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The Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento, Tapestry By Hilton

by Staff

February is a rough month for a lot of us. The climate, particularly in New York City, is bleak and dreary. The excitement of starting a new year has waned, and seasonal affective disorder often peaks during the mid-winter slump.

If you’re craving a change of scenery, why not consider a getaway to Sacramento? It may not be the most obvious answer, but that’s what can make it such a rewarding destination. California’s capital city experiences four true seasons; has plenty of cultural attractions that rarely get crowded; boasts a surpringly diverse culinary scene; and is far kinder to your wallet than more touristy California cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. In short? There’s never a bad time of year or lack of reasons to start planning a vacation now.

Where To Stay In Sacramento

Unveiled in 2021, The Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento is a member of Tapestry Collection by Hilton, a family of independent boutique hotels offering elevated hospitality at highly competitive rates. Located in Midtown adjacent to Sutter Medical Center, the 105-room property is the creative vision and legacy of Stacy and her late husband Randy Paragary, a beloved Sacramento restaurateur who sadly passed a few months after the opening. The Paragarys wanted Fort Sutter to not just be a hotel, but a community hub where locals could gather over quality food and drink in a welcoming atmosphere that also supports area creatives. With that in mind, Stacy collaborated with Sacramento-based art consultancy Groundswell Art to curate rotating and permanent pieces for the lobby, common spaces, and accommodations—the lobby’s macramé wall piece is especially striking.

The contemporary guest rooms and suites sport the essentials of a rejuvenating stay without gratuitous bells and whistles (think: beds dressed in crisp linens, spacious working desks, and ample smart storage space), while city staple Cafe Bernardo and buzzy new lounge Four Palms offer day-to-night service to cover all your cravings. The former is a casual space with a to-go coffee and pastry counter, along with full service for dining in—the Quinoa & Roasted Vegetables salad and pizzettas are especially solid, and won’t weigh you down. The entire food menu is also available at Four Palms, alongside a well-curated selection of California wines and cocktails inspired by the world’s most iconic hotels served up by some of the friendly bartenders you’ll ever meet. (Three cheers for Alexia, who thoughtfully penned a list of her favorite spots in town.)

Where To Eat In Sacramento

Just down the street is Paragary’s, a fine dining institution that’s been serving vibrant California cuisine—don’t miss the handmade pastas—since 1983. The 2022 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant absolutely warrants a visit, even for a cocktail and small plate at the bar. With multiple locations, Mikuni is a fan favorite for well-prepared sushi at reasonable prices and fantastic lunch specials. For a more elevated sushi experience, check out Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine. Binchoyaki is another notable James Beard-nominated spot cooking up Japanese noodle soups, rice bowls, and original bites like Arabiki corn dogs. Saigon Alley Kitchen & Bar dishes up classic and contemporary Vietnamese fare, while Pizzasaurus Rex’s crispy rectangular pizzas, made even more enticing after a dunk in Dino Sauce, are among Sacramento’s best.

What To Do In Sacramento

Spread across a historic 1869 Victorian mansion and the Teel Pavilion, Crocker Art Museum is renowned for its impressive Californian art collection and for being one of the country’s oldest public art museums. There’s also compelling exhibits: On view now through May 19 is Black Artists in America, which explores inequality and identity in the art world and America with mid-century works by African American artists such as Alma Thomas and Romare Bearden. While most people wouldn’t consider visiting a state capitol building, let alone the grounds, Capitol Park is in a league of its own with 40 acres brimming with stately heritage trees and lush gardens. Plus: admission to the park, museum, and capitol building are free. A national historic landmark home to 19th-century buildings, kitschy gift shops, and views of the Sacramento River, Old Sacramento Waterfront lets you step back in time and get a glimpse of how life might have looked like during the Gold Rush.

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