Details of our official Bouchercon excursions are being finalized, but some options are likely to be on the official list and are easily accessible to you on your own:
Sacramento Old Town. Our Bouchercon hotels are on Thirteenth Street. Old Sacramento is where the numbers begin (though the first street is called Front Street). It is, in short, only thirteen blocks away. It is on the Sacramento River. They describe themselves this way: “Old Sacramento is the riverfront historic district, with Gold Rush-era buildings, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages.” Its wooden sidewalks lead to shops, restaurants, and museums. The Firehouse is one of the city’s elegant places to dine, but if you prefer casual, other options abounds.
California State Train Museum. If you have time while you’re in Old Sacramento, remember you’re at the western end of the Transcontinental Railroad and visit the California Railroad Museum (www.californiarailroad.museum). Even people who are not too fond of museums love this one. You actually climb aboard vintage passenger cars and one of the original mail cars. And you can watch model trains travel through elaborate dioramas.
State Capitol Tour. The Capitol is located directly across the street from the Hyatt. Public tours are conducted daily. Leave yourself time to wander through the greenery to see multiple trees from throughout the state, most of them labeled, and visit the World Peace Rose Garden as you near 15th Street.
Old Sugar Mill Winery. A visit to wine country is planned as an official option. It will take people to the Old Sugar Mill Winery, which hosts fifteen unique wineries from northern California. This will take about four hours. Space will be limited, since the winery is in Clarksburg, outside the city center. Watch for details.