Reward yourself with an all-day breakfast and the strongest Bloody Mary you’ll ever taste at DeVere’s Irish Pub on L Street. It’s where locals and ex-pat’s from Britain and Ireland gather at weekends to watch satellite broadcasts of football (soccer) and rugby from the old country whilst knocking back a few brews. Round off the afternoon with a viewing of the new $8 million Jeff Koons sculpture outside the Golden 1 Center, a massive indoor arena which is home to the city’s basketball team, the Sacramento Kings.
For your final evening in Sacramento, book a table by the outdoor fountain in the garden of Lucca’s restaurant and bar at 1615 J Street, halfway between Midtown and Downtown. Its romantically Italian but not-too-cheesy setting combined with excellent Californian and Mediterranean fare is the ideal way to celebrate your stay in California’s secret star city.
Sacramento is compact by Californian standards; most attractions are walkable from Downtown or easily reached in a cab or Uber. To be close to all the action, stay at The Holiday Inn. It’s only a short stroll from ‘Old Sac’ and room rates start at just $97/night. To book, visit www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/sacramento
Virgin Atlantic fly to San Francisco from London and Manchester. Economy fares start from £456 return (including taxes and charges) at www.virginatlantic.com
For more information, go to www.visitsacramento.com