Live Like a Local in Elk Grove
November 20, 2019

Live Like a Local in Elk Grove

Best known for its family-friendly neighborhoods and great schools, Elk Grove is a suburban city south of Sacramento. It began as a stagecoach stop between San Francisco and Sacramento. It remained a small farming community for most of the 19th and 20th century, until a rapid housing boom in the late 1980s and 1990s transformed it into the community it is today.

Although known as a quiet suburb, Elk Grove is no sleepy town. There are plenty of things to do here, from hiking in nature preserves to attending vibrant community festivals and relaxing in the city’s many parks. Fine dining, quaint wineries, craft breweries and plenty of shopping round out the many options for visitors and residents alike.


Photo courtesy Boulevard Bistro

Elk Grove has plenty of dining options to choose from, ranging from fine dining to hole-in-the-wall comfort food spots. In addition to many national chains, there are many locally-owned spots featuring cuisine from all corners of the globe, including ramen, dumplings, gyros, sushi, hot pot, crepes and everything in between.

For a celebratory meal, try Boulevard Bistro, which was named one of the top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by Open Table in 2017! The menu focuses on regional American cuisine and California wine. Another good choice is Palermo Ristorante Italiano, which serves traditional Italian fare. Housed in a 100-year-old building, Sheldon Inn is an upscale restaurant and bar known for its classic French, American and Portuguese cuisine.

Wineries & Breweries

Photo courtesy McConnell Estates Winery

You don’t have to go to the big city to indulge in a thriving wine and beer culture. Elk Grove has several wineries and breweries where you can relax with family and friends or celebrate special events. McConnell Estates Winery is the largest in the area, and features a tasting room in a 100-year-old farmhouse. They also host many special events throughout the year, including summer concerts and holiday shopping nights. Other choices include Vannatta Winery, which specializes in hand-crafted, small-batch Old World wines, and Adkins Family Vineyards, which produces varietals including Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Elk Grove is also a hop, skip and a jump to the Clarksburg wine region, including the Old Sugar Mill, home to 15 tasting rooms.


Photo courtesy Flatland Brewing Company

If beer is more your thing, you’ll find it in Elk Grove. A half-dozen craft breweries can be found here, including Flatland Brewing Company, which pours brews such as Flannel Shirt coffee stout and Therapy Session hazy IPA. Other spots include Tilted Mash Brewing and Dreaming Dog Brewery, whose beers are all named after dog breeds! Wherever you choose, you can bring the kids, bring the dogs, watch the game and pick up a bite from the onsite food truck.


Photo courtesy Gifts From the Heart of Elk Grove

Elk Grove is a shopping mecca, known for its shopping centers, national retailers and big-box stores that selling everything from clothing and shoes to sporting goods and electronics. But it also has plenty of mom-and-pop shops where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts, antiques, fashion and other items. The Red Door, in historic Old Town Elk Grove, sells vintage and antique home décor. The Secret Garden is a locally-owned nursery, but they also sell unique gifts such as bath and body products, gourmet food, socks and candles. Another small shop is Gifts From the Heart of Elk Grove, where you can find toys, games, home décor and kitchen items. They also host kids’ birthday parties and crafting workshops.

The Outdoors

Things to do in Elk GrovePhoto courtesy Cosumnes Community Services District

Did you know Elk Grove is home to more than 90 neighborhood and community parks? One of the largest is Elk Grove Regional Park, which has a fishing lake, multi-use trail, disc golf course, bike park and swim center. Derr-Okamoto Park has a skate park and BMX park, as well as a seasonal sprayground. Elk Grove is home to three aquatics centers, which feature pools and water slides.


Things to do in Elk GrovePhoto courtesy Cosumnes River Preserve

Elk Grove is also home to Stone Lakes Refuge, where you can hike or paddle through the natural habitats of more than 200 species of birds as well as deer, otters, raccoons, foxes and other critters. Nearby is the Cosumnes River Preserve, another hotspot for birders, including the cranes, egrets and hawks.


Salute to the Red, White and Blue City of Elk GrovePhoto courtesy City of Elk Grove

Elk Grove is a bustling community that loves to celebrate! Locals come together to browse farmers markets, listen to outdoor music and nosh on goodies from food truck meetups. Annual events include the Salute to the Red, White and Blue, Giant Pumpkin Festival, Strauss Festival, Western Festival and Multicultural Festival. There are plenty of other events throughout the year as well, including holiday events, races, campouts and comedy.

Come Home to Elk Grove

Elk Grove, CA

Should you decide to lay down roots in Elk Grove, there is no shortage of homes to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a large, multi-story home to accommodate a growing family or a sleek condo with all the amenities of resort living, you’ll find it here. Whether new construction or luxury estates, Elk Grove has something to suit all tastes and all budgets.

Featured photo courtesy EG-Richard via English Wikipedia. License.

Category Elk Grove, Neighborhood Guides

Elizabeth Penney

Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.