Donna Lucas, aka “Ms. Sacramento,” has certainly earned her title. Born in Sacramento and raised in L.A., Lucas returned in 1982 and her resume now reads: former California press secretary for President George H.W. Bush, deputy chief of staff for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. Founder of Lucas Public Affairs, Ms. Sacramento says of the capital: “I love the tree-shaded neighborhoods, affordable Victorians and out two beautiful rivers, which come together in the heart of the River City.”

WHEEL ‘N’ DEAL Many political deals have been cut at Frank Fat’s, and while the politicians have changed , the wonderful Chinese food hasn’t. 806 L St., 916-442-7092.

POWER LUNCH The Esquire Grill is the political see-and-be-seen spot. 1213 K St., 916-448-8900.

TOP SHELF Even folks from NYC say Ella Dining Room and Bar is the best. They actually make the tonic for their gin-and-tonic. 1131 K St., 916-443-3772.

LOCALS ONLY My oldest friend in the world and her husband run Café Vinoteca. They serve delicious Italian food in a great atmosphere. 3535 Fair Oaks Blvd., 916-487-1331. DATE NIGHT My husband and I love Biba Restaurant. 2801 Capitol Ave., 916-455-2422.

SWEET SPOTS Bistro 33 (1020 16t St., 916-233-3633) makes a decadent “bag of donuts.” The bittersweet and milk chocolate bark from Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates (1801 L Street., Ste. 60, 916-706-1738)
is to die for.

HOT TICKET You can’t beat a Kings game. One Sports Pkwy., 916-928-6900. TRES CHIC I love the candles at Le Petit Paris. 1221 19th St., 916-446-3639.

GIFTS Freddric Bradford is new to the scene and perfect for that person who’s hard to buy for. 1801 L St., Ste. 70, 916-442-9911.

SUNDAY DRIVE South River Road curves its way down through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta into the little town of Clarksburg. Be sure to stop at Bogle Winery.

HIKE/BIKE Along the 23 miles of the American River Parkway.

CITIZEN SITES Every Californian should visit the State Capitol since the building belongs to all of us. 1315 10th St., 916-324-0333.

SHOW TIME One of the country’s two theaters-in-the-round, Music Circus performs musicals all summer long. 1419 H St., 916-557-1999.

CA CULTURE the museum is crammed with history, including the state’s Hall of Fame. 1020 O St., 916-653-7524

Jenny Murray Hooks | C Magazine