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August 2017
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The Best Biking Trails In and Around Sacramento

Sacramento is by and large one of the best biking cities in the state of California, and that is for a variety of reasons, including the expansive amount of local trails and relatively flat terrain. Making the most of outdoor opportunities doesn’t necessarily mean having to take long road trips, though.

Sacramento is bicycle country, both inside the city limits and in its surrounding areas. Sacramento County has made a conscious and sustained effort to encourage residents to pedal their way not only to recreational activity, but also to think of the bicycle as a realistic alternative to commuting by automobile. Here are some suggestions of the best biking trails in Sacramento and where they go within the city, as well as some great spots along each trail.

Need a visual? Use this helpful interactive bike map to plan out your next biking adventure!

Taking your Entertaining Outdoors

It's the final stretch of summer! Here are some great ideas about creating an oasis in your backyard to take advantage of outdoor entertaining for the remainder of the summer. Simple food is best for open-air gatherings, giving hosts more time to create the perfect setting.

 •  Get creative with fresh flowers and plants. Surround the gathering area (patio, deck, or table) with potted blossoms. Use planter boxes on railings and vases on the table.
 •  Keep bugs away with fans (a slight breeze does wonder in deterring mosquitoes) as well as citronella candles. There are also mosquito lamps, a diffuser/candle combo.
 •  Music sets the tone for any event. Create a playlist with fun, lively tunes, mixing up classics (Motown and '80s) with mainstream hits.
 •  Be innovative with lighting. Hang strands of lights above the dining area or string them around a tree or surrounding bushes. Use tiki torches around the yard or dining area.
 •  Arrange a self-serve bar area with a small selection of cold beverages, from iced tea to sangria. Invest in a good ice bucket.
 •  Don't forget about the indoors. Guests will be making their way inside to help in the kitchen and use the restroom. Make sure highly trafficked areas are tidy, well organized, and welcoming.
 •  Make sure there's something for everyone to nosh on. Be aware of any special diet restrictions and preferences. Grilling is great in the summer, but many people don't eat red meat. Have a selection of main dishes that include chicken or fish, as well as veggies (kabobs, portabella mushrooms, asparagus).
 •  Create different places to sit and mingle with a variety of seating options. A fire pit is also an ideal way to wind down the evening. Leave out a few warm throws or quilts for when the sun goes down.

Late summer is a great time to pick up new patio furniture at bargain prices, or at the very least, rejuvenate existing pieces with new cushions.

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