This year we are proud to host our National Convention in Sacramento, California. Sacramento is loved for its farm-to-fork cuisine, as well as its proximity to wine country, the ocean, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite National Park. As the locals say, "Sacramento is just two hours from everything." Visiting the following recommendations will make your trip to Northern California even more enjoyable.
WHERE TO GRAB A DRINK
FOR THE KIDS
Arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, Yosemite National Park is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Sacramento. We recommend a hike, followed by lunch at the unmissable Ahwahnee Hotel. There is also the opportunity for cycling, fishing, and other outdoor activities. If you are brave enough to hike Half-Dome remember that you will need to apply for a permit well in advance.
UPDATE: A permit is now needed to enter the park. These "Day Passes" must be obtained in advance and can be done so HERE.
World-famous for winemaking, the Napa Valley is but an hour from Sacramento. There are tours that will escort you from Sacramento to any number of Napa wineries. While you're there, be sure to visit Sonoma and St. Helena as well as Napa proper.
Only two hours from Sacramento is the lovely Lake Tahoe. Spend your time on the lake or try your hand at the blackjack tables on the Nevada side of town. Don't forget to enjoy a burger and ice cream cone at the Sno Flake Drive-In.
Listen, Sacramento is a great town, but there is nothing quite like the city by the bay. There are endless options for a day trip to San Francisco, but here are our personal favorites. Start your day gazing at the water with an Irish coffee in hand from inside the Buena Vista Café. From there, take the streetcar to Musée Mécanique at Pier 45 for a strange tour of one of the world's largest privately-owned collections of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade artifacts. You can play with any of their 300-plus machines in their original working condition. Then be sure to pop by literary landmark City Lights bookstore for a taste of the Beatnik era.
If you crave a heavy dose of California history and a booming local wine scene, we recommend a visit to Murphys. There you will find Napa quality wine, but for half the cost. Stop by Murphys Historic Hotel to visit rooms previously occupied by President Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain, and several other important historical characters. Do not leave until you check out Moaning or Mercer Caverns. The underground rock formations are not to be missed.
It's all in the name. Bacon & Butter will leave you satisfied and in need of a nap. A short drive from the Hyatt, Bacon & Butter is an essential stop on your Sacramento tour. But be warned, if you are counting calories, this is not the restaurant for you.
There are many EXCELLENT coffee options in Sacramento. Temple Coffee, Naked Coffee, Insight, and Chocolate Fish. Sacramento locals will argue until they are blue in the face about which is the best. Though, for quality and atmosphere combined it must be Old Soul in the Alley. Tucked away in the Handle District of Sacramento, Old Soul is THE place for an incredible breakfast sandwich and caffeine fix. Grab an Americano to go and stop by the Scout Living Vintage Shop while you're in the area.
Orphan Breakfast House is the brunch branch of local cafe, Naked Coffee. They are committed to creating delicious food with a semi-healthy twist. It is California after all.
Welcome to Fox & Goose Public House. The building was originally constructed in 1913 as a paint and glass factory. Since 1975 it has been Fox & Goose Public House, a traditional English pub and restaurant. If you eat here for breakfast and do not order scones with Devonshire cream, you are doing it wrong.
In terms of classic Sacramento cuisine, it doesn't get much more iconic than a "Frank's Style" New York steak that's loaded with oyster sauce and onions, plus banana cream pie for dessert. Frank Fat's has bridged Chinese and American cuisines since 1939 and remained a hotbed of California's political elite. They are also the oldest family-run restaurant in Sacramento.
Ella is an institution in Midtown Sacramento. They serve seasonal, farm-to-fork cuisine for lunch and dinner, featuring entrees of seafood, steaks, and pasta, small plates, salads, fresh oysters, and traditional caviar. Ella also boasts an award-winning wine list as well as seasonal and classic hand-crafted cocktails at its renowned bar. It is also the closest restaurant to the Hyatt.
Mikuni is not your typical sushi restaurant. Second only to the quality of the excellent sushi is the atmosphere. The place is covered in unique, local art. Featured at Mikuni is even a piece from famous Sacramento performance painter David Garibaldi. Locals will always recommend Mikuni to sushi-seeking visitors. Did we mention they have a full bar?
We truly hope you have at least one meal at Brasserie du Monde. It is a special, French-inspired restaurant that transports you from K street, Sacramento to a modern, Parisian cafe. Located around the corner from the Hyatt, there is no excuse why you should not order a bottle of champagne with your lunch or dinner.
If the food was not delicious, the decor and design of Beast & Bounty might still be worth it. Incidentally, the food is excellent. They are also able to accommodate any food preferences with each dish, no small feat.
Dine in a historic 1893 firehouse with its original brick walls and sarong ceilings. Mulvaney's B&L is committed to locally grown ingredients and changes its menu daily.
You will not find it hard to locate exceptional Mexican food in Sacramento. While we do not have enough room on this list to do them all justice, we can confidently recommend Tres Hermanas. Locally appreciated for their delicious enchiladas and margaritas, Tres Hermanas is the place to get your south-of-the-border fix.
In Sacramento, there is only one name that matters when it comes to desserts, Rick. Rick's Dessert Diner has over 285 varieties of desserts, made daily, from scratch. Treat yourself to a cup of coffee and a slice of the midnight chocolate cake. You will not be disappointed.
When was the last time you had a cocktail with live mermaids swimming in a 40-foot saltwater aquarium over the bar? Dive Bar is a hip, well-designed spot for a night you will certainly never forget.
Somehow when people think of Sacramento, they do not think of rum. The Jungle Bird is happy to change that. Their tiki-style decor and adorable drink vessels will guarantee a fun and unique cocktail experience.
If you weren't able to make the trip to Tahoe, The Cabin will make you feel as if you did. Try their signature mule and bask in the mountain vibes.
Located in the D.O. Mills Bank Building that was constructed in 1849, The Bank is a one-of-a-kind experience. Many different banks utilized the space before being turned into the special drinkery it is today. Upstairs enjoy the beautiful architecture over a cocktail, but downstairs you will find The Beer Vault which features over 68 self-pour taps. Here you can down with your brew in the former bank vault.
If you enjoy having something to do while holding a drink, look no further than Coin-Op. Located only a block and a half from the Hyatt, Coin-Op boasts over 40 classic arcade games. Though this arcade is not for kids, Coin-Op is restricted to 21+.
It may not be the best bar in town, but who doesn't like drinking on a riverboat? The Delta King has an incredible history, which you can read about here. The Delta Bar and Grille offers views of Old Sacramento and the Sacramento River. You will have to leave your drink at the bar, but be sure to explore the rest of the vessel while you're on board.
Looking to hit the links while in town? Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is America's Most Awarded Golf Facility and is located 13 minutes from the Hyatt.
Brew Bike is something one does when one doesn't have any meetings that day. Best booked in a group, the Brew Bike will take you on a personalized pub crawl while you enjoy canned BYOB beverages on the bike itself. There is also a Brew Boat if that is more your speed.
Fairytale town is home to a menagerie of animals and play-forts inspired by nursery rhymes. Children can ride in Cinderella's carriage, play in a replica pirate ship, climb beanstalks and more.
The Sacramento Zoo has always been deeply committed to animal welfare above all else. Home to over 400 rare and endangered animals, they even have a list of toys and snacks you can purchase from a wish list that go directly to the animal it is intended for. The primates and lions particularly enjoy having visitors.
The California Railroad Museum is listed under 'For the Kids' but adults will not want to miss it. The exhibits are fantastic and varied. From the Chinese Railroad Workers' Experience to the Farm-to-Fork exhibit (diving into the transportation of California agriculture) there is something for everyone.
Why go anywhere at all when there is a pool at the hotel? August in Sacramento will be hot, so don't forget the swimwear! The hotel bar also delivers drinks poolside for the grownups.