Sacramento: A Hand-Picked Experience

Sacramento: A Hand-Picked Experience

Great weather, food and festivals keep the outlook promising in this capital.

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From July through September, this city has been noted to be the sunniest location on the planet. Its climate is nearly Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and mild winters. But that’s not the only reason it has attracted people. First, the gold rush promised a treasure worth pursuing, and now, the city is undergoing a golden Renaissance. In California’s Central Valley, Sacramento is not only the capital of the state, but it is America’s Farm-to-Fork capital as well.

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One of the most noticeable resources in the area is the abundance of fresh, local food and drink. “With the regions’ strong agricultural heritage, a remarkable 1.5 million acres of active farmland, Sacramento has built, and continues to expand upon a thriving fresh food scene that is centered on produce, meat and fish, wine and beer and other food items that are being sourced locally,” says the Director of Public Relations with the city, Kari Miskit.

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In fact, the accessibility of all this natural goodness has hotels offering these items for your in-room dining. The Citizen Hotel takes it a step further and offers “Follow the chef,” where guests can accompany the hotel chef to the Cesar Chavez farmers market. Afterward, the chef will treat you to lunch, made with ingredients found at the market.

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The local agriculture has even found a home in Sacramento’s new technologically advanced Golden 1 Center arena that opened last fall. The executive chef of the arena sources 90 percent of the ingredients within 150 miles of the court.

With the temperate weather, farmers markets operate year-round, but it reaches a highpoint in September with the annual Farm-to-Fork Festival. This admission-free event features over a half-mile of local food, wine, beer and exhibits from area farms, ranches and more. There’s also live cooking demos and lots of music. At Legends of Wine, held at the State Capital, guests can sample delicious local wines and other tasty bites hand-selected by regional wine experts. Miskit adds, “It’s a little-known fact that Sacramento County’s No. 1 commodity is wine grapes, and the region is home to more than 200 wineries.”

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It’s hard not to feel the celebration and dedication of Sacramento with local food and drink that aren’t passing trends, but a way of life. This town has always welcomed visitors, and you’ll soon feel like a local who has found a golden spot.

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After spending a decade in Los Angeles where she worked with top travel news journalists, produced and casted for such shows as The Biggest Loser, Endurance, Extreme Home Makeover and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, the travel industry never lost its luster. Lisabeth continues to appease her roving curiosity with travel writing and research. She writes feature stories, news-worthy travel content, interviews experts for in-depth Q&As, and covers vacation trends.