Professional and Fun Links in Sacramento and Surrounding Counties
Whether you are new to the area, remodeling your home, or just want to expand your horizons, these links may come in handy.
Angie's List : Consumer ratings of local service companies and contractors.
Burnett and Sons Planing Mill and Lumber Co : Custom woodwork and windows since 1869. Craftsmen with a personal touch: can match antique windows and doors.-- 214 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814. (916)442-0493.
Sacramento Old City Association : "Promotes actions that preserve and enhance quality of life for central city residents, businesses, and working people." Wealth of information re. older structures and neighborhoods in Sacramento, city regulations for older areas; tours; developed Fainted Ladies Resource List, a list of craftspersons who specialize in working on old houses.-- P.O. Box 162140, Sacramento, CA 95816. (916)455-2935.
Green Sacramento : Specializes in environmental building and design products.--1837 Fulton Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825. (916)483-4332.
Lumens Light and Living : Large showroom of extraordinary lighting fixtures, contemporary and period.--2028 21st Street. Sacramento, CA 95814. (916)444-5385.
Mac the Antique Plumber : Large selection of antique plumbing and lighting fixtures and hardware, plus reproductions.--6325 Elvas Ave., Sacramento, CA 95819. (916)454-4507.
Miracle Method : Refinish old tubs and sinks on site or in their shop.--5750 Roseville Rd., #2, Sacramento, CA 95842. (916)332-3575.
WasteNot Davis Exchange : Website facilitating exchange of inexpensive and free recycled remodel materials.
Fun Things to Do with Kids
AeroSpace Museum of California : Over 30 military and civilian aircraft; state-of-the-art Aviation Learning Center; interactive xhibits; shop with aviation-themed gifts.--3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA 95652. (916)643-3192
California State Railroad Museum : Largest train museum in the country!--111-I St. (in Old Sacramento), Sacramento, CA 95814. (916)445-6645.
Discovery Museums of Sacramento : Includes the Gold Rush History Museum in Old Sacramento which sponsors exhibits and activities that aim to bring to life Sacramento's history and the 1849 Gold Rush (101 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814. (916)264-7057); and the Science and Space Center which has interactive exhibits for children of all ages, including science exhibits, planetarium shows, simulated space missions, live animals, a nature trail (3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95821. (916)575-3941).
Effie Yeaw Nature Center : Natural, historical and cultural programs focusing on the Sacramento
region; self-guided hiking trails; sanctuary for rescued wild animals.--6700 Tarshes Dr., Carmichael, CA 95778. (916)489-4918.
Explorit Science Center : Hands-
on science museum for elementary school-aged kids; friendly staff. -- 2nd St., Davis, CA 95617. (530)756-0191.
Jelly Belly Factory : Take a tour! Rated #1 of all things to do in Fairfield.--101-F Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA 95687. (707)447-4821.
Sacramento Zoo : Large collection and lively educational programs. Situated in scenic William Land Park.-- 3930 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA (916)808-5888
Adventures for Adults
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs : Mud baths, indoor and outdoor mineral pools, full spa services including massage. Lodging. Situated in scenic Calistoga at the head of the Napa Valley.-- 1006 Washington St., Calistoga, CA 94515. (707)942-6269.
Crocker Art Museum : Housed in elegant Crocker Mansion-Premier collections of California art and Master Drawings; also Asian art and international ceramics collections. -- 216 O St., Sacramento, CA 95814. (916)808-7000.
Davis Farmer's Market : Marvelous assortment of fresh produce, flowers, and fish; prepared food; crafts; live music; carousel, play structures, and pony rides; fountain for kids to play in. Sat. morns; Wed. afternoons. One of oldest and most successful farmers' markets in California.--Central Park, 4th and C Streets, Davis, CA (530)756-1695.
di Rosa Art and Nature Preserve : Remarkable gallery and gardens on 217 acres of collector Rene di
Rosa's estate in the southern Napa Valley housing almost 2300 art works in all media.
Large collection of northern California artists. Eclectic, controversial, memorable.
--5200 Carneros Hwy 121, Napa, CA 94559. (707)226-5991.
Sierra Club, Mother Lode Chapter : Explore the out-of-doors! Serves 24 northern California counties. Excellent advice on trails and full schedule of day hikes, snowshoeing and cross-country ski trips, backpacking trips, city explorations, gorge- scrambling, river rafting, kayaking, and preservation activities.
John Natsoulas Gallery and Center for the Arts : Changing exhibits and cultural programs featuring local and international artists. Strong relationship with UC Davis Art Department. Rooftop Sculpture Gallery featuring Roy de Forest, Donna Billick, Marlo Bartels.
--521 First St, Davis, CA 95616. (530)756-3938.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park : Site of the discovery of gold in 1848 on the South Fork
of the American River which sparked the stampede of the Gold Rush. Interesting drive into
California's Gold Country. Bring picnic; interpretive programs, museum, visitor center.-- 310 Back St., Coloma, CA 95613. (530)672-3470.
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts : World-class musical, theatrical, dance, acrobatic performers and speakers. From traditional to innovative performances from diverse cultures.-- 1 Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. (530)754-5000.
Napa Valley Wine Train : Tour the Napa Valley and dine aboard an elegant old Pullman car which travels between Napa and St. Artfully-prepared food and excellent wine.-- 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94589. (707)253-2111.
Palms Playhouse : Folk, blues, cajun, and bluegrass performers of local and national renown, in down-home location on second floor of old opera house. Lots of atmosphere. Dinner at the Buckhorn Cafe.-- 13 Main St., Winters, CA (530)795-1825.
The Ballroom of Sacramento : Full spectrum of ballroom, Latin, country, and swing dance lessons and social dances. 8600 sf dance floor; welcoming teachers and clientele. Voted Sacramento's best dance venue by readers of Sacramento Magazine, Sacramento News and Review, KCRA. --6009 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819. (916)737-7929.
See a play! : Listing of plays in the area at B Street Theater, Sacramento Theater Company, California Musical Theater, Roseville Magic Circle Theater, Woodland Opera House and others.