Sacramento, Calif.

West Sacramento river downtown

Why here?
California's capital city is undergoing a renaissance, welcoming a wave of new restaurants among other significant developments. Among the latter are a new arena, hotel and retail-entertainment project downtown, and the Bridge District, offering new venues along the river in West Sacramento.

 Utah-based Falls Event Center, which already runs one facility in nearby Elk Grove, is planning to open a 13,500-square-foot event venue between the Roseville Galleria and Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville. The Falls Event Center Roseville, slated to open between Dec. 2016 and Feb. 2017, will have six rentable spaces, including a main hall, two conference rooms (large and small), a board room, a game room and a theater.

Local restaurant favorite Paragary's, in midtown, reopened last year after undergoing a $1 million makeover. The venerable farm-to-fork restaurant can sit 110 in the main dining room and 40 in a private space.

Hawks Public House, a new gastropub in East Sacramento from the team behind the fine-dining Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, serves brunch, lunch and dinner and can seat up to 55 for private events.


Local Update 
 The Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville celebrated its grand reopening early last month, after wrapping up a thorough renovation of the property in late December. All 151 guest rooms have new carpeting, beds, furniture and showers, with walls festooned with regional artwork. The hotel offers an outdoor patio with a fire pit and 1,173 square feet of meeting space.

 Construction proceeds on the Golden 1 Center, an arena slated to open in October. The new home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings also is lining up events such as an opening night concert headlined by Maroon 5, and a recently announced show with Mexican rock legends Maná, who will play on Nov. 9. Kings owner and former tech CEO Vivek Ranadivé promises the league's most technologically advanced arena, with 1,000 Wi-Fi access points, strategically placed beacons for navigational help and an official team mobile app that allows attendees to order refreshments from their seats.

The Kings hope to thoroughly revitalize downtown Sacramento with the new venue. An adjacent mixed-use project called Downtown Commons also is underway and is set to open in early 2017 with retail, restaurants and additional entertainment venues. A 250-room, 16-story Kimpton hotel is being built on the same block, likewise slated to open in early 2017.

 In West Sacramento's up-and-coming Bridge District, construction began a year ago on The Barn, an outdoor event venue along the Sacramento River. The multimillion-dollar project, which could debut this month, will focus on culinary and musical events. Sacramento-based restaurant LowBrau will run the food-and-beverage service, including a weekend beer garden, and also will handle much of the event programming. The Barn is expected to anchor the riverfront developments in the district.

 The Capitol Event Center debuted last July in the historic May building, an updated adaptation of the CSAC Conference Center that previously existed in that space. The renovation focused on the in-room technology, which now features state-of-the-art A/V infrastructure. Phase II of the project, which should wrap up this month, will add breakout suites and a lounge on the floor above the primary conference space. The main room holds up to 200 people theater-style, and the combined breakout suites will have a maximum capacity of 50.

airport digs
Sacramento International Airport is prepared to welcome a 150-room Hyatt Place on-site, within walking distance of both passenger terminals. Plans call for an indoor pool and spa, a dining area, 3,500 square feet of meeting space and more. Construction could begin this summer and conclude in 2018 or 2019.

Meeting Hotels: About 10,000 hotel rooms can be found in the city and its environs. Downtown properties include the 503-room Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 503-room Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 359-room Holiday Inn Sacramento-Capitol Plaza, 271-room Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento, 235-room Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park, 196-room Citizen Hotel, 132-room Holiday Inn Express Sacramento Convention Center, 107-room Vagabond Inn Executive Sacramento Old Town and 101-room Westin Sacramento.

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Convention Center: Sacramento Convention Center; exhibit space, 137,000 square feet; number of meetings rooms, 31; (916) 808-5291.

Airport Transit: Sacramento International Airport, 12 miles north of downtown Sacramento. Transfer cost by taxi, $35; by Super Shuttle, $14

Taxes: Room tax, 12%, plus the Sacramento Tourism Marketing District tax, ranging from 1% to 3%, depending on hotel location

Group Venue: The Verge Center for the Arts, a nonprofit hub of contemporary art exhibitions and artist studios, has also become a über-hip event venue. The downtown warehouse has 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, 20-foot-high ceilings, polished concrete floors and a wide variety of rotating exhibitions. (916) 448-2985.

Contact: Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, (916) 808-7777.