Visit the Gold Country: Historic Treasures in Tuolomne County

An adventure four seasons long and a place where there’s always more to do than you have time for. Sonora was changed forever by the discovery of gold in 1848; it’s cosmopolitan, frontier days can still be felt on any downtown streets. Ride steam trains in Jamestown, visit the former gold rush camp of Columbia and see the flourishing historic buildings of Groveland at the gateway to Yosemite National Park. Dodge Ridge, Pinecrest Lake and the Stanislaus National Forest are all nearby to pan for gold, fish, river raft, bike, horseback ride, climb and downhill ski.

 

Dining

Jamestown Hotel - Open every day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to nourish your adventures. This hotel is one of the most photographed buildings in historic Jamestown and now has a Tesla charging station! 

Fork & Love Restaurant – Hotel Charlotte’s on-site restaurant features world cuisine with local, organic dishes. Vegetarian and Gluten Free options are available. The unique, eclectic, small plate menu of seasonal dishes made from scratch is paired with the best local brews, craft cocktails and wines Wednesday through Sunday from 6pm-10pm.

 

Wine/Brew

Indigeny Reserve  A lush, 160 acro preserve and apple orchard in the hills of Sonora. Taste hand-crafted hard cider and apple brandy from oak barrels.

Inner Sanctum Cellars – The 49er Wine Club gets you two great wines every three months for $49. Visit the tasting room on Main Street in Jamestown. 

Gianelli Vineyards - Italian wine varietals in the Sierra Foothills. 

The Standard Pour – Craft beer and fine wine paired with a killer menu in Sonora. Enjoy the patio on warm evenings, bar for sports games, dining room, wine room or bocce court on summer evenings.

 

Spa

Serenity Fitness & Wellness Spa – Fitness, Salon and Spa in Sonora. Come for yoga, facials or a massage! 

 

Lodging

Best Western Sonora Inn – Close to the Sonora Golf Club, Eaton Hill Nature Center and Caverns of Sonora. Complete with desks, microwaves, minifridges, coffeemakers and hot breakfast. A seasonal outdoor pool, fitness center, business center and a laundromat make this your vacation home base!

Hotel Charlotte - Originally opened in 1921, this Victorian-style hotel in Groveland is close to Pine Mountain Lake and Yosemite National Park. Traditional rooms feature clawfoot tubs, tv, WiFi and fridges. Breakfast is free, as is parking. The on-site bistro offers tapas and a full bar. 

 

Activities

Columbia State Historic Park – Between 1850 and 1870, over 1 billion dollars in gold (today’s value) was mined in the region; Columbia was the second largest city in California! Much of the settlement survived the test of time and is here for you to explore.

49er Mining Supplies – The Gold Country’s expert on gold mining techniques, education and fun. Call to book (209) 533-0446

Railtown 1897 - Steam engine rides every weekend, April to October.

Quartz Mountain Stage Line – Horse drawn carriage and stagecoach in historic Columbia. 

 

Shopping

Downtown Shoes – Sonora’s complete shoe boutique carrying socks also carries extraordinary handbags. 

Antique Emporium – Eye a fabulous collection period pieces and enjoy their coffee shop on Main Street in downtown Jamestown. The historic store-front itself is worth the trip but it is packed with treasures as well.  

Tar Flat – Antiques, gifts and old world European natural furniture paint in downtown Sonora for you crafters!

Charley’s Books & Galleria – Dolls, jewelry and gifts - the best selection of Gold Rush and western history.