• Captivating Activity Connects Folsom and Sacramento

    POSTED February 1, 2018

    Tribute to the Man in Black

Think “Folsom,” and what comes first to mind? The Man in Black and his famous “Folsom Prison Blues,” of course. The Johnny Cash classic became a No. 1 hit in 1968 when the singer recorded it live among inmates at the penitentiary. Now the City of Folsom is paying tribute with a 2.5-mile bike trail that crosses prison property, sports a bridge designed to resemble the facility’s East Gate guard tower and connects with miles of existing trails. The final segment of the multiyear project opened in October 2017. Still to come: a 3-acre legacy park and interactive public art walk that eventually will hold eight larger-than-life sculptures, including a 40-foot steel rendition of the singer and a “ring of fire” display. Visitors can access the Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience at several points in Folsom or via the American River Bike Trail, which stretches 32 miles to downtown Sacramento. Lightrail transportation for riders and their bicycles (rented or owned) is available between the two cities, making this an easily accessible activity for attendees meeting at Sacramento hotels. 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours. 



California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.

Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.


There’s gold—and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed meeting center—in them thar hills.