays and Sundays at noon. One-hour tour led by trained and experienced docents. 8 miles north on Highway 49 from Placerville in Coloma. 530-295-2170, www.marshallgold.org.

Amador County Amador County Museum. Fascinating array of artifacts and items from the county’s early days through present day exhibits. Visitors may wander through the many unusual exhibits that fill the 15-room home, with nostalgic background music setting the right restful ambiance. $, Admission by donation, under 8 free. Large groups reservation. Open Wed–Sun, 10–4 p.m. 225 Church Street, Jackson. 209-223-6386. Amador Whitney Museum. Open Sat & Sun 12–4 p.m. Admission by donation. Main Street, Amador City.

Chew Kee Store. Historic herb shop and the last example of a thriving Gold Rush community. Sat 12–4 p.m. or by appointment. Fiddletown Road, Fiddletown. 209-223-4131 or 209-367-0696. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park Miwok Village. Mon–Fri 11–3 p.m., Sat–Sun 10–4 p.m. Admission to park $2 per car. Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum. 209-296-7488.

Kennedy Gold Mine. One of deepest gold mines in the world (5,912 ft). Open Sat–Sun and holidays 10–3 p.m. $ Admission includes group tour, 6 and under free. Just south of intersecting SR88 and SR49, Jackson. 209-223-9542. planmygetaway.com | summer 2011

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ooking for an adventure? Then travel the 2011 Heritage Trail on August 6 and 7, which features 19 museum stops from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe. Admission is free at each site and all are open from 10 to 4 p.m. both days. Some of the museums highlight the work done by brave adventurers who moved wagons up granite cliffs in search of a new life, discovered gold and built the Transcontinental Railroad through the high Sierra. Other museums on the tour focus on the Washoe and Maidu Indians who first settled in this region over a thousand years ago, the significant contributions of the Chinese and the variety of fraternal organizations that existed in Placer County. Using artifacts and anecdotes, the Heritage Trail will celebrate these early Californians, their achievements and more, while also highlighting the joys and challenges of everyday life. Visitors can try many hands-on activities, such as panning for gold, grinding wheat for biscuits baked in an 1890s wood stove, climbing aboard a real stagecoach and racing to the finish line in an old-fashioned gunny sack race. Many of the museums will also offer fun food and beverages, such as cookies, hand-churned ice cream, root beer floats and lemonade.

“It’s free, it’s fun and it’s a great way to better understand Placer County’s rich and colorful history,” said Melanie Barton, Heritage Trail Chairperson. All the museums are easy to reach from Interstate 80. Five valley museums are in South Placer. Six Auburn museums are located within one mile of the historic Courthouse. There are eight mountain museums located in North Lake Tahoe, Donner Summit, Dutch Flat, Colfax and Foresthill areas. Special low-cost bus tours will be available both days. Reservations are required, and seating is limited.

Auburn Museums Benton Welty School Room in the Auburn Civic Center (2nd floor), 1225 Lincoln Way. 530-885-5334. Open by appointment. www.placercountyhistoricalsociety.org.

Bernhard Museum Complex. Restored 1890s Farmhouse on 2.3 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Commercial winery. Open Tues–Sun 11–4 p.m. h Gold Country Fairgrounds, 291 Auburn-Folsom Road. 530-8896500, www.placer.ca.gov/museum. Gold Country Medical History Museum. Open by appointment. 219-100 Maple Street, Auburn. 530-885-1252.

Gold Country Museum. Focus on Placer County Mining history. Open Tues–Sun 11–4 p.m.h 273 High Street (Gold Country Fairgrounds). 530-889-6500, www.placer.ca.gov/museum.

Joss House Museum and Chinese History Center. The original temple altar is preserved in this Chinese house of worship, as well as artifacts representative of the lives of the Chinese people during the Gold Rush. Open 1st Saturday from 10–2 p.m. 200 Sacramento Street, Old Town Auburn. 530-888-6483. www.foothill.net/goldrushdays/josshous.htm.

Placer County Museum, Overview of Placer County history and the renowned Pate Collection on Native American artifacts. Open daily 10–4 p.m., closed holidays. h 101 Maple Street at Lincoln Way and Auburn-Folsom Road. 530-889-6500, www.placer.ca.gov/museum.

Placer Valley Museums (Roseville/Rocklin) Griffith Quarry Museum. A 23-acre park converted from a granite quarry. Focus on granite industry and local history. Open weekends 12–4 p.m. Corner of Taylor and Rock Springs Roads, Penryn. 530-889-6500, www.placer. ca.gov/museum.

Maidu Museum & Historic Site. Ancient Nisenan village site. Guided tours. $ Admission. Tues-Sat 9–4 p.m. 1960 Johnson Ranch Road, Roseville. 916-7745934. h www.roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum.

Rocklin History Museum. See tools and images from the time when Rocklin was the Granite Capitol of the West. Wed, Sat, Sun 1–4 p.m. 3895 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. 916-624-3464. www.rocklinhistory.org. Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum. Roseville’s history as a transportation center is displayed in historic Carnegie Library building. Open Mon–Fri and 2nd Sat 12–4 p.m. 557 Lincoln Street, Roseville. 916-773-3003, www.rosevillehistorical.org.

Roseville Telephone Museum. Filled with 100 years of telephone history and technology! Weekdays by appointment. 106 Vernon Street, Roseville. 916-786-1621, h www.rosevilletelephonemuseum.org. The official Trail Guide is available at www.theheritagetrail.blogspot.com and copies will also be available in local museums after July 4. Admission to all museums is FREE unless noted. These museums listed are also open during your visit to the region; explore Placer heritage to learn more about California!

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