visit sacramento

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Almost a year later, we finally got to visit home! We hadn’t seen my dad since moving Christmas 2017 because for health reasons he has a hard time traveling right now. I was the surprise kid after a blended family with six kids total, making me number 7 and the closest in age being about 10 years older than me… so my dad isn’t the youngest of pops’ out there, ha!

It was really important to us that we spend time with my parents and allow the girls to spend time with their grandpa outside of FaceTime. It was so special. We loved and really enjoyed our time with family! We arrived late Monday evening to my parent’s house and one of my brothers was there, one of my sisters and a couple of my nieces along with my parents were there to welcome us with lots of hugs and a homemade meal with birthday cake… so sweet. Well worth the road trip to spend quality time with family. My girls had an absolute blast! We loved being able to visit and catch up. Nora and Mabel adored spending time with Gramma and Paka and didn’t want to leave. Already excited for our next visit!

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We stayed in an amazing airbnb while we were in Sacramento! You can find the direct link to their listing here. Nestled in the perfectly quiet area of East Sac, around the corner from Trader Joe’s Chocolate Fish Coffee and a short drive to midtown… it was perfect for us! We could’ve stayed in either of our parents’ homes, but with the girls we knew it would be easiest if we had our own space and allow them a proper quiet, separate room to sleep in. SO worth it. It worked out really really well doing it this way.

Our Airbnb was seriously adorable, and the hosts were very accommodating. We loved the open layout and the interior design choices were so fun. A mix of modern and tuscany… so different than our usual taste and it was a total dream for the week we spent there. I highly recommend this space if you’re needing a night or a week in Sacramento! We really loved our stay and plan to use this again in the future!

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All our suitcases are from AWAY! We’ve been using their bags for a couple years now, and just added two medium sized bags for this trip. We used the kids bag (above) for all our shoes, the  Medium Blush  for both of the girls, and the  Medium Asphalt  for myself. DJ used our sand carry-on for all his stuff! (and had sooo much extra room in each bag even for a week. DJ and I easily could’ve shared my case! It’s an amazing size.

All our suitcases are from AWAY! We’ve been using their bags for a couple years now, and just added two medium sized bags for this trip. We used the kids bag (above) for all our shoes, the Medium Blush for both of the girls, and the Medium Asphalt for myself. DJ used our sand carry-on for all his stuff! (and had sooo much extra room in each bag even for a week. DJ and I easily could’ve shared my case! It’s an amazing size.

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A few of our favorite spots in Sacramento…

COFFEE

The Mill - hands down our favorite. So many sweet memories at this shop, even from before they had a storefront and were a little cart at the once-tiny midtown farmers market some years ago. We lived two blocks away, on I St for a year and it was the best but worst for our wallet ;) you cannot go wrong with anything on their menu. Their coffee is superb, their mochas and lattes are my favorite. Their waffles are a must. The jam waffles, I crave. My girls love their waffles-in-hand.

Temple Coffee - we have a soft spot for the original location on S St by the Co-Op, and the Fair Oaks Blvd location… I used to sit in those cafes for hours and work/study/edit many years ago. But their newest location on K St, you just don’t want to skip out on. It’s a beaut! I love their chai lattes.

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BRUNCH -

Fox and Goose, Iron Horse Tavern, Tower Cafe (their french toast is the best)

EATS -

Tank House, La Venadita, Paragary’s, Beast and Bounty (haven’t been here yet but have heard nothing but that we need to!), Hook & Ladder, Federalist, Low Brau.

For the KIDDOS -

Art Beast, Fairytale Town, The Zoo, The Children’s Museum, Crocker Art Museum, McKinley Park, Land Park Playground, and Old Sacramento + The Train Museum.

Of course there are SO many other places we love… these are just some top favorites of ours we love recommending.

Sacramento has such a sweet spot in our hearts. It’s home to us. DJ and I met there, fell in love there, welcomed both our babies there… and of course our families. I think we definitely cherish it a bit extra now that we’re far, but it helps us enjoy it all the more when we do get to visit.

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Mary Salas