So my wife's birthday is coming up and she didn't want to go far but wanted to be 'near the water' and didn't want to spend too many $$$, bless her soul. Hmmm....what to do, what to do, what to do?? Well, I was looking at Travelzoo.com and saw a deal at the Delta King. $99 for an upgraded room and breakfast for two. That fits the parameters; not far, near water and not too expensive.
Here's what we did.
Checked in Friday afternoon and went to Fat City for dinner. My wife's favorite place because they have good food and interesting east-meets-west type items on the menu. Plus, she loves the Victorian feel/ decor of the place. After dinner we walked Old Sacramento and browsed some of the shops...she just had to have those cute socks. The streets were a bit deserted at 9pm on Friday because it's Gold Rush Days and the streets are blocked off. So we made our way back to the Delta King Bar and Grill for dessert and to listen to the live music they have every Fri. and Sat. night. A very convenient spot since our river view room was only two doors away.
If you are not familiar with the Delta King it is a Sternwheel Riverboat that is permanently docked in Old Sac. It now houses a Hotel, Restaurant, Bar and Grill, Theater and banquet/ party facilities. The room was quite nice, albeit a bit small...but hey...it's a 90 year old boat! At least the AC worked well, we needed it as it was 95+ out. I loved the old toilet with the overhead tank and pull chain, and the shower was awesome. Breakfast was very good too. The dining room is on the elegant side of the scale with white linens, wine glasses and nice views of the river. It is a fun experience and the service was great.
As we step off the Delta King on Saturday morning we are transported into the Old West. It's Gold Rush Days in Old Sac! The streets are covered with dirt. There are horses and carriages and wagons and stagecoaches and gunslingers and barmaids and saloons and tents and bands and and and ... We take in some of the shows and watch some dancers and a demonstration of the Pony Express. Lots of fun.
Next stop is the Greek Festival for some Gyros and Baklava. This was taking place at the Convention Center. It's less than a mile from Old Sac and well worth the $5 admission. More music, more dancing, more food and more shopping. Music, dancing and shopping for my wife and the food for me ;-) It's late and we go back to our real home which is only 20 minutes away.
Sunday we do our 'normal' stuff then head back to Old Sac at 8pm for the outdoor movie on the lawn. It's John Wayne in Old California which takes place where? Where else but... Sacramento!!
All in all it is a very fun 'getaway', though we really didn't git very fer at all.