WHERE TO EAT: The Esquire Grill (1213 K St.) is one of several Sacramento restaurants favored by the new governor. American-style food is served indoors or on an outdoor patio. Steaks with blue cheese butter were grilled to perfection. Entrees begin at $13.75 (steaks at $22.50).
Other restaurants frequented by Arnold include Lucca Restaurant and Bar (1615 J St.), specializing in California Mediterranean, with entrees beginning at $8.95; and Biba (2801 Capitol Ave.), a classy Italian restaurant operated by TV chef and cookbook author Biba Caggiano, with entrees beginning at $18.50.
For Schwarzenegger sightings, head to Sacramento's Capitol.
(Sacramento Convention And Visitors Bureau)
An eclectic international mix of foods is offered at the Tower Cafe (1518 Broadway), the birthplace of Tower Records. Entrees begin at about $8.
THINGS TO DO:
Try horseback riding at Gibson Ranch Park Equestrian Services, a 365-acre county park and ranch. Details: 916-991-7592, www.gibson-ranch.com
Cruise and dine in a Victorian setting on the riverboat, Spirit of Sacramento (110 L St., 800-433-0263, www.spiritofsacramento.com).
Hit the whitewater on rafts or kayaks with W.E.T. River Trips (888-723-8938, www.raftwet.com) in Sacramento or several outfitters just outside of town. Check the visitors bureau's Web site (see below).
Rent a bike for guided or self-guided tours at Bike Sacramento (1050 Front St., 916-444-0200).
INFORMATION: For details on 15 museums and other activities: Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-292-2334, www.discovergold.org. -- Cindy Loose