Heading into 2021 may be challenging, with many attractions closed, but that doesn't stop Sacramentans from wanting to make memories without having to travel miles away...and to do so safely. Follow the itinerary below to have a relaxing date night and safely support local businesses while making enjoyable memories this year.
If you know anything about Sacramento, you know the impact Tower Records had on our city. Like Tower Records was, Solomon’s Delicatessen – named after the store’s founder, Russ Solomon – is a place with soul where culture and music are celebrated and everyone is welcome, when it’s safe to do so, that is. Until then, you can catch Solomon’s’ vibe with curbside pickup or no-contact delivery for you and your partner. If you accidentally sleep in, no problem. Breakfast is served all day, and you don’t even have to get out of your pajamas to get it if you don’t want to. No Bagels, No Life.
Walking Mural Tour/Temple Coffee Roasters
If you’re not posting selfies with your partner on Instagram, then are you really a couple? Sacramento is home to hundreds of murals worthy of a lovebird social post – or two or three. Grab your farm-to-cup coffee from Temple and head out for an art explosion walking tour. Be sure to stop by Bryan Valenzuela’s mural located on the side of River City Food Bank and Shepard Fairey’s mural of Johnny Cash located on the side of the Residence Inn, both of which are amazing in their own unique way. Want to create your own custom walking tour? You can do so here.
Capital Books on K
Why not pick up a small souvenir with your lovebird and treat yourself while you’re at it? A new bookstore with a downtown community feel, Capital Books on K is a perfect stop for a little retail therapy. This two-floor space is filled with brand-new books, games, puzzles and other items perfect for gift giving (or for yourself – we promise not to tell.)
Fizz Champagne & Bubbles Bar
What kind of date – even one where you stay home – would it be without a little celebrating? Perhaps champagne is in order. Drop by Fizz, where they celebrate the everyday by popping bottles. With more than 150 different champagnes and sparkling wines to choose from, you are sure to find something perfect to bring home and celebrate with. Are you missing tastings and food pairings? Sign up online for an hour-long virtual tasting with the founder and Chief Champagne Officer, Raymond James Irwin, where he will guide and teach you about the wonderful world of Fizz. Oh, and don’t be upset with us when you finish your celebration having become a part of Fizz’s Champagne Club. You know you love the bubbly life.
Ginger Elizabeth Patisserie
What better way to keep the celebration going than with chocolate? How about a macaron? Or better yet, an apple crisp cream puff? No matter your indulging preferences, Ginger Elizabeth Patisserie has something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Who doesn’t need that satisfaction during a pandemic? While you’re there, pick out a few treats for your partner to stock your pantry for future indulgences. I’m sure Ginger wouldn’t mind if you started hoarding her treats, and the community will thank you that it’s not toilet paper.
The Firehouse Restaurant
If you haven’t completely grown tired of your partner yet and are looking to up the intimacy and gain romantic points, takeout from The Firehouse is your next stop. This historical and romantic restaurant serves a multi-course chef’s tasting menu that highlights the season’s best flavors complete with paired premium wines that are hand-selected by the sommelier staff. Normally The Firehouse patio is THE romantic spot in Old Sacramento, but you can still savor the great food at home by getting takeout, and a rain check on that patio meal.
Plan for a Future Date Night
If stay-at-home orders haven’t drawn you closer to your partner yet, perhaps planning a proper date for when it is safe to do so will. Purchasing experiences and gift cards will not only help our local businesses today, but it will ensure that they will remain open tomorrow.
When the time is right, discover one of Sacramento’s newest adventures as you pedal your way down tracks on a River Fox Railbike. The pedal-powered vehicles will allow you to cruise along the river as you enjoy the breeze and picturesque views from a whole new perspective. When the time is right, these railbikes, seated for two, will be perfect for you and your partner to share a romantic experience together and a kiss or two.
If you frequent the streets of Sacramento, you’ve probably seen the Sac Brew Bike on the road. Grabbing a rain check and a gift certificate for this experience will definitely win some points with your partner. Offering 2-3-hour pub tours with exclusive drink discounts at each partnering bar, Sac Brew Bike will ensure an exciting evening as you pedal your way out of the pandemic blues.