Our room includes a functioning kitchen, so we plan to eat in as much as possible to save money. We all enjoy eating out, but it’s just becoming cost prohibitive, largely because the girls are growing and the children’s menu of chicken fingers, frozen pizza or pricey pb&j just doesn’t do it for them anymore. They order of the regular menu more often than not, so that means eating out for four adults, price wise. Yes, sometimes we split orders, but often we all have different dining needs (ok. wants.) and since we’re already out, we indulge ourselves a little.
After wrapping up business, we headed to the
Tuesday we headed to the Capitol building, home of the California State Legislature. This was a particularly good time to visit if you’re into holiday cheer; students from schools throughout the Bay Area were performing in the rotunda. (There's always something going on. Check out the events calendar before you visit if you'd like to know more.) I particularly appreciated the docent who welcomed us to the living museum; she invited us to wander freely. “As a
We relaxed the rest of the day in the hotel pool, our room (complete with loft bedroom the girls are enjoying heartily), and Jacuzzi before calling it a night.
Thursday we headed downtown to visit Sutter’s
Sutter’s Fork park had great potential for visitors. We were particularly excited as we shelled over our entrance fee to be told that we were there on an “exhibition day” and there were lots of activity stations set up throughout the fort. There was a blacksmith’s station, basket weavers in action, laundry station, weavers and bakers, carpenters and more. There were kids in costume taking part throughout. The bummer came when our girls tried to take part. They were shooed away. It seems a school had paid extra to take part, and visitors really weren’t welcome to lend a hand. “You just have to watch,” one teacher told them. Pretty much took the wind out of all of our sails. We checked out a few of the static displays in some of the fort’s rooms, then called it a day.
From there, we headed to Safetyville, a public education facility designed to teach kids about safety. Visitors walk through the miniature city, complete with crosswalks, traffic signals and a variety of life-like obstacles and structures, learning about traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety. There are other talking points at various stations as well. The “animal control office,” for instance, includes a video about animal safety – how to react to strays encountered in public places, etc. It was very cold during our visit, so once our toes and fingers were nearly numbed and we’d completed the tour, we turned in our maps and headed back to the Jacuzzi for some thawing before dinner in Old Town (oddly dark in this shopping season – but we enjoyed a scrumptious dinner at seasonally decorated, welcoming Fat City).
Today, the girls and I drove west to visit Auntie B in
There’s a lot to do in the
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