A few weeks ago I took a long weekend to visit family in Sacramento. I had a really late flight out of LAX to SMF. In fact I landed well after midnight. Thank the maker for TSA Precheck because it saved me a ton of time and I walked right through security at LAX. I spent some time in the United Club in Terminal 7 before heading to my gate in Terminal 8.
Unfortunately, my flight was a United Express flight on a CRJ-200. I really don't like these planes because they feel so cramped and the windows are too low to see out of comfortably. The larger CRJ versions are much nicer and are slightly roomier.
I arrived at SMF to a completely empty terminal. I quickly grabbed my bag and took the shuttle to the rental car location. Avis upgraded me to a large SUV Dodge Journey or something like that. It was all tricked out and it took me a while to figure out how to work the radio and everything else. I made my way to the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. The hotel is slightly dated, but the rooms are nice enough.
There was a nice "gift" waiting for me in my room on the executive floor. I soon went to sleep because I was exhausted from my one hour trip up the state. Actually it was so much past my bedtime, I couldn't keep my eyes open.
I had to change hotels to be in Folsom which is closer to my family. I stayed at the Hampton Inn in Folsom right off the freeway and it's a pretty nice hotel. It looks relatively new and they gave me a huge room on the top floor that had a wet bar and sitting area. It's a really affordable option in Folsom and it's very close to a Costco and some other shopping.