When he’s not patrolling the baseline for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, Willie Cauley-Stein likes to explore the diverse attractions available in Sacramento and throughout Gold Country. Here’s where he likes to hang.
The Golden 1 Center
Everyone who visits this area should check out our new shiny arena. Easily one of the most tech-advanced entertainment venues in the world, it offers lots of cool experiences for fans, plus it’s in a great part of downtown Sacramento.
When I’m not on the court, spending time at the driving range is one of my favorite things to do. It’s about a 30-minute drive from the arena, but totally worth the trip.
Stanislaus National Forest
It’s a bit under the radar, but it looks like a screensaver. Trees, mountains, streams all over. Pictures don’t do it justice.
Mikuni: Japanese restaurant and Sushi bar
Growing up in Kansas, it was tough to get decent sushi. Now I’ve got access to good sushi everywhere, but this is my number one. They’ve got this “Pimp My Roll”—with spicy tuna, shrimp, salmon, macadamia nuts and awesome sauce.
It’s a small but quaint town, and its vibe reminds me of growing up in the Midwest. I was impressed by how much there was to do—tons of good food, sites, and shops.
ELLA DINING ROOM AND BAR
One of my favorite places to eat. The steak and bone marrow are fire! For non-carnivores, the cast iron mussels are amazing, too. Overall, the restaurant just has a really cool vibe.
This is the largest river in California, and one of my favorite spots. I love boating with friends there. California has a ton of great outdoor activities, but this has become my go-to.