Ease into your weekend getaway with an artisanal drink at Root of Happiness Kava Bar. Stick to your traditional kava or sample signature creation like Tiki Twist: a lemon-lime fizzy with a kava shot. Fuel up with fresh pastries from local bakery Sugar Bake Cupcakes.
For your daily dose of adventure, head to the tranquil waters of Lake Natoma. Formed by the Nimbus Dam on the American River, this scenic spot is the place to go in Rancho Cordova for flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, swimming, and fishing. The Sacramento State Aquatic Center is the place to get started with beginner and advanced classes in nearly every water sport under the sun—check the schedule for windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, paddleboarding, kayaking, rowing, wakeboarding, powerboating, and jet skiing lessons. The center also offers a fleet of watersports rentals you can take out on your own to explore the lake.
Fishing enthusiasts should head straight to the Nimbus Flat Fishing Area and try their luck with rainbow trout, crappie, bass, and sunfish. For a leisurely day of casting lines from your boat, use one of the three boat launches on Lake Natoma. Looking for some on-land adventures? The green spaces surrounding Lake Natoma offer plentiful hiking and biking trails.
After a fun day on the water, unwind at Fork Rock Brewing, which is just a stone’s throw from the Aquatic Center. Since opening in 2017, Fort Rock has quickly become a local favorite for their American-style ales—choose from three IPAs—and a welcoming, family- and a pet-friendly atmosphere. For a full dinner, check out nearby Cattlemen's Steakhouse for American fare and the "Best Steaks in the West." With space for large groups or family and friends, Cattlemen's indoor and outdoor dining is a fitting end to an adventure-filled day.