Do you love dressing to impress and want to hit the town with your best gal pals? From popular pubs in Sacramento to hidden gems, we know just where to go for a swanky girls’ weekend. There’s plenty to do in the area, so here are five things you will love to do in downtown Sacramento with your girls this weekend:
1. Explore Old Sacramento
Old Sacramento is an eight-block section of downtown nestled on the city’s waterfront. It may seem like a short 28-acre stretch, but it packs a punch and is worth a visit. With shops, restaurants, and entertainment, this bustling area has a little something for everyone.
If you want to explore some of Old Sacramento’s rich history, hop on a historic river cruise along the Sacramento River. Your captain will narrate the cruise and add historical anecdotes as you soak up the sun and take in the breathtaking views.
Are you looking to let loose and dance the night away? Opt for a ride on Rock the Yacht or Alive After Five cocktail cruises or the Sights & Sips cruise. Each comes with a DJ spinning tunes and a full bar.
When the boat docks, head underground—to the Underground Tasting Room. You can sample award-winning local wines by glass, bottle, or flight. Find your new favorite red, white, or dessert wine to wind down the night.
2. Trophy Club Speakeasy
It doesn’t get much more exclusive and swanky than a members-only speakeasy. Also located in the DOCO area, we like to think of Trophy Club as a hidden gem in plain sight. Once you pay the one-time membership fee, you’ll be able to access all the perks this fine drinking establishment has to offer. Make your way through the secret entrance, and you’ll step into a world of luxury and old-world glamour.
What does your lifetime membership include? For starters, it guarantees you and three guests entry into Trophy Club, where you can sip on craft cocktails. After a drink or two, you and your best gal pals won’t have to venture far to indulge in some friendly competition.
Your one-time membership fee to Trophy Club also entitles you to mini golf for life at Tipsy Putt! Battle it out with your girlfriends to see who can sink the most putts. You can move on to other games like Duffleboard to find out who among your group reigns supreme.
Are you planning a party? You can also score monthly specials on party room rentals. With so much to do, it’s easy to see why Trophy Club speakeasy is among the most popular pubs in Sacramento and beyond.
3. Downtown Commons
You can’t hit up downtown Sacramento without checking out Downtown Commons, also known as DOCO. The two-story plaza is home to boutique stores where you can shop till you drop. You’ll find popular retailers like Macy’s and Urban Outfitters, as well as a spa and salon offering premium services if you’re in the mood for a bit of luxury pampering.
With a new look fresh from the salon, you and your girlfriends will surely be the toast of the town. So why not toast to that at the Fizz Champagne Bar? Order a bottle of vintage champagne or sip on a champagne-centered cocktail. Either way, you can toast your girls’ weekend with a flute of bubbly.
Do you want to stay in for the evening instead? You can also arrange a guided tasting experience in the comfort of your own home or the privacy of your hotel room.
4. Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. After a $22 million restoration and rehabilitation that spanned 14 years, the mansion has returned to its full splendor. Once home to Leland Stanford, one of California’s most notable governors, the mansion-turned-museum now acts as the state’s official reception center for world leaders.
During your visit to the museum, you’ll see the hallmarks of Victorian-era elegance. The mansion features 19th-century-style gardens, 17-foot-tall ceilings, gilded mirrors, and other remnants of a luxurious past. The estate even has some of Stanford’s original furnishings.
The Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park is the perfect place to visit during your swanky girls’ weekend. Just be sure to call ahead to determine if the tours are happening, as they sometimes will be canceled when official activities are held.
5. Capital Casino
Will luck be a lady tonight? Find out by rolling the dice at Capital Casino. This family-owned and operated casino has been a staple of downtown Sacramento for more than 20 years. Since it’s open 24/7, you can keep your party going all day and night.
Due to California legislation, Capital Casino does not offer slot machines, but it’s sure to provide you with a good time. The casino features popular card games like blackjack, poker, baccarat, and many more. In fact, you can even try your hand at one of the weekly poker tournaments for a chance to win one of the largest prize pools in the region.
If you work up an appetite while you’re playing, you can dine at the Capital Cafe & Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With food, games, and drinks, you may never want to leave. The good news is that since Capital Casino never shuts down, you won’t have to.
There’s so much to see and do in downtown Sacramento. These are just a few of our favorite places to help you get started planning the ultimate swanky girls’ weekend. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just celebrating your time together, we have no doubt it will be a weekend to remember. And next time you’re in town, stay for a more extended visit. We’d love to see you here again soon!