Sacramento Beer Week is returning to the city for 11 days of events celebrating the local craft beer scene! With so many incredible craft brewers in the Greater Sacramento Area (and beyond) it’s fitting to set aside a week each year to celebrate local brewers and their diverse creations.
Take a look at the events happening March 2–12 throughout Sacramento Beer Week, then get to know the 50+ breweries participating in one form or another, which are pinpointed on our map. These events allow you to sample some of the best craft beers from throughout the region without having to take a massive road trip to each location.
Mark your calendars for the two main events of Sacramento Week, which bookend the week’s events quite nicely.
On March 2, the Sacramento Brewers’ Showcasepresents over 40 local breweries and food trucks under one roof at the California Automobile Museum. Be the first to taste a number of beers made exclusively for Sacramento Beer Week!
On March 12, the grand finale of the week is taking place on the 5th Street Bridge at Capitol Beer Fest, where you can sample from over 125 breweries from the region and around the world. 100 percent of the proceeds from Capitol Beer Fest go to the Runnin’ for Rhett Youth Fitness Program.
Wherever your Sacramento Beer Week adventures take you, be sure to tag your photos and posts with #SBW2017!
From simple walks through a garden to extravagant staycations in the city, we have lots of unique date ideas up our sleeve!
1. ENROLL IN A FUN CLASS
Don’t worry — we aren’t talking about a class involving homework and tests. Get crafty with a class at Painted in Folsom. Enjoy two hours of cocktails, creativity and lots of fun! Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, you can follow step-by-step instructions as you create a masterpiece together and sip on local wines from Amador, Lodi, Napa and Sonoma.
Even if you’re skipping the restaurant portion of the date, that doesn’t mean you need to starve! Expand your cooking skills with a class at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, where you’ll cook a meal together, learn about local growers and producers, and create a memory that will last a lifetime. Take a look at their class calendar to coordinate your next date night adventure.
You might not consider being trapped in a room together with no foreseeable escape an enjoyable experience for you and your date. However, Escape Sacramento in Midtown will provide a thrill and mystery you can’t get from every date night experience. You will have 60 minutes to escape this interactive, real life escape room by solving a series of puzzles that will challenge your mind and confound your senses. Work together as a team to beat the clock and find an escape!
3. ADMIRE BEAUTY INSIDE OR OUTSIDE
There is so much beauty to behold in and around Sacramento. The views will be made that much sweeter with a hand to hold!
FOR A SUNNY DAY…
Visit the UC Davis Arboretum! It’s as simple as that. Enjoy free admission to the gardens 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You’ll find 100 acres of beautiful gardens for active recreation or peaceful contemplation, guided tours led by UC Davis experts, and much more.
FOR A RAINY DAY…
Take a stroll through the Crocker Art Museum! Even if the sun isn’t shining in Sacramento (but when is it not?) you can still admire the man-made beauty on display at the museum. You’ll have a blast discussing your favorite piece and strolling through their impressive collections with your date.
4. SEE AN EXCITING SHOW
If you haven’t yet visited the brand new Golden 1 Center, now’s your chance! Take a glance at their event calendar and plan your next date night accordingly. From sporting events to concerts, and everything in between — there is always something exciting happening at Golden 1 Center. Save some hassle and a few bucks by riding the SacRT light rail to and from the Golden 1 Center!
Turn your date night into a special getaway weekend to celebrate a special occasion. Lucky for you, you don’t have to travel far to get away from it all. There are plenty of places to enjoy a “staycation” in the city— whether you’re looking for a hotel, bed and breakfast, or a cottage in and around Sacramento. Need a place to start? Vizcaya is located just a mile away from the Capitol Building, providing a peaceful getaway in the heart of activity.
6. GO TO THE SHOOTING RANGE
Experience the thrill of shooting at The Gun Range in North Highlands. After paying for a few items, such as the range rental, handgun rental, etc., and reviewing the important range rules, step inside the range to see who can get closest to the target!
You’re never too old for a fun and childlike day spent playing miniature golf! Head to Golfland in Roseville where you can play a round of miniature golf — or even race each other on the race course. You could also visit Topgolf in Roseville for a unique golf experience, where you’ll practice your swing in one of their private bays while you enjoy wonderful food and drinks!
9. SEE A DRIVE-IN MOVIE
You might think of “dinner and a movie” as the stereotypical date night lineup. However, you can spice things up by cooking a meal at home then going to a drive-in movie at West Wind Drive-In — or better yet, bring your home cooked meal with you to the show! This historical theater has been in operation since 1952, so you’ll find a mixture of old-school nostalgia combined with the latest technology. West Wind proudly shows first-run movies at the same time as traditional indoor theaters, so you can see current movies in this unique setting!
9. BOWL A STRIKE
Bowling always makes for a fun and unexpected date night outing, and there’s no better place to bowl in the area than Pins N Strikes in Elk Grove. In fact, Pins N Strikes was voted the Best Bowling Center in 2016! They are equipped with 44 bowling lanes, a state-of-the-art scoring system, a sound and lighting system, a live DJ, and much more.
10. RIDE A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE
Ride a horse-drawn carriage through the charming streets of Old Sacramento through Top Hand Ranch. Rent a carriage for just $15, then travel in style to and from your favorite shops, eateries and historical attractions in Old Sacramento. You don’t have to be pulling off an extravagant proposal or celebrating a major event to reserve your horse-drawn carriage!
11. COOK A MEAL WITH FRESH FARMERS’ MARKET INGREDIENTS
For a daytime date, visit the Davis Farmers’ Market at Central Park in Davis, which operates year-round each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick from the ever-changing selection of fruits and vegetables, meats, chicken, fish and seafood, wine, local eggs and honey, and much more. Then create a meal together at home using your fresh and local finds! If you visit the market during the spring and summer, you can browse the market during “Picnic in the Park”, featuring live music from local musicians.
12. SAMPLE LOCALLY MADE SPIRITS
Head to the beautiful El Dorado Hills area to sample some of the region’s finest vodka, whiskey, brandy and bourbon at Dry Diggings Distillery. The distillery focuses on locally produced farm fruit, grains and wine used to create their exceptional spirits. Experience their unique selection in Dry Diggings’ Gold Rush-era tasting room with historical elements and a cozy and intimate feel. Book a tasting or a distillery tour to enhance the experience for you and your date!
WHAT DID WE MISS?
What non-restaurant date night ideas should we add to this list? Courtesy of Lyon Real Estate 2017
7 DREAMY WINTER GETAWAYS within driving distance FROM SACRAMENTO
Now that all the traveling during the holidays has passed, it’s fun to look forward to another exciting wintery trip — one that isn’t too far from home. Sacramento is centrally located near several destinations that are popular during every season — like the Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and other quaint coastal towns.
This winter, make reservations at these cozy getaway resorts and cabins scattered throughout the area. You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a winter wonderland!
Distance from Sacramento: 4 Hours
Mendocino is a coastal oasis known for its natural beauty. It hosts a collection of Victorian villages residing along the coastline, picturesque vineyards and towering redwood forests. In fact, this charming town was included amongst Frommer’s lists of the Best Places to Go in 2016! If you haven’t yet been, you simply must add Mendocino to your 2017 bucket list. The best part about all of this? Mendocino is just under 4 hours away, which makes it doable for a weekend getaway.
Make your visit even more magical with a stay at MacCallum House Inn, a boutique hotel and restaurant. They have accommodations to suit every style of vacation, from cozy and private cottages to luxurious suites. Regardless of where you stay, you need to sample the exceptional fare at the MacCallum House restaurant. This award-winning eatery showcases regional North Coast wines, seafood, meats and produce, with an emphasis on organics and quality purveyors.
2. CALISTOGA IN NAPA VALLEY
Distance from Sacramento: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes
Sacramento’s proximity to Napa Valley is something else we take advantage of — for a quick day trip, or an entire weekend spent in this vineyard haven. Calistoga is a quaint and charming town in the Napa Valley region known for its amazing collection of hot springs spas. In fact, the Calistoga area has been a hot springs destination for over 150 years, as it was considered a place of healing called “Coo-lay-no-maock” or “the oven place” by the local Wappo Indians. You’re also surrounded by an abundance of vineyards, boutique shops, and wonderful restaurants in Calistoga.
Take it all in with a stay at Mount View Hotel & Spa. Their relaxing accommodations come in all shapes and sizes — including winery artist cottages, which feature a queen bed with a private patio and jacuzzi tub. You’ll experience the ultimate in relaxation and comfort during your stay at this historic hotel. Mount View Hotel & Spa has been serving Calistoga for over 100 years and is even a registered landmark with the National Registry of Historic Places.
Distance from Sacramento: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
You’ll feel like you’ve escaped from it all with a visit to Sausalito, but you’ll still be able to access the excitement of San Francisco in a matter of minutes. This charming Bay Area community attracts visitors and new residents all year long, but can be particularly tranquil during the winter. You’ll love cozying up at a local pub or bistro, escaping to the spa, and enjoying the amazing scenery of the area — including views of the Golden Gate bridge.
Cavallo Point Lodge is a wonderful place to stay in Sausalito as this former military base is full of history and charm. In fact, you can stay in a historic guest room that were formerly officers’ residences located on expansive green space with hillside or San Francisco skyline views. Or you can opt for Cavallo Point’s contemporary lodging, which combine environmental sensitivity with modern style and offer sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
4. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Distance from Sacramento: About 2 Hours
South Lake Tahoe is a popular vacation destination no matter what the weather forecast is. During the winter, there are so many activities you can enjoy in and around the Sierra Mountains, such as skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or ice skating. And for those who would rather cozy up by the fire, bundle up to go shopping or simply take in your beautiful surroundings, this is an ideal destination for you as well!
Postmarc Hotel & Spa Suites is located in the heart of activity near the lake, and is within a short distance of several restaurants, shops and other Tahoe South attractions. But you’ll have a hard time leaving your room while you’re staying at Postmarc due to their attractive contemporary decor that reflects the resort’s rustic surroundings in a tasteful way. This is an incredible place to stay during a visit to this popular area!
5. CABINS OFF THE BEATEN PATH
If you’re willing to venture into the less traveled roads of the area, you might consider staying in a log cabin or going on a “glamping” excursion with your loved one or family. For those who enjoy camping during the spring and summer, escaping to a cozy cabin is your best solution for the colder months of winter!
We adore this authentic log cabin near Nevada City with plenty of room to host the whole family! It has sleeping arrangements for up to 10 guests, features rustic furniture that matches its woodsy surroundings, and offers breathtaking lake views, a deck and patio area, and a fully equipped kitchen.
This is another cozy and picturesque cabin that accommodates lots of guests — nestled in the charming town of Volcano, just over an hour away from Sacramento. This rental is designed to accommodate two families, with four bedrooms, a loft, and three and a half bathrooms. It has several wonderful hangout spots perfect for lazy winter days, one of which features a fireplace, pool table, dartboard, home theater and a high-tech audio system.
This cozy wood cabin in South Lake Tahoe is perfect for large groups who want to enjoy winter activities in this popular region. You’ll love the beautiful views, private outdoor deck, hot tub, lovely gas fireplace, and lots of room to gather with family and friends.
ENJOY YOUR GETAWAY!
Escape to one of these cozy retreats this winter, or let us know your favorite getaway destination in Northern California! Courtesy of Lyon Real Estate