Inside the
September 2012





Joy Rides

Thinking about a late-summer trip to Tahoe, Yosemite, Redding or Half Moon Bay? Then follow our lead and take the roads less traveled. Whether you’re looking for zip lines, wine tastings, a redwood forest or deep-fried Twinkies, our off-the-beaten-path ideas will have you hitting the brakes the whole journey long.


Silver Girl
Who says women can’t camp? Lotus-based Kristiana Spaulding expresses her love of the outdoors, nesting and mid-century modern style through her handmade jewelry and collection of vintage Airstream trailers.


Riverfront Essay

Sacramento has never done enough to pay tribute to its celebrated native sons and daughters, but it’s not too late to learn
our lesson.


A Life Aquatic

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is one of our greatest regional treasures. It’s also one of our least known. Rediscover this watery world through the eyes of photojournalist Max Whittaker, who has spent the last three years chronicling the people, places and extraordinary beauty of this largely hidden natural resource.


Riverfront Q&A

Love is always in the air and on the page for romance novelist Brenda Novak. The Carmichael-based New York Times best-selling author talks about how a working mother’s worst nightmare led to her dream career, how she doesn’t get so hot and bothered about writing steamy sex scenes, and why there was no place like home for the setting of her new book.



Sacramento singer-songwriter Andy Allo may have gotten her start at an open mic night at Fox & Goose, but after a year touring the world with Prince (who spent his birthday here with her in June), she has a new album (produced by Prince) and a solo tour on the way (on which Prince may join her). Now if only people would stop calling her his girlfriend.



At downtown’s historic Firestone Building, two trios of brothers have tapped into each other’s expertise to create the unlikeliest of culinary hat tricks: an industrial-chic sports bar where even foodies can score. Batter up!


Why Not Here?

Many of us here are proud of our River City status, even though it’s no secret that we’ve never connected with our riverfront the way we should. But in cities like Portland and Pasadena, people have found a way to turn some of their oldest structures—their bridges—into their newest attractions.