If you’re like me, you’re endlessly looking for new things to do and new things to try. Luckily for us, we live in a place where anything we could possibly want to do or see is less than a two hour drive away. But what if a two hour drive isn’t in the cards, you have to be at work at 5 p.m., or you don’t want to spend more than $15 for that Lyft? Fortunately, the Sacramento region boasts almost as many options at Lake Tahoe or San Francisco. One of the best destinations in the valley is Folsom! What to do, you ask? Let me tell you:
Head to Sutter Street:
Day or night there are places to go, things to see, and plenty to eat. If its the views you’re interested in, grab a friend or your pup and take a nice walk along the Folsom Historic Truss Bridge and stare out at the powerful American River.
If you’re hungry, you can eat any time of the day. You can grab some pastries at Karen’s Bakery, some tacos at the Hacienda, or even an extremely nice dinner at the Sutter Street Steakhouse. If you’re up early on Saturday, you can make it to the farmer’s market that is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.!
If you’re looking to get artsy, stop in at the Painted Cork to enjoy an afternoon painting and sipping your favorite wine or stop by Not Too Shabby, right across the street, and learn how to spruce up your childhood dresser with some chalk paint.
Head to the Palladio:
At this ever changing, luxury strip mall, you can eat, shop, and entertain all day. If you want to, you can literally kick back and relax while watching a movie at the Palladio Luxe Cinema. If you want to sit and chat with friends or family, you can stop in and eat at the many restaurants such as Blue Nami or Johnny Rockets. You can literally get all of your shopping done at the many, many stores the shopping center boasts. You can even, settle down with a new book and a draft brew at the new Barnes & Noble.
Last but not least, and probably the most obvious, you can get outside! Whether you’re looking to hit Folsom Lake, the American River (don’t forget your life jacket) or stick by nearby Lake Natoma, the outdoor possibilities are nearly endless. Especially in the summertime. At Folsom Lake, you can bring your paddleboard, kayaks, jet-skis, or boat and have a fun day in the sun. If you feel like staying dry or kicking back, you can sit on the beach with cold drink in hand or ride bikes on the many trails surrounding the lake.
If you don’t have your own, you can head over to the Sac State Aquatic Center, located right on Lake Natoma, and rent a paddleboard, kayak, or even a paddle boat for very reasonable prices, especially if you’re a student. This is an especially good idea if you’re trying to get ahead of the game for PaddleSplash since the race is located right on the same lake!
If you’re interested in more to do in Folsom this summer, you can check out these sites:
And if you are joining us at PaddleSplash this year, make sure to make a reservations at Lake Natoma Inn in downtown Folsom. They are offering a special rate of $89/night to PaddleSplash participants. Please use the group code: 2250849 or use this link: http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1972911&hotelID=13381