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Pick up your California State Military Museum 1119 2nd Street, Old Sacramento (916) 854-1900

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

California Automobile Museum (formerly Towe Auto Musuem) 2200 Front Street, Downtown (916) 442-6802

Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento 1519 19th Street, Midtown (916) 446-7941

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

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

The California Museum 10th & O Streets, Downtown (916) 653-7524 California State Capitol Museum Capitol Building, 10th and L Streets, Downtown (916) 324-0333 California State Indian Museum 2618 K Street, Midtown (916) 324-0971



Folsom History Museum 823 Sutter Street, Folsom (916) 985-2707 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 Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park 800 N Street, Downtown (916) 324-0575 Museum of Medical History 5380 Elvas Avenue, East Sacramento (916) 456-3152

Discovery Museum Science & Space Center 3615 Auburn Boulevard (916) 808-3942 The Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum 4030 Lennane Drive, Natomas (916) 779-1410

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum 1200 Front Street, Old Sacramento 916.483.8818

Fairytale Town Land Park Drive at Sutterville Road, Land Park (916) 808-7462

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



Sacramento Children’s Museum 2701 Prospect Park Drive #120, Rancho Cordova (916) 638-7225 Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Broadway at 10th Street, Land Park (916) 448-0811 Sacramento History Museum 101 I Street, Old Sacramento (916) 808-7059 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

complimentary Sacramento Museum Guide & Map at any of the locations listed at left.

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Eye to Eye at the Sacramento Zoo’s Tall Wonders Exhibit

features 16

21 Free Museums to Explore


State Capitol “Living” Museum


Eat Local: Rio City Café in Old Sacramento


Eat Local: Espanol in East Sacramento


Eat Local: Downtown’s Broiler Steakhouse


Easy Drive Wineries within 35 Minutes of Downtown!


Foothills of Fortune: Strike Gold in Local Casinos


Three Cities in One


Explore Downtown Dining Options


Discover the Best of Old Sacramento!


3 Foothills Drives You Want to Take!


Use It Before We Lose It: Local California State Historic Parks slated to close by July 2012

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Downtown Sacramento


Old Sacramento


Midtown Sacramento


Cal Expo/East Sacramento


Solano County


California Delta


Lodi Wine Country


South Placer/Placer Valley


Placer/Nevada/ El Dorado/Amador Counties


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Northern California Delta


El Dorado County


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Placer Valley – Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln


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Sacramento – Downtown/Midtown


Sacramento Region (Area Map)


Sierra Foothills


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events 1/9- 1/18

restaurants will offer special three-course prix-fixe dinner menus — only $30 per person! 916-442-8575,

Harlem Globetrotters World Tour. Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena), 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. 916-928-6900,


Martin Luther King Jr. March & Celebration. March starts at Oak Park

Community Center and ends at Sacramento Convention Center. 916-920-8655, Park, 7th and K streets. Open daily. $6 admission, $2 rentals. Park in Downtown Plaza parking lot. 916-442-8575,

Hands on History: Trappers, Trades, and Treaties. Trappers were jacks of many trades. Learn about how trappers lived and worked in the 1840s, paving the way for emigrants just a few years later. 10-5 p.m. $ Tickets. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento. 916-445-4422,

1/28 - 1/29 Bring Out The Barrel. El Dorado County winemakers enjoy meeting wine lovers of all levels in their cellars for this annual weekend of barrel tasting. Preview extraordinary vintages and learn more from local vintners. $ Tickets. 1-800-306-3956, 1/29



El Dorado Epicurean. Choose from seven different itineraries that include a delicious four-course dinner, each course served at a different restaurant. Adv. reservations required. El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 542 Main St., Placerville. 1-800-457-6279, culinaryadventure.php. Experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife at numerous participating museums. Most museums offer free or nominal admission. 10-4 p.m.


Hands on History: By Land and By Sea. Emigrants came to California


Mardi Gras Street Faire. Annual celebration with food, drink, crafts, and clothing. Parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday and moves down Broad Street through the center of town. It is a rain or shine event. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire. North Pine Street, in Historic Downtown Nevada City. 11-4 p.m. 530-365-2692,


Camellia Day at the California State Capitol. Volunteers will give out Camellia corsages throughout the day as supplies permit to honor Sacramento’s designation as the Camellia Capital of the World. California State Capitol Museum, 10th & L streets, Sacramento. 916-324-0333,


California Duck Days. Annual festival features 20 field trips to sites through-


Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fest. Sacramento Zoo, Corner Land Park Drive and


15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Old Sacramento. Tartan clad


Hands on History: Hearth & Home. Women kept the family fed, provided comfort and stability during a dangerous and unpredictable journey west, and were vital to create a new life in California. 10-5 p.m. $ Tickets. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento. 916-445-4422, www.parks.


Black Madonna Festival. Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, 2251 Florin Road, Suite 126, Sacramento, CA 95822. 916-320-9573,


6th Annual “Skipper Whipper” Whaleboat Races. Timed Whaleboat

Thru 6/23

4th Saturday Tastings for Charity. Enjoy wine or beer from local wineries


Downtown Sacramento Walking Tours. Join Downtown Sacramento

Structural Stories: Local Examples of Historically Significant Architectural

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

Museum, 2251 Florin Road, Suite 126, Sacramento, CA 95822. 916-320-9573,

Lake Family Resource Center’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate ...and More! Wines masterfully paired with chocolate and savory bites by

Sommelier Stephanie Green. Noon–4pm, Mt. Konocti Winery & Event Center 2550 Big Valley Road (between Lakeport & Kelseyville). Tickets $35/advance, $40/door. 707-279-0563,



A Celebration of Children of Diversity. Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art

2/11 - 2/12 Port & Chocolate. $ Admission includes a commemorative wine glass, wine tastings at all seven wineries, as well as chocolate and port tastings, entertainment, and more! 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg. 530-520-6707,


15th Annual Chinese New Year celebration –Year of the Dragon. Traditional lion dances, martial arts, kung fu, Tai Chi, music, cultural dance performances, Chinese painting and arts, singing contest, children’s games, and other fun cultural activities and exhibits. Noon-5 p.m. $ Tickets, Free Parking. Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento.

14th Annual Sacramento Museum Day, throughout Sacramento.

2/10 - 2/12 16th Annual Northern San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival. A Free Festival celebrating the importance of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl in the Vallejo Area with activities aimed to both entertain and educate attendees. 7-5 p.m. Mare Island, Bldg. 223 at 500 Connolly St, Vallejo. 707-557-9816,



Downtown Ice Rink. Ice skate in the heart of downtown at St. Rose of Lima

1/20 - 1/22 Live Nation Monster Jam. Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena), 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. 916-928-6900, 1/21

Mardi Gras Pub n’ Grub Crawl. Old Sacramento Restaurants and Bars

Dine Downtown Restaurant Week. Downtown Sacramento’s top


Thru 1/16


Chant for Global Peace Festival. Gauranga Yoga Foundation, McKinley Park, 601 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. I Heart Sacramento Zoo. Bring your valentine to a special I Heart Sacra-

mento Zoo day organized by the Sacramento Zoo Teen volunteers. The event features valentine-themed animal enrichments, informative talks and activity tables — all included with general admission. Sacramento Zoo, Corner Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road, Sacramento. 916-808-5885,

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celebrate Fat Tuesday. Food, Music and Spirits with live music, costumes, beads, street entertainment and a speakeasy tour! 6 p.m.–close.

in one of two ways. What did emigrants pack for their journey? Is Hardtack edible? Did Captain Sutter use ships on the Sacramento River? Learn about their journeys. 10-5 p.m. $ Tickets. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento. 916-445-4422,

out the region, including Central Valley Raptors, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area and the all-day Mystery Bird Trip. Workshops, interactive displays, kid-friendly activities. $. 530-757-3780,

Sutterville Road, Sacramento. 916-808-5885,

Highlanders march to the sound of bagpipes, Irish dancers in elaborate Celtic costumes perform, along with historic re-enactors of the Gold Rush. 6 p.m. Reviewing stand at Front and K streets. 916-558-3912.

Races along the waterfront. Public is invited. Free. 8–12:30 p.m. Vallejo Waterfront, Vallejo.

to raise money for Sacramento Artists Council, Inc. grant and scholarship funds. 4–7 p.m. j27 Gallery, 2728 J St. #C, Sacramento. 916-400-4238,

Partnership guides on one-to-two hour tours featuring that which makes Sacramento so special! All start times in the morning unless otherwise indicated. $ Tickets at start of tour or call 916-442-8575, Note: tours may be cancelled due to extreme heat or inclement weather. Styles. Tue 10 a.m., Wed 11 a.m., Thur 3 p.m. Starts at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J streets.

Tales of the Central City: An Overview of Early Sacramento History.

The Art of Terra Cotta: An architecture tour featuring local clay artisans

Sun 10 a.m., Mon 11 a.m., Fri 10 a.m. Starts at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J streets.

Gladding McBean. Sun 1 p.m., Mon 2 p.m., Wed 2 p.m. Starts at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J streets.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: K Street’s commerce, growth and redevel-

opment: Sun 2 p.m., Tue 1 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. Starts at Delta King docks at Front & K streets.


2nd Saturday Midtown Art Walk. On the second Saturday of each month,


2nd Sunday Antique Faire. Find that treasure from the past! 6:30–3 p.m.

many local Sacramento galleries feature new shows of individual and collective artists. A wonderful way to meet the artists! Food, refreshments, free parking. 21st Street between W and X streets, under the Freeway! 916-600-9770,


Thru 1/8/12 Liquid Assets: Perspectives on Water. Inspired by art from the Crocker’s permanent collection, this unique installation is designed as a spatial dictionary with perspectives on how water defines our life. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 916-808-7000, Thru 1/15

Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 916-808-7000,

2/11 - 5/6 Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 916-808-7000, Thru 2/12

Florence and the Baroque: Paintings from the Haukohl Family Collection. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 916-808-7000,

Thru 2/12

The Art of Disegno: Italian Prints and Drawings from the Georgia Museum of Art. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 916-808-7000,

Thru 3/25

Riding Concrete: Skateboarding in California. California Museum

10th & O streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524,

3/3 - 5/13 Fishing Lines: Etching and Engraving from the Gary Widman Collection. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 916-808-7000, 3/3 - 5/13 Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970-2010. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 916-808-7000, 3/10 - 4/29 Gong Yuebin: Site 2801. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 916-808-7000, 3/17 - 11/25 Red Hot and Blown: Contemporary Glass from the Crocker’s Collection. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. 916-808-7000, www.crocker

Thru 6/3

Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America. California Museum, 10th & O streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524,

Thru 8/19

California Innovates: The Computer Chip launches a series of exhibits

Thru 8/26

100th Anniversary of Ishi’s Discovery. California Museum, 10th & O streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524,

Thru 9/30

Women’s Vote in California: 100-Year Anniversary. “We Won the Vote!”

focused on the Golden State as a hub of innovation. California Museum, 10th & O streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524,

The 1911 California victory for woman suffrage was the culmination of a long, hard-fought battle to win political freedom and basic civil rights. California State Capitol Museum, 10th & L streets, Sacramento. 916-324-0333,

Thru 10/31 The California Hall of Fame 2011 Honorees. California Museum, 10th & O streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, Thru 12/31 The Community Gallery. Visitors learn about the first people, the Nisenan & Maidu Indian Nations, through a collection of baskets, jewelry and weapons. Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Old Sacramento. 916-808-7059, Thru 12/31 The Agricultural Gallery. Central Valley agricultural pioneers are renowned for devising ingenious methods to make farm work more efficient and profitable. Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Old Sacramento. 916-808-7059, Thru 12/31 Gold, Greed, & Speculation: The Beginnings of Sacramento City. Visitors have the unique opportunity to explore the city’s first 50 years. Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Old Sacramento. 916-808-7059, Thru 12/31 The Politician and the Pop Princess. Don’t you just wonder who they’re talking about? California Auto Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento. 916-442-6802, Thru 12/31 Going Green: It’s Cool For the Planet is an exhibit displaying and telling the story of clean fuel alternatives. See amazing vehicles from a 1913 Rauch & Lang Electric car to a 2007 BMW Hydrogen 7. California Auto Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento. 916-442-6802, Thru 12/31 Uprooted! The Japanese Americans During WWII. California Museum, 10th & O streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, Thru 12/31 Minerva Project Quilts. California Museum, 10th & O streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524, Thru 3/30/13 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,

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Thru 3/30

A Story in Three Photographs. California State Railroad Museum,

1/10 - 1/11 Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour — Cirque de Soleil. Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena), 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. 916-928-6900,

Thru 3/31

California Indians: Making a Difference highlights the unique contribu-

1/11 - 2/19 Ruthless. Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento. 916-443-6722,

Thru 5/12

Thru 6/1

2nd and I streets, Old Sacramento. 916-445-6545, www.californiastate tions of the state’s Native Peoples and represents over 150 tribes from across the state. California Museum, 10th & O streets, Sacramento. 916-653-7524,

WUNDERCARS! Highlights the long and dynamic history of the German

automobile. Featured marques BMW (thru 1/23); Mercedes-Benz (1/23–3/19); Volkswagen (3/19–5/12). California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento 916-442-6802,

Californians Over There! California’s Role in the First World War.

California State Capitol Museum, 10th & L streets, Sacramento. 916-324-0333,

1/19 - 1/20 Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca. Mondavi Center — Jackson Hall, UC Davis. 530-754-5000, 1/19 - 1/22 A Year with Frog and Toad. Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento. 916-443-6722, 1/21 - 1/22 The Romantics. Sacramento Philharmonic. Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916-732-9045, 1/24 - 1/29 West Side Story. Broadway Sacramento, Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916-808-5181, – winter 2012


Calendar 1/25 - 1/28 Alfredo Rodriquez Trio. Mondavi Center — Jackson Hall, UC Davis. 530-754-5000,

3/13 - 3/18 Mamma Mia. Broadway Sacramento, Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916-808-5181,

1/26 - 1/28 Broadway Cabaret Series: Make ‘Em Laugh. Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento. 916-443-6722,

3/17 - 3/18 Ballet Preljocaj: Blanche Neige. Mondavi Center — Jackson Hall, UC Davis. 530-754-5000,


Paula Deen. Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916-808-5181,


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Mondavi Center — Jackson Hall, UC Davis. 530-754-5000,

Vallejo Symphony Concert “Love, Death and Dance”. Three evocative works from Rossini, Fauré, and Brahms that will transport you to other worlds. 3-5 p.m. $ Tickets. Touro University, 1310 Johnson Lane, Lander Hall, Mare Island, Vallejo. 707-643-4441,

2/9 - 2/12 Cinderella. Powerful and dramatic Sacramento Ballet production. Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916-557-1999,

3/28 - 5/6 Barrymore. Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento. 916-443-6722,

2/15 - 2/20 Disney on Ice presents Pixar’s Toy Story 3. Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena), 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. 916-928-6900,

3/29 - 3/31 Modern Masters: Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines. Enjoy the sheer exuberance of a Modern Masters Sacramento Ballet production that truly “rocks”. Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916-557-1999,

2/16 - 2/18 Sacramento Loves Beethoven. Sacramento Philharmonic. Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916-732-9045, 2/22

The Chieftains 50th Anniversary Tour. Mondavi Center —

2/29 - 3/25 Dial M for Murder. Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento. 916-443-6722, 3/4

3/31 - 4/1 Tchaikovsky’s Inspiration. Sacramento Philharmonic. Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916-732-9045,

Jackson Hall, UC Davis. 530-754-5000,

2/24 - 2/26 Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verde, presented by Sacramento Opera. Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916-808-5181,



Garrison Keillor. Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. 916808-5181,

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Discover these fantastic museums, explore and marvel — for free! Every February, Sacramento-area museums

itself, previously occupied by Wells Fargo &

costumes — to the mix of treasures, and it’s

open their doors on one Saturday to welcome

Express in 1854. Inside is the small but mighty

a real gem! 1000 Second St., 916-440-4263,

the public at no charge as their salute to the

Wells Fargo History Museum,

community. Luckily, visitors don’t have to

stagecoach, active telegraph, interactive

be here just that one day! The Sacramento

Pony Express exhibit, large lithograph of 1849


region has 21 great museums that are free to

Sacramento and original Howard & Davis

room schoolhouses found throughout Amer-

the public daily! Here are six of our favorites,

gold scale. The new interactive Pony Express

ica in the late 1800s. The first Sacramento

including the State Capitol Museum on the

exhibit lets riders of all shapes and ages see

public school opened in February 1854 at

following pages:

complete with The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse is a living replica of traditional one-

themselves riding through the western fron-

the corner of 5th & K over a theater in rented

Located in Old Sacramento, the B.F. Hast-

tier to bring the mail! Add the friendly, infor-

space. Parents weren’t thrilled to have their

ings Building is a piece of Gold Rush history

mative staff — usually decked out in 1850’s

children climb the stairs past those “actor folks” to get to class! Complete with potbellied stove, books, photographs and other items from the Gold Rush days, the museum comes with a costumed “schoolmarm” telling stories and dispensing lessons about California’s early days. The Schoolhouse Museum is open daily 10–4 p.m. volunteer staff permitting! Front and L streets. 916-483-8818, www. Want to see a real feat of engineering? The Historic Folsom Powerhouse stunned


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the world in 1895 when it lit up Sacramento — 22 miles away — in the first long distance

transmission of high-voltage electricity for municipal use. Another well-known California family — the Livermores — traded land for convict labor and then converted their use of water from logging to supplying electrical power — the forerunner of Pacific Gas & Electricity. A modern visitors center welcomes you to the Powerhouse just off Riley Street in between Folsom’s historic Sutter Street district and the Rainbow Bridge connecting

to uncover interesting facts about our waste

Folsom to Greenback Lane. Start on the bluff

stream, and explore recycling opportunities.

overlooking scenic Lake Natoma where Maidu

Test your energy I.Q. at the Green House

Indians ground acorn and fished (and where

before stopping in at the grocery store to see

you can picnic today!) and proceed down to

just how all those products get to us!

the two-story brick and granite Powerhouse

The Exploration Center hosts an ongoing

built in 1895. The granite for this was mined

calendar of free and low-cost activities taught

by prisoners who also built the dam and canal.

by some of the region’s leading green experts

(That dam was replaced in the 1950’s by the

in the county’s first Gold-Certified LEED build-

current Folsom dam). It’s worth the trip just

ing. Don’t miss the visiting exhibit Charles

to see these massive General Electric trans-

Schulz Peanuts … Naturally (Feb. 3 – April 28).

formers, each capable of conducting a stag-

While you’re there, check out the Cen-

gering 11,000 volts of electricity! The wooden

ter’s Green Store for a variety of environmen-

flumes, forebays and canal system, and the

tal gifts, including earrings, jewelry, reusable

Tennessee marble-faced control switchboard

water bottles, Furoshiki wraps, cookbooks,

look exactly as they did more than 100 years

calendars, bumper stickers and more! The

ago! The Folsom Powerhouse is the only 19th

Exploration Center adjoins the Roseville Sports

century powerhouse open to the public. Visit

Center and Aquatics Complex in Mahany Park

the Powerhouse Wed-Sun between noon and

at the corner of Woodcreek Oaks and Pleasant

4 p.m. when informed volunteers share the

Grove Boulevard. Free. Open Tue.–Sat. 1501

Stop there first if you arrive during operating

story of the Livermores, Folsom Prison, PG&E

Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. 916-746-1550,

hours for more insights into this colorful part

and Sacramento’s “Grand Electric Carnival!”

of California history, and then drive up to view



Vallejo is a former state capitol (1852 and

Officers’ Mansion Row, historic cemetery and

1853) and also the home of a decommissioned

St. Peter’s Chapel featuring the largest collec-

Another suburb of Sacramento offers

naval base. Mare Island Naval Shipyard was

tion of Tiffany-stained glass windows west of

up a completely modern interpretation of

the first United States Navy base established

the Mississippi. 707-557-1538 or 707-280-5742,

knowledge and discovery. The Roseville

on the Pacific Ocean in 1854, was declared a

Utility Exploration Center is a one-of-a-kind

National Historic Landmark District in 1975.

environmental learning center for explor-

There’s a lot of room on the island with plenty

ers of water and energy efficiency and solid

of scenery — some forlorn, some haunting,

waste reduction. It boasts a 3,200 square foot

but all is riveting! The shipyards include a view-

exhibit hall and technology lab that welcomes

ing of the “Mighty Midget” gunboats used for

more than 34,000 visitors every year. The

close gun support in invasion landings, or as

3-foot diameter globe welcomes you inside

picket ships to protect the fleet from suicide

and depicts the impact of natural conditions

bombers in places like Okinawa. Want to

Scott & Greenback roads. 916-985-4843,

such as volcanoes, earthquakes and ice cap

find the museum along Mare Island strait?

melting — as well as global warming — in a

Just look for the 35 foot Patrol Boat with

stunning visual manner. Raise your awareness

shark’s teeth in front! The museum is open

on the Mountain of Trash where the interac-

from 10–2 p.m. weekdays and 10–4 p.m on

tive display lets visitors open clever portals

the first and third full weekends of the month.

The Capitol Region offers visitors many viewpoints relating to our Gold Rush, transportation, and cultural heritage. We have 15 more museums for you to discover at no charge. Use this QR Code with your smart phone or enter


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State Capitol

“Living”Museum Want to rub elbows with California’s most

are led by informative guides who share much

influential decision makers? The general

of the history of California as a backdrop to

public has been able to do just that since the

the state Capitol.

building opened its

One of the first things visitors see on

doors in Sacramento in 1874. This is Sacra-

tour is a series of murals painted by Arthur

mento’s second stint as the capital of Califor-

and Lucia Mathews in 1914 that reveal an

nia — the first was from 1854-62 (other capi-

imaginative version of the state’s history from

tal locations were San Jose, Vallejo, Benicia

Spanish exploration through the Gold Rush

and San Francisco). Keep your eyes open and

and into the artists’ prediction of California’s

you just might catch a glimpse of Gov. Jerry

future. Tours also stop in the Assembly and

Brown, his wife (and Special Counsel) Anne

Senate Chambers where legislators debate

Gust-Brown, or Sutter (the state’s official “First

and vote upon laws. While the Legislature is in

Dog”) in the halls!

session, visitors may watch each chamber in

California State Capitol

The Capitol provides a unique opportu-

action as well as various committee meetings

nity for visitors to witness the past, present,

during that period. (Note: the State Senate

and future of California government interact

and the Assembly are in session from January

with equal force. Public tours for individuals

through September and recess one week in

and groups of 10 or fewer are offered seven

spring and one month in summer.)

days a week on the hour from 9 to 4 p.m. All

When you visit the Assembly chambers,

tours are free and generally last an hour. Tours

take a peek at the buttons on members’ desks

begin in the basement at the Tour Office and

that are used for voting, and be sure to search


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Exhibits offer a glimpse into our political past inside the state’s working seat of state government


Gov. Edmund (Jerry) Brown, Jr. is a ‘three-peat’ governor. He

father serra statue on the capitol grounds

served two terms from 1975-83 as the 34th governor of California and then returned to office in 2011 for a third term as the state’s 39th governor. Gov. Brown has the distinction of having served as the state’s attorney general and is the oldest serving governor in the United States today. He is also the son of California’s 32nd governor, Edmund (Pat) Brown (1959-67). for the gargoyle jutting out from the molding

honors the suffragist movement of the early

— is it sticking its tongue out at the speaker’s

20th century. The Hall of Counties exhibit lines

podium? Learn why the Assembly chambers

the main floor near the Governor’s office with

are painted green and the Senate chambers

a window box presentation of each county

are painted red. (A gargoyle can also be seen

and its special contributions to California. The

in the Senate chamber — this is easier to spot

Museum Theater — located in the basement

and much less sinister-looking!) Outside the

— shows films featuring the history of the

chambers hang painted portraits of past and

Capitol. A restaurant, coffee bar, cafeteria and

current governors where visitors will spot

gift shop are also located in the basement.

“Sunny Jim” Rolph, Ronald Reagan, J. Neely

Don’t miss the gorgeous 40-acre Capitol

Johnson (original owner of Sacramento’s old-

Park that surrounds the Capitol and features

est residence) and others. Make sure to check

the World Peace Rose Garden located at the

out the abstract-style portrait of Gov. Jerry

east end of the park (along 15th Street) — a

Brown that was painted during his first term

popular site for weddings throughout the

and broke away from the traditional realistic

year. The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial can

styles of the others. Tours usually end on

be found off N Street with 22 shiny black

the first floor beneath the magnificent inner

granite panels memorializing the 5,822 Cali-

dome of the Rotunda.

fornians who died in combat or are missing in

Numerous exhibits offer views on

action, and exquisite full-relief bronze figures

architecture, state history, former governors,

depicting the realities of daily life during that

county profiles, antique furnishings and

conflict. Closer to the Capitol are tributes to

historic flags. Special exhibits on the first

Father Junipero Serra, Civil War Union pro-

floor include A Most Glorious Heritage: The

ponent Thomas Starr King, and the Liberty

Grandeur and History of California State Parks

Bell — one of 53 given to America by France

and Californians Over There! California’s Role in

in 1950.

the First World War. A new exhibit, We Won the

Capitol Park contains plant species from

Vote: 100 Years of Equal Suffrage in California,

every part of the world with more than 800 trees and flowering shrubs representing more than 200 native and exotic varieties. Look for the Cork Oak or the Giant Sequoia just east


of the Capitol building. Abundant groves of trees offer comfortable benches, lawns for picnicking and beautiful paths to meander — right in the middle of the city. During the legislative session, the halls and walkways of Capitol Park swarm with politicos, staff, and lobbyists. It’s not unusual to find special-interest groups holding rallies on the west steps of the Capitol or along the north side on L Street. California’s State Capitol lives and breathes as the center of democracy of the world’s eighth largest economy! California State Capitol Museum, 10th & L streets, Sacramento. Open daily. 916-3240333, Scan this QR Code with your Mobile Device to learn more, look for special offers or get directions. – winter 2012





Get up close and personal at Sacramento Zoo’s newest exhibit From atop an elevated 1,100 square feet deck,

Masai giraffe in the future. The Masai giraffe

visitors to the Sacramento Zoo’s new “Tall

is the largest giraffe subspecies and is found

Wonders” exhibit can now see eye-to-eye with

in southern Kenya and Tanzania. Aside from

any one of the zoo’s three female giraffes, Val,

the difference in size, Reticulated and Masai

Skye and Goodie, or the zoo’s lone male, Chifu

giraffes tend to have slightly different spots

(Swahili for “Chief”). At feeding time — for an

— a Masai giraffe’s spots are usually darker

admitted free. Parking is free throughout the

additional fee — zoo goers can offer small tree

and irregular in shape.

park or you can catch a ride with Sacramento

branches to these hungry giants. Make sure

The Sacramento Zoo opened in 1927

Regional Transit bus #6. Sacramento Zoo,

to take a look at the state-of-the-art heated

and is home to more than 450 native, rare

3930 W. Land Park Drive (just above Sutter-

block barn that provides warm nights for the

and endangered animals and is one of more

ville Road). 916-808-5888,

animals and the expanded grounds that allow

than 200 accredited institutions of the As-

for leisurely giraffe-size strolls during the day.

sociation of Zoos and Aquariums. Located in

This lofty viewing platform also provides a

William Land Park, the zoo is wholly managed

marvelous view into the neighboring zebra

by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological

and ostrich area.

Society. This Sacramento treasure inspires

The Tall Wonders habitat has the ca-

conservation awareness through educa-

pacity to hold up to six adult giraffes. Work-

tion and recreation. The zoo is open daily

ing cooperatively with the Association of

from 9 to 4 p.m. and general admission is

Zoos and Aquariums’ Masai Giraffe Species

$11. Admission for children ages 2 to 11 is

Survival Plan®, the zoo will acquire a female

$7, and children 12 months and younger are


getaway sacramento – winter 2012

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Getaway Guide: Land Park Stunning architecture and beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods make Land Park one of the area’s most prestigious addresses. Land Park Drive intersects Broadway and winds south to the Sacramento Zoo. Legendary FAIRYTALE TOWN, Funderland and the nine-hole WILLIAM LAND PARK GOLF COURSE

are located directly

across the street. History and culture buffs will love the HISTORIC SACRAMENTO CITY CEMETERY at the intersection of Broadway and Riverside Boulevard. In Midtown’s, 19th Street becomes Freeport Boulevard (SR-160) and passes SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE

and the eastern

edge of Land Park. SR-160 continues past Sacramento Executive Airport to the small town of Freeport before entering the scenic Sacramento Delta area.

Sacramento Sweet Stops: In the mood for a treat? Land Park is full of tasty offerings popular with locals for generations! Make a pre-zoo pit stop at MARIE’S DONUTS on Freeport Boulevard, or at famed FREEPORT BAKERY around the corner. TAYLOR’S GOURMET MARKET

is steps away from

both where you can grab a picnic lunch for an al-fresco meal at WILLIAM LAND PARK. Grab a delicious shake or sundae at VIC’S ICE CREAM just west of the zoo on Riverside Boulevard!

For Art’s Sake: Sacramento City College recently opened the GREGORY KONDOS GALLERY that honors a native son famous for his West Coast landscapes. The Gallery is open daily and accessible from the 12th Avenue parking lot on campus. Just below 12th Avenue along 24th Street, you will find terra cotta style art designed by dozens of artists who create their craft at PANAMA POTTERY, a historical treasure operating continuously since 1913. – winter 2012


Eat Local

Local Ingredients + Local Style = Local Delicious!


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Rio City Café When frost and fog of wintertime threaten your destination plans, don’t despair! Favorite local restaurants — each with a gracious and unique style — have what it takes to warm you during your visit!

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Zagat-rated Rio City Café is located in historic

City’s extensive, well-rounded wine list featuring

Old Sacramento and overlooks the beautiful

popular wines from Napa and other appellations

Sacramento River. Designed to replicate a steam-

of California. Cocktails — like the restaurant

ship warehouse of the late 1800s, this stylishly

itself — are stylish and comforting. Try the lychee

rustic restaurant offers casual dining and cocktails

mojito or the raspberry lemon drop martini (or

along with a view of some of the most prominent

how about a flight of martinis!). Be sure to order

landmarks in Sacramento. Step out onto any of the decks for casual dining or cocktails, or enjoy the panoramic views inside by the cozy fireplace along with superb cuisine. Lunch and dinner are offered daily and fea-

Romantic Dining on the Waterfront

ture fresh, wholesome, and (when possible) local ingredients. The menu is seasonally driven and

the sourdough cheese loaf — melted cheese on

offers dishes such as grilled salmon with cilantro

crusty grilled sourdough swimming in olive oil

rice and coconut brown butter, and steak salad

and vinegar — a great compliment to a glass

with blue cheese and kalamata olives. The dinner

of your favorite wine! (Hint: it will feed a small

menu offers such filling fares as grilled steak with


Gorgonzola walnut butter, pork loin chops with

Rio City Café is the place to see and be seen

crispy polenta, grilled salmon with couscous

in Old Sacramento! Stop, relax and refuel here

and seasonal vegetables, or seafood pasta

before continuing on to any of Old Sacramento’s

with chipotle cream sauce.

great museums: the famous California State Rail-

Brunch is offered on weekends featuring

road Museum, the Wells Fargo History Museum,

Rio City’s highly regarded corned beef hash, as

California State Military Museum, the Old Sacra-

well as seafood, pork and chicken jambalaya! The

mento Schoolhouse and the Sacramento History

huge Rio City burger is always offered for brunch


as well as lunch and dinner, and is served with a side of delicious rosemary fries! Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from Rio

Open daily for lunch and dinner, brunch on weekends. Rio City Café, 1110 Front St., Old Sacramento. 916-442-8226, – winter 2012



Espanol Housed inside a historic bright coral-pink building on Folsom Boulevard between 65th Street and Midtown’s Alhambra Boulevard, Espanol is the known to locals as “the Italian restaurant with the Spanish name!” Espanol was originally a Basque restau-


rant located in the downtown area 85 years ago, and over the decades the restaurant has changed ownership, changed the menu, and changed address, but has never changed the name! Espanol’s current owners (the Luigi

The Italian Restaurant with a Spanish Name

family) have enjoyed a long history in Sacramento and will person-

family-style portions — a great value for your

ally welcome visitors

money! Wine and beer are served by the glass

inside the restaurant

or bottle to compliment the meal, or guests

where they can enjoy

can enjoy a drink inside the cozy bar. The final

meals in a dining room

course is your choice of ice cream — vanilla or

reminiscent of Nonna’s

classic Italian spumoni — made fresh by local


Crystal Creamery!

A tureen of steam-

With an appetizing reputation of serv-

ing minestrone soup is

ing up delicious classic Italian food, Espanol

served before dinner

remains one of Sacramento’s favorite Italian

with fresh chunky vegetables and seashell


pasta, and dinner salads are offered with a

Lunch 11–4 p.m., dinner 4–9 p.m. Closed

choice of dressing. While these tasty dishes

Mon. 5723 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. 916-

together can be a meal by itself, save room


for Espanol’s famous main dishes: tasty ravioli, spaghetti marinara, thick veal Parmesan or cutlets, tilapia with pesto, or a sizeable New York sirloin steak with pasta. (Hint: the sauceless penne pasta sautéed in butter and sprinkled with grated Parmesan is scrumptious!) Diners will need to pace themselves as meals are served in generous


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Since 1950, the Broiler has been a place

strictly encouraged.” (Hint: Zagat highlighted

where political careers begin and end, and

the Broiler for it’s courteous “old-world” ser-

where the courthouse crowd comes to

vice and called attention to the New York strip

celebrate victories or nurse defeats. Most

steak and fresh salmon!) Known for steaks,

importantly it has been — and still is —

the Broiler also delights with their entre varia-

Sacramento’s place to celebrate!

tions, from Crispy Basa (reminiscent of catfish) to bacon-wrapped Duck Breast to seared Sea

Zagat-rated, original steakhouse

Scallops. Before dinner, enjoy an aperitif at Gallagher’s Irish Pub located within the restaurant and known to locals as “the closest thing to Ireland in Sacramento.” After dinner, make

Located on the ground floor of 1201

sure to sample their renowned “Godfather

K St., the Broiler is just steps from the Sacra-

Pie” or splurge on one (or more!) of their

mento Convention Center, the Community

numerous mini-desserts.

Theater, the Sheraton Grand Sacramento and

Lunch or dinner seating is available for

the Hyatt Regency. Are your feet tired from

groups of 10 to 16 in the Captain’s Room (pri-

touring the State Capitol and walking the

vate room) or groups of 12 to 55 in the main

surrounding 40 acres of beautiful park? The

dining room.

Broiler is just around the corner on 12th Street

Open daily for dinner, lunch on weekdays.

and serves lunch or dinner. The only dress

The Broiler Steakhouse, 1201 K St., Sacramento.

code is to be clean and be ready to enjoy a


fabulous meal! The Broiler is a place to see and be seen — a destination for deals and dates, anniversaries and reunions. It is an “old-school” establishment with high-backed booths and generous meal portions, where customer service is king and servers are personable. Their motto: “Substitution, alteration, customization, modification, transformation and any other form of personalization, is

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DriveWineries OLD SUGAR MILL

A glass (or two!) of the region’s finest wine can be in your hand within 35 minutes of Downtown Sacramento 1. The Old Sugar Mill

walls on either end, invoking a quieter time in the world.

The OLD SUGAR MILL is a wine tasting, full-

Getting to the Old Sugar Mill is quick and

service crush facility and events destination

easy. Take Interstate 5 south to Pocket Road,

located in Clarksburg, a small Delta town

go east a half mile and turn south on Freeport

along the Sacramento River just eight miles

Boulevard (which is also SR-160). Upon passing

from Sacramento.

through the tiny village of Freeport, turn right

Originally an Amalagamated Sugar

at the bridge, and then south on River Road for

Company mill built in 1935, the Old Sugar

three miles until you see the sign for the Old

Mill has been open to the public since 2005

Sugar Mill. The Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow

and has a full-service custom crush facility

Avenue, Clarksburg. Open daily, 916-744-1615,

with six wineries offering tastings and great



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3. Rominger West Winery Driving west from Sacramento on Interstate 80 for a mere 15 minutes, you will find ROMINGER WEST WINERY

in a peculiar location — a busi-

ness park-like structure not far from the freeway. Once inside, you will see Rominger West is definitely all about wine … and fun! Thanks in part to their late founding winegrower,

One of the notable features of the Mill is the

Charlie Rominger, their “mission” is to always

soaring atrium that serves as a lobby for the

have fun, focus on quality, support the com-

wineries and is the setting for many events.

munity, and help make the region better for

Spectacular Delta views appear in the glass

future generations.


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Road in front of the winery facilities. It features a fine gift shop with assort-


ments of gourmet food items including a fully stocked deli case, pottery, logo clothing, stemware, and old family photographs and wine maps hanging on the walls. The hardwood floor and tile-topped tasting counter make for a cozy wine-tasting experience. The friendly staff greets visitors and will pour “Winemaker’s Selection” The grapes used to make Rominger West

limited-release wines that are available only

wines are grown in the lower coastal range

in the tasting room and to wine club mem-

hills of Yolo County. Some familiar and per-

bers. This is an opportunity to taste Syrah,

haps more exotic-sounding varietals include

Rosato, Muscat Bianco, Alicante Bouchet,

Worth the Drive: This charming winery is

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache,

Petite Sirah, Barbera, Viognier and Muscat as

set in the northern end of the Shenandoah

Malbec, Semillon, Syrah and Tannat.

well as a number of vintage Port wines. (Hint:

Valley along Steiner Road. Take state Route

With art always on display, the winery is

picnic tables are located outside under the

49 to Shenandoah Valley Road and follow

quite colorful. If you happen to have the entire

pergola — a perfect place to enjoy your wine

the signs. Renwood Winery is a must stop

place to yourself, chat up the pourer and get

purchase with lunch!)

for Zinfandel lovers, and has beautiful Bar-

2. Renwood Winery

to know the wines on a more intimate level. If

Getting there is quick and easy — Acam-

bera and Syrah varietals. The winery is set

you come with friends, you will have the ingre-

po Road is just 20 minutes south of Elk Grove

on a sloping hillside amongst knarled vines,

dients that make up a first-class occasion!

on state Route 99. As you drive south, the

some of which are believed to be America’s

Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St.,

fields become progressively lush with orderly

oldest! The expansive tasting room offers

Suite 4, Davis. Open Mon. through Sat., 12 to

rows of vines and windbreak trees stretching

their award-winning Zinfandels (check out

6 p.m. 530-747-2044,

off toward Mt. Diablo. Take Woodbridge Road

all the awards that are displayed) as well

east for 1.5 miles and follow the signs to the

as other varietals. Passionate and knowl-

tasting room.

edgeable hosts will share why Renwood’s

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Woodbridge Winery, 5950 E. Woodbridge

zinfandel are so highly regarded. One sip

Road, Acampo. Tasting room open daily 10:30

and you’ll see why wine critic Robert Parker

to 4:30 p.m., winery tours 9:30 to 1:30 p.m.

has called Renwood a “tour de force” in


winemaking. Private tours are available by appointment. The

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4. Woodbridge Winery Woodbridge Winery is an outstanding ex-

winery is open daily from 11 to 5 p.m. 12225 Steiner Rd., Plymouth.

ample of the emerging Lodi appellation and


one of Sacramento’s closest Lodi wineries!


Robert Mondavi grew up in Lodi and returned years later (after establishing his famous Napa Valley winery) to “produce the best affordable wines in the world.” In 1979, he purchased the Cherokee Wine Association — a former wine cooperative established just after the repeal of Prohibition — and renamed it after the town of Woodbridge. Visiting the facility is a treat in many

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Foothills Fortune One of the lucky developments for the Sacramento region comes from our well-known Indian heritage. Sovereign tribal lands have been redeveloped to provide Las Vegas-style entertainment in our own backyard. Each of these casinos are within 50 minutes from downtown Sacramento and have unique addresses, characteristics and atmospheres — all offer unparalleled dining options in addition to continuous people-watching! Henry’s Steakhouse is a classic and com-

Red Hawk Casino

fortable steakhouse with succulent prime beef, and unmatched service. Pearl Asian

Try your luck at the area’s newest casino, RED HAWK CASINO,

located west of Placerville on


offers traditional and contemporary

U.S. Highway 50! Named Best Casino in Cali-

Asian and seafood dishes. Koto Mexican

fornia in the Travel Channel’s “The Official Best

American Grille

of California 2010,” Red Hawk was developed

fare and American favorites (like delicious

by the Shingle Springs band of Miwok Indians

hamburgers), beer and more. Waterfall Buf-

features traditional Mexican

is the perfect place with more than 280

with the belief that “every building tells a sto-


ry.” Red Hawk is nestled in the foothills west

selections suitable for anyone’s taste! Two Riv-

of Placerville and offers stunning vistas of the


hunting lodge complete with a soaring roof-

ers Café

serves up sandwiches, pastries and

freshly brewed Starbucks™ coffee.

Sierra Nevada. The design is reminiscent of a the Casino. Take the escalators beneath the

Casino gaming is also available upstairs

magnificent glass acorn-inspired dome up to

on the main floor, which is absolutely stuffed

The Red Hawk Parkway sweeps easily off

the first of two main floors. The lower offers

with slots — 2,100 Las Vegas-style casino slots

U.S. Highway 50 at Exit 40, taking you directly

fine dining, casual restaurants, and the classic

and 75 table game options are easily acces-

into either valet parking or the multi-level

buffet as well as a dedicated non-smoking

sible. Qualify for perks and prizes free by sign-

parking garage built into the hillside below

area for slots and table games play.

ing up for the Red Hawk Rewards Club. Bryan

line echoing the wings of a hawk.


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deLugo, Red Hawk Vice President of Slots, suggests a couple of ways to hit it big. Play slots with progressive jackpots — jackpots linked to other casinos around the country — that can feature jackpots in excess of a million dollars. Another option is to play in the casino’s “High Limit Room” where players can play slot machines or table games at higher denominations that can allow them to win more. Red Hawk also serves complimentary soda, coffee, and tea at self-service stations on the gaming floor. Cocktails are available at nominal rates. Several bars are placed in the corners off the playing floor and staffed with entertaining bartenders who will break into song, mix up a new drink or flip bottles. (Note: Red Hawk features champion bartenders who have competed in national bartending com-


petitions!) Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Pkwy.,

casual atmosphere of the Thunder Café. The

Placerville. Open 24 hours. 888-573-3495,

500-seat Feast Buffet features a tempting

array of Asian, Italian, traditional American, Latin and seafood selections as well as freshly

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baked pastries and desserts. Still not sure where to eat? Food Court restaurants just off the slots floor include Beach Hut Deli, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Fatburger, Panda Express

and Pizza Hut.

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

great place to people-watch!) Enjoy aroundthe-clock casino gaming with a full range of

As you drive up state Route 65 from Roseville,

gaming excitement — try your luck at one of

the Sierra foothills sweep gently off to your

125 table games and 3,000 slots!

right as you pass suburban shopping and

In addition to fantastic gaming, Thunder

housing developments, and suddenly a

Valley Casino Resort offers fabulous dining

tower looms ahead of you. It’s the 17-story

opportunities to indulge your appetite.

hotel at Thunder Valley Casino Resort that

High Steaks

is a contemporary Ameri-

has quickly become a favorite Placer County

can steakhouse in the midst of all the action

landmark! The hotel offers full meeting and

with a wine list to impress! The Falls Bar is a

conference facilities, and a state-of-the-art

unique, upbeat lounge located in the center

concert hall that regularly features top-name

of the casino. It’s circular shape and numer-

entertainment and Spa that features a health

ous waterfalls offer an exclusive venue with

club and the Coconut Pool + Bar — popular

sophistication and sultry appeal. Koi Palace

warm weather cabana bars!

is an internationally recognized and highly

Since opening in 2003, Thunder Valley

regarded Cantonese restaurant that promises

Casino Resort has brought Las Vegas-style

the best fresh seafood and dim sum. Enjoy

entertainment to the region. Imagine 144,500

your favorite beverage while keeping track

square feet of nonstop gaming action in

of all of the scores in the world of sports at

a beautifully appointed and well-lit space

the Thunder Bar. No matter what sets your

where entertainment, fine cuisine and exotic

taste buds in motion, you can satisfy break-

drinks are at your fingertips. (Hint: this is a

fast, lunch, dinner or late-night cravings in the

Take Interstate 80 east toward Reno, and exit on state Route 65. Turn left onto Sunset Boulevard. Sunset Boulevard turns into Foothills Boulevard North. Turn right onto Athens Avenue. After you park your car, be ready to dance your way into the casino or to one of the many convenient shuttle stations! Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. Open 24 hours. 877-468-8777, Scan this QR Code with your Mobile Device to learn more, look for special offers or get directions.

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Sacramento It’s a city. It’s a county. It’s the capital of the eighth largest economy in the world!



Established in 1848 as a trading post along the river of the same name, the name “Sacramento” signifies “Sacrament” or “Lord’s Supper” and was given by Captain Joaquin Moraga to support Fort Sutter and the Gold Rush efforts. Incorporated as a city in 1849 — and designated as the state capital in 1854 — Sacramento featured the last station of the first railroad in 1856, and the western terminus of the Pony Express in 1860. Moderate climate, reasonable housing costs and a huge array of recreational and cultural activities have earned Sacramento innumerable accolades. The combination of government and its prominence as a major transportation crossroads has driven Sacramento’s growth to more than two million residents. Frequently referred to as the “City of Trees,” Sacramento was proclaimed as “One of the Best Ten Cities in the United States” by Newsweek Magazine and “America’s Most Diverse City” by Time Magazine.


Why You Will Love Sacramento Explore pedestrian-friendly Downtown, Midtown’s unique fashion style, and the nearby friendly communities of Land Park, Cal Expo and Natomas. The restored State Capitol and it’s beautiful grounds, miles of rivers and parkways, North America’s largest railroad museum, and Old Sacramento are just a few of the city’s countless attractions. Wi-Fi is readily available on “the grid” — make sure to scan the QR codes throughout this issue, or look at planmygetaway. com for up-to-the-minute activities and offers! In close proximity are scenic foothill destinations, wineries and an abundance of recreational opportunities! Solano County is the gateway to the San Francisco Bay Area, and El Dorado and Placer counties offer unique combinations of upscale living and history. Let our advertisers know you are visiting, and you will witness firsthand the warm and friendly nature of Sacramento hospitality!




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finely-crafted architectural details. There are countless smaller parks throughout Downtown, and many pieces of public art are readily found through both the PUBLIC ART WALKING TOUR



check out the

newly-expanded CROCKER ART MUSEUM!) Restaurants abound Downtown, beginning with FRANK FAT’S that has earned an


enormous following by combining Asian spices and American foods. Visit Mediterranean-inspired SPATARO, Sacramento’s original steakhouse THE BROILER STEAKHOUSE, trendy and casual CAFETERIA 15L and the beautiful ELLA.

A number of historic buildings house

restaurants — try MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S in the restored Elks Building, the GRANGE RESTAURANT

in the CITIZEN HOTEL (a 1926 art-

deco office building), MORGAN’S BISTRO in the

Parks, office towers, and Victorian homes in an easily walkable grid

Julia Morgan-designed Public Market of the

Downtown Sacramento is home to the CALI-

connects to OLD SACRAMENTO via a pedestrian

to a number of annual film festivals -- is across

FORNIA STATE CAPITOL surrounded by a beauti-

tunnel underneath I-5.

the street from PIZZA ROCK -- home to remark-



in a former car dealership across from MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM.

The art deco style CREST THEATRE -- home

ful 40-acre park and countless state, county and local government offices. Bordered by

Why You Will Love Downtown

able artisan-style pizzas. (Hint: get there in time to order one of the 73 margherita piz-

Interstate 5 to the west and 16th Street to

Getting around is easy! Sacramento’s grid for-

zas made each day!). Next door is DIVE BAR

the east, Downtown offers up a mix of state

mat has numbered streets running north and

featuring live mermaids swimming in a 7,500-

and federal buildings, soaring towers, quaint

south, with 12th, 15th and 16th Streets serv-

gallon tank suspended above the bar. Further

Victorian homes, and numerous parks in an

ing as major thoroughfares. The “alphabets”

south, R Street between 10th and 15th Streets

easily walkable, navigable grid.

are dominated by J (east) and L (west) Streets.

is an emerging corridor of restaurants and galleries.

K Street Mall — in the process of chang-

Capitol Mall (M Street) is a beautiful tree-lined

ing from a pedestrian-only street into a two-

boulevard leading to the CALIFORNIA STATE

way street — is lined with shops, restaurants


and entertainment venues stretching from

BLUE DIAMOND — one of the world’s larg-

est almond processors — is headquartered is a lush landscaped green

here with a gift shop and visitors center.


space featuring more than 100 labled botani-

Have a question or need directions? Ask any

a two-story, open-air shopping

cal specimens native to California. The park also


and entertainment complex. Downtown Plaza

features the restored State Capitol boasting

distinctive bright yellow jackets or shirts!



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CAPITOL PARK – winter 2012




F r a nk Fat ’s RESTAURANT Since 1939

Historically referred to as the “Third House” Frank Fat’s has been serving the “Movers and Shakers” of California for more than 72 years. Our award-winning cuisine and stylish decor make Frank Fat’s one of Sacramento’s leading restaurants. Art in Public Places Tours. Free educational tours available

California State Archives. Historic state documents. Open

at the Central Library, Convention Center, Downtown Plaza and Cal-EPA building in downtown Sacramento. h 916-566-3992,

Mon–Fri 9:30–4 p.m. except state holidays. $. h1020 O St., 916-653-7715,

Blue Diamond Almond Exchange. The California Almond

museum” provides a unique opportunity for visitors to witness the past, present, and future of California government interact with equal force. Look for the governor and other politicians! Numerous exhibits offer views on architecture, state history, former governors, county profiles, antique furnishings and historic flags. Special exhibits are offered periodically. Public tours offered seven days a week on the hour from 9–4 p.m. (reservations required for groups of 10 or more). Restaurant and cafeteria located in the basement. 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,

Exchange has been home to Blue Diamond Almonds since 1914. The Central Valley produces 99 percent of all almonds sold in the United States. Open Mon–Sat. 1701 C St., just off North 16th St. (state Route 160). 916-446-8438,

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 that depict bygone eras. Continually changing special exhibits and space for groups or special events. Daily 10–6 p.m. $ Admission, Free parking. 2200 Front St. 916-442-6802,

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., Sun noon–5 p.m., Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. $. h 1020 O St. (10th & O Streets). 916-653-0274,

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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. h 10th Street and Capitol Mall. 800-604-4333.


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California State Capitol Museum. A visit to this “living

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 St. (at K Street). 916444-3071,

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 of Californian, European and Asian artworks. The Crocker’s permanent collection includes more than 14,000 works of art, boasting one of the state’s premier collections of California art, a world-renowned collection of master drawings and rapidly growing Asian art and International Ceramics collections. Public tours, concerts, cultural events and museum store. 216 O St., 916-808-7000,

Downtown Sacramento History Tours. 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 St., 916-442-8575,

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial/Chinatown Mall. The “Father of China� can be remembered by visiting this museum filled with Chinese art. Tue–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 Wed–Sun on the hour, 10–4 p.m. $ Admission. h 16th and H Streets. 916-323-3047,

Tickets 916-443-6722 or at Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office (same complex). Shows are generally Wed–Sat with Sun matinees. 1419 H St.,

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 Wed–Sun. $ Admission. h 8th and N streets. 916-324-0575,

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.

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

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Sacramento’s oldest congrega-

Sacramento Convention Center. Located in 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,

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

tion, attended by the Stanfords, the Crockers and the Harrimans. The 100-year-old building contains historic stained glass windows and a Johnson Tracker organ from the 19th century. Open second Saturday and by request. h 1430 J St., next to the Convention Center. 916-446-2620,

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 p.m. Free. h 400 Capitol Mall. 916-440-4161,

Almonds For Any Occasion


Step back in time! to the supper club era of Frank Sinatra and Dry Martini’s. Complimentary dinner parking

OPEN MONDAY—FRIDAY 9:30am to 5pm Sat.—10am to 4pm

One block from: Community Center Theater Hyatt Regency Convention Center Sheraton Grand State Capitol








Downtown Sacramento Pizza Rock

Downtown Restaurant Guide 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 dished up by these downtown Sacramento restaurants is nothing short of heavenly. Whether you are looking to try something new or different, prefer classic cuisine or old-school ambiance, or have a hankering for something specific, you will find it in Sacramento’s lively and eclectic downtown dining scene.


4th Street Grille — Hearty Elegant Food without the Attitude. Near Westfield Mall, 4th Street Grille dishes up unforgettable gourmet food without the stuffiness. Featuring fresh seafood, pasta, oak-grilled meats, hand-tossed pizzas, vegetarian dishes, salads and desserts, 4th Street Grille has friendly staff, an extensive wine list and large bar. Hours: Lunch Mon–Fri 11–5 p.m., dinner Mon–Thur 5–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 5–11 p.m. 400 L St., 916-448-2847, Asian

Frank Fats

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 11–10 p.m., weekends dinner 5–10 p.m. 806 L St., 916-442-7092, Scan this QR Code with your Mobile Device to learn more, look for special offers or get directions.

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 Fats! 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 well-being 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 frank fats



Pyramid — See How It’s Done and Taste the Difference. Free Brewery Tours are available every afternoon and include samples. Hours: Mon–Thur 11:30–9 p.m., Fri 11:30–11 p.m., Sat noon– 10 p.m., Sun noon–7 p.m. 1029 K St., 916-498-9800, Farm-to-Table/New America

Ella Dining Room & Bar — Comfortably Elegant. Ella is truly a restaurant for all seasons, using mainly local products from the area’s Farmers Markets. Standout service and innovative design create an ambience-laden, one-of-a-kind experience. Hours: Mon–Fri 11:30–10 p.m., Sat 5:30–10 p.m. 1131 St., 916-4433772,

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–Thur 6:30–2:30 p.m., 5:30–10 p.m.; Fri–Sat 6:30–2:30 p.m., 5:30–11:30 p.m.; Sun 6–2:30 p.m., 5:30–9 p.m. 926 J St., 916-492-4450/4400, 38

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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 11–11 p.m., Wed–Fri 11–3 a.m., Sat noon–3 a.m. 1122 16th St., 916-443-1993, 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. 1521 L St., 916-231-9947, Italian

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 décor. Hours: Mon–Fri 11–10 p.m., Sat 5–10 p.m., Sun 4–9 p.m. 400 Capitol Mall. 916-446-4100, Spataro — See and Be Seen. With its sleek, contemporary design and classic, soulful Italian dishes, Spataro offers a great experience for any occasion. Hours: Mon–Thur 11–10 p.m., Fri 11–11 p.m., Sat 5–11 p.m. 1415 L St., 916-440-8888, www. Japanese

Sapporo Grill — Something for Everyone. Enjoy handcrafted 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–Tue 11–10 p.m., Wed–Thur 11–12 a.m., Fri 11–2:30 a.m., Sat 12–2:30 a.m., Sun 4–10 p.m. 1118 16th St., 916-448-1818,

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Kannika and Suleka. Each restaurant has its own characteristics and signature dishes, and the sisters share their mother’s passion for quality.


Vallejos — Vallejos Equals Value! Vallejo’s is a family-owned

thai basil

purveyor of great, fresh Mexican food. 1100 O St., Ste 5. Hours: Mon–Fri, 7–10 p.m., Sat 4–10 p.m. 916-498-1744. 1900 4th St., Hours: Mon–Thur 7–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sun 7–10 p.m. 916-443-8488.

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 p.m. Sun–Thur, 10 p.m. on Fri & Sat. Level Up lounge: Tue & Wed 5 p.m.–12 a.m., Thur–Sat 5 p.m.–2 a.m.; Happy Hour Fri–Sat, 5–10 p.m., Tue–Thur all evening. 2431 J St., 916-442-7690,


Pizza Rock Setting K Street on It’s Side! It’s loud, it’s wild — check out the “Creation of Man” mural on the ceiling, and the semi-truck bursting through the wall — and the pizza is oh-so-good and available late night in downtown! Pizza Rock opened in early 2011 to much fanfare, after a year of renovation. Offering a wide menu of gourmet pizzas, many of which are created by award-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 cheese and balsamic — mangia! Salads, sides, and 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 its incredible aquarium and live mermaids, and the new District 30 nightclub. Hours: Sun–Tue 11–10 p.m., Wed 11–midnight, Thur–Sat. 11–3 a.m. 1020 K St., 916-737-5777, Scan this QR Code with your Mobile Device to learn more, look for special offers or get directions.

Scan this QR Code with your Mobile Device to learn more, look for special offers or get directions.


Thai Basil Not Downtown but Worth the Detour 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,



Andy Nguyen — Cuisine with a Conscience. Buddhist-inspired vegetarian cuisine that satisfies vegetable and meat lovers alike. Hours: Sun–Mon 11–9 p.m., Tue–Wed 11–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 11–10 p.m. 2007 Broadway. 916-736-1157, www.andynguyen




McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant — 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 and handcrafted cocktails, and impeccable customer service. Hours: Mon–Thur 11:30–10 p.m., Fri 11:30–11 p.m., Sat 4–11 p.m., Sun 4–9 p.m. AE, DI, MC, V h 1111 J St., 916-442-8200, Steakhouse

The Broiler — Downtown’s Original Steakhouse . See page 25. Morton’s of Chicago — Quality Control. From business meetings to holiday celebrations, Morton’s is “occasion-ready and waiting.” Hours: Mon–Thur 5:30–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 5–11 p.m., Sun 5–10 p.m. 621 Capitol Mall. 916-442-5091, sacramento/.


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Vintage Experience a time when travel was the destination! Climb aboard a sleeping car that gently rocks through the night, a 1930s dining car filled with railroad china, and a million-pound locomotive at the California State Railroad Museum — a “smokestack Smithsonian” full of delights! Uniformed docents will share fascinating behind-the-scenes stories! Open daily. 916-442-6645,


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Old Sacramento

In 1839, John Sutter landed on the shore of the American River near its confluence with the Sacramento River. Sutter’s Fort was established from a Mexican land grant to Sutter and his party, and attracted other opportunity seekers such as Sam Brannan who established a store near the river to take advantage of river traffic. When gold was discovered in the nearby foothills, Brannan’s settlement (called Sacramento) boomed. The waterfront area flourished and was the prime trading center for miners outfitting themselves for the gold fields. Prone to flooding, the city was raised


12 feet, and evidence of this can still be seen

upstairs, can be found within the easily walkable 10-block area that is now designated as a National Historic Landmark District and State

under the boardwalks and in store basements

In the mid-1960s, Old Sacramento was

throughout Old Sacramento today. Check out

resurrected from a rundown warehouse dis-

the southwest corner of 2nd & I streets — or

trict with the construction of Interstate 5 and

the alley between Front and 2nd streets — to

a pedestrian underpass linking to the Down-

give you a perspective on the true level of Old

town Plaza (K Street). Today, 53 historic build-

A host of interesting adventures await in this

Sacramento in the early days.

ings with shops or restaurants on the street

10-block area! Walk the historic wood plank

Where the views change

with every course.

Historic Park.

Why You Will Love Old Sacramento

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

Lavish brunch buffet, free-flowing champagne and live soloist entertainment.

Dinner Dance Cruises



Fri, Sat & Sun 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm



Includes boarding glass of champagne and music for dancing. Beverages and appetizers available for purchase.


Sat & Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Enjoy a three-course dinner, vies of the Sacramento skyline and DJ entertainment.

Evening River Cruises




Fri, Sat & Sun 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm * PLUS TAX & SERVICE


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Old Sacramento

street sidewalks, investigate back alleys or

Days, the Pacific Rim Festival, the World Music


stroll along the river, and you are bound to

Festival, Fat Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, and

colonial (California) days through modern

meet various characters reliving history (in the

numerous other family-friendly events. (Hint:

day activities. The museum also serves as a

guise of volunteer docents!). Old Sacramento

catch one of the weekend WALKING TOURS to

well-regarded military research center. If it

features one of the world’s largest traditional

explore Old Sacramento’s architecture and

happened in Sacramento, the SACRAMENTO

jazz festivals, and visitors can enjoy Gold Rush

Gold Rush legacy!)


A cluster of noteworthy

Don’t miss EVANGELINE’S novelty gift shop



(once home to

with children during the day, and come back

the California Supreme Court),

and party at night! RIO CITY CAFÉ, JOE’S CRAB

the western terminus of the

SHACK, FAT CITY and STEAMERS are just a few of


the 1855 BIG

the great restaurants to relax or refuel! Cre-

where you will

ate great memories with any of HORNBLOWER


find lots of interesting items in



Empress Hornblower!

river rides on either the Capitol or


Celebrate Sacramento’s historic heritage,


savor the waterfront, do some fabulous shop-

simulated Pony Express rides,

ping, and enjoy a great meal in the place that


started it all for Sacramento!


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exhibits it and offers tours

to find it!

early Gold Rush sites includes INGS BUILDING


showcases military history from pre-

Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors and a variety of cultural organizations, will bring the luck of the Irish to the 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Sacramento on Sat., March 17. Always a free event, the parade steps off promptly at 1:00 p.m. from 2nd & L streets and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark. A reviewing stand will be located at the intersection of Front & K streets. Photo courtesy of Scott Zentner Photography


The Magic of Toy Trains


916.442.4772 1112 Second Street, Old Sacramento Valet Parking Available

Fruit Crate Art and the California Dream



Toy Trains and Scale Model Railroads


AT OLD SACRAMENTO STATE HISTORIC PARK 916.441.2211 1022 Second Street valet/validated parking 28

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!” Corner 2nd and “I” Streets RIDE behind a vintage excursion train: Weekends April-Sept. SHOP at our fabulous (916) 445-6645 Museum Store, and RENT our unique facilities!

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Best of

Old Sacramento Best Place to Learn Your Ps & Qs

Steamers Rio City Café

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Built in the style of one-room schools in the 1800s. Museum open daily, volunteer staff permitting. Open daily. Free admission. Front and L Streets. 24 916-483-8818, www.


Best War Games California State Military Museum

Best River View Best Place to Start 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 8 a.m. Closing hours vary by season. 101 K St. 34 916-737-5252, www.steamersoldsac. com.


Best Place to Ask a Question 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 St., 1 916-558-3912 (event hotline), 916-442-7644 (Visitor Center),


Rio City Café Put yourself 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, wellrounded 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 St., 22 916-4428226,

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. Check out the new basement floor for Middle East discoveries! Group tours available. Open Tue–Sun 10–5 p.m. $, Children 5 and younger free. 1119 Second St. 20 916-442-2883,



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 who averaged 22 mph! The average age of the Pony Express riders was only 19 years old. Pony Express Park, 2nd and J streets. 17



Best Comfort Food after Touring Old Sacramento Fat City



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Sacramento visitors flock to Fat City Bar & Cafe in Old Sacramento where they always know they will be greeted with stunning turn-of-the-century décor and a large, varied menu highlighting American cuisine and comfort food. The Fat Family restored a general merchandise store built in 1849 and filled Fat City with such unusual artifacts as the Legendary Pioneer Bar, the famous ‘Purple Lady’, stained and beveled glass windows, and many old Tiffany-style lamps. Intimate tables overlook the famous 140-year-old bar, and through period French doors guests can enjoy a quiet dinner looking out over the covered verandas of Old Sacramento.

ways — try the California salad that combines chicken, egg and avocado, the grilled chicken and guacamole sandwich, or the chili chicken wings – goes great with the Riverboat Zombie (rum with orange and pineapple juice!) or the key lime martini made with Absolut Vanilla. The famous Fat City hamburger and the bourbon burgers lead off a hit parade of delicious sandwiches, and cooler weather calls for a cup of Fat City’s famous French onion soup! Lastly, share if you must, make sure to order a slice of their hallmark bananacream pie — a favorite with locals at every Fat’s restaurant in the Sacramento area!

Fat City is a European-style café offering everything from light appetizers to hearty dinner entries and mouth-watering desserts. Seasonal salads feature fresh-picked produce, and the array of delectable entrees includes tequila lime tri-tip, beer batter cod, and ham and mushroom quiche (Fat City is also known for its New York steak and shrimp entrée served with rosemary potatoes). Chicken is offered in a variety of

Conveniently located at the corner of J and Front streets just across from the waterfront, Fat City Bar & Cafe is an Old Sacramento institution and a “Fun Sacramento” experience! Lunch Mon through Fri, brunch Sat and Sun, dinner nightly. Fat City Cafe, 1001 Front St., Old Sacramento. 5 916-446-6768,


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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 gold scale and other artifacts and exhibits featuring Wells Fargo’s banking, express and staging operations. You can also ride the Pony Express Simulator! An ATM is available, of course! Free admission, educational tours by appointment. Daily 10‑5 p.m. 1000 Second St. 21 916-440-4263,


Best Happy Hour The Coconut Grove Sports Bar & Grill Now that you’ve strolled the boardwalk and toured the museums, you deserve a treat. Grab a cold beer or drink at one of Old Sacramento’s newest restaurants in one of the district’s oldest buildings. Dig the amazing brick details and craftsmanship while you dig into their Garlic Mussels or ten (10) flavors of Chicken Wings! Find out why they sell more than one ton of so-good Calamari each year! Catch a game on any of their 11 high-definition TVs. Opens daily at 11 a.m. Closing hours vary by season. 106 J St. 24 916-441-4222, www.


Hornblower Cruises

Best River Cruise Historic River Tours aboard the Capitol Hornblower 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 St. 68 916-446-1185,


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 throughout 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 10–5 p.m. excluding major holidays. $ Admission. 101 I St. 10 916-808-7059,


Best Place to See History Unfold Old Sacramento Living History Center COCONUT GROVE SPORTS BAR & GRILL

Re-enactors promenade the streets of Old Sacramento in their 1850s finery. Join them as they stroll through time.! 1101 Second St., lower level. 10 916-808-4980,



Best Place to Line ‘Em Up River City Saloon River City Saloon is Sacramento’s last Old West Saloon. Kid-friendly by day serving up the freshest sandwiches and appetizers in Old Sacramento. They also feature 25¢ handmade draft Sarsaparilla just like in the old days! Fun-friendly when the sun goes down, the saloon rocks at night with karaoke, live music, videos and drink specials for the 21-and-older crowd. Look for new events online. Open 11:30–2 a.m. every day. 916 2nd St. 16 916-443-6852.


Best Show in Old Sacramento The Eagle Theatre 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 St. 29 916-323-6343.


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 where 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. $ Admission, children 5 and younger admitted free with adult. 125 I St. 13 916-445-6645, www.californiastaterail

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Midtown Sacramento 19th streets) serving as a “handle” to CAPITOL PARK

on the west for plenty of dining choices

— inside and al fresco. You will find numerous unique boutiques such as ZANZIBAR that carries treasures from Mexico, Africa or any number of third world countries! The SUTTER DISTRICT is located at the east end of Midtown and is home to the CALIFORNIA STATE INDIAN MUSEUM

and a number

of medical centers and restaurants. SUTTER’S FORT is also located here.


Foodies take heart: Midtown is home to the mouth-watering THAI BASIL, venerable BIBA, highly-rated PARAGARY’S, succulent WATERBOY,

classy MULVANEY’S, Mediterranean-

inspired AIOLI and newcomers: THE PRESS and TULI BISTRO. Further down J Street (on the way

to the “Fab Forties” residential district and California State University, Sacramento) you will find FORMOLI BISTRO.

Always eclectic, especially artsy

Nightlife options abound in midtown. The LAVENDER HEIGHTS DISTRICT and GLBT

Midtown stretches east from 16th Street

rants. (Hint: don’t miss OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY

hotspots radiate south and east from K and

and is home to some of Sacramento’s most

in the converted railroad station between

20th streets to 21st Street. Both ends of Mid-

popular boutiques, galleries and restaurants,

19th and 20th streets!)

town’s J Street (16th to19th, and 25th to 28th) feature popular nightclubs. Stop in at LEVEL

as well as the site of the original settlement

The MARRS complex on 20th and J streets

of Sacramento — SUTTER’S FORT. Many former

houses an appealing urban mix of dining,


homes in this residential district have been

shopping and entertainment options.

rooms and expanded balcony!

converted into art galleries, salons and stores that appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

Why You Will Love Midtown J Street’s hip atmosphere includes novel

Midtown’s cool vibe comes from its in-

Just off North 16th Street (state Route

clusive art scene. The wildly popular 2nd Sat-

160) is the California Almond Exchange, home

urday Art Walk features art gallery openings

to BLUE DIAMOND ALMONDS since 1914. Try the

every second Saturday of each month. Try the CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

or the newly

Check out the HANDLE DISTRICT with

and countless restau-

several blocks (L to N streets, and 15th to


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cool SACRAMENTO ANTIQUE FAIRE held every second Sunday of each month!



(above Thai Basil) and explore their funky




Blue Diamond Almond Exchange. Just off North 16th Street (state Route 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 St., 916-446-8438,

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 various California Native American groups. Open Wed-Sun 10–5 p.m. $. 2618 K St., 916-324-0971,


Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento is dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of new and experimental art by international, national and regional artists. Open Tue-Sun noon-5 p.m., 1519 19th Street. 916-498-9811, La Raza Galeria Posada advances, celebrates and preserves Latino, Indian and Native cultures. Open Tue–Fri 1–8 p.m., Sat 11–6 p.m., 1022–1024 22nd St., 916-446-5133, www.laraza

Sacramento Ballet Company. Come watch the dancers perform! Bring a lunch and watch through the plate glass window! Free, $ On-street parking. 1631 K St., 916-552-5800,

Second Saturday Art Walk. Visit artists’ receptions on the second 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. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. 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 Tue–Sun 10–5 p.m. 28th and L Streets. 916-445-4422,

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Cal Expo + East Sacramento

Numerous eclectic areas, from lovely bunga-

Camino Avenue. East of Fulton Avenue, Fair


low-lined streets and family-friendly subur-

Oaks Boulevard progresses along the north

offer posh boutiques and exceptional dining.

ban neighborhoods to boutique shopping,

side of the American River through the tony

Antique hunters will find delight in digging

educational museums and upscale dining,

neighborhoods of Sierra Oaks, Arden Oaks

through treasures that can be found in the

border the American River as it winds its way

and Carmichael to Sunrise Boulevard and Fair

57th Street Antique Mall, not far from the in-

through Sacramento.

Oaks Village, where one can again cross the


East Sacramento is home to quaint brick

river to get to state Route 50.

North Watt Avenue is home to a num-

houses, stately homes and historic mansions. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO sits

along the American River, and shops and restaurants can be found along Folsom Bou-


ber of fascinating museums that will appeal

Why You Will Love Cal Expo + East Sacramento


is just off business

Route 80 (also officially named Capitol City

levard and J Street. J Street becomes Fair Oaks

Three words — shopping, museums, and

Freeway) Further north at the former Mc-

Boulevard — known for first-class boutiques

more shopping! ARDEN FAIR MALL, across from

Clellan Air Force Base are the CALIFORNIA

and dining. Howe, Fulton and Watt avenues

Cal Expo, is Sacramento’s largest regional


are major north-south thoroughfares that

shopping center and includes the newly

OF CALIFORNIA — perfect for young, inquiring

intersect east-west arteries Arden Way and El






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Bungalow-lined streets, upscale dining, educational museums Aerospace Museum of California. Experience historic planes and displays representing more than eight decades of aviation history as well as a chance to view thrilling jets like a U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ fighter, A-10 Thunderbolt or a famous “Top Gun” F-14 Tomcat just like in the movie. Available for evening events. $ Admission. Open Tue–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. Cal Expo is a beautifully landscaped, 350-acre multi-purpose facility with more than a dozen venues. The perfect site for the annual State Fair, major trade shows, consumer shows, sporting events, concerts, satellite conferences, meetings and conventions. $ Admission, $ Parking. 1600 Exposition Blvd. off business Route 80 (Capitol City Freeway). 916-263-3049,

Aerospace Museum of California

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 Ave., McClellan Park. 916-933-3062 (or Technikon at 916-929-8001),

California State University, Sacramento. “Sac State” is home to several art galleries, museums and the divisionwinning Hornets athletic teams. Athletic tickets at CSUS ticket office. 916-278-4323; University Library Art Gallery, Main Floor Library. 10–5 p.m. Tue–Sat.; Visitors Center located in the North entrance lobby of Sacramento Hall open 8–5 p.m. weekdays. 916-278-6011. 6000 J St., 916-278-2368, The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center is a family-focused educational institution suitable for all ages. Weekend activities include animal presentations for all ages, make-and-take crafts and planetarium shows for visitors ages 4 and older. There is a nature trail to explore outside, a Challenger Learning Center and an animal discovery room. $. Tue–Fri noon–4:30 p.m., Sat–Sun 10–4:30 p.m. 3615 Auburn Blvd., 916-808-3942,

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

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vallejo marina

The Valley’s Gateway to the Bay Area Solano County is the Sacramento Valley’s gateway to the Bay Area. Stretching south from Vacaville to Vallejo and the Carquinez Strait, the corridor along Interstate 80 provides many attractions for a day trip.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour Center. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary brewery tour from 10.–4 p.m. 3101 Busch Drive, Fairfield. 707-429-7595,

Jelly Belly Candy Factory. Free factory tours from 9–4 p.m. Candy and gift shop open daily 9–5 p.m. Enjoy a meal in café! Reader’s Digest named the tour Best Company Tour. One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. 1-800-953-5592, 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.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. $ Tickets. 1000 Marine World Parkway, Vallejo. 707-643-6722, kingdom.

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. Travis AFB Museum exhibits of aviation artifacts. Open daily from 9–5 p.m. Free admission with mandatory military/govern50

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ment ID (active or retired). Located in Travis AFB (five miles east of Interstate 80 on Air Base Parkway), Fairfield. 707-424-5605.

Vacaville Premium Outlets offers 120 incredible stores and is located just 20 minutes west of Sacramento off Interstate 80! Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Columbia, DKNY, Esprit, Fossil, Gap Outlet, Gucci, Guess, J.Crew, Jones New York, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion and many more. 321 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville. 707-447-5755, www.

Vacaville Museum includes Solano County cultural and historical artifacts. Wed–Sun 1–4:30 p.m. $ Admission, h Free parking. 213 Buck Ave., Vacaville. 707-447-4513, www. Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum features a working submarine periscope, bookstore and gift shop. Free admission on third Saturday of each month. Open Tue–Sat 1–4:30 p.m. 734 Marin St., Vallejo. 707-643-0077,


California Delta


Fed by five major rivers, the California Delta

are a way of life for those living in the area.

comprises a triangular-shaped area stretch-

Some historic river towns have changed

ing from Sacramento south to Stockton, and

little from the Gold Rush era when paddle-

then west to Suisun Bay and Mt. Diablo. The

wheel steamboats carried mail and passen-

California Delta is a fresh-water system pri-

gers from San Francisco. Clarksburg’s historic

marily comprised of fertile agricultural islands


sitting below sea level but are protected by a

nity of California wineries. These wineries

stout system of levees.

— as well as Bogle Winery, Wilson Vineyards

Why You Will Love the Delta

is home to a unique commu-

and Scribner’s Bend — are a bridge to the rich agricultural heritage of the region whose

The lifestyle here is decidedly laid back, and

vineyards are staking claim right alongside

boating, water sports, fishing and camping

the great wine-growing regions of the world. There are several art galleries to explore, and make sure to drop by HUSICK’S — a great deli and gift shop located in a former hardware store! Step back in time when you stroll LOCKE’S Chinatown streets, bask in the elegance of Walnut Grove’s or Courtland’s Victorian homes, or drive along a levee road and gaze upon cornfields and vineyards stretching toward the horizon. Slip away in time, enjoy the scenery, meet the winemakers and sample their product, all while making new friends!

Dai Loy Museum. Former Chinese gambling den. Fantastic displays of card tables, money booths and cages, historical pictures and articles depicting 20th century life! Free. Main Street, Locke. 916-776-1661,

Locke Boarding House Visitors’ 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,

Old Sugar Mill features Todd Taylor Wines, Three Wine Company, Elevation 10, Heringer Estates, Clarksburg Wine Company and Carvalho Family Wines in a beautiful and scenic setting. Explore a converted sugar mill while you sample award-winning wines. 35265 Willow Avenue. 916-744-1615, – winter 2012



Lodi Wine County Dozens of wineries offer experiences for you to discover in Lodi Wine Country! The beautiful vineyard scenery in Lodi tells the tale of both young and old vines. Whether Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, Lodi vines yield wines that are irresistible! Follow the Lodi Wine Trail signs through lush and orderly vineyards to friendly wineries where the staff will introduce you to sensational vintages. Vintners are glad to take time to educate guests about the winemaking process. The City of Lodi is a picturesque community that offers charming shops and excellent restaurants. (Hint: can you spot the old-time streetlights that line the downtown business


and residential area?) School Street is the center of the business district, and Turner Road and Cherokee/state Route 12 are east-west arteries. Situated in between Sacramento and Lodi is Elk Grove where numerous shopping centers and an array of dining are easily accessible from state Route 99. The historic section of Elk Grove lies east of state Route 99 just north of the popular ELK GROVE REGIONAL PARK.

(Hint: two wetlands preserves lie west

and southwest of the city and welcome visitors!)


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Follow the Lodi Wine Trail to sensational vintages Cosumnes River Preserve. View freshwater wetlands from remaining undammed Sierra River. The visitor center offers interpretive displays and interactive educational exhibits. Open Daily 9–5 p.m. Franklin Blvd. (south of Twin Cities Road), Elk Grove. 916-684-2816, Elk Grove Hotel & Stage Stop Museum. Open to the public every first Saturday from noon–4 p.m. Tours available. Adjacent is the restored 19th century Rhoads School that served the community from 1872 until 1946. Free admission, parking. Northwest Corner of Elk Grove Regional Park on East Stockton Boulevard one mile south of Elk Grove Boulevard and state Route 99. 916-6858115,

Hill House Museum. This turn-of-the-century Victorian is a must-see for history buffs! Docent-led tours Sundays 1–4 p.m. and by appointment. Free; donations gladly accepted. 826 S. Church St., Lodi. 209-369-6073, Hutchins Street Square. Hosts a variety of musical groups, theatre events, city commissions, wedding receptions, business conferences and youth activities. Indoor swimming pool. 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. 209-333-6782,

Lodi Lake. Swim, fish, picnic and play! Discovery Center offers educational programs about the lake and wildlife. Open daily until 5:30 p.m. Turner Road, east of Lower Sacramento Road. 209-3336890. Lodi Wine & Visitor Center recently honored by Sunset Magazine as runner-up for “Best Tasting Room in the West,” calling out the “collective tasting room … with museum-quality exhibits explaining winemaking” as a “great example of what every appellation in California should do.” Open daily 10–5 p.m. 2545 W. Turner Road, Lodi. 209-365-0621, Micke Grove Regional Park. A gem with plenty of amenities, this 258-acre oak tree park features Micke Grove Zoo (209-331-7270, Enjoy native animals and exotic species from all over the world including endangered species such as the Chinese Alligator and snow leopard. Don’t miss the Japanese Garden, Tea Pavilion and Koi pond! Rental facilities with outdoor picnic shelters and indoor facilities for receptions, family reunions and corporate events, and the San Joaquin Historical Museum. $ Fee parking. Closed Christmas. 11793 N. Micke Grove Road (Off state Route 99, west of Armstrong Road exit and follow the signs), Lodi. 209-953-8800, 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 second and fourth Saturday (trail open 7:30–3 p.m.; guided walk begins at 9 a.m.). Laguna Boulevard (west of Interstate 5), Elk Grove. 916-775-4420, 40


South Placer

Conveniently nestled between Sacramento MAIDU MUSEUM IN ROSEVILLE

and the Sierra Nevada foothills, Placer Valley (South Placer County) is home to the dynamic cities of Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln. Visitors to Placer Valley are welcomed by scores of choices for lodging, restaurants, shopping, championship golf courses, orchards and farms, scenic back roads, festivals, familyfriendly events, and team sports venues.

Why You Will Love Placer Valley Placer Valley has a number of diverse and enjoyable attractions that welcome all to “come out and play”! Roseville is a shopper’s fantasy filled with hundreds of stores and restaurants in new shopping centers such as Westfield’s ROSEVILLE GALLERIA

and THE FOUNTAINS. Roseville is an

“All American City” with several fine museums

Attention-grabbing blend of old and new

and historic sites depicting its Native American and railroad heritage. Magnificent FOL-

Founded in 1893, Rocklin is named for

is one of the largest lakes in North-

the very granite upon which the city is built.


Today, Rocklin features numerous golf

ern California.





neighborhood parks, as well as specialty shopping along Granite Drive that runs parallel to state Route 65. Lincoln offers an attention-grabbing blend of old and new. World-renowned architectural terra cotta factory GLADDING, MCBEAN was founded here in the 1870s and is home to the annual Feats of Clay juried art exhibit. Lincoln’s newest attraction is THUNDER VALLEY CASINO RESORT,

known for its Las Vegas-style


Griffith Quarry Museum. A 23-acre park with focus on granite industry and local history. Open weekends 12–4 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 South Placer art world through its gift shop. Rotating monthly exhibitions. Gift shop open daily 10–4 p.m. 580 Sixth St., Lincoln. 916-645-9713,

Maidu Museum & Historic Site. Ancient Nisenan village 21 22


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site. Guided tours. $ Admission. Mon–Fri, 2nd Sat 9–4 p.m. 1960 Johnson Ranch Road, Roseville. h 916-774-5934, www.

Rocklin History Museum. Artifacts from time when Rocklin was the Granite Capital of the West! $ Admission. Wed, Sat, Sun. 1–4 p.m. 3895 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. 916-773-3464,


Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum. Roseville’s history as a transportation center is displayed. Free admission. Open Mon–Fri and 2nd Sat 12–4 p.m. 557 Lincoln Street, Roseville. 916-773-3003,

Roseville Telephone Museum. Filled with 100 years of telephone history and technology! Weekdays by appointment. 106 Vernon St., Roseville. 916-786-1621, www.roseville telephonemuseum.

Roseville Utility Exploration Center. Become eco-friendly in this innovative teaching museum, full of novel exhibits. Free. Open Tue–Sat. 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. 916-7461254, 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). 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, 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, – winter 2012




Bernhard Museum Complex. Restored 1890s Farmhouse on 2.3 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Open Tue–Sun 11–4 p.m. h Gold Country Fairgrounds, 291 Auburn-Folsom Road, Auburn. 530-889-6500, Empire Mine State Historic Park. Once California’s richest gold mine. Descend into the dark and damp main shaft to see how 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. 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. 530-273-8522, Firehouse No. 1 Museum. Gold Rush, Native American, Donner Party and Chinese American memorabilia. $ Donation. 214 Main St., Nevada City. 530-265-5468. Gold Country Museum. Focus on Placer mining history. Open Tue–Sun 11–4 p.m. h 273 High St., (Gold Country Fairgrounds), Auburn. 530-889-6500, Grass Valley Museum. Former convent, orphanage and school built in 1865 filled with memorabilia. Open Tue–Fri 12:30–3:30 p.m. $ Donation. Corner of Church and Chapel streets, Grass Valley. 530-273-5509.

Just an hour away, discover rolling vistas, quaint communities, memorable experiences Stay below the snow line and leave those chains in the trunk — these foothill destinations offer plenty of attractions for all interests! Just an hour away, discover rolling vistas, quaint communities, memorable experiences and friendly locals in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, and Amador counties. State Route 49 — the “Gold Country Highway” — offers numerous opportunities to explore one of California’s most exceptional areas!


Auburn and Grass Valley/Nevada City

Interstate 80 Northeast to Auburn, state Route 49 to Grass Valley and Nevada City Heritage tourists will enjoy Auburn, the Placer County seat. Old Town Auburn combines a glimpse into the past with modern shopping and dining experiences! Make sure to journey to the hilltop above Old Town and find the Placer County Courthouse and museum

downtown Placerville

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 Chinese people during the Gold Rush. Open 1st Sat from 10–2 p.m. 200 Sacramento St., Old Town Auburn. 530-888-6483. goldrushdays/josshous.htm. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum. Features history and rolling stock of the railroad. Free. h 5 Kidder Court, off Bost Avenue and Gold Flat Road, Nevada City. 530-470-0902, North Star Mining Museum. One of the state’s best collections of gold mining memorabilia. $ Donation. Allison Ranch and McCourtney roads, one mile south of downtown Grass Valley. 530-273-4255,

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 St. at Lincoln Way and Auburn-Folsom Road, Auburn. 530-889-6500,


complex. Take scenic state Route 49 north for 40 minutes to circa-1800s Grass Valley and Nevada City in the lovely Sierra forest. Grass Valley’s charming and eclectic downtown, with a diverse collection of outstanding restaurants, interesting boutiques and wine tasting rooms, art galleries and quaint inns, is located close to the historic EMPIRE MINE STATE HISTORIC PARK. Nevada City’s award-winning historic district is listed on the National Reg-

wok Indian village, and walk down the road

ister of Historic Places.

to inspect period buildings that sprang up to

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

El Dorado County

U.S. Highway 50 East to Coloma, Placerville, Camino and Apple Hill Take Green Valley Road from Folsom, or North Shingle Road to Lotus Road, and head north past rolling pastures and stately ranches toward Coloma, the birthplace of the Gold Rush. Wander through MARSHALL GOLD DISCOVERY PARK’s

visitor center, sawmill and Mi-

support the ’49ers! Originally named Hangtown for its multiple hangings, Placerville became an overland supply point and one of the largest camps


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placer county museum

10–4 p.m. weekdays. Bedford Avenue, Placerville. 530-642-5207,

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Explore the site that changed the nation’s history! 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. Eight miles north on state Route 49 from Placerville in Coloma. 530-295-2170,

in the Mother Lode. Historic Main Street has unique specialty shops, art galleries, 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. HANG TOWN GOLD BUG PARK is home to the Gold Bug Mine that tunnels over 350 feet into the hillside. West of Placerville on U.S. 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.

El Dorado County Historical Museum. Displays and artifacts from El Dorado County’s history, and genealogy research. Wed–Sat 10–4 p.m., Sunday noon–4 p.m. Free admission. 104 Placerville Drive, Placerville. 530-621-5865,

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 St., 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) dates back to 1888 and is available for self-guided tours. 12–4 p.m. weekends,


Amador County

State Route 16 Southeast to Shenandoah Valley, Amador City, Sutter Creek, and Jackson Take state Route 16 (Jackson Road off Folsom Boulevard) southeast to meet state Route 49. You will enjoy everything from quaint valleys to breathtaking mountain vistas as you make your way along the county’s primary roadway, historic state Route 49. The lush SHENANDOAH VALLEY wine country is home to a host of award-winning wineries to explore. SUTTER CREEK is a beautifully restored Gold Rush community with balconied buildings and New England-inspired residential districts. Historic Sutter Creek is home to the MONTEVERDE STORE MUSEUM and KNIGHTS FOUNDRY, America’s only remaining waterpowered iron works and machine shop, and is a treasure trove for the serious antique and unique item shopper. Stop by the SUTTER CREEK VISITORS CENTER for a free walking tour map. Jackson was another of the many productive gold mining camps that sprung up along the ‘49er trail. Take a trip back to 1920 at the AMADOR COUNTY MUSEUM and see the KENNEDY MINE in full operation through the magic of large scale working models.



Amador County Museum. Fascinating array of artifacts and items fill this 15-room home. $ Admission by donation, 8 and younger free. Open Wed–Sun 10–4 p.m. 225 Church St., 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 ANNUAL MARDI GRAS FAIR EACH FEBRUARY IN NEVADA CITY. PHOTO BY DAVE CARTER.

(5,912 feet!). Open Sat–Sun and holidays 10–3 p.m. $ Admission includes group tour, 6 and younger free. Just south of intersecting state Route 88 and state Route 49, Jackson. 209-223-9542.

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Use it before we lose it — visit these State Historic Parks scheduled for 2012 closure 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 July 2012 as part of the state’s planned closure of 70 state

Benicia Capitol State Historic Park is the only preSacramento capitol building still standing. Period furnishings reflect 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.

state. Better yet, join the California State Parks

Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park was built in 1877 as a private home and housed 13 of California’s governors from 1903 to 1967. The mansion — an example of Second Empire-Italianate architecture — reflects a mixture of tastes. Guided tours Wed.-Sun. on the hour, 10–4 p.m. $ Admission. h 16th and H Streets, Sacramento. 916-323-3047, www.

Foundation ( to voice your

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park


— the 19th-century home of the former California governor, senator and railroad baron — is now open to the public after a

parks in response to budget cuts. We urge you to visit not only these state treasures but also all 278 California state parks, as they are key ingredients of what makes up this majestic


getaway sacramento – winter 2012

long 14-year renovation. The mansion is also used as the governor’s official reception facility for visiting dignitaries. Guided tours available Wed.-Sun. on the hour 10–4 p.m. $ Admission. h 8th and N Streets. 916-324-0575,

Malakoff Diggins State Historical Park is located in the Sierras northeast of Nevada City and is the site of California’s largest “hydraulic” mine. Open daily; museum open weekends. 530-265-2740, Railtown 1897 is the home of Hollywood’s first railroad movies beginning in 1919. Historic shops and roundhouse open Mon– Thur, 10–3 p.m. 18115 5th Avenue, Jamestown. 209-984-3953, M




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Getaway Sacramento Winter 2012 Issue  

Easy Drive Wineries Foothills of Fortune Eat Like a Local Explore 21 Magnificent Museums FREE Loaded with Dining, Attractions, Activities, S...

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