Here’s some of my favorite places to head for a day trip around Sacramento! I love how Folsom is an hour and a half from South Lake Tahoe, less than an hour from Amador County wine tasting, not far from San Francisco or the beach, and a whole lot more. Check out some ideas here and let me know your favorites!
Amador County Wine Tasting
We love wine tasting in Amador….our favorites are Cooper Vineyards and Borjon Winery. We try to stop by a new winery during each visit. Iron Hub was our most recent trip and they have an amazing view and patio for a clear day. It’s a great pocket of wineries with some great picnic areas as well. If you don’t pack a lunch, stop by the Villa Toscano Bistro and order a pizza and pick up a bottle of wine inside to eat with lunch. Delish!
South Lake Tahoe – for Summer and Winter!
Folsom is an hour and a half from South Lake Tahoe, and even closer to ski resorts like Sierra at Tahoe. One of our favorite stops is The Beacon restaurant which sits right on the beach at Camp Richardson….amazing views and a rum runner is well worth the drive! If you need to stretch your legs, park at Emerald Bay and hike down to Vikingsholm for a a great view of the lake.
Tour a Cave, visit Indian Grinding Rock, and have lunch in Sutter Creek
A recent day trip took us out to the city of Volcano, approximately an hour east of Folsom. We started the morning at Indian Grinding Rock State Park and toured the park and saw the largest grinding rock in the US. From there we went another mile down the road and toured privately owned Black Chasm Cavern, a small but incredible cave. They have 45 minute tours on the hour. Stunningly beautiful. We ended the day with a late lunch in the cute downtown of Sutter Creek. There’s several wineries there as well to explore if you’re looking for a taste!
Catch a Broadway Show in Sacramento
It’s a quick drive to Sacramento where you can catch a Broadway show like Wicked, Lion King, Mary Poppins, and many more!
Cool Down at Stinson Beach & Muir Woods
A little more of a drive than some of the other trips above, but this makes for a great trip on a hot Sacramento summer day. When it’s 100 degrees in Folsom, it may be 70 at the beach! Stroll through the redwoods at Muir Woods National Park in one of the closest areas you can see the giant trees.
Camp at MacKerricher State Park
One of my favorite campgrounds growing up was MacKerricher State Park in Mendocino County, and remains so still today. Highway 1 is a beautiful drive, the weather is usually a lot cooler than it is in Sacramento during the summer, and relaxation is on the schedule. If camping isn’t your thing, my favorite beachfront hotel is The Beachcomber Motel in nearby Fort Bragg. All rooms face the ocean and they have a great rooftop patio to open a bottle of wine and watch the sunset. Restaurant suggestions are the North Coast Brewing Co for a pint, Cowlicks Ice Cream for a cone, and Eggheads for breakfast! Visit Glass Beach and walk along the main street through Fort Bragg.