Sacramento is a town with many names such as the, City of Trees, Camellia Capital, Big Tomato, The River City, Almond Capital of the World, Sac, or Sactown. This bustling metropolitan area gives local California residents and tourists many wonderful and fun things to do, an inviting community and one of the the west coast’s most popular climates. Planning a trip to California? Or maybe you already live in California and you’re setting your sights on moving to Sacramento? Below, we’ve highlighted just a few of our favorite places to help you learn more about what Sacramento, California has to offer you and your family.
SACRAMENTO DININGSacramento, California has some of the most delicious food made with the freshest ingredients available. Chefs and restaurant owners have the ability to take full advantage of locally grown produce offered by local growers from the Midtown Farmers Market held every Saturday, year-round. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite restaurants to try in the area:
Yue Huang Restaurant: The Natomas spot cuisine offers a yummy dim sung experience. Yue Huang carts roll by each table with steamy dumplings, plates of palatable pastries and tiers of tender meats all waiting to be piled on an expectant foodies plate. Yue also has other tasty regional Chinese dishes as well as an entire pig, if the whole table feels so inclined.
South: If you’re looking for a bit of good ol’ fashioned home-cooking, South offers delicious and traditional family food for ya’ll Southerners at heart. From their crispy, mouth-watering fried chicken, sold by the bucket and plate, to their cheesy grits, po’boys and more, you won’t be left feeling unsatisfied after you dine-in with the most popular Southern contemporary cuisine that the Sacramento area has ever seen.
Shady Lady Saloon: Treat yourself at the Shady Lady Saloon, voted top 25 “Best Bars in America” by Esquire. Check out their seasonal cocktail list as well as the delicious brunch, lunch and dinner menu favorites ranging from fruitfully packed beignets to roasted tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and even small plate food like the delectable duck confit tots! Music also plays quite a role at Shady Lady where they feature live music 5 nights a week with performances by local and touring artists. With styles like jazz, blues and country, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped right into a 1920’s speakeasy.
SACRAMENTO LIFESTYLEIn the Sacramento region alone, there are over 30 theaters, museums and more entertainment opportunities such as, the California Musical Theater which hosts Broadway touring companies whenever they find themselves in the area. Let’s learn more about other fun things to do while you’re in Sacramento:
Visit the Zoos. The Sacramento Zoo and Folsom Zoo both have educational and fun activities for all ages including the possibility to have a sleepover with the animals! Receive guided walking tours that allow you to get up close to your favorite animals as well as discovering how the zoo staff takes precious care of its animals.
Tour the Capitol. The California State Capitol Museum is open daily, excluding major holidays and is free to the public. Feel free to explore California’s seat of government by learning about the Capitol’s rich history spanning over the past 150 years while viewing their stunningly beautiful architecture.
Enjoy Some Ice Skating. While California does tend to have a Mediterranean climate with heat waves battering us in the Summer months, that doesn’t mean we can’t take a bit of time to cool off with some ice skating! The Westfield Downtown Plaza Ice Rink opens every year on the first friday in November and stays open until Martin Luther King Jr. day giving you the opportunity to skate for the holidays. If you’re thinking a bit of indoor skating is more your speed, check out Skatetown Roseville where you can enjoy skating on your own or with a teacher. They also have themed skate night for all ages!
SACRAMENTO SPORTSYou’ve heard of Sacramento’s NBA team, the Sacramento Kings but did you know that California is also home to a few minor league teams as well? From basketball to soccer, let’s discover a few of our local teams:
Sacramento Kings: After leaving Kansas City in 1985, The Kings made their home in Sacramento, CA and even without a championship win under their belt, the Kings have a devoted fan-base of followers who still “bleed purple”.
River Cats: The River Cats are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL). Two-time winners of a Triple-A Championship, the River Cats also boast an impressive 11 wins for the PCL South Division Championships! Next time you’re in town, feel free to check them out at Raley Field.
Republic FC: This United Soccer League (USL) team may be new to the area since its inception in 2014, but soccer fans from all over the city come together to show their support for their local team. A USL championship winner during their inaugural year, Republic FC also holds the title as the 2016 Western Conference Regular Season Champions!