My wife and I love to go for road trips or just short rides. It's pretty much free(except for gas money) and Sacramento being such a big city so many diverse things to do. A funny one is to go search out turkeys. Seriously. We live in Arden and not too far down by Campus Commons it's not unusual to find some Turkeys hanging out or crossing the road. But, this weekend was epic. A few toms, and few hens, and some youngings. Like 25 of them. It was a pretty crazy sight and they certainly took over the road and delayed traffic.
The Fab 40 Christmas lights are going up. On Saturday we made the rounds without all the normal traffic and we got a jump start on the festivities. There were maybe three other cars looking at lights on each street with a nice easy going procession instead of the usual limo/party bus bedlam.
Of course the light display wasn't at full steam. Some stretches were dark still but it was a good early show to take in without the stress. Get going to the Fab 40's for the glow.
Victorian Christmas in Nevada City
So we ere feeling i the mood for a road trip and a bit of that olde St Nick but not Santa and his elves. We had a few thoughts. Sutter Creek in Amador is know to go old timey and Grass Valley does a Cornish Christmas that really spoke to the Cornish Pasty lover in me. We decided to go on a Sunday and went to Nevada City. That hilly gem of a multi belief artsy moonbeam city. I've enjoyed Grass Valley and Nevada City ever since I lived in Chico. The foothills suit me. Anyway back to the olde weekend.
We knew it was going to be cold so we tried to get out relatively early to allow us time before darkness fell. It was a good plan as it was very crisp in Nevada City. But, there was hot cider and coffee and hot toddys and hot mulled wine to keep the hands and insides "warm". Parking was packed as one can imagine so after a couple quick trys we ended up going to the shuttle staging area and took a lovely short bus into the center of Victorian Fun.
Almost all the shops were open(yeah capitalism as my wife bought a lovely purple hat), there were all kinds of tents with wares being sold, lots of dogs, street musicians, and quite a few well dressed era appropriate people walking around. If you get a chance go to the Victorian Christmas in Nevada City. See more info here.
We went to Ientity for their grand opening and the building was sparse but the coffee good. We decided to return shortly thereafter to see the progress and they were off to a god start. Over the a week(or there about) we went to #identitycoffees twice. Why? Because the Guatemala coffee was so damn good. Better than insight, better than old soul, better than temple, better than most in our opinions.
The food was pretty good as well. The purple donut tasted really really good from their glassed in case of emmotions(sad, happy, anxious and many other food types available). The second trip on a lazy weekend featured this awesome old plymouth business coupe outside which I should have been tootling around may wife in(wife seen in retro fur coat).
If it's not in usual repetoire definetly check out Identity Coffees.
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