Amber House B&B – Sacramento Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 22nd, 2018

Amber House B&B - Sacramento Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Amber House was converted to a B&B in 1984. We have a total of ten rooms: five are located in our 1905 Craftsman-style home known as “Poets Refuge”, and five more in the sophisticated 1895 Colonial Revival directly across the street, known as “Musicians Manor”.

Both houses maintain their individual era of elegance, and also boast modern amenities such as Jacuzzi tubs for two, HD flat screen TVs, gas fireplaces, antique soaking tubs, luxury beds, private patio/balcony, free Wi-Fi & parking…just to name a few.

A fantastic 2 course breakfast is served every morning, either in your room, on the patio, in the dining room or in our garden. We offer gluten/dairy free options as well as a light breakfast, or a to-go bag for our guests in a hurry. In the evening fresh baked cookies are delivered to each room, with turn down service available if requested.

Comfort and convenience are our top priority here at Amber House. Added extras include (but are not limited to):

  • In-room single or couples massage
  • Car service
  • Rose petals & candle lit bath
  • Wine/Champagne with chocolate covered strawberries
  • Tickets to the B St Theater
  • Weddings

Located in the heart of midtown, there is always a plethora of things to do and places to go. Any one of our amazing Innkeepers can give suggestions or directions to suit your desires. Give us a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Whether you’re traveling for business, on vacation or in need of a local getaway…make Amber House your home away from home.

See the Amber House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Chalk it Up – Sacramento

Author: , September 5th, 2016

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Fremont Park in Sacramento is playing host this weekend to a cool art event – Chalk it Up brings together a bunch of chalk artists to create their masterpieces, and runs for the full three day weekend.

Chalk it UpWe stopped by yesterday to check it out. About half the art pieces were finished, and it was fascinating to see the artists working on the others, some from mental pictures, some from props, and some from photos laid out on a grid.

This is a cool little community park in an up and coming part of Sactown, with not one but two local coffee chains on the park – Naked Coffee has a cool little retro cafe on the southwestern corner, while Insidght just opened on the ground floor of the gorgeous new eco friendly 16 Powerhouse Apartments on the East Side. You can also stop into Magpie or Hot Italian for lunch.

The park is filled with vendors too – our fave? Driftwoods Clothing, which does shirts for many of Sacramento’s diverse little neighborhoods.

If you are in the Sacramento area and have time today, stop by and see this festival before it ends.

Some of our favorite art is below.

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City Sundays: Sacramento

Author: , January 24th, 2016

sacramento gay men's chorus

Hey all,

Welcome to our weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

Today I thought I’d throw my own current hometown out there. To anyone who’s not from here, Sacramento seems like a bit of a snoozer. It’s been called a cow town, and is known mostly for being the Capital of California. Up until a few years ago, the city mostly shut down on weekends and when the legislature was out of session. We moved here in 2003, and since that time we’ve seen a sea change in the city. Midtown has grown into a hotbed of great restaurants, art, and culture. The new Kings Arena is spurring a ton of new construction projects aimed at bringing more multifamily housing projects to town. The city has a thriving theatre scene, and the farm to fork movement is particularly robust here, with more than a few world class restaurants. And the LGBTIQ scene is hopping too. We just got our rainbow crosswalks late last year in lavender heights, the gay district. And there’s a great gay men’s chorus (above)

I love the city so much, I’m even writing a story about it.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

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And our Sacramento articles on the blog here:

Sacramento Like a Local – Purple Roofs Gets Interviewed

Author: , March 12th, 2015

Scott and Mark and Marco and FabryThe co-founder of LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs on his love of his hometown, the Californian capital (no, it’s not LA!).

I’ve lived here since… 2003. My husband Mark and I were looking for a place where we could afford a bigger home and office. We started our LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs in 1998, and we quickly outgrew our two-bedroom condo! Sacramento was affordable, and offered a more relaxed lifestyle.

I’ve stayed because… Mark and I found a lot to love about the area. The Sierra Foothills look like something out of Tuscany. There’s not too much traffic. Downtown Sac has a thriving LGBT community, and over the last few years, a new farm-to-fork ethos has emerged. Sacramento is quickly coming one of the foodie capitals of the US.

Here in Sacramento, we always look forward to… spring. That’s when most of the farmers’ markets open, and the weather warms up to the mid 70s to low 80s. The rains make the hillsides green, and the various foodie events begin. The best is the Farm-to-Fork Celebration, which culminates with a meal on the Tower Bridge [below] – the whole bridge is shut down for a gourmet dinner, with the California State Capitol Museum in the background.

By J. Scott Coatsworth – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sacramento Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Amber House B&B, Sacramento, California

Author: , December 5th, 2014

Amber House B&B - Sacramento

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Uptown Elegance in Midtown Sacramento: In the heart of Midtown and the Lavender District, on a quiet street of historic homes, Amber House offers a perfect blend of elegance, comfort, and hospitality. Marble-tiled baths, some with Jacuzzi tubs for two, plush bathrobes, phones, flatscreen TV, DVD, WiFi. A delicious breakfast is served in your room, dining room or the garden

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Gay Sacramento: Where to Stay

Author: , August 2nd, 2014

Citizen Hotel SacramentoOur last section in our trip to gay Sacramento – places to stay. We currently have three places in town for you to choose from:

The Citizen Hotel
926 J. St.

Embedded in the urban fabric of downtown Sacramento, the Citizen Hotel is a luxury, boutique hotel in the heart of the city, at the center of the action.

The Citizen blends the best of two eras, combining the formality and magnificence of Sacramento’s history with today’s modern expectations.

Inn at Parkside SacramentoInn at Parkside B&B
2116 Sixth St.

A grand mansion, built in 1936 as the official U.S. residence for the North American Ambassador to Nationalist China.

Located in heart of Sacramento only blocks from the State Capitol and Old Town Sacramento.

Amber House B&B
1315 22nd St.

Amber House B&B - SacramentoIn the heart of Midtown and the Lavender District, on a quiet street of historic homes, Amber House offers a perfect blend of elegance, comfort, and hospitality.

Marble-tiled baths, some with Jacuzzi tubs for two, plush bathrobes, phones, flatscreen TV, DVD, WiFi. A delicious breakfast is served in your room, dining room or the garden.

All three are on the grid – in the midtown / downtown area. Of the three, Amber House is the closest to Lavender Heights – just four blocks from the gay bars. The Citizen is in downtown, close to the Capitol and K Street. And the Inn at Parkside is next to the park where the annual Sacramento Rainbow Festival ( is held on Labor Day Weekend.

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Gay Sacramento: Walking Tours

Author: , August 2nd, 2014

Sacramento has a great variety of walking tours, and while none of them are specifically gay, we’ve sampled a bunch of them to bring you some great options.

Sacramento Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour

First off, three historical tours.

Sacramento Capitol TourThe Capitol
10th & L
Mon-Fri 8 AM-5 PM; Sat-Sun 9 AM-5 PM

This is a great free tour – you get a backstage look at the history and workings of the California State Capitol, including the legislature, the Governor’s office, and the artwork scattered throughout the building, And you can’t beat the price. Biggest surprise? The modern portrait of the current Governor, Jerry Brown, from his first term as Governor in the 1970’s.

Sacramento Governor's Mansion TourThe Governor’s Mansion
1526 H Street
Wed-Sun 10 AM-5 PM
$5 adults, $3 kids

While not free, this one’s only $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The Governor’s mansion is actually not where the Governor lives – he’s in an apartment two blocks south. In fact, no one has lived in the house since Jerry Brown’s Father. Nancy Reagan decided the house wasn’t nice enough for her and Ronnie, although, in her defense, our guide told us that the neighborhood was very sketchy back then, and 16th street was a main thoroughfare before the freeways were build, so it wasn’t that great a place to live. The house is being renovated – the third floor is done, and when we were there, they were painting and redoing the floors on the first two stories.

Sacramento Underground TourSacramento Underground Tour
Old Town
Various Times – See Website
$15 adults, $10 kids

A little more expensive than the other two historic tours, but fascinating. In 1862, Sacramento experienced an epic flood that left a lake miles wide in downtown. The city decided to raise itself twenty feet, and property owners were forced to pay to construct a wall in front of their buildings to bring the streets up 20 feet. The space between the walls on either side of the street was then filled with dirt, and at that point people had to use ladders to climb down to the businesses below. The buildings were then jacked up one by one, and new walls were built below them to hold them up. And finally, wooden sidewalks were built to connect the streets to the newly raised structures. It was an amazing feat of architecture, and the hour-long tour takes you under several of the buildings to see where the city used to stand.

Next, a few food tours. Both of these are from Local Roots Food Tours, and our guide for both was the amazing Lola.

Sacramento Urban Art, Food, and Libations TourUrban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour
Every Day 2 PM

This tour includes food, drinks, and a tour of the street art in Midtown. The first two were great – the last one would have been more enjoyable if it hadn’t been 103 degrees out, but hey, it was cool anyhow. Standouts on this tour were the food at LowBrau (great sausage – even though I don’t like sausage) and Thai Basil. I even tried sushi for the first time – it was pretty good! Lola is full of info about the city culinary scene and the artwork you’ll encounter along the way. We’ve lived here for 11 years, and we visited five places we’d never tried before and discovered artwork we didn’t know existed.

Sacramento Gourmet on K TourGourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour
K Street
Fri-Mon 1:30 PM

Another great food tour with Lola from Local Roots, and honestly our favorite of the two. Why? A few things, This one is under the shade for most of the tour, a big bonus on a hot summer day. It includes some real stand-outs – Mayahuel, which has amazing modern Mexican food (and a huge tequila selection, if you are so inclined), the great charcuterie and cheese plates (and wine pairings) at Downtown and Vine, and the wonderful Andy’s Candy Apothecary, a great little candy store with a story, Andy won a competition with a cash starter fund, professional help starting the business, and a year’s rent. These tours are a great way to sample restaurants you might never try otherwise.

And finally, we have a scavenger hunt.

Urban Adventure QuestUrban Adventure Quest
$49 for up to 5

Finally, a really cool self-guided tour. Urban Adventure Quest offers pre-planned scavenger hunts in tours all around the US. Their Sacramento tour starts just east of Capitol Park, winds through the park and the Capitol, to Downtown Plaza, and finally into Old Town. The tour consists of about 20 questions (and some bonus ones) that require you to find things, count things, and discover artwork and history along the way. You play on any smart phone, and can play up to five folks for one cost. There’s even a leaderboard where you can see how you stack up against other players.

There’s something for almost everyone in Sacramento.

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Gay Sacramento: The Bars

Author: , July 30th, 2014

The gay bars in Sacramento are pretty much all clustered at the corner of 20th and K Streets in what’s called Lavender Heights – ok, it’s flat, but just go with it.

Here’s a run-down of the gay bars down in midtown Sacramento.


Faces Gay Bar, SacramentoFaces
2000 K Street

Here you’ll find Faces, the oldest gay bar in the city with three dance floors, on the southeastern corner.

Faces has been around for years and years, and, according to the folks on Yelp, there’s a very mixed crowd here, a cover of $10-20 depending on the time, and lots of straight bachelorette parties.

There’s even a pool here, though we’re not sure who’d wanna use a pool at a gay bar.

Faces has three dance floors.

Head Hunters Gay Bar, SacramentoHeadhunters
1930 K Street

Then there’s our favorite, Headhunters on the southwestern corner, with both a bar and restaurant (burgers, fries, etc).

Headhunters is a more laid-back bar – a great place to go with friends for a drink and some conversation.

Headhunters is also the new (last year or two) location for Drag Queen Bingo, held on the first Thursday of each month.

Get there early – it fills up quickly.

The Depot
2001 K. Street

Then there’s The Depot, on the northeastern corner, with music but no dance floors (though one is planned). The Depot also has pool tables and theme nights.

The Depot has a lesbian night on Fridays.

Badlands Gay Bar, SacramentoBadlands
2003 K St.

And there’s Badlands, adjacent and connected to The Depot, with a large dance floor and weekly events. Badlands has a drag night on Fridays.

2007 K Street

Next to the Depot and Badlands, up on the top floor, you’ll find Sidetrax – with a great drag show and competition ever Sunday night starting at 8 PM. Sidetrax also hosts a lesbian night on Thursdays, as well as other weekly events – check their website for details.

Mercantile Saloon
1928 L St, Sacramento

There’s also the Mercantile Saloon, more of a divey neighborhood bar with a reputation for strong drinks, a diverse crowd, and a lot of smokers out on the patio – it’s about a block south of the other bars in the right side of 20th.

If you want to sober up after a night at the bars, you’ll find a Peets Coffee at the far end of the Maars Building, just up the street at 20th and J.

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Gay Sacramento: Catch a Play

Author: , July 28th, 2014

Nunsense A Men - Runaway Theatre Productions

Sacramento’s Theatre scene is so, so gay. And it’s not just because we have our very own gay theatre company. Many of the theatres in the area have put on gay-themed productions of late. And their non-LGBT stuff is usually pretty good too.

Here’s a rundown of the theatres you might want to check out when you’re in town.

Closet Door Theatre CompanyThe Closet Door Theatre Company
Various Locations

First there was the Lambda Players. When we moved to the Sacramento area in 2003, there was a gay theatre company called the Lambda Players. They put on a regular series of plays every year, and though they were sometimes a little amateur, we really loved having a gay theatre here. But after several location changes, the company closed down in 2011.

Our friend Rich stepped into the gap a couple years back and started up the Closet Door Theatre Company, and they now put on 3-4 shows a year. The company doesn’t yet have its own space – check their website for locations. Past productions include “The Normal Heart”, “The Little Dog Laughed”, and “The Last Sunday in June”. If you’re in town during their season, come support this great little gay theatre company.

We’ll also run down some of the other great independent theatres in the area, along with a brief explanation of why we think each one is a little light in the loafers.


B Street TheatreB Street Theatre
2711 B Street

Hands-down one of the best local small theatres – B Street is planning to build a beautiful new facility much closer to the beating heart of midtown, breaking ground later this year after almost a decade of fundraising. They have three series, and their B3 series often features edgier plays with social commentary.

Why It’s Gay: They’ve done several gay-themed plays, including “The Little Dog Laughed”; handsome young actor Jason Kuykendall (sadly straight) has appeared sans clothing (or mostly so) in several productions, and regular Kurt Johnson lent his time to the local reading of “8”, the play.


Capital StageCapital Stage
2215 J Street

The Capital Stage is a great one-theatre venue on J. Street, not far from the gay bars at 20th and K. The theater often showcases plays with social commentary.

Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Maple and Vine”, the subversive tale of a mixed-race NYC couple who flees the Big Apple to lve in a town that is a throwback to the 50’s, or at least the period as reimagined with nostalgia. The play features a strong gay subplot.


New Helvetia TheatreNew Helvetia Theatre
1028 R Street

Located on the stretch of R Street that’s been labeled “up-and-coming” as an artist colony with a fun and funky vibe, the New Helvetia boasts a recently renovated space and really good cookies.

Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Sings From an Unmade Bed”, a one-man show (with accompanying three-piece band) that consists solely of songs about gay love and loss. Actor Connor Mickiewicz played the role, at times brash and funny, at times breathtakingly vulnerable. We sat next to his grandfather at the play, and it was beautiful to see how proud the man was of his grandson.


Runaway Stage ProductionsRunaway Stage Productions
1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento
2791 24th St, Sacramento

This theatre company just came to our attention this last week. They use two venues – one at Sierra 2 (an adult continuing education venue just south of Downtown), and one across the Tower Bridge in West Sacramento.

Why It’s Gay: The company is currently performing “Nunsense: A Men”, an all-male version of the popular play “Nunsense” (the original one). A bunch of men dressed up as nuns? How much gayer can you get? And funny, too!


So check out the thriving Sacramento theatre scene the next time you’re in town – chance are there will be something gay!

Gay Sacramento: Where to Eat

Author: , July 25th, 2014


Sacramento has a great foodie scene – it’s one of the pioneers in the Farm to Fork movement, emphasizing local ingredients being used wherever possible.

We’ve lived her for 11 years now, and some of our favorites have come and gone (miss you, Masque!) but there are still many great restaurants in the Sacramento area.

Here are our current favorites:

1801 Capitol Ave

Until recently, we only had one favorite Mexican restaurant in town, and on the balance, it’s still our favorite. it’s called Zocalo, and specializes in a modern Mexican cuisine – authentic dishes done very well, with a modern twist. zocalo is in the heart of Midtown, at capital and 18th streets.

The building was an old car dealership, and then a garage. The architecture is been redone, but still has its historic roots, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let intensive light, and a beautiful Mexican themed decor. zocalo is also one of the most gay friendly restaurants in Sacramento, regularly supporting the pride parade and festival.

Chef Ryan Rose, although not gay, is also very friendly, and has some great, innovative dishes. one of our favorites is the enchiladas going to want though – chicken enchiladas with a comment your green sauce.Surprisingly, the French toast here at brunch is also amazing. Put this restaurant on your must-eat list next time you’re in Sacramento.

1200 K Street

Our other, new favorite Mexican place is Mayahuel, on K Street and 12th. It’s a little smaller than Zocalo, but it’s gorgeous inside.

Its theme is tequila – in fact, its official name is Mayahuel Restaurant and Tequila Museum – and there are even tequila lockers you can rent on an ongoing basis to have a bottle of your favorite brand held for you.

The Mexican food here is also elevated – they have a creamy poblano pepper soup that’s to die for. And Mayahuel is also gay friendly – they host a monthly mixer for gay men in their event room next door to the restaurant.

Pizza RockPizza Rock
1020 K Street

In the mood for a great pizza? Pizza Rock, the brainchild of award winning chef Tony Gemignani (he’s an American chef who won the World Pizza Cup Championship for his pizza in Naples!) offers pizza four ways – Italian, American, Sicilian and Calzone.

The decor is awesome, within an homage to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel painting on the ceiling – except instead of touching fingers, God is handing electric guitar to Adam.

The baked brie here is amazing, there’s an fantastic salads, and you can’t go wrong with any of the pizzas. The place is a bit loud though, so don’t come here planning have a conversation, unless you ask to be seated outside on a nice evening.

PorchThe Porch
1815 K St Sacramento

The Porch is a new find for us – this cozy midtown restaurant specializes in comfort food. Pulled pork sandwiches, french fries, hamburgers, and more – but with a gourmet twist.

As the name suggests, the restaurant has a large porch along the front, where you can sit outside and watch the people go by as you enjoy your lunch or dinner.

The baked brie here comes with a different homemade jam each time, and all have been delicious. This one is also a great place for conversations – there’s a TV on the bar side but the volume is turned off. Porch has a great hang-out vibe.

Downtown and VineDowntown and Vine
1200 K Street

Just down the block from Mayahuel is another new find. Downtown and Vine specializes in pairing wine with some amazing edibles. And while the focus here is clearly on the wine, the food was surprisingly good.

For a light lunch, we had their cheese and meat plate and a side of humus that came with five different veggies piled around the dish.

The food is simple but top-notch, and the restaurant, though small, is quiet and low key, the perfect place to hang out, cool down on a hot summer day, eat, drink, and be Mary. 😛

1800 L Street

Tapa the World
2115 J. Street

There are a couple good tapas places in midtown – Aioli, just a block up 18th Street from Zocalo, and Tapa the World, at J. Street and 21st.

Both have a great selection of tapas plates – small plates you can order together ane eat family-style – of the two, Tapa the World has a wide variety of cuisines, while Aioli sticks mostly to Spanish dishes.

Cafeteria 15LCafeteria 15L
1116 15th St.

As the name suggests, 15L is at the corder of 15th and L streets. They have a gorgeous open dining room – almost a dining hall – and an outdoor patio too, as well as outdoor seating along the street. But it’s not a cafeteria per se: you order at the table, and food is brought to you.

The cuisine is gourmet American – burgers, tater tots, sliders, chicken strips, and much more – like Porch, comfort food, but done well.

It’s also just around the corner from the convention center and Community Center theatre.

Hock Farm
1415 L Street

Just a block west of 15L on L street, Hock Farm is the only one of the Paragary restaurants on our list. Randy Paragary is the restaurant king in sacramento, with at least 13 restaurants in the greater Sacramento area.

Hock Farm has a nice earthy feel, and specializes in farm to For dishes, with an emphasis on locally-sourced food.

It’s named after John Sutter’s Hock Farm, originally established in the area in 1841. It’s a great place for a tasty local meal, and the food is gourmet but not “fancy.”

Cafe Vinoteca
3535 Fair Oaks Blvd #C

Although it’s not in the downtown core, it’s only ten minutes away by car on Highway 50. Caffe Vinoteca is an old-school Italian restaurant – cute and casual – and a neighborhood gem.

The food is surprisingly good. This is one of those places the locals go, and it’s not uncommon to have an actual Italian speaking waiter here too, for that extra touch of authenticity.

The restaurant has been around for years and years, but they upped their game this last year or two, and the food wend from decent to terrific.

Andy's Candy ApothecaryAndy’s Candy Apothecary
1012 9th St.

Want a little something sweet after dinner? Andy’s Candy Apothecary won a contest last year for one new business to get start-u capital and a year’s rent in a downtown location.

The owner’s concept was chosen, and now he runs a great little candy shop not far from the Capitol, and more importantly, just two blocks from the location of the new Kings basketball arena, to open in 2016.

He sells prepackaged candy (the lemon cream almonds are amazing) and individual gourmet candies – perfect for a little sweetness after a heavy dinner.

Devine GelateriaDevine Gelateria
1221 19th St.

We’re suckers for a good gelato, and Devine never disappoints. They’re a locally owned shop, and usually display between twenty and thirty flavors at once – more on the weekends.

They also have a cute little patio in the back and seating that spills out in the front onto the sidewalk.

It’s ideal for a hot spring or summer day.

We hope you enjoy some of our choices – there are so many more places here to explore too. Check out Eat the Grid for more ideas.

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