Day Trip: Sacramento, CA


Honestly, all of Sacramento seemed like it might be an historic district. So many fabulous old warehouses that have been or are in the process of being refurbed into restaurant, retail or art spaces. And architecturally, it seemed like there were homes of every type: English Cottage, Victorian, Mid-Century, Craftsman, Spanish Colonial, Tudor, Cape Cod, and some I couldn’t quite identify. And it was so lush and green. Apparently, it used to be called the City of Trees.


It is so great that they have maintained the beautiful, old facades and architectural features while still modernizing the spaces.

With only a short time to visit, the goal was to hit as many home goods and furnishings shops as possible. But, there really only seemed to be a few home-related stores that were interesting. There were, however, loads of antique stores!

R Cubed Lifestyle (3214 Riverside Blvd.) was a cute little store with a little bit of everything: furniture (new and old), clothing, home goods, jewelry, etc. Loads to look at and a very friendly shop.


One of the fun antique stores we went to was called The Antique Company. I know, catchy name, huh? They are at the corner of X and 21st Streets. It is a good sized place with a wide variety.


With decor that has them stuck in the 70s, next door to The Antique Company was an amazing beekeeping supply shop. Immediately upon entry you get to have a self-guided honey tasting before you have your vessel filled with the honey-du-jour. Just to walk through the doors of this place is a simultaneous step back in time and tribute to everything bees and beekeeping. It was fantastic!

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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But, by far, the favorite stop of the day was at Scout Living (1215 18th Street). This purveyor of everything Mid-Century had an incredibly pristine offering of everything from Saarinen dining tables to sterling Dansk figurines to fondue sets and loads of lighting options from the era. Greeted by an an ineffective, but adorable, guard-pug outside, the ooo’s and ahhh’s started immediately.


A few more stops included the friendly furniture store Urban 57 Home and Decor (5601 H Street) and, right around the corner, the enormous 57th Street Antiques Mall (875 57th Street). Within the Antiques Mall complex was a great design firm—Design Alchemy. They had a small retail collection of some nice home accents.

Gorgeous carpet from Urban 57

Gorgeous carpet from Urban 57

Booths at the 57th Street Antiques Mall

Booths at the 57th Street Antiques Mall

Ceramics from Design Alchemy

Ceramics from Design Alchemy

And, then, before the journey home, there was a stop at Hawk’s Public House (1525 Alhambra Blvd.), a nicely appointed little gastro pub with delicious cocktails, deviled eggs and other yummy items.


It was a fun day! Next time, there is opportunity to be a bit more touristy with a visit to the Capitol Building, taking in a River Cats baseball game, catching a meal on the Delta Queen on the Sacramento River or maybe, just maybe, a beekeeping class!

Check out the book Inside Sacramento if you want to find some things to do in Sacramento.

I can promise you that when I go to Sacramento, I will pump up Sacramento.
— Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA Governor 2003 - 2011)