Get Off the Beaten Path and Explore the Sites and Bites in Sacramento
A handbook guide to some capital assets.
- Written byDarren Elms
Where to Stay
One of the coolest hotels to debut in recent years, The Sawyer overlooks the Sacramento Kings’ new Golden 1 Center—putting guests at the heart of local entertainment and activity. The hotel hosts several dining venues, the Revival bar and lounge, and a third-floor pool deck to soak in the Sacramento sun. Take a complimentary public bike on some of Sacramento’s 32 miles of bike paths and explore the incredible murals popping up in the downtown neighborhood.
500 J Street | sawyerhotel.com
What to Do
The seventh annual Farm-to-Fork Festival has grown to be one of California’s most-anticipated events of the year. Hosted on Sacramento’s iconic Capitol Mall, the admission-free festival boasts more than a half-mile (80+ vendors) of local food, beer and wine, along with exhibits from farms and ranches. Attendees will also find live music, cooking shows and a butchering competition on several demo stages.
September 19-29 | farmtofork.com
At the festival’s conclusion on September 29, take part in an event that has truly become one of Sacramento’s most sought-after tickets. On the city’s famed Tower Bridge, 800 diners enjoy a one-of-a-kind culinary experience created by the region’s top farmers and chefs. The Tower Bridge Dinner also serves as a fund-raiser, with a portion of the proceeds helping pay for the free Farm-to-Fork Festival that attracted more than 65,000 people in 2017. Last year Visit Sacramento also utilized a portion of the proceeds to fund scholarships for College Assistance Migrant Program students—children of migrant farmworkers who attend Sacramento State.
Where to Dine
Once known as the Beer Capital of the West pre-prohibition, Sacramento’s beer scene is back in a big way. The region boasts more than 60 craft breweries, along with a host of activities to explore. Check out Urban Roots Brewing for casual smokehouse bites paired with your favorite local pint. 1322 V Street, urbanrootsbrewing.com
Little-known fact: the largest commodity coming out of Sacramento County is wine grapes. The region’s Clarksburg wine country presents an ideal location to sample California wine—just 15 minutes outside downtown. Unpretentious and bursting with hidden gems, the Delta is home to a host of boutiques as well as the international brand Bogle.
37783 County Road 144 in Clarksburg | boglewinery.com
Mister O’s offers a stupendous family-style Sunday Supper that feeds four people for $75 and always centers on fried chicken.
Before Woodstock, there was Newport ’69—LA’s only mega-music festival—held right here in the Valley. The three day event boasted a mind-blowing lineup filled with music legends. Who played, what went down and why you’ve probably never even heard of it.