IMG_6783.jpgSacramento is the nearest city to where I live. While it doesn’t have the sophistication of San Francisco, or the glamorous allure of Los Angeles, Sacramento has its own unique personality. It sounds like I’m bashing Sacramento, but I’m not – Sacramentans are proud of their city and all the things that make it stand out from California’s other cities. It’s the state capital of California, full of gold rush history, leafy, tree-lined streets, a thriving craft beer scene, and an incredible minor league baseball team, the Sacramento River Cats. Sacramento is also a river town, with one of the best bike trails in the nation. Check out the books below to get a feel for Sacramento.

The Reads

Where I Was From by Joan Didion  Writer Joan Didion is one of Sacramento’s most famous native daughters. Her book, Where I Was From, examines her family roots in Sacramento and the surrounding area. Parts of the book also delve into the changing landscape of California, but the most powerful parts of the book deal with her family and ancestors.

Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes by Maryellen Burns and Keith Burns  When I started to research books about Sacramento, I found this guide to past restaurants of Sacramento. I feel like I missed out on some amazing places! From Posey’s, a downtown hot spot for lawmakers, to Dunlap’s Cafeteria at the old state fairgrounds, these local restaurants were a common ground for the city’s citizens. Included in the book are many photographs and recipes from the gone-but-not-forgotten restaurants.

Abducted by T.R. Ragan –  Abducted is the first book in the Lizzy Gardner series. Lizzy Gardner is a typical teenager, sneaking out to visit her college-bound boyfriend, until she is abducted by Spiderman, a serial killer. Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a private investigator living and working in Sacramento. She was the only one of Spiderman’s victims to escape, and has worked diligently to put her life back together. Then one day, she gets a call from someone claiming to be Spiderman, promising to finish what started fourteen years before… This thriller is a fast-moving read and takes place in and around Sacramento.


Sacramento has several online resources to plan your trip. The Visit Sacramento website is an excellent place to start your planning your trip. For information on visiting the Capitol building and grounds, check out the official site.

If you go, don’t miss:

There’s lots to do in Sacramento, such as biking on the American River Bike Trail, visiting the train museum, or taking a stroll through the Capitol World Peace Rose Garden. However, for this post, I am focusing on BCC aka Beer, Coffee, and Chocolate.


Sacramento has an active craft beer community. Here are a few of my favorites:

Track 7 – Track 7 has a fun, relaxed atmosphere and food trucks every evening. It’s also dog-friendly and kid-friendly, making it an ideal place to gather with the whole family. All the beers are tasty, but I especially recommend the Bee Line Honey Blonde Ale and Panic India Pale Ale. I’ve only been to the original Curtis Park location by the railroad tracks, but I’ve heard nothing but praise for their other location in Natomas. I think a field trip there is in order!

Other breweries that are popular around the area are Fieldwork, Bike Dog, and Device. If you can’t make up your mind, the Federalist Public House is a fantastic place to try a variety of local beers, and order up one of their tasty pizzas. Plus, it’s in a unique building – a shipping container.

Map of Sacramento Area Breweries


Sacramento also has some incredible coffee places. Temple Coffee is an experience, and offers coffee that is hard to beat. There are several locations around town, and all of them have their own distinct vibe. My favorite is the one on 9th. Another favorite is Old Soul Coffee, with three different locations.


I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the chocolates from Ginger Elizabeth. The chocolates are dreamy little squares, with flavors such as Caramelized Milk & Coffee, Raspberry Rose Geranium, and Buttermilk Lime. When I have friends visiting from out of town, I always plan a stop here. If you visit Ginger Elizabeth in the winter, don’t miss out on the specialty hot chocolate, especially the Oaxacan Spicy Hot Chocolate.

Do you have a favorite book that takes place in Sacramento? A special place around the city? Let me know!

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