I’m going to be in Sacramento for work next month for 5 nights, and then I’m spending the night before I fly back to Ireland in San Francisco.
I’m going to be working Monday to Friday during the day in midtown Sacramento, and I’m staying at the Marriot Courtyard Sacramento Midtown .
I’m flying back from SFO on the Saturday at 16:45. I’m planning to leave Sacramento on Friday after work, say 5pm, and drive to San Francisco and stay overnight there.
So, I’m looking for cool things to do in the evenings during the week in Sacramento and for my night and half day in San Francisco.
I have been to San Francisco before, on vacation 16 years ago. I have seen a lot of the touristy things, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, ridden on the cable car, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, City Lights and general roaming around.
I’ve never been to Sacramento.
Things I like include twentieth century history, Jazz, wine, microbrews, books, shopping & good food
(I was going to put jazz, wine and beer first, but I thought I’d go with something classier!)
I suppose my specific questions are as follows:
[li] Are there any jazz Clubs in Sacramento that anyone could recommend midweek?[/li]
[li] Any restaurant/microbrewery recommendations for Sacramento[/li]
[li] Are there any vineyards or gold towns that could be visited from Sacramento after work during the week?[/li]
[li] Following from that, what time does it get dark at the start of March?[/li]
[li] Any other must sees/does in Sacramento?[/li][/ol]
[li]I am considering returning my rental car to the airport on the Friday and then getting a taxi to my hotel (which I haven’t booked yet, but somewhere downtown), so that I can then get a taxi from downtown straight to the terminal on the Saturday, meaning that I will have more time on the Saturday in SF. Is it easy to pick up a taxi to the airport downtown? How much approximately will it cost? and how long would it take?[/li]
[li]Anyone able to recommend a Jazz Club in San Francisco?[/li]
[li]Is there anywhere you could recommend to see or wander round on the Saturday morning from say 8am to 1pm? [/li]
[li]Alternatively, would I be mad to get up early on Saturday (6 or 7 am) and head out to the wine country, visit a vineyard and then drive back to the airport? Knowing that I won’t be abe to taste much (any) wine, is it worthwhile going to see the scenery and the wine making facilities?[/li]
[li]I’m planning to stay in the Hilton on Union Square or the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill. Would either be better or does anyone have another recommendation. These are both approximately $120 p/n.[/li][/ol]
Now I know that’s a lot of questions, so please don’t feel you have to answer all of them, but if you could answer one or two I’d appreciate it.