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Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California

Sacramento was my home for almost a full year, and it really grew on me over time and I began to love the whole “Midtown life.” I had so much fun living down the street from tons of trendy restaurants, coffee shops, and being able to walk everywhere. Below are some of my top places in the Sacramento area to check out!

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Temple Coffee

I grew up on Starbucks my whole life, but after being exposed to Temple Coffee, which also happened to be right across the street from my apartment, I was hooked. Not to mention, it’s such a fun and trendy industrial atmosphere, and the floor is made out of pennies! Try their Affogato Nitro Float for a shot of quality espresso with some delicious in-house ice cream.

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Lowbrau

Located in the gay district of Midtown, it’s rather amusing they put a sausage restaurant in the middle of it all. This intersection with the nightclub Faces along with all the other bars and restaurants is the place to be on a Saturday night! I definitely recommend the bratwurst on a pretzel bun with a side of duck fat fries paired with their beer cocktail, the Shandy.

Man, I’ve turned into such a foodie living in Midtown…

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Biergarten

Another German place down the street! Yes, a German beer garden with all sorts of great snacks! They’re known for their beer slushies, where they give you a giant boot of beer topped off with slushie deliciousness. And you have to try either their garlic fries or the giant pretzel!

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Cantina Alley

This place just opened up down the street and I am hooked on their happy hour selection of Mexican tapas! It gets insanely crowded so expect to put your name down for an hour wait. My favorite is the elote, which is juicy yellow corn on a stick rolled in mayo cream, cotija cheese, and Mexican spices (my mouth is watering just thinking about it). Their La Sandia drink is the best, and dangerous because of how good it tastes. They serve the drink in a scooped-out mini watermelon with watermelon puree, silver tequila, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice topped with a sprinkle of Tajin chili-citrus salt for an extra kick. I’m also a huge fan of prickly pears from cacti so I love their bright pink prickly pear cocktail!

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Clementine Dam

Shifting away from food (I love food, if you couldn’t tell) I wrote a previous article on the Clementine Dam hike, and it’s a great place to check out for an afternoon hike. Read about it here!

Sunflower Fields

And if you get the chance to visit in the summertime (I encourage you not to though since it gets unreasonably hot), you have to see the sunflower fields of Dixon! The best time to take photos is at sunset since they always face East. Be careful though, farmers place hives next to the fields so there’s tons of bees.

Lake Clementine Dam

Lake Clementine Dam

About forty minute northeast of Sacramento, California you can find some really great hikes, one of which is the Lake Clementine Dam. It’s a great 4 mile out-and-back hike to do on a Saturday afternoon with beautiful views along the American River. 

The trail head begins at the Auburn State Recreation Area where you must pay $10 to park since it’s a state park. There are port-o-potties and picnic benches available overlooking the river so it’s a nice spot to have lunch even if you don’t go hiking! From the ranger station, cross the bridge over the river and begin hiking on the trail to your left. You’ll see the Foresthill Bridge 700 feet above you, which is also the tallest bridge in California, and then keep walking the gradual incline for the next 2 miles.

After 2 miles, you’ll reach the end of the uphill and see a forked road – one is paved, the other is dirt. Make sure you take the dirt trail another quarter mile to lead you to the dam! It’s a great spot to hang out, have lunch, and even swim! Since there has been so much rain the water was pouring off the dam like a waterfall and the river was really high. Hopefully next time I hike the trail it’ll be warm enough out to swim and float down the river!

Daffodil Hill

Daffodil Hill

Having only moved to Sacramento 7 months ago, I love exploring all the major sites in the area and around Northern California! Now that it’s spring, beautiful flowers are beginning to pop up everywhere. One place that I came across is called Daffodil Hill, a farm deep in “Gold Country” in the town of Volcano that opens its doors to the public for one month out of the year for this special event. You can guess what they’re open for… Daffodils!

Daffodil Hill explodes with thousands of yellow and white flowers blooming, attracting visitors from all over! They open their doors sometime in March every year, when 25% of their daffodils are in bloom so it really depends on Mother Nature. They close when there are only 25% left, so the best time to go is about 10-14 days after they open their doors for the season to see all the flowers in bloom! The rest of the year it goes back to a working ranch. 

It’s a fun place to check out, and you can see all the animals and have a picnic with your family and friends. Because it’s only open for a short period of time, it gets packed and crazy busy! It’s best to visit on a weekday, but if you can only visit on the weekend make sure you come right when they open at 10 AM. They’re also only open weather permitting, so it’s best to call ahead of time to make sure they will be open, especially since it’s about an hour east of Sacramento! 

Check their Facebook Page for updates! And who doesn’t love free parking and free admission? 🙂