Sacramento is a great place to call home. If you’ve just moved to the area, you’re about to discover an eclectic city to explore. Once you’ve had a chance to check out the popular tourist attractions like the State Capitol, California State Railroad Museum, and the Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, you’ll want to venture off the beaten path to discover the hidden jewels of the city. Bring your friends and family and plan a day checking out some of these favorites that locals love.
For delicious food in a historic building, check out The Firehouse Restaurant. Housed in the building that was originally the Sacramento No. 3 Firehouse, the restaurant boasts an impressive wine list and a creative take on local cuisine. Located on the Sacramento Riverfront, they host monthly tasting events as well as daily lunch and dinner specials perfect for an elegant night out.
If you’re planning ahead, make a reservation at the always-hopping Sacramento favorite, The Kitchen. Known for their “farm to fork” philosophy and flawless food and wine pairings, the husband and wife chef team at The Kitchen always packs the house. The restaurant has received many accolades, including the AAA Five Diamond Award for five years running.
For a more casual atmosphere, and a tasty lunch option, visit Cafeteria 15L. The eclectic atmosphere offers indoor and outdoor dining and includes a menu with a variety of comfort-food inspired menu options for lunch and dinner, as well as a weekend brunch and late-night weekend menu.
If you’re looking for the largest mall in Sacramento, you’ll want to check out Arden Fair Mall. Home to over 165 stores including the Apple and Disney stores, as well as the mid to high-end anchor stores Macy’s, Nordstrom, JCPenney, and Sears, you’re sure to find what you’re after. The mall also offers a variety of amenities, including valet parking, complimentary wheelchairs, and a Track Mall Walkers club.
For a more upscale shopping experience, complete with eateries like Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Piatti Ristorante and Bar, visit Pavilions. The outdoor shopping center is home to well-known designer stores like Ralph Lauren and Chicos, as well as local boutiques like Calla Lily Fine Linens and Lingerie and Franco Ferrini Shoes.
If combining shopping with visiting a fun, local tourist attraction piques your interest, visit Old Sacramento. The gold-rush era inspired National and California Historic Landmark site is home to 5 museums, over 40 eateries, and 100 different shops and boutiques filled with unique items and tokens from the themed experience.
There are no shortage of spas, salons, and places to get beautified in Sacramento. Perhaps one of the most luxe and popular is Arden Hills Day Spa. Voted by Sacramento Magazine readers as the “Best Day Spa” in the area for 9 years and counting, the full-service spa offers a full menu of services for the hair, skin, body, and nails in a resort setting. The location has lots of posh extras, like a tranquility room, a hydrothermal whirlpool, and a steam room on-site. Packages and parties are available. This list is only just a few of the highlights the city has to offer. Start here, and then go exploring to see where your next adventure takes you.
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