Velocab’s emission-free vehicles—extended-frame bicycles encased in a car-style body—transport up to three riders or hooky-playing scooters for all manner of occasion. In addition to performing utilitarian tasks, such as giving cab rides or delivering goods, drivers can also be commissioned for services such as history tours, pub crawls, and shuttles to and from baseball games.
The high-end fleet of Hornblower Cruises & Events fills ports up and down the California coast, as well as in New York, with similar eco-friendly extravagance. Founded by environmental engineer Terry MacRae, Hornblower puts its luxe navy to use hosting dining, entertainment, special-event, and sightseeing cruises, as well as journeying to such storied landmarks as Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty. Beyond these cruises, Terry's team champions green practices through the Respect Our Planet initiative, which works to develop and promote earth-considerate practices such as using hybrid boats that draw power from the sun.
Ably helmed by three-year veteran skipper Captain Mark Kagel, the Spirit of Sacramento ferries passengers on an aquatic journey past the skyline vistas and waterfront scenery of the San Francisco Bay. Captain Pat Mahoney takes on the role of historical tour guide, bringing San Francisco's maritime past to life with lively storytelling skills, a rich imagination, and a refrigerator box labeled "Time Machine.” Guests peer out from three decks of indoor and outdoor seating as the vessel circumnavigates Yerba Buena Island, steams past Treasure Island and the America's Cup racecourse, and offers up views of the city skyline framed by the warm Pacific sunset. Three captains are onboard at all times for comfort and safety, and four separate restrooms cut down on long waits for the bathroom. During each voyage, crew members serve up tasty cocktails and beverages at the full-service bar, and quell hunger pangs with tasty meals available for purchase.
Starlite Lounge toasts to the night with a trifecta of evening attractions: drinks, food, and entertainment. The charmingly kitschy lounge plays host to late-night parties throughout the week, with live DJs, musicians, and karaoke setups stationed across two floors. Starlite's menu is designed to keep dancers going, with shareable flat-bread pizzas, zucchini cakes, and hearty burgers. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar holds up its end of the bargain with specialty cocktails, including one sweet creation aptly named the lemon pound cake.
After 13 years in the culinary industry, Lisa Armstrong founded Local Roots Food Tours to teach fellow foodies, locals, and visitors about the rich cultural and culinary history of Northern California. Armstrong told Michaela Stewart of the Sacramento Press that she got the idea for the company following a food tour in Seattle. After hours of local library research, she has compiled tours whose locations range "from a farm-to-table upscale restaurant to a small and special bistro to a funky coffeehouse off the beaten path to a mom and pop deli market."
Ranked as the No. 1 tour in Sacramento by TripAdvisor, Local Roots takes guests behind the scenes to meet talented chefs, farmers, and business owners who are passionate about local and organic cuisine. Farm tours showcase the origins of fresh ingredients and wines, and food tours explore the history and architecture of Sacramento. Tours also head to destinations such as Murphys, where 19th-century Italianate brick and stone buildings house locally sourced produce, locally made wines, and the pickpocketing ghosts of Gold Rush–era settlers. The Girls on the Grid food bloggers "discovered a restaurant, deli, bakery and coffee shop" during their tour, and Blair Anthony Robertson of the Sacramento Bee liked the fact that the tours are "bringing positive energy to neighborhoods."
When Ross Amin first walked into the nearly empty Capitol Bowl in 1999, he couldn't even tell if it was open. "It looked like it hadn't gotten any attention for a long time," he says. Still, he saw something in the space and decided to take over, launching a series of renovations, which were recently completed in late 2011.
Today, the modernized alley features lofty ceilings and a gauntlet of 20 overhauled lanes that keep score with Brunswick systems that were last upgraded in April 2012. Like a catcher's facemask or a pitcher's facial hair, bumpers (available upon request) can protect players against wayward balls. In between frames, the weary rest up by playing 1 of 15 video games in the arcade. Ross is most excited by Capitol Bowl’s updated café, which eschews traditional snack bar offerings in favor of chef-created entrees, which are made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Ross's favorite, the pastrami sandwich, is served hot with meat that’s smoked in house and spicy mustard. Some nights live music fills the bar, and flat-screen televisions air sports games and glow bowling gives the alley a neon aura.