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

Sutter's Mill, site of gold discovery, in Marshall Gold Discovery State Park.

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!

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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Northern California summer travel destinations – leave the crowds behind!

Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is typical of Big Sur scenery on Highway 1.

  Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Appellation map. Main Street in Sutter Creek, a Gold Rush gem, taken from Hotel Sutter balcony. Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is typical of Big Sur scenery on Highway 1. Hearst Castle’s outdoor pool looks out over the Santa Lucia Mountains! In my last post, I noted five summer travel destinations (three California [...]

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Valentine’s Day destinations for you and your sweetheart in Northern California

The Point Arena Lighthouse on CA coast, north of Jenner.

          Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – if you’re looking for special destinations in Northern California, several pop quickly into my wife’s and my mind!  In 45 years of marriage, my wife has taught me that a special Valentine’s destination has these attributes: scenic, somewhat secluded, fine and somewhat-dressy restaurant(s) nearby, [...]

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Travel Notes; upcoming events worth your notice!

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park; photo courtesy of the State Park

‘Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein’, the classic film runs on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Fox CA/Bob Hope Theatre, brings Halloween fun early (with costume contest for the kids), organ concert included, and tours of the venerable theatre following the movie! Sometimes the best travel ideas are either “close to home”, or, somewhat esoteric.  Here are [...]

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California Gold Rush, top destinations in central CA (Part II; Sutter Creek, Jackson, Moke Hill, San Andreas)

The Leger Hotel in Mokelumne Hill is open to guest lodging and offers fine dining in a splendid historic dining room!

Historic church in Mokelumne Hill dates to the Gold Rush years.     The historic east side of downtown Mokelumne Hill survived the fires that ravaged much of the city. Last week’s feature homed in on the Hwy. 49 Gold Rush trail from Coloma south to Amador City.  This week, we continue on Hwy. 49, southbound. [...]

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