Sacramento, CA

SACRAMENTO is California’s State Capital.

The region is home to over 200 wineries and tasting rooms. It is an historic center worth visiting. The capital building is an historic site, a national landmark, in fact. This  structure built in 1869 is abounded by a a mammoth Victorian garden. Capital Park enjoys 40 acres of trees and plants from around the world.Today it includes cultural and historical monuments, a Vietnam War Memorial, World Peace Memorial Garden, Veterans Memorial, and a Firefighter’s Memorial. The capital building is also a museum. On floor one-West Wing you’ll find The Rotunda-Temple of Democracy. In the East Annex see the Keeping Pace with Californiaexhibit. On floor three-West Wing, there’s the Assembly and Senate Chambers: see the Balance of Power display. In the East Annex of floor three there’s the Legislator’s Photo Gallery, Mirror of Society.

Old Sacramento is a historic part of the city, established in 1848.It was the last stop on the Pony Express, the terminus of the transcontinental railroad. It is located on the port side of the Sacramento River. Over 53 historic buildings are located here. It’s the place for entertainment, for food, fashion, art and touring and night life. It’s also the place for museums. The Sacramento History Museum is on 101 1 St., the Wells Fargo Museum is on 1000 2nd St., and the California State Museum, perhaps the finest in N.A., is on 111 1 St. Nearby you’ll find the Crocker Art Museum, dubbed the finest art museum in the Western U.S. In 2010 it was expanded to a cost of over $100 million with 125,000 sq’ of added space. The California Automobile Museum, the California Indian Museum, the Folsom History Museum, the Aerospace Museum of California, and the California Museum of Medical History are also located here. There are more than 30 museums, in fact, to hold your interest. And this is a walking town with lots to see and do.

For more info on Sacramento go to: www.discovergold.org

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Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine, et.al., and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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