By Chelsea Irvine
Spring has majorly sprung in Midtown (and everywhere in California), and now is the time to get out there any enjoy the loveliness before it gets too hot to do anything but float in the pool. Spring is by far my favorite season, with the flowers in full bloom, farmer’s market bounty at epic proportions and everyone in town ready to hang up their scarves and get outside.
Living and working in Midtown for a few years now, I have realized that this is an amazing place to be this time of year. For those of you new to the area, or those looking to find something new to do, here are a few of my go-to springtime recommendations. Hope to see you around town!
- Grab your significant other, your kids, you girlfriends, or your pup and head to out to catch a sunset over the river. The area around old Sac is perfect for those beautiful sunsets and the Tower Bridge makes a great backdrop. If you’re lucky, you can catch the commentary from the River Cats games and cheer with the crowd when they knock out a homer.
- Load up your bocce, horse shoes, frisbee or tennis rackets and hit one of Midtown’s fabulous parks. We’ve been hitting Southside to use their bocce courts, but midtown has countless huge parks and tons of hidden gems. Pack a picnic, bring some sunscreen and make a day of it.
Head out on your bike to grab drinks at a local restaurant with a great patio. We know there are old faves like Bows & Arrows (1815 19th St) Aioli (1800 L St), The Shack (5201 Folsom Blvd), Zocalo (1801 L St) and Centro (2730 J St), but there are great new spots like Hook & Ladder (1630 S St); and even our old fave Ink (2730 N St) is sporting a fun little patio now. (And we LOVE Christina, best bartender/manager ever!) I also love Café Capricho (3269 Folsom Blvd) for the healthy Mexican grub and great people watching.
- Hit a local farmer’s market, load up on veggies and have a grill party at home. We have a farmer’s market in midtown nearly every day this time of year and GOTG has already put together a great rundown. Pick a day, fill your reusable bags and have yourself a little springtime feast. My latest fave find? Purple cauliflower scored at the new Saturday Midtown Farmer’s Market. So. Good.
- Plan a new route for your daily dog walk. I live in the ‘Triangle, so usually our route is the Oak Park way or down Alhambra, but this time of year it’s fun to mix it up and head towards N Street or switch it up and head down lovely T Street towards East Sac. Bring plenty of water (your pups will thank you, especially if they are biggies like my bulldogs) and some plastic bags (just in case) and treat your pup to a little adventure. If you are pet-less you can always re-route your jog or go for a stroll with friends.
- Shop local. Midtown is great for shopping on foot and being able to find everything from fabulous consigned bags, to handmade jewelry, to books, to wind chimes. J Street alone has everything a shopper could ask for, including a mid-shopping break spot to grab a big Blue Moon. Hit up French Cuff (2527 J St) for some consigned Kate Spade swag and you can treat yourself to a beer the size of your head at nearby Beach Hut (2406 J St).
- Gunthers Ice Cream (2801 Franklin Blvd). Need I say more?
- Catch a River Cats game. It’s cheap, it’s fun, and you might even catch a fly ball.
- Check out a museum. We have so many great little museums here (Crocker, California Museum, the Train Museum), I think we often overlook them for the likes of the big names in San Francisco.
- Watch the Orangutans do Orangutan stuff at the Sacramento Zoo (3930 W. Land Park Drive). I don’t know about you, but I think those hairy guys and gals can provide hours of entertainment. 200 pound apes fighting for a primo spot on a sunny hammock? What could possibly beat that?
- Hit the gym on a sunny morning or early afternoon. You know I am a HUGE fan of Innovative Strength and Conditioning (2703 5th St), where I go to get my work out on, and now is the time for getting in shape… Swimsuits are popping up, shorts are back, and nobody wants to sport a muffin top when it’s sunny and beautiful out.
- Explore “The Kay.” Although the name has taken a minute to grow on me, I feel like the K Street area is worthy of a little love. Grab brunch at Pizza Rock (1020 K St), see a show at The Crest Theatre (1013 K St) hear live music at Marilyn’s (908 K St) watch your favorite team at K Bar or try some great local wines at Downtown & Vine (1200 K St). Give this underappreciated stretch of downtown a chance. I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.
- Take a cooking class. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op (1900 Alhambra Blvd) offers tons of unique classes. Check it out and before you know it, you’ll be impressing your friends and family with your latest culinary creations.
These are just a few of the things that keep us entertained in the warmer months of the year. I’d love to know what you like to do in the warm weather. And if anyone out there has a boat and needs friends to take out on it, please feel free to give us a call.