Things to do on a weekend getaway in Sacramento

Planning a weekend getaway to Sacramento?
Things to do on a weekend getaway in Sacramento

Below, I have wrapped up a few ideas for things to do in Sacramento over a weekend trip that won't cost you an arm and a leg, and that you'll be able to do in two days:

Visit a winery to enjoy a picnic

One of the nicest things to do on a weekend getaway in Sacramento is to visit a winery to enjoy some wine tastings. Within the Sacramento area you’ll find a handful of nice wineries offering tastings such as Frasinetti’s (at 7395 Frasinetti Road), Scribner Bend vineyards (at 9051 River Road), and Revolution Wines (at 2831 S Street).

You could also go for a Sacramento wine country excursion of the Sierra Foothills and Central Valley by booking a winery group tour with companies such as “Sacramento Wine Tours” who will take you out to the nearby wine country areas of El Dorado, the Shedonah Valley and Amador.

Explore Sacramento’s food scene on a culinary tour

Sacramento’s huge cuisine variety is one of the many things that make Sacramento so special. You’ll find in Sacramento everything from Irish pubs and Italian bistro restaurants to sushi bars, Chinese, Greek, Cuban, and Spanish restaurants.

With such a huge selection of bars and restaurants and only a weekend, you’ll definitely have your time cut out unless you join a culinary tour. Local Roots Food Tours (1230 J Street) is one good way to sample good food and find out about Sacramento’s best eateries without putting a dent in your pocket since most food tours are available for under $60.

Go and see a comedy show at the Punch Line

If you don’t intend to party at a nightclub during your weekend in the city, one of the best things to do on a weekend getaway in Sacramento at night is to head to the Punch Line comedy club (2100 Arden Way) to lighten things up! The comedy club is a hot-spot in town and sees a variety of up and coming and regular established comedians such as Russell Peters and Dave Chappelle.

By the way, the comedy club is located right in town – just a short walk from the Arden Fair Mall and the Cheesecake factory.

Treat yourselves to a relaxing massage

No weekend getaway to Sacramento would be complete without passing by one of the city’s spa massage centers for a relaxing few hours. Right in the heart of the downtown area – along H and F streets – you’ll find a handful of these massage parlors such as Magic Massage Spa Retreat, Salon Cuvee & Day Spa, Blue Sky Day Spa and Magic Massage Spa Retreat, Salon Cuvee & Day Spa, Blue Sky Day Spa and Spa De Beaute.

Saying this, if you’re looking for a head to toe massage for under $21 be sure to pass by the Happy Day Spa at 6911 Stockton Boulevard...this place is one of the most popular spa massage places in the Sacramento area.

Take a riverboat cruise along the Sacramento River

A boat tour of some kind along the waterways of the Sacramento Delta is definitely one of the most enjoyable things to do on a weekend getaway in Sacramento. Sacramento Yacht Charters and Hornblower Cruises are two popular local companies docked in downtown Sacramento that you could use.

You can book cruises on a paddle-wheeler for around $80, or go for sightseeing boat tour on the Old Sac Quacks amphibious boat for just $20! For a really cheap boat ride though you can take the River Otter water taxi service from the riverfront for around $6.

Eat a mouth watering cheesecake

If you’re visiting the Sacramento area for the first time, one of the things you can't miss sampling is a cheesecake while in Sacramento.

You’ll find the best cheesecakes in town in places such as the Cheese factory (1771 Arden Way), Ettore's Bakery (near Loehmans Plaza Shopping Center) and Corti Bros (next door to the Camellia Center). By the way, be sure to go for the Caramel Pecan, Studebaker or the Meyer lemon cheesecakes, they’re the best!

Play a round of golf

Playing golf is something else you can easily and inexpensively get up to during your weekend trip in Sacramento because golfing is so affordable. You’ll be able to play a round of golf for under $60 and the best thing of all is that most of the golf courses are top notch, and are located within a half hour drive of downtown Sacramento!

Some of the golf courses in Sacramento where you can play a round for under $60 include the Bing Maloney Golf Course (6801 Freeport Boulevard), Teal Bend Golf Club (7200 Garden Hwy), Wildhawk Golf Course, Haggin Oaks Golf Course (3645 Fulton Avenue) and Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course (8301 Freeport Boulevard).

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