Things To Do
Often called “a snapshot of Wild West history in a modern, world-class city”, Sacramento, California is a perfect destination for our conference! Peacefully located in a leafy valley of scenic rivers and canopies of trees, today’s Sacramento is a convergence of cosmopolitan life and gold rush history.
As the Capitol of California, it is the oldest city in the state. That history and charm come alive through the various historic museums, train rides, landmarks and tours of the State Capitol building all found in Sacramento’s city center and steps from the conference headquarters’ hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Don’t forget to visit Old Town Sacramento (pictured above), on the riverfront. A unique historic landmark district which looks much as it did in the 19th century, with wooden store fronts, shops and the occasional horse-drawn wagon. Here you will find restaurants, shopping, Gold Rush history and even the Transcontinental Railroad.
Find out more about Sacramento, California and various things to do, restaurants in the area and ways to extend your stay in California with the items below:
A First Stop for Planning and Information
The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau is ready to help plan your visit. The Visitors Center is located in the heart of the Old Sacramento historic district. Staff can personally assist you with hotel accommodations, trip planning, and even dining reservations. Make this your first stop while exploring Old Sacramento.Sacramento Visitors CenterOpen daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
1002 2nd Street, Old SacramentoPh: 916-442-7644
NOTE: The following restaurants and places to see are within walking distance of the conference hotel, except for the Aerospace Museum which is about 12 miles north-east of downtown.
Places to Eat
River City Brewing Company is renowned for an extensive menu of onsite hand crafted beer and ale; they also serve lunch and dinner and are a favorite destination for locals. The Brewery is located on the walking route to Old Sacramento, as you pass through the Westfield Downtown Plaza Shopping Center, located at 545 Downtown Plaza, Suite 1115, phone (916) 448-7153. Closing time is 9:30 Monday-Thursday
Rio City Café is located at 1110 Front St., what the address does not tell you, is that the restaurant is located right on the Sacramento River and overlooks the waterfront of Old Sacramento. This is the place to experience a sunset dinner on the River or moon rise over the Tower Bridge, while enjoying a selection from their extensive collection of California wines. Reservations recommended call (916) 442-8226.
Ten-22. Start with a glass of California wine from their extensive collection, paired with freshly baked bread dipped in olive oil. Locally grown meats and vegetarian dishes that you will simply rave about, then there is desert. Enjoy lunch in a tree shaded patio or dinner in their quiet dining room. Call ahead for lunch on the patio or for dinner reservations. (916) 441-2211, 1022 2nd Street, Old Sacramento.
The Firehouse Restaurant. Located in Sacramento’s first firehouse built in 1853. Old Sacramento’s finest dining experience has simply gotten better with age. Rated as one of “America’s Top Restaurants” and known for its extensive premium wine collection. Ronald Reagan held both of his inaugural dinners here. Enjoy weekday lunch and delicious dinner cuisine in a courtyard setting or the exquisite dining room. At 1112 2nd St. reservations recommended (916) 442-4772
Frank Fats started as a lunch counter in 1939. Few restaurants can claim to be both the oldest restaurant in town and a political landmark. It is claimed that more deals have been made here than at the Capitol. Locals say Fats has the best martini in town. Enjoy dinner at the bar or in a private booth. Order family style or by the dish. 806 L St (916) 442-7092
Fat City Bar & Café is located across from the Railroad Museum. Fat City is a local favorite while touring Old Town. The best way to describe the menu is California cuisine, extensive, not too expensive, not too heavy, and delicious no matter what you order. If you can’t decide, start with the appetizer sampler, pot stickers, crab and artichoke dip, and crispy fried green beans. 1001 Front St. (916) 446-6768
Il Fornaio has excellent service, an old world menu and total ambiance. Dinner here is what one expects when you want the best. With 30 foot ceilings, white table clothes and formal table service, dress your best to match the authentic Italian cuisine and wine service. If for some reason you need to order table-side champagne for dinner, go no where else but Il Fornaio. 400 Capitol Mall (916) 446-4100
McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant also serves beef, poultry and pasta dishes on par with the freshest seafood in downtown. Some say it is a toss-up between Frank Fats and McCormick & Schmicks for the best martini, you decide. Step inside what was once the old Elks Building, sit down at their bar or in a comfortable booth, taste their food and you’re home. 1111 J St. (916) 442-8200
Temple Coffee. A cozy place to get your morning coffee or a late night cup. Also the best coffee, anywhere, you will claim once you’ve tasted their hand crafted brews. Be ready for a crowd before 8 am or during the mid-morning coffee break. Sink into a well worn sofa or arm chair while sipping a latte or Americano. Even their everyday brew is outstanding. 806 L St. (916) 442-7092
The Fox and Goose. A traditional English Pub located in an old brick building. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, or darts and a pint during happy hour. Whether or not if you like bangers and mash, real Stilton cheese omelets with cottage potatoes and crumpets, or ham and eggs with sourdough toast and good coffee – the Fox and Goose has the best breakfast in town. 1001 R ST. (916) 443-8825
Mulvaney’s Building & Loan serves timeless American Cuisine, California style in an 1893 firehouse. Enjoy dinner or a party in their garden patio. You’ll get sidetracked in the bar with an excellent selection of Scotch and California wines. The banquet hall has two rooms with bow truss redwood ceilings, comfortably seating 30 and 100 guests, use one room for a reception, the other for dinner. 1215 19th St. (916) 441-6022
Things to Do and See
Old Sacramento. A National Historic Landmark District located along the Sacramento River, established in 1849. Shopping, dining, entertainment and world-renowned museums set within the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad. It’s not just tourist shops, take a morning jog or evening stroll along the river front. To get to Old Sacramento from the conference hotel, walk about a mile westward down the K Street Mall towards the Sacramento River.
Laughs Unlimited. You don’t want to go out dancing or have someone ask if you’d like ground pepper on your arugula salad. It’s been a long day and you want to unwind and laugh until your jaw cramps. This is the place to disappear to along with friends having the same sense of humor. Drinks and food served table side while the act goes on. 1207 Front St. (916) 446-8128
The California State Railroad Museum has assembled the world’s most extensive collection of locomotives and rolling stock that opened up the West. Walk amongst giants; tour the inside of a 1950’s passenger car complete with sleepers. Climb up into the cab of a steam engine imagine what it took to pull a mile long line of cars up and over the Sierra Nevada. 111 I St. (916) 323-9280
California Aerospace Museum. Get up close to a Russian MIG-17 with red stars-and-bars of the aggressor force of Top-Gun. How, where and when the USAF obtained it remains classified. See an A-10 Warthog with kill markings from Desert Storm. Patty-Ann, a C-53 Sky Trooper that survived D-Day and Market Garden. If you appreciate aircraft, this museum should be in your bucket list. 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan (916) 643-3192
If you have just one night to go out on the town, try this combination right next door to each other:
- Pizza Rock Café
- the Dive Bar
- District 30.
Pizza Rock Café. This is not your traditional pizzeria, you will have a difficult time selecting a pizza from a menu with combinations you have never thought of before. Enjoy an appetizer and truly a delicious dinner if pizza is not your favorite food. Their bar has a selection of draft beer on tap that would be the envy of a brewery. 1020 K St. (916) 737-5777
Dive Bar. Yes Virginia, there really are mermaids, live in the aquarium above the bar at the Dive Bar. Start your evening with dinner at the Pizza Rock Café, then step into the Dive Bar just next door. Order a favorite drink and wait for a mermaid to appear and slowly swim by. Bring a camera, she might just smile and wave to you. 1018 K St. (916) 737-5999
District 30. If you still have energy left to burn after dinner and drinks, and need loud music and dancing, one more door down K Street is District 30, the nightclub act of the K Street Mall. Take your tie off and get ready to rock. All three are just a couple of blocks from the conference hotel. 1016 K Street (916) 737-5770