10 Things to Do in Sacramento – Spas, Fitness, Food and Fun
Hello from Sacramento, California! This Guide to Sacramento Spas is courtesy of our local staff members Kim, Julie and Robert, from Midtown, East Sacramento, and Natomas, respectively. Our team is here to guide you to spas and spa hotels in the Sacramento area, plus share a few bonus picks of their favorite things to do, places to shop, and things to eat, drink and savor in Sacramento.
Sacramento is the State Capitol of California and the seat of Sacramento County. It is known as the River City and the City of Trees, for both its location at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, and its lush canopy of trees that blankets the city with foliage in the spring and spectacular color in the Autumn.
The Best Sacramento Spas were nominated in our Reader Poll, visited by our team of Secret Spa Reviewers, and voted on by our readers and reviewers. The most recent winners of Sacramento’s Best Spas are the Spa at Arden Hills, Spa La Le at the Westin Riverfront Hotel, Blue Sky Day Spa and Salon and Spa Cuvee in East Sacramento.
WINE & DINE
1608 I Street, Sacramento, CA |The Sacramento Region is laying claim to being “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” and this cooperative group maintained by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau is dedicated to supporting events and creative interactive experiences that allow Sacramento visitors and residents to learn more about the Sacramento region’s food and agriculture. Use this site to find dining festivals, tasting and food tours, Chef demonstration classes, Farmer’s Markets, speaking engagements and much more.
1689 Arden Way, Sacramento | 916-922-5252
This restaurant’s dedication to calorie and portion control, without relying on gimmicks, artificial ingredients or an abundance of lettuce to prop up the entree, sets it apart. Seasons 52 showcases seasonally-inspired ingredients at their peak of freshness, and uses rustic cooking techniques to bring out natural flavors, making these dishes inherently lighter. This means nothing on the menu is more than 475 calories.
1023 K St, Sacramento, CA | 916-594-9812
Mother is one of those wonderful restaurants that may convince you to lie to your friends before asking them to meet you for lunch, because when you say “I found this great vegetarian restaurant–” eyes tend to glaze over. Mother offers terrific food for carnivores, vegans and vegetarians alike, with cuisine inspired by bold flavored South American cooking. Try the guest favorite chicken-fried mushroom po’boy sandwich, served with pickles and hot sauce.
Temple folks have built a — well, a temple — to the coffee bean. They work at it. Really hard. That’s why they have been graded 90+ points for farm-to-cup coffees, including multiple #1 wins by CoffeeReview.com. Our favorite location is Midtown on S Street.
Who loves a Farmer’s Market for fresh produce, fruits, eggs, breads, cheeses, and more? Everyone. In Sacramento, we are spoiled, because our California Certified Farmer’s Markets are available, at rotating sites, 7 days a week, with the largest and most popular available year round. Come buy things directly from the California farmers who grew them.
FUN and ADVENTURE
Downtown Sacramento to the City of Folsom
The actual name is the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, but every Sacramentan we know calls it the American River Bike Trail. Tune up your bikes, pack your lunches, and head on a scenic tour of our riverways and tree canopies. The 32 mile paved trail is one of the longest of its kind in the country and travels through Discovery Park, Sutter’s Landing, the Guy West Bridge (our reproduction of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge), CSUS, River Bend Park, the Fair Oaks walking bridge, the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake.
Sacramentans refer to this as as Land Park. This 166-acre park is south of downtown Sacramento and has everything you need for Sundays in the Park: Picnic areas, a duck pond, expansive greens, athletic fields and basketball courts, jogging trails, and massive tree canopies everywhere. The park is also home to a golf course, Fairytale Town Amusement Park, a Shakespeare outdoor theater, and the Sacramento Zoo.
Long time residents and visitors will remember this as the Old Sacramento Dixieland Jazz Jubilee, which brought famed jazz musicians from around the country for a Memorial Day jazz fest. The yearly event has grown to include classic jazz and swing. The party like Sacramento Music Festival concerts start throughout the city on each Memorial Day weekend, and include Friday night events and Saturday morning parades along the streets of Old Sacramento, and concerts scattered throughout Old Sacramento and at all major downtown hotels.
The “Grid” is the historical districts and neighborhoods in Midtown and Downtown Sacramento, named for the grid-like layout of the streets. Dining and Shopping the Grid, especially on “Second Saturdays” of the month when many shops and galleries stay open late, is a favorite Sacramento past-time. We especially like Scout Living, Lumen’s Lighting, City Bicycle Works, and a little further away, the 57th Street Antique Mall.
Apple Hill is an association of more than 50 ranches and wineries and has been welcoming visitors for more than fifty years to sample California wines, tour farms, picks apples, ride trains and ponies, eat pie, eat more pie, buy some pie, and then sleep off pie in a hammock. This isn’t just an Autumnal trip — it’s a year round destination. In the Spring, bring home armfuls of blooms. In the warmer months, visit the Farmer’s Market for summer produce. In the winter, pick out a Christmas tree. Before you return to town, get a massage from Time Out Spa.
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