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Gold Rush history lives on in ghost town gems along the Mother Lode, CA Hwy. 49

A replica of Sutter's Mill stands at the site of California's gold discovery in January, 1848.

Discovering ghost town gems along the Gold Rush Highway, CA Hwy. 49 Recent rains have cast our Sierra foothills in a verdant shade of green, perfect for exploring our state’s gold rush legacy. I always suggest starting in the place of gold’s discovery, just 80 miles northeast of Stockton, at the tiny town of Coloma [...]

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Winetasting, history and kid’s activities make for fun, fall destinations!

Syrah grapes from the Lodi-Woodbridge Grape Appellation

With the fall grape harvest and crush in full swing in recent weeks, no better time to visit nearby wine country, whether the Lodi-Woodbridge appellation in north San Joaquin County, or the Shenandoah Valley district, an hour to our northeast near Plymouth. Delightfully, both regions offer something for all members of the family, from wine [...]

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Shenandoah Valley wineries and Gold Rush history make Amador County a “must visit”

Amador City Street Dance attacts big crowd of both locals and tourists!

Where, in about 10 square miles, can you discover fine wines, dining, cooler temperatures, beautiful scenery and Gold Rush history? It’s the Shenandoah Valley and Amador County wineries, just 55 miles to the northeast of Stockton and San Joaquin County. Following gold’s discovery in 1848 in nearby Coloma, new mining communities burst upon the scene and [...]

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Sierra foothills cruisin’; late summer/early fall foothills destinations in Gold Country

The Wells Fargo stagecoach takes kids and families right through the heart of old Columbia!

With kids back in school and the summer crush of tourists waning, it’s time for a weekend getaway in the nearby Sierra foothills.  Highway 49 is just an hour away, so take a day or weekend tour of Gold Country and sample history, quaint towns and scenic attractions along the route! Start your tour at [...]

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Shenandoah Valley, CA offers wineries, lovely scenery and Plymouth and Fiddletown history!

Friends Jan Bell and Pat Moore sample wines at Karmere's lovely French Chateau-inspired tasting room.

A Sierra thunderstorm brews over the Shenandoah Valley, picture taken from Fiddletown foothills. Vineyards at Karmere Winery stretch into the nearby Sierra foothills. Beautiful fountain frames the vineyards at Bella Piazza Vineyards Friends Jan Bell and Pat Moore sample wines at Karmere’s lovely French Chateau-inspired tasting room. Sun sets over the Shenandoah Valley, during closing [...]

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California’s Gold Rush…the trail is nearby in Mother Lode (Coloma, Placerville, Plymouth, Fiddletown to Amador City)

Coloma's replica of John Sutter's Mill is based on a variety of sources. They include a drawing by John Marshall, old photographs and excavations of the original saw mill site, now inundated by waters of the American River.

  Between 1850 and 1883, Coloma was home to a large Chinese population. Chinese merchants supplied many of the goods and implements used by the miners; after the huge 1883 fire, most of the Chinese moved on to new locations. These two stone buildings are all that remain of the early China camp. A Placerville [...]

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