Full-Service Business Hotel with Convenient Downtown Access
In Coloma, California, on a seemingly ordinary January day in 1848, James W. Marshall chanced upon a shiny hunk of metal caught in the water wheel attached to his boss’ lumberyard. The metal turned out to be gold, and its discovery prompted one of the largest human migrations in history—more than 300,000 opportunists from around the world descended upon California to pluck and pan personal fortunes that would today total in the tens of billions of dollars. About 36 miles southwest of Coloma, Sacramento swelled with the sudden influx of so-called forty-niners, who helped establish the city as an important fixture in the burgeoning American west.
Framed by palm trees and a bar-graph skyline that grew out of gold-rush prosperity, the Ramada Inn & Suites Sacramento neighbors the many modern attractions and activities that infuse the city today. A complimentary welcome drink encourages guests to relax, and the outdoor pool and two oversize jacuzzis evoke excited squeals or horse whinnies. Each morning, a complimentary hot breakfast buffet sizzles at The Ship Bar & Bistro, the hotel’s sleek, California-cuisine eatery, where tall, olive-skinned chairs encircle a speckled granite bar laden with sparkling glasses and a flat-screen television. After loading up on eggs and maple syrup, guests can proceed to the property’s fitness center for an extensive cardiovascular workout on the treadmills, stair machine, and elliptical.
Sacramento: City Made by Gold
The Sacramento River divides West Sacramento, home of Ramada Inn & Suites Sacramento, and California's capital. Flowing southbound, the river traces historical steamship routes that buckled with traffic during the gold rush. Though the waterways have calmed and Sacramento’s gold-producing trees have withered and gone, 21st-century visitors to the city can still experience the thrill of fortune chasing in Old Sacramento, where stage coaches, steamboats, and 53 historical buildings set in the style of the gold rush entertain and inform. Among Old Sacramento’s landmarks, the California State Railroad Museum is perhaps the nation’s most popular railroad museum, eliciting giddy squeals from visitors of all ages with restored trains, engaging exhibits, and weekend locomotive rides.