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Old Sacramento and Downtown Sacramento, family destination for the holidays!

The 60 foot Christmas Tree in Old Sacramento, corner of Front St. and K St. (several photos courtesy of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership)

Holiday destinations for the family in Old Sacramento and Downtown Sacramento… A winter wonderland with huge lighted Christmas trees, evening skits, ice-skating, Christmas train rides, museums decked out for the holidays, all in an historic downtown. Best of all, it’s less than an hour from San Joaquin County. It’s Old Sacramento and adjacent Downtown Sacramento [...]

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What is your favorite family-friendly vacation destination?

National parks, like Lassen, just five hours north of San Joaquin County, make for fine family vacation destinations!

Family-friendly vacation destinations – what is your favorite? With the holidays, families have the opportunity to discuss and plan a family vacation for the coming year. My own family, with two daughters, their husbands, three grandkids and we, the grandparents, have already begun the discussion. So, we are seeking your recommendation for best family-friendly vacation [...]

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California Railroad Museum provides unique anchor to Old Sacramento

The Governor Stanford locomotive was the first for the Central Pacific; built in Philadelphia, shipped around Cape Horn and entered service in Sacramento in 1863.

The California Railroad Museum anchors the north end of Old Sacramento in our state capital. It’s one of the top railroad museums in the country, and celebrates the railroads’ huge impacts on California’s state-hood, Gold Rush and subsequent growth boom. Before gold was discovered in 1848 in the tail race of Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California [...]

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Tower Cafe and Tower Theater are favorite Sacramento destinations!

The eclectic interior of the Tower Cafe; the grotto outside also a favorite place on nice days!

  The Tower Theater, looking to the west from Land Park Drive. Sacramento is a bikable city, and Tower Theater and Cafe offers plenty of spots to lock up your bikes! The Tower Theater opened in the 1930s, one of the finest Art Deco theaters on the West Coast. Zamm’s Candy was to the left, [...]

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Midtown Sacramento; hot-bed for foodies, nightlife, history and creative events!

The Midtown Farmers Market runs every Saturday, 8 to 1, drawing young, old and four-legged shoppers (photo courtesy of the MBA).

  Tower Cafe, part of the Tower Theater complex in nearby Broadway District, is an eclectic eatery! In 1839, nine years before the discovery of gold in Coloma, 47 miles distant, John Sutter arrived in Sacramento and began construction of Sutter’s Fort.  His road to fortune was in planting of grapes and wheat, and raising [...]

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Bike Touring Old Sacramento, downtown Sacramento and the midtown Sacramento area

Two cyclists peddle north on Front Street in Old Sacramento; one can park for free on the 2000 block of Front Street, near the CA Auto Museum, and ride from there!

Two cyclists peddle north on Front Street in Old Sacramento; one can park for free on the 2000 block of Front Street, near the CA Auto Museum, and ride from there! You meet the nicest people on bicycles!  Yesterday, two buddies and I rode our bikes from the south Sacramento “Pocket area”, north along quiet [...]

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Sacramento; touring our Capital City, Old Sacramento and downtown

New entertainment and sports complex, future home to Sacramento Kings, is under construction on K Street, due to open in October, 2016.

  The State of California Capital is always a fun visit for both young and old! The light rail line, run by the Regional Transit District, runs through downtown Sacramento. A trolley to connect West Sacramento to Midtown is in the plan stages. The old Governor’s Mansion is open daily for tours, located on north [...]

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California Auto Museum and nearby Old Sacramento offer exciting day or weekend-trip

This huge 1933 Lincoln Limo once was the car of A. P. Giannini, head of the Bank of Italy, which would become the Bank of America.

The tail fin of a 1959 Cadillac celebrates perhaps the “zenith year” in tail fin popularity among American classic cars! This huge 1933 Lincoln Limo once was the car of A. P. Giannini, head of the Bank of Italy, which would become the Bank of America.   1965 and 1966 Ford Cobras take center stage! [...]

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World Class Bicycle Racing; the Amgen Tour of California is close to Stockton in next week!

This map shows the varied locations and stages of the Amgen Tour of California.

For those into serious bicycle races and world-class cyclists, the Amgen Tour of California gets underway this weekend, with stops nearby Stockton along the coming week-plus.  Free viewing as close as Sacramento, Folsom, Mt. Diablo and other towns will give you a bird’s eye view!  For all the insights, go to their web site: www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. [...]

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