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Fall foothills splendor, or Northern California coast majesty?

Wells Fargo stagecoach charges down Main Street in historic Sutter Creek.

With fine fall weather, head for Sierra foothills splendor, or Northern California coast majesty! With October, even November, offering beautiful weather, here are two favorite destinations for fall touring. Sutter Creek and the Shenandoah Valley, just 50-60 miles from STOCKTON, offers the best of gold rush history in a quaint, compact 10 block downtown chock a [...]

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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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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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