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Visiting Sacramento & California Gold Country

California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains anchor the northwest of the Golden State, drawing travelers to iconic destinations like Yosemite National Park, and historic communities like Mammoth Lakes, Mariposa and Oakhurst. Once the snow flies, the community of South Lake Tahoe, at the south end of Lake Tahoe, becomes a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts. Fall brings mandarin orange season to the foothills of the Sierras, where communities like Auburn celebrate. Sacramento, the state capital fills with holiday festivities and across California’s Sierra and Gold Country it’s a season of events and fun.

Ever get an orange in your Christmas stocking? Its the season for Christmas Oranges in California. Auburn’s 2012 Mountain Mandarin Festival marks the 19th year celebrating the mandarin orange harvest. Join the community at the Gold County Fairgrounds for the activities and fun.

Fall and holidays bring several special events to the Sacramento Zoo. Always a popular event, Boo at the Zoo kicks off 2012’s season of fun events that run through December. Visit the zoo any time in November through Christmas Eve with non-perishable food items or a new toy, for a discount on admission - help support Sacramento Zoo’s Holiday Food & Toy Drive.

December at California’s capital city zoo features handcrafted wreaths for sale on weekends; the 2012 Holiday Magic is on December 8th, when visitors watch the animals unwrap their special Christmas treats. The Sacramento Zoo hosts a PJ Party on Christmas Eve, with free admission. With cooler weather, this is the time to see the Sacramento Zoo animals at their most active.

Sacramento’s Fairytale Town is a must for travelers with younger children. Fairytale Town is a special play park and outdoor museum for kids that brings our most beloved fairy tales and nursery rhymes to life. Visit on Saturday, December 1st, for the 2012 Fairytale Town Winter Wonderland with free arts and crafts, and photos with Santa. And remember on December 24th, admission to Fairytale Town is free.

Forty miles south of Sacramento, the community of Lodi puts on its best for the holidays. The Micke Grove Zoo hosts Zoo Lights, over December weekends, transforming the grounds into a holiday wonderland. Zoo Lights features family fun, wagon rides and Santa – get your 2012 family picture with Santa at Micke Grove Zoo. On December 14th and 15th, the Lodi Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Hutchins Street Square – another holiday family tradition not to be missed.

East of Sacramento in Davis, the University of California Davis Department of Music fills the Mondavi Center with beautiful music throughout fall. The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts hosts a diversity of events from Morrissey and B.B. King, to the Alexander String Quartet and UC Davis’ own Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Mark December 21st on the calendar for the San Francisco Symphony Family Concert at the Mondavi Center.

Sacramento & California Gold Country Hotel Map

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24 Best Western Hotels
in Sacramento & California Gold Country

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    Cedar Inn & Suites

    Angels Camp

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    Golden Key

    Auburn

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Palm Court Hotel

    Davis

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    University Lodge

    Davis

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Inn Dixon

    Dixon

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    Galt Inn

    Galt

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    Gold Country Inn

    Grass Valley

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    Amador Inn

    Jackson

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    I-5 Inn & Suites

    Lodi

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    Royal Host Inn

    Lodi

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Yosemite Way Station Motel

    Mariposa

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

    Oakhurst

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    Placerville Inn

    Placerville

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    Stagecoach Inn

    Pollock Pines

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Rancho Cordova Inn

    Rancho Cordova

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Orchid Hotel & Suites

    Roseville

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    Roseville Inn

    Roseville

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    John Jay Inn

    Sacramento

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Sutter House

    Sacramento

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    Sandman Motel

    Sacramento

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center

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    Station House Inn

    South Lake Tahoe

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    Shadow Inn

    Woodland

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    Yuba City Inn

    Yuba City

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Sacramento & California Gold Country Events

August 2016

August 20-28, 2016
2016 Sacramento Mural Festival

Various locations across downtown Sacramento are set to host a week of art shows, lectures, tours, and more. Don't miss ArtJam at the end of the festival.

September 2016

September 8-10, 2016
2016 CA Craft Beer Summer & Festival

Enjoy the summer in Sacramento, as Capitol Mall hosts three days of craft beers from all across the state. 

October 2016

October 22 & 23, 2016
2016 Aftershock Festival

Hard rockers, don't miss this concert of epic proportions, featuring Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Korn, and more. It's all taking place at Discovery Park in Sacramento. Get your tickets today.

October 1 & 2, 2016
2016 Big Crush Harvest Festival

Celebrate the grape harvest at Amador Wine Country with a weekend of festivities, including live music, food and wine pairings, and more. It all gets underway at 11 a.m.

November 2016

November 18-20, 2016
2016 Sacramento Harvest Festival

This is one of the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the entire west coast. Head over to the Cal Expo Center for tons of vendors and activities, alongside live music and more fun.

December 2016

December 7, 2016
2016 Stand Up Sacramento

Have a laugh at Crest Theatre in Sacramento this winter, as comedians will tell their best jokes for a great cause alongside food, entertainment, and an auction. It all starts at 7 p.m.

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