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Friday, 6 p.m.: Check in to your posh weekend HQ
The chic six-year-old boutique hotel nods to its location with cheeky political drawings by former Sacramento Bee cartoonist Newton Pratt. Bonus tip: Use the ladies? restroom by the restaurant?s upstairs Scandal bar. There?s a famous photo of the Terminator-era Arnold Schwarzenegger (California?s former governor) flexing in a Speedo.
926 J St., Sacramento; jdvhotels.com
Friday, 8 p.m.: Dig in to a farm-to-fork meal
Initiation begins with a farm-centric tasting menu of locally sourced goods at the hotel?s Grange Restaurant & Bar. The menu changes seasonally, but cross your fingers that chef Oliver Ridgeway is serving the pea-and-ricotta ravioli (in asparagus broth with Alba mushrooms and fava greens). And do not leave without requesting the 1881 Ruhstaller malt custard (with hop honeycomb, house-made chocolate-covered malted-milk balls and malt crumble) for dessert.
926 J St., Sacramento; jdvhotels.com
Saturday, 10 a.m.: Tour an organic farm
You’ll get an exclusive tour of Capay Organic Farm, the largest organic farm in the country, which has 450 acres of heirloom tomatoes, Ambrosia melons and Mission figs. During the tractor tour, chief farmer Thaddeus Barsotti will verse you on the importance of promoting local, sustainable food systems. He’ll even let you taste the strawberries.
23804 State Highway 16, Capay; capayorganic.com
Saturday, 12 p.m.: Learn about seeds
Suzanne Ashworth, the quirky proprietress at Del Rio Botanical Farm, will enlighten you about her massive heirloom seed collection (more than 1,600 varieties!) over an on-site picnic lunch. She’ll walk you around the grounds, teach you how to shell a fava bean and convince you to taste raw nopal cactus (not for the faint of heart) straight from the garden.
20030 Old River Rd., West Sacramento; delriobotanical.com
Saturday, 4 p.m.: Sip on a ?road soda?
The trip includes a designated driver, so kick back and pop open one of mixologist Ryan Seng?s famous road sodas on your way to the next destination. The Red, Green and Tonic is an earthy herbal concoction made from snap peas, rose-petal-infused gin, vermouth, house tonics and lemon. But the seasonal French 75 (fennel, local honey, lemon, gin and Prosecco) is our favorite cocktail-to-go.
Saturday, 6 p.m.: Indulge in locally harvested caviar
Passmore Ranch, Sacramento’s sustainably aqua-farmed fish ranch, is where the hottest Bay Area chefs go for their fish and caviar. See where the sturgeon swim free, learn how the team humanely harvests caviar and obviously sample some of the goods during a specially prepared farmhouse dinner.
13199 Meiss Rd., Sloughhouse; passmoreranch.com
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Shop the farmers market
Get a headstart on the week by picking up some produce at the largest certified farmers market in the state. Every Sunday (between 8 a.m. and noon), more than 100 California farmers convene under the freeway to sell what they grow on property. Summer means heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, cherries, peaches and nectarines.
8th and W streets; california-grown.com
Sunday, 2 p.m.: Throw back a cold one
Ruhstaller is bringing hop production back to California, with plans to expand its hop farm to eight acres by the end of this year. You’ll taste a sampling of brews over the course of the weekend, including the crisp and refreshing Gilt Edge golden lager. Leave extra time on Sunday to visit the farm and sip a cold one while you take in the view of the Vaca Mountains.
Exit 69 (Kidwell Road) off Interstate 80, Davis; ruhstallerbeer.com
A weekend trip to the state?s capital was never high on our must-do list, until we learned that Sacramento is actually an up-and-coming foodie haven.
For anyone who wants to know exactly where their organically grown, ethically harvested kale comes from, downtown Sacramento?s posh boutique hotel The Citizen just launched a weekend getaway package for the food-obsessed.
The Savoring Sacramento culinary retreat--offered over two weekends this year--includes two nights at The Citizen Hotel, plus chef-led farm field trips, picnic lunches, private dinners with local wine pairings and handcrafted cocktails. Check out our slideshow for a taste of what your weekend could look like.
Savoring Sacramento culinary retreat, June 20 to 22 and October 10 to 12; $849 for single occupancy, $1,499 for double occupancy; 916-447-2700 or jdvhotels.com
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