It hasn't been on the top of my trip list to be quite honest but when the opportunity came around to celebrate my family in Sacramento, I HAD to be there. Then excitement set in, not only for the upcoming wedding but to experience what another city had to offer. Considering I don't know much about Cali, I just went with the mantra of that summer/sunny, green leaves type of feel and wouldn't even consider the thought that they experience fall. Yea....I was completely wrong. Fall in Northern California was absolutely beautiful! From the colorful leaves to the mild days, it was practically perfect.
Granted I wasn't able to cover every last detail of this slower paced city (I say that in comparison to it's neighbor San Fran) I have put together a guide to help you when planning a Fall/Winter vacay to the area (and a little beyond).
PLACES TO STAY
I decided to go a bit earlier than the rest of my family to scout out the city. I arrived with NO hotel booked and if you know me, that is NOTHING like me. I even attempted on numerous occasions to see pricing through the "Hotel Tonight" app, but it kept glitching so it must have been God telling me to wait. I'm glad I did! I decided to hop on Hotwire.com and try out their Hot Rate tab. I am quite skeptical (and controlling) when it comes to accommodations. After cross checking between the site and trip advisor to see which 4star hotels were available, I bit the bullet. I was able to book two of my hotel nights through the site and was extremely happy with how it worked out...especially the price.
First stay was the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. I was pleasantly surprised at the inclusiveness of the hotel, from the bar area (open until midnight) to the full service restaurant and in room dining. I didn't partake of any of the hotel amenities outside of their gym (which is located off site but in walking distance) but I thoroughly enjoyed by Capitol building view and morning stroll across the street through the park. If possible, upgrade to a king corner suite to get the best view of the capitol and pool. Would recommend staying in this hotel if you are looking for a central location that has easy walkability to the main pedestrian/rail car street (J street) and midtown. Parking - they have a self parking garage with in/out privileges for $20/day. Happened to be the cheapest from my extended stay in Sacramento and one of the easier days of getting to and from my vehicle.
Second part of the trip, I stayed at The Citizen Hotel. This was pure boutique with it's historic exterior and lobby entrance. It definitely welcomed you with a prohibition-esque vibe with the decor and sophisticated color palette. The hotel included a lot of political/satirical art throughout and quotes from politicians...not necessarily a great elevator conversation starter but if you are daring, why not?
I personally was surprised at how small the lobby/social areas were considering this was a high traffic area. The elevators, restaurant, ballroom entrance were all in close proximity but to have a large crowd in the lobby area would include a task of weaving through to get to your destination. This hotel is valet only ($32/night) and like most, I suggest you call before you come down to wait on your vehicle.
The event space in this hotel is on the 7th floor and you will hear the party. Conversation, music and noise travel effortlessly though the halls and will keep you alerted until 11pm before quiet hours are enstated. The king size room I had was spacious but more could be said about the bathroom. I was hoping for a little more counter space but the gorgeous floor tile was able to be highlighted due to the smaller sink, haha! My window had a picturesque view of the capitol dome and was a sight to see closer to sunset. I didn't get a chance to indulge in the hotel restaurant next door "Grange" but from the looks and vibe, it seems like a lovely place to enjoy an evening dinner & drinks.
Third stay in Sacramento was my second score with Hotwire. This was quite possibly my favorite hotel to stay at, the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. Easily accessible and right in the mix of everything. Walking in, the lobby made a statement and they had wine hour currently happening when I checked in...WINNING. It was spacious and seemed like the perfect stop for business and leisure travelers from all over. From the Golden 1 Center view from my window to the second floor easy access to PunchBowl Social, all you