Relocating to Sacramento in July: Gyms, Loves, Hates, Must Sees, Must Avoids?

  • Shwa_

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    May 08, 2009 2:34 AM GMT
    I'm relocating to Sacramento for school from Pensacola, FL.

    Can anyone fill me in on the city?

    And anyone want to meet up when I get there? I only know a few folks there.

    Joshua
    joshuaajones@gmail.com
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    May 08, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
    20th and K is the place to go for the "gay scene". It's smack dab in the middle of Midtown or the so-called "Lavender Heights" area.There you will find Faces, The Depot, The Mercantile (referred to by the pretty boys as the "Merc-and-troll") and a couple of other, newer places I'm not too familiar with. There's also The Bolt which I've never been to and they need a country/western bar. Go on down to Faces and say hi to Large Marge -- she's an institution!

    There's a 24 Hr Fitness downtown at the K-Street mall and several more local fitness clubs depending on where you're moving to.

    In terms of the city itself, the Arden area, Midtown, Natomas, and the Pocket are nice places to live and close to down town. For suburbia there's Roseville and Elk Grove and Folsom. West Sac and parts of South Sac are a little scary.

    In terms of food, it really depends on your likes, but I've found better and more accessible Mexican and taquerias in Sacto than I have here in LA. There are lots of great eateries in Midtown. The best steakhouse in the world is about 45 minutes away in Winters.

    What I loved about Sacto was the fact that, while it was in the middle of nowhere, it's not too far to everything. Two hours to San Fran and the Bay Area (if you want to deal with the traffic). Two hours to the mountains for snowboarding (add another half hour to Tahoe or Reno for gambling). Roughly two hours to Napa and the wine country.

    The people are friendly, the weather is warm (although the non-stop drizzle they call winter drives me apeshit), and there is a helluva lot to do in Sacto and/or close by. It's really a great place. You'll enjoy it! I promise.

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    May 08, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    i live in sac, but only for like 3 more weeks. between j and k and 20th is where u will find our pitiful but active gay community, which includes Faces, the depot and badlands. Enjoy!
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    May 08, 2009 6:02 AM GMT
    hmmmm...i gotta be honest, its ok at best! u will be in for a rude awakening, westcoast folk in general are just about rude as eastcoast folk. The people can be friendly at times, but dont trust it, everyone on da westcoast lives a lie. I am from Arkansas originally, so when i moved here in da early 70's i never thought people could be so rude. icon_eek.gif
    Stay in Natomas, Roseville, or Rocklin area's if u can...keep ur circle of friends small and stay away from downtown *(Drugs)* da usual...icon_lol.gif
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    May 08, 2009 6:08 AM GMT
    It will help you focus on school- its perfect.
    After graduation, you can move to San Francisco.icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 08, 2009 6:55 AM GMT
    Hey Shwa,

    I ended up in Sac inadvertently while building a business with a friend and so I ended up there without planning on it. Here's the little I learned.

    - it's flat and hot and sunny so I ditched my mountain bike and bought a road bike which it's GREAT for. You can ride the 30K+ river trail through the whole city which is cool and there are lots of areas outside the city for road-riding.
    - the gay scene is small but much like most small towns - not my thing but I did meet a couple of cool guys, one of whom I dated and who is a good friend now.
    - 20th and J is a cool little epi-center of downtown. Living within a 10 block radius of that is pretty cool.
    - I lived in Natomas and wouldn't really recommend it. It's pretty uninteresting with strip malls everywhere. Depends on what you like though. It's quieter than downtown so there's that.
    - The amtrak trip to Emeryville is a bit of a cultural tour but can still be a really relaxing way to get to SF.
    - as for gyms, I would recommend skipping ANY 24Hr fitness and joining a real gym like either BodyTribe, or Midtown Strength and Conditioning or the newly opened East Sacramento Crossfit. Those are all real gyms. I'd avoid anything else unless you like the vibe in Gold's in which case you'll probably hate these three.

    Drop me a note if you want to chat more. Happy to help. It took me a while to get my bearings. I also have a google map of everything that I can share to you if you want.
  • Shwa_

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    May 10, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone!

    I've been a member here for a long time but have never been active in the forums. What a bunch of nice guys...
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    May 11, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    Hey Joshua welcome to Sac, I'm a native Sacramentan and have been a member of the gay community for some 30 years. You will do fine here and will find great folks. As with anywhere don't get caught up in the "drama" and B/S of everyones problems. Make going out to the clubs a "want to do" not a "must do". I would love to get together with you sometime and go for coffee or when you are able after the knee heals to take a nice walk around through one of our many parks. Take Care and again Welcome, Jocktalk, (Michael)