Meet Our Hometown Tourists

Janet, Cindy and Carol:  Who we are.We met in a Toastmasters Class in 1994.  When the chapter disbanded, we decided we would still meet occasionally for lunch.  Since we all worked in different departments for Sacramento County, our paths frequently crossed at work.  We had the common employer denominator to give us plenty of... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Visit the Sacramento Zoo

People travel the world to visit zoos, from China to London to San Diego.  Why not take a day and travel to the Sacramento Zoo for a fabulous zoo experience?  Remember how much fun it was to go to the zoo for the first time? Well, guess what? It's still fun, even if you’ve been there before. The Sacramento Zoo is close to... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Visit Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

The headline of the San Francisco Chronicle, Friday July 2, 1895: “It was 4 a.m. in Sacramento and a 100 gun salute shattered the quiet…”  That was when the turbines at the Folsom Powerhouse first began to spin and produce electricity.  It was a really big deal for the electric current to run down the lines from Folsom the 22... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Enjoy a Sacramento Segway Tour

Even weeks later it still makes me smile! On a bright summer morning, Cindy, Jackie, and I met at 28th and V, the headquarters of Hysterical Tours. We were excited to embark on a Segway tour of Midtown Sacramento.  When I first approached the machine, it seemed awkward and a bit intimidating.  But once our guide (also named... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Explore the Hawaiian Chieftain

Ahoy, matey! When you tour the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain, you suddenly want to talk like a pirate. She was berthed on the river in Old Sacramento from October 22 through December 8 for her annual visit to our city. The day we went on board for our latest adventure was cold and rainy. So that added a bit of mystery to... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Explore the Varieties of Winter Squash

I love autumn in the Sacramento Valley.  I look forward each year to going up to Apple Hill for apple pie and wandering through the craft stalls on the weekends.  But closer to home are pumpkin patches, farmers markets and seasonal produce stands in our own neighborhoods.  Too many people associate pumpkin patches with just... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Every year at the end of September, I watch for the giant metal pumpkin to appear at the corner of Jackson Road and South Watt Avenue to let me know that Roemer Pumpkin Patch will open soon.  Aside from the fact that it’s not far out of town, I especially like that Roemer grows so many different varieties of pumpkins.  This... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Revisit the Governor's Mansion

The Governor's Mansion in Sacramento is a Victorian house with a lot of history in the heart of California's capital city. So, been there, done that, checked it off the list?  Think again. One of the greatest benefits of being a tourist in your own town is that you can go back to your favorite touristy venues again and again. ... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Visit the California State Fair

It's summer in Sacramento, and the California State Fair is happening now. You may have seen the TV commercials showing the mascots dancing and singing and advertising special discounts on items like spas and furniture. And the local news shows have sent anchors to the fair grounds to experience the sights and sample the food.... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Enjoy "Art of the Dumpster"

Dumpsters as art? Yes indeed. Anything you will find in a traditional painting or sculpture exhibit you will find through the end of August at the Art of the Dumpster exhibit at the corner of Power Inn Road and Cucuamonga Avenue (just off Highway 50 south of Folsom Boulevard) in Sacramento. Whimsy, allegory -- it’s all here. The... Read more »

Our Hometown Tourists Take an Architectural Walking Tour

Beaux Arts. Renaissance. Italianate. Greek. Baroque. Victorian. Do you know what these terms have in common? If you guessed architectural styles, you are correct. But I just learned that all of these architectural styles and more can be found within a five block area of downtown Sacramento. That is what we realized when Janet,... Read more »