Over the past few months, many of us put our lives on hold and practiced social distancing while we waited for the curve to flatten. Now that we are through the worst of it, we are getting back into the swing of things and adjusting to our new normal.
Under a new state ordinance announced last Friday, Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties have shifted into Phase 3 and are now permitting schools, movie theaters, bars, campsites, casinos, day camps, gyms, museums, zoos, spectator-less sports, hotels and more to reopen.
In this month’s newsletter, we take you to some of our favorite locally-owned businesses that are back in action and share some fun “social distance approved” weekend activities and getaways to help you bounce back. We also take a look into the current real estate market and its promising future.
Are you ready to venture out and support local restaurants, shops, and recreational grounds? Check out our “Eat. Stay. Play.” guide below!
- The Porch Restaraunt & Bar – Sacramento: The Porch Restaurant was created to give Sacramento a unique dining experience and something out of the ordinary. With a California approach to authentic southern dishes, the Porch is a space where people can come to have a great meal, a refreshing cocktail, and forget about the worries of everyday life. As their name suggests, they even have a charming porch out front where you can enjoy your meal. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time and check out their new safety policies and measures before your next outing.
- Serritella’s – Carmichael: Craving Italian? Serritella’s has been a local favorite since 1965. They specialize in Italian food made from scratch like their rich lasagna, mushroom-filled Marsalas, delicious pasta, and tasty shrimp dishes. Their “hot out of the oven” complimentary breadsticks are also delicious! They recently moved to the new Milagro Centre in Carmichael. Call ahead to make reservations here.
- Kru Sushi – Sacramento: Kru is a contemporary Japanese restaurant in Sacramento that delivers the freshest ingredients and plates. If you have a special occasion, Kru will be sure to impress with its delicious food and gorgeous atmosphere! In the mood for a roll? Their Firecracker Roll filled with crab, avocado, and topped with salmon, spicy garlic sauce, tempura crisps, jalapenos, and kimchee ponzu is always an excellent choice. You also can’t go wrong with their fresh Nigiri. Reservations are required. Make them online here or call 916.551.1559 to secure your table.
- Shangri-La – Fair Oaks: Shangri-la is a vibrant, chic restaurant and bar in the heart of Old Fair Oaks. They have an expansive outdoor patio so you can relax and soak in the sunshine during the day or enjoy the fire pit at night. Their kitchen offers a versatile menu that features locally sourced, seasonal ingredients transformed into elevated comfort food at its best. Order anything from burgers and mac & cheese to tacos and miso salmon. Their custom handcrafted cocktails are nothing short of amazing. Reservations are required. Click here to explore, their menu, check out their new safety policies and guidelines, and reserve a table.
- Back Bistro – Folsom: Craving something fresh and light for dinner? Check out Back Bistro in Folsom Palladio. This locally-owned California bistro features a beautiful large quartz bar wrapped around a see-through wine wall. They also have a huge patio, which is great for people-watching. Enjoy a seasonally-focused lunch and dinner menu with 30 inspiring wines by the glass, microbrew beers, and premium cocktails. Check out their menu or make reservations here.
- Nixtaco – Roseville: Nixtaco in Roseville has been locally owned since 2015 and features authentic “farm to fork” Mexican cuisine using the finest ingredients and traditional techniques. Everything down to the tortilla is authentic and made from scratch. Check out their raving Yelp reviews here with plenty of recommendations and photos to help you with your next order.
- Camp Far West Reservoir: Bring your boat, jet skis, pool floats or fishing pole to Camp Far West for a fun day at the lake. Camp Far is located at the junction of Placer, Nevada and Yuba counties and is about a 45-minute drive from Sacramento. Enjoy a 2,002 surface-acre lake with 29 miles of shoreline, rolling hills and oak trees. You can make a day trip out of it or book ahead for a fun-filled weekend of camping. Overnight reservations are booking up fast and can only be made on Monday and Tuesday from 8 am to 2 pm by calling 530-633-0803.
- Folsom Lake: Folsom Lake & Recreation Area is another great opportunity to immerse yourself in the great outdoors by hiking, running, biking, boating, fishing and more. If you enjoy fishing, Folsom Lake offers trout, catfish, big and smallmouth bass or perch. Make sure to stop by and see the historic Folsom Powerhouse -once called “the greatest operative electrical plant on the American continent”! Click here to see which areas are currently open and which are closed.
- Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe is the perfect escape from both the summer heat and your home! The area is infamous for its wide array of recreational activities including water sports, boating, hiking, and more. Both North and South Lake Tahoe are excited to welcome guests back to the region with a variety of hotels, bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals now open to the public. If you’d like to stay overnight, check out these South Lake Tahoe accommodations and places to stay in North Lake Tahoe.
- Apple Hill: Take a scenic drive just past Placerville and visit the select Apple Hill farms, wineries, and bed & breakfasts. Several of the Apple Hill wineries began wine service last month including Fenton Herriot Vineyards, Edio Vineyards, and Madrona Vineyards. Check out their latest blog post with additional information here and their upcoming events schedule. Hoping to stay overnight? Plan your stay here.
If you are not able or ready to visit stores and restaurants in person just yet, there are still things you can do to support your local businesses:
- Shop online or via phone. Many local retailers have online shopping available; local and independent shops are oftentimes more than willing to help you get what you need via phone, if necessary.
- If you do not need anything specific at this time but still want to support local, purchase gift cards to spend later in various storefront businesses.
- For restaurants, order takeout or delivery.
- You can buy gift cards from many local restaurants, too.
Now that we’re past the worst of the storm and are returning to normalcy, you might be asking yourself, “How has the real estate market been impacted?”
According to the Sacramento Association of Realtors® most recent housing statistics, the numbers continue to look good for real estate. Inventory is tight but prices are stable and low-interest rates continually hold up the market. We believe the market will be the one shining light in the economy in the next six months to a year.