My love for the Sacramento Airport knows no bounds. Door to door from the city of Napa it takes one hour. And that's not a Google Maps estimate - it is predictably an hour, with none of the bridge and traffic complications that can make a trip departing from Oakland or San Francisco an unmitigated disaster before taking one step on an airplane.
In addition to the predictable time, clear roads and verdant scenery, there is the somewhat surprising (for Sacrameto) wine store inside the airport once you do arrive. Vino Volo is a little bit of civility in the bus station ambiance of modern air travel. Not to be confused with a duty free store, Vino Volo is wine bar that welcomes you with couches on which to lounge, small plates of charcuterie on which to nibble, and wine flights of which to taste. You can also purchase good wine to bring to your final destination- which being from Napa can sometimes feel de rigeur. This unique brand of R&R for the battle weary air traveler is available in Seattle, Sacramento, San Antonio, Detroit, Dulles, Baltimore, Philladelphia, Newark and JFK.
The first time I encountered this oasis of civility I emailed the corporate office immediately to see if I could buy stock. Answer: Not yet.
Caveat: Beware of Terminal B. As I rode the parking shuttle on a recent trip from Sacto to Denver, I was fantasizing about a stop at Vino Volo on the way to my gate. Imagine my chagrin when I realized I was flying out of Terminal B, second tier in everything including its name. No Vino Volo, no updated decor and whimsical art. Just old carpet, stuffy air and too, too many people.