Exploring the Sierra Foothills: Sacramento Day Trippin’

Just a quick beat from downtown Sacramento (about an hour or so drive), Amador County is home to a wonderful blend of history and natural wonder as well as host to modern culinary sip, sup, and sightsee adventures.  The region is one of California’s Gold Country treasures with over 40 wineries set amongst a splash of charming vintage towns that were built from the area’s rock mining boom.  For a cool day trip, check out the town of Sutter Creek on your way to the Black Chasm Cavern in Volcano to discover one of California’s recognized National Natural Landmarks.

Just off Highway 49, the town of Sutter Creek beckons visitors with its historical charm. Established in 1854, Sutter Creek is a quintessential Gold Country town with buildings that line the street reflecting early 19th & 20th Century architecture. Main Street is full of boutique stores, restaurants, and tasting rooms to enjoy.  On a sunny day, take leisurely stroll down Main Street and you can’t miss the billowing mist floating from the balcony of Hotel Sutter.  Koolfog installed a high-pressure evaporative misting system so that guests on the balcony area could be comfortable while enjoying a beverage with a front row view of the happenings on Main Street. Sutter Creek does get quite warm in Spring and Summer months, so those traveling to the area can refresh under the outdoor patio misters. While there is no table service on the balcony, drinks can be ordered from the bar. Hotel Sutter bar includes a selection of wine, beer, and spirits with their house lemonade a perfect SIP to quench your thirst:

 

Lavender Lemonade

A fun and refreshing twist on a lemonade made with signature housemade lavender syrup and house lemonade, served with a sugared rim

Hotel Sutter is a Gold Rush inspired hotel that gives lovely homage to the region and features an intriguing basement style lounge space for events and live music. In addition, the hospitable gourmet restaurant cultivates locally sourced, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients to enhance its menu. The Koolfog taste team recommends you try this mouthwatering starter to SUP:

 

“Pig, Fig, & Goat  

Prosciutto, fig jam, herbed goat cheese, and candied pecans with an oversized pretzel

Just a few miles away is the famous Black Chasm Cavern located in the small town of Volcano.  As you pass the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, follow a signs through a wooded area that clears at your destination.  Visitors enter into a museum type of gift shop to await a guided tour of this remarkable cave.  An experienced naturalist leads a group into three different chambers located beneath the earth’s surface while educating and entertaining guests with stories of California’s culture and history. Curious scientists, budding gemologists, and those interested in truly unique experience will be dazzled by the mystery and beauty of these caves.

 

Entering the mouth of this phenomenon one is struck by the beauty and depth of the rock formations that date back over several million years.  Descending several flights of stairs, platforms have been constructed to study the different stalactites and stalagmites that grace the cavern. It is important to note that the tour has been designed with special care in lighting and attention to the environmentally friendly access points so as not to disturb the caves integrity. Rare rock formations called “helictites” grow throughout this cavern and while found in many different caves the proliferation and abundance of these “gravity defying” crystals has led to the declaration of Black Chasm Cavern as a National Natural Landmark.

 

 

Restaurant Misters at Relish Burger, El Dorado Hills

Tucked into the corner of Montano De El Dorado Retail Plaza, Relish Burger and Bar is a local favorite that draws a stellar crowd seeking good food, excellent craft beers, superb cocktails, and a fun atmosphere. Known as a casual hang out, Relish Burger Bar’s patio beckons as the perfect spot to bring your friends and enjoy the views with restaurant misters creating a cool and comfortable atmosphere. 

Relish Burger Bar has extensive menu items including Salads, Signature Sandwiches and Signature Burgers to satiate hungry appetites.

May We Suggest these amazing dishes:


Salad Choice:

  • Relish Wedge Trio

Tomato, basil, feta cheese with balsamic. – Bacon, blue cheese, red onion with ranch. – Avocado, hard boiled egg, crispy onions with lemon vinaigrette.

 

Signature Sandwich Choice:

  • L.T.A.

Smoked pork belly, lettuce, tomato, avocado spread, A-1 aioli. Served on grilled Parmesan sourdough.

 

Signature Burger Choice:

  • The Hills Bacon Cheeseburger

8 oz. patty, Applewood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, roasted A-1 aioli, lettuce, tomato.

 

 Koolfog “Taste Team” Favorite bite off the NIBBLE’s Menu:

  • Pickle Fries

Crispy pickle spears, serviced with avocado ranch.

Montano De El Dorado Retail Plaza is beautiful enclave situated within the Sierra Foothills. Similar to the Italian Tuscan inspired architecture that dots the region, this shopping and dining space is reminiscent of the inviting palazzo’s found across the Mediterranean countryside.  The center welcomes with an array of boutiques and restaurants designed to take advantage of California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle boasting a rich landscape that includes water fountains, lush greenery, and a wonderful perch to enjoy a sunset over the Central Valley.

relish burger el dorado hillsRelish Burger Bar’s courtyard has both high and low dining umbrella tables that surround a stunning cabana bar area.  Music softly fills the air and as diners look to the sky, market lights hang ready to twinkle in the evening hours while misters are positioned to cool customers when temperatures rise.  The evaporative misting system above this festive patio provides comfort when the party gets started. 

Relish Burger Bar is located  at 1000 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CA; relishburgerbar.com or call 916-933-311 

In the know:

  • Kids Eat Free Every Sunday
  • Tuesdays = Trivia from 7pm-9pm
  • Check their Facebook event calendar for live entertainment.

 

 

 

 

Dining Under the Misters: Cool off at Crawdads On The River!

Summer in Sacramento sizzles… and we are not just talking about the heat. As temperatures rise so does the Sacramento Valley restaurant and dining scene, attracting patrons seeking amazing food, refreshing cocktails and robust entertainment. With local fresh farm fare, mixologists at the ready and a lively riverfront, eateries located near the Riverbank Marina make a splash.

Established in 1986, Crawdads On River is a restaurant & bar sporting sensational sunset views and a festive riverside vibe. It’s reputation has grown into a known hot spot that caters to a diverse crowd seeking a great location to hang out, unwind, and savor the best of this quintessential California inland waterfront experience. Crawdads On The River’s contemporary menu serves up daily specials, seafood and traditional American pub plates with a bit of Cajun influence to create their “River Staples”, and a patio with misters to keep you cool when dining outdoors.

Koolfog “Taste Team” Favorite:

BUCKET O’ CRAWDADS
• Crawdads, corn on the cob, red potato, andouille sausage & creole seasonings

Did you know?
• Crawdads are fresh water crustaceans.
• Also, known as Crayfish, there are over 330 species in North America.
• They can be found in Northern California’s ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers.

May We Suggest these mouth-watering dishes:

CRAWDADS CHOWDER FRIES
• French Fries, Crawdads Clam Chowder, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, green onions and Parsley

CREOLE BURRITO
• Cod, Andouille sausage, crawdads, cabbage, rice, creole aioli, sour cream & cotija Cheese

SEAFOOD SIMMER
• Crawfish tails, clams, mussels, and cod simmered in creole broth. Served with toast points

Of course, our Koolfog “Taste Team” prefers dining under the misters with discreet fog nozzles artfully placed for optimum guest comfort. The outdoor patio is a colorful atmosphere that offers up cool Delta breezes with the whisper of gentle waves mingling with the buzz of the crowd and the hum of boats cruising along the waterway. Top that with our Koolfog evaporative misting system and the environment is perfect place to relax, refresh, and enjoy some happy hour specials or a blended, frozen treat.

Entertainment options are plenty at this cantina including Karaoke Thursdays and a summer season filled with live music on Saturday’s, sponsored by Mastercraft.

Crawdads On The River is situated at 1375 Garden Highway, Sacramento. For hours, reservations, brunch & special event info be sure to visit saccrawdads.com.

 

Photo Courtesy @madisonhudson for Crawdads On The River

Summer Day at Der Biergarten

A wonderful summer day at Der Biergarten! A Koolfog patio misting system provides a cool atmosphere while temperatures soar in the Sacramento Valley. Guests and visitors are bound to return when they realize how comfortable they can be sitting outdoors! Our systems don’t leave any wet residue behind, which means your tables and customers will stay dry yet cool. Adding a misting system is a great way to extend your summer hours and get more guests to visit your restaurant. If you’re interested in installing a system in your outdoor space, contact us to get started.

Sacramento Misting System Winter Maintenance

Sacramento Misting System Winter Maintenance

Sacramento Misting System Winter MaintenanceYou may be well into your winter mode, enjoying the cooler temperatures and the holiday season. But did you know that while you aren’t using your misting system during this time of year, the components are susceptible to damage in winter temperatures – even in the Sacramento area? Misting system winter maintenance and shut down service protects your misting system, helping to extend its life and to operate at maximum efficiency when you do need again…in just a few months.

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Patio Misting Systems: Keep Cool and Bug Free in The Sacramento Area

Patio Misting Systems: Keep Cool and Bug Free in The Sacramento Area

Model Home with Misting at Poolside

Model Home with Misting at Poolside

 

We are well into summer temperatures, but most people still want to enjoy their backyards as much as possible during these warmer months. Whether you are hosting a party or just have your kids or grandkids enjoying the pool, sitting on the patio is a classic part of summer relaxation. Koolfog patio misting systems make the outside more enjoyable in our warm weather and can also help keep your patio bug free.

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Artist Mika Tajima Uses Koolfog in Art Sculpture in NYC to Represent Fluctuations in Gold

Artist Mika Tajima Uses Koolfog in Art Sculpture in NYC to Represent Fluctuations in Gold

mika tajima fog artKoolfog has partnered with various municipal and creative entities to integrate mesmerizing fog effects in public spaces. The immersive quality of fog effects in art features is highlighted in the new “Meridian (Gold),” a temporary public artwork by the sculptor Mika Tajima, set in Long Island City, Queens, NY, which uses Koolfog high pressure fog to represent the fluctuations in the price of gold.

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Patio Misting Systems Create Cool Outdoor Spaces for Sacramento Area Restaurants and Hotels

Patio Misting Systems Create Cool Outdoor Spaces for Sacramento Area Restaurants and Hotels

For businesses in the Sacramento area, it’s vital to find ways to continue to attract customers during the warm summer months. Adding patio misting systems can make a significant difference for the comfort of guests by lowering the ambient temperature up to 30 degrees. Koolfog has worked closely with many local businesses to create patio misting systems custom-designed to their space for optimum cooling and aesthetics at each establishment.

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Der Biergarten Glows with Added Outdoor Cooling

Der Biergarten Glows with Added Outdoor Cooling

Sean Derfield, the owner of Der Biergarten located in Midtown Sacramento, laughs with ease as we talk about his recent outdoor cooling adventures. He was concerned, he says. People would stop by during lunch, enjoy maybe half a beer, and then leave. “It was way too hot for people to enjoy themselves. They just weren’t hanging around, even at night.”

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Burgers & Misters: A Love Story

Burgers & Misters: A Love Story

Richard Righton

Richard Righton is a serial entrepreneur. His love and affection for defining a comfortable dining atmosphere paired with a mouth watering menu and an extensive selection of brew, wine and cocktails is seemingly unmatched in the Sacremento area. When he opened his second restaurant, Relish Burger in El Dorado Hills, the intention of offering high quality comfort food along with a comfortable atmosphere was on the forefront of his mind. But comfort during the Sacramento summers can be a difficult challenge, unless equipped with effective cooling solutions that do more than simply fan hot air around. Incorporating high pressure misters to effectively lower temperatures up to 35 degrees Fahrenheit is pivotal in maintaining a consistent patronage across the seasons. Righton saw it as an opportunity to express his affection and continued thoughtfulness for a relaxed dining atmosphere. 

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