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California wildflowers and Gold Rush history; start with gold’s discovery along American River

Towering Foresthill Bridge passes 730 feet over the North Fork, American River, just outside Auburn. The historic Slate Mountain Mine stamp mill, used to crush quartz rock for its gold content, stands on edge of downtown Georgetown, CA. Docents Terry and Gayle Gay are ready to share Gold Rush lore in Marshall Gold Discovery State […]

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Shenandoah Valley wineries, gold rush history make Sierra foothills the place to visit!

Our out-of-town guests Janet and Patricia sample wines at Karmere Winery’s tasting room, done in French chateau style. Band entertains at Helwig Winery in the Shenandoah Valley. Fiddletown’s Community Center features a giant fiddle over the doorway. The old Imperial Hotel in Amador City also boasts a fine restaurant. Old Wells Fargo stagecoach thunders down […]

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

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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Gold Rush cruisin’; gold’s discovery in Coloma and nearby Gold Rush history!

Gold’s discovery in Coloma and nearby Gold Rush history… With the extended Thanksgiving holiday fast-approaching and family/guests in town, take a day’s tour of California’s Gold Rush history. Your exploration should include Sutter’s Mill in Coloma’s James Marshall Gold Discovery Park, just 80 miles from Stockton, and a scenic tour down Highway 49 through a handful of […]

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

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”

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

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!

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)

  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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