Sacramento Souvenirs & Gold Country Gems
Collected by Andi Fisher , AFAR Local Expert
Sacramento is the capitol of California and the nation's bread basket. There are so many farms and so much food grown in this area the culinary treasures available to this region are limitless. There are vast amounts of wine producing some great varietals including amazing Barberas. And of course the region is the epicenter of California's gold rush which shaped Northern California from San Francisco onward.
2007 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA
With a menu full of unusual entree names like "Limitless Compassion" and "Awakening of Faith," you know this restaurant is not your average place. Andy Nguyen's has been in Sacramento for a long time, happily serving fresh vegan food in an...
2726 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
Sacramento has been called the Farm-to-Fork capital of the U.S. because of its location, surrounded by farmland that brims with high-quality produce, nuts, wine grapes, and livestock. Cafe Bernardo takes advantage of the area's bounty by using...
37783 Co Rd 144, Clarksburg, CA 95612, USA
To get to Bogle Vineyards, I drive along a tiny highway that winds along the Sacramento River, past pear orchards, across an old drawbridge, and finally into Clarksburg farms and wine country. The last stretch to Bogle takes me past their huge...
In the summer, San Francisco is cold. Gray and Cold. Drive one hour outside the city and you'll find 100+ degree temperatures. When sun and a little adventure is what you're craving, try a whitewater rafting trip on the American River. Part of the...
2718 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar in Midtown Sacramento does what California does best: uses the best quality local ingredients to create innovative and flavorful dishes in a very cool atmosphere. Add to that cocktails that are made from only...
1200 K St #8, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
While California's Gold Country may no longer produce the shiny mineral that drove the heart's and minds of California's earliest residents mad, its wine production is exceptional. Known for their Barberas as well as dozens more, the wines in this...
1200 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Mayahuel on the Kay in downtown Sacramento is not only an exquisite Mexican food restaurant but it's also a Tequila Museum in its own right. Selling more than 60 tequilas with tequila sommeliers to help you choose, there are tequilas for all...
1015 9th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
So much more than an oyster bar, Blackbird Kitchen & Bar in downtown Sacramento is a hip neighborhood joint in the Kay with punk and panache. It serves exceptional organic cuisine with seasonal produce from local farms and has a great bar to boot....
1030 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
You might gain 500 pounds just at looking at all the wonderful bakery items at Ambrosia Cafe on The Kay in downtown Sacramento! Cakes, pies, cookies and a tiramisu that is too die for, wash it all down with a cup of local coffee or tea and you...
1031 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Ride through Sacramento's Old Town like they did in the "old days..." in a horse-driven carriage. You won't have a care in the world as you pass all those other pedestrians weighed down by all their taffy shopping. Hear about some of the stories...
2801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
Biba has long been one of Sacramento's finest restaurants and, despite some serious competition in the city's growing food scene, it still holds its place at the top. It has endured for 27 years by sticking to what it does best: simple, fresh,...
9010 E Harney Ln, Lodi, CA 95240, USA
I had heard a lot of talk about the Lodi region of Northern California wine country lately, but I didn't expect the wine tasting experience there to be so rewarding. Harney Lane Winery showcases the best aspects of Lodi wine country: a family-run...
705 Gold Lake Dr, Folsom, CA 95630, USA
I'll forgo any individual recommendation and just tell you that whatever you order will be delicious. Three display cases with decadent pastries and baked goods plus a full breakfast and lunch menu will have you coming back to try out all the...
9613, 23627 Devries Rd, Lodi, CA 95242, USA
I had driven by this rural part of California's Central Valley numerous times but had no idea what a special oasis lay among the old oak trees and huge vineyards around Lodi. After visiting last week, I now consider this place to be a new favorite...
1627 16th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Hot Italian has been one of my favorite places to eat in Sacramento for a while. The place reflects the owner's love (obsession?) with all things Italian (and that's OK because I can relate). The space is decorated with Vespas and Italian...
6 W Pine St, Lodi, CA 95240, USA
Lodi, California is a small town in the valley of North-Central California, just south of Sacramento and east of the Bay Area. Not many people realize what a fantastic wine producing area it is. I didn't; in fact, I had heard about the wines of...
1315 10th St B-27, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
This Neoclassical building from the mid-19th century stands at one end of a large urban park. The interior of the Capitol is worth a visit—its rotunda and historic rooms reflect the history of lawmaking and governing in this state. The small...
Sacramento, CA, USA
Sacramento has been called the farm-to-fork capital of the U.S. thanks to the abundance of high-quality produce grown around the city. The best way to experience this agricultural bounty is a stop at the vibrant Sunday farmers' market. You'll find...
216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
The Crocker Art Museum recently underwent a renovation, and the results are stunning. It feels like a "real" museum, the type you would expect to find in a big, thriving city like Sacramento, the capital of California. The permanent collection of...
1409 R St #102, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA
Magpie Cafe is one of my favorite places to stop for a lunch with a girlfriend, order takeout, or eat a meal with out-of-towners. The atmosphere on this renovated block of Midtown Sacramento is funky and young. The cafe uses fresh, local...
20th St & J St, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA
The Second Saturday Art Walk is an evening event on the second Saturday of each month. Galleries, cafes, and other businesses open their doors to the public for a tour of local art. In the warmer months, live music, street performers, and small...
2401 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
Rick's Dessert Diner is well-known in Sacramento for its fun atmosphere and popular desserts. Located in a thriving part of Midtown, Rick's retains an authentic diner feel with neon signs, posters of '50s icons, and retro booths. The diner's...
1801 L St #60, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA
I hear about Ginger Elizabeth all the time—a friend's favorite new flavor of macaron or the chocolate gift box received as a birthday gift. When I finally made it here, I was impressed by the beautiful interior, friendly staff, large selection of...
1800 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA
Aioli Bodega Española, also known just as Aioli by locals, is a Spanish restaurant located on a trendy block of Midtown Sacramento. Tapas are served here, either inside the elegant restaurant or on the intimate garden patio, which features a...
2730 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
Centro Cocina Mexicana showcases the regional foods of Mexico with fresh ingredients made in-house every day. Here you are likely to find Mexican dishes you have never heard of, all with bright, vibrant flavors. From Oaxacan mole and fish tacos to...
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