Sometimes it’s nice to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Sacramento city life. What’s one of the best (and most affordable) ways to do that, you ask? Two words: day trip! Just last weekend, a few of us from Submerge headed south from downtown Sacramento for about half-an-hour, enjoying breathtaking views of the Sacramento River and many wineries along the way, and ended up at Steamboat Acres near the tiny delta town of Courtland. Mostly known for growing pears, Steamboat Acres also has a cute-as-can-be pumpkin patch open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the month of October. You can walk up and down rows of pear trees with hundreds of pumpkins to choose from scattered throughout the orchard. They’ve also got great food for sale like pumpkin pies, pear hand pies, sandwiches (pear bacon jam grilled cheese, anyone?), smoked lamb gyros, even craft beer and prosecco pear floats for those of drinking age. Check out draft horses and some awesome vintage farm equipment, take a hayride and get a tour of the farm, and pick up some farm-fresh honey. If you have kids, they’ll love it here! There’s a bounce house and a giant “hay pyramid” for them to climb all over. It’s truly one of the best imaginable day trips to take from Sacramento. Quick, easy, beautiful and fun! Admission to Steamboat Acres’ pumpkin patch is free, but it’s $10 per car to park, so be sure to carpool. For more information, visit Steamboatacres.com/pumpkin-patch or call (916) 775-1166.