Hoop dreams do come true. Kimpton is thrilled to announce we’ve been drafted in the first round by the Sacramento Kings and JMA Ventures to open a new hotel in Sacramento, CA, as part of the Kings’ state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC).
Scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, the ESC will be the home of the Kings (as well as concerts, rodeos, trade shows and more) and include mixed-use development that will offer shopping, dining and our 250-room hotel. The six-block, $477 million downtown project is expected to be a boon to Sacramento’s economy, as well as a major relief to diehard Kings fans who nearly lost their team to another city in 2013. Kings supporters are so relentlessly passionate, there’s even an award-winning documentary about their herculean efforts to keep the team in town.
Naturally there’s more to Sacramento than just basketball. Although it’s only the sixth-largest city in California, with a population of about 475,000, it’s importance to the state looms large. It is, of course, the state capital (and the grand capitol complex with its shady gardens and impressive art collection is definitely worth a visit), but it’s also rich with history. In 1848, 40 miles east of here, gold was discovered along the South Fork of the American River and the California dream was born.
Practically overnight, Sacramento went from being the agricultural kingdom envisioned by its founder, Swiss immigrant Johann Suter (who changed his name to John Sutter), to a Wild West boomtown. Visitors can still get a taste of those days in Old Sacramento, a 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park where numerous buildings have been restored and preserved. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, the reconstructed site of John Sutter’s adobe outpost, is also a great place for families to learn about California history.
The influx of wealth also brought with it the conspicuous display of said wealth, and Sacramento is still blessed with splendiferous Victorian buildings. Architecture buffs will have a field day and should check out the tours at the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park and the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. And art lovers won’t want to miss the Crocker Art Museum, the oldest public art museum in the West, founded in 1885.
And just like those original forty-niners, you can launch an expedition into the Sierra foothills Gold Country from here. You’ll find historic sites like the original sawmill where gold was discovered in 1848 and charming Victorian towns, as well as wine country and outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, cave exploring and zip lining.
So even if you don’t know a pick-and-roll from a pinot noir, our Kimpton Sacramento hotel looks like a slam-dunk. #SacramentoProud