Our perfect weekend adventure to sac
but first coffee. eat. stay. play. sac.
Its amazing at how quickly we can discount a city before actually properly exploring it. I drive by Sacramento multiple times a year to get to Tahoe or even use it as a hub to fly out of but have never taken the time to get to know the city. It wasn't until my good friend @jennywearsvintage invited us up for an adventurous healthy weekend where I truly saw how awesome Sacramento is.
With that said here is my compilation of favorite coffee places, restaurants, adventures and hikes!
My go to coffee spot is always Temple in midtown Sac - they have multiple locations though. I mean come on they have a floor that is made out of over 500,000 pennies! I don't even need to go into detail on how delicious their espresso is as each barista takes the time to make your drink with care. Yes they do latte art. Additionally, temple has a full dessert and coffee pairing menu + Kyoto slow-drip coffee. And lastly, they win my heart over with vegan treats brought in from Pushkins. My heart is with Temple.
Sac is the farm to fork capital of America. Which means a local farm is most likely supplying your meal...I mean there is 1.5 million acres of farms and ranches in the area. When I am looking for a place to eat I always make sure there is a surplus of vegetables on the menu. Generally, if there is not a vegan option on the menu the chef will make something vegan for you as Sac is quite trendy from that perspective.
Favorite vegan friendly spots to grab a healthy meal:
The Citizen Hotel
Anytime I am in Sac I stay here because this place evokes a sense of luxury historic charm with dark book cases and mosaic tiles on the bathroom floors. No two rooms are alike and each give you a different perspective of the downtown. And given that the hotel is set in Sacramento's political heart you will find historical political satire boasted all around the hotel which leads for some thought provoking conversation.
Hike Stevens Trail
Epic hiking. Sac has got you covered. Stevens trail is a 7.1 mile hike roundtrip that boasts scenic views of the American river (THE ENTIRE TIME) and drops you down into the crystal clear water that comes straight from Tahoe. It is doggy friendly as well...but given that Sac is a heat bucket you might need to be careful bringing your furry companions along for the trekking. For the most part this hike is not shaded but when you reach the finish line and can dive 8 feet deep into a perfectly clear river its pretty satisfying. I let the river carry me for about 1 minute upstream till the water was shallow enough to sit on the rocks and just let the river hit my back for a solid 20 mins. Talk about relaxing. Then you have to hike uphill in the heat. Enjoy.
Float or Kayak the American River
If you are feeling lazy grab a floatie and jump in the river and let the river carry you. Since I am more of an active breed we took the kayaks out and ventured down the river for about 2 hours. I believe the same ride would have been about 4 hours if you chose to float. Now a weekend ride down the river brings out all types of people - people who exercise (yayyy like us!), people who drink, people who smoke, people who do both, people that have no idea whats happening, and then large families. You really will see it all so be prepared. Also be fully prepared for someone to shoot you with a giant water gun or fling a water balloon at you.
Well that's a wrap for Sac until next time.
Just another girl who is trying to inspire others. Passionate about health and fitness. And a love of coffee and peanut butter.