Thinking of making your move to the Northern California for your next chapter? Sacramento is a retirement hot spot to add to your list! California’s capital city has a whole lot to offer – from tree-lined streets and changing seasons to farm-fresh eateries and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Read on for eight great reasons to retire in Sacramento. If you like what you see, reach out to learn more about our newest 55+ Trilogy® resort community coming to Northern California.

Farm to Fork Foodie Scene
As America’s “Farm to Fork” capital, Sacramento has become a culinary destination in recent years, with a wide array of restaurants offering the freshest, locally sourced fare. Almonds, avocados, beef, rice, the list goes on with all the local produce that is grown or raised in the Sacramento area, filling restaurant menus with inventive offerings that showcase California’s bounty. In addition to a diverse and delicious dining scene, you’ll find more than 40 farmers markets in the region, including the largest certified farmers market in the state of California.  

Couple in front of Produce

Rich History All Around
If you’re a history buff, you’ll love to explore the historical sites of Sacramento, where the discovery of gold in 1848 shaped the state’s history in ways that few could have imagined. Visit Sutter’s Fort in the heart of Midtown Sacramento to see the spot where gold was first discovered, or attend Gold Rush Days to experience life as it would have been over 150 years ago. Old Sacramento is another charming place to visit, with cobbled, tree-lined streets and historic buildings from the mid 1800s that have been preserved, restored, or reconstructed. It’s a popular area for tourists and locals alike.


Capitol of Sacramento

Fresh Water Fun
While California often brings to mind sandy beaches and ocean sunsets, Sacramento offers a different kind of water scene. This city is located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, which flow into San Francisco Bay. With water all around, you can raft, kayak, boat, fish or float your way around Sacramento’s rivers all year long. Folsom Lake is another popular spot to swim, waterski, fish, or just relax on the shore. If you do want to explore the scenic beaches in this part of the state, you’ll be able to hit the sand just 2 hours away.

Woman on a dock Kayaking

Endless Outdoor Adventures
In addition to freshwater fun, Sacramento offers easy access to all kinds of outdoor recreation. Known as the “city of trees,” Sacramento lays claim to one of the best urban forests in the country, along with over 200 well-kept parks, including the sprawling Land Park downtown. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and more are right nearby at Folsom Lake, and the Sierra foothills offer countless trails to explore. Ready to hit the slopes? Fresh powder is just an hour and a half away at beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe

Arts & Culture
Sacramento’s local art scene is thriving. All year round you’ll find live music, art walks, dance and theater performances, and more in this culturally rich and diverse city. The Sacramento Ballet, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, and the Crocker Art Museum – one of the oldest public art galleries in the United States - are just a few of the city’s cultural assets. You’ll also love the annual Wide Open Walls event, which covers the city with amazing murals from local artists on just about every corner.

Water Colors & Paint Brushes

Mild Climate & Four Seasons
If you love California’s warmth and sunshine, and are also a fan of sweater weather, Sacramento offers the best of both worlds with four distinct seasons. Summers are sunny, dry, and the perfect time to cool off in the local rivers and lake. Fall brings colorful leaves and cooler temperatures – great weather for visiting Apple Hill to sample ciders, pies, and wine. Winters are mildly cold and snow is very rare, so you won’t have to worry about shoveling snow. Spring brings seasonal rain and blooming flowers, with green leaves returning to the approximately six million trees in Sacramento County. It’s a gorgeous place to call home in every season.

River with Trees Changing Colors

Road Trip Central
Sacramento is perfectly placed for every California adventure. Lake Tahoe and its popular ski resorts are less than two hours to the northeast, while the vibrant metropolitan scene of San Francisco is less than two hours to the southwest. Napa, Sonoma, and Reno are an easy day trip from home, while Monterey, Carmel, and the coast of Mendocino offer relaxing weekend escapes. No matter what type of getaway you’re seeking, you’re just a car ride away from a memory-making adventure.


Man in a Car

If Sacramento sounds like a great fit for your next chapter, join the Interest List for Trilogy Bickford and get exclusive updates about the new homes and 55+ resort lifestyle coming soon to Trilogy Bickford, just outside of Sacramento in highly desirable Lincoln, California!


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