Your Guide To The Most Romantic Adventures In California's Gold Country

We’re sharing an extensive list of our favorite romantic getaways in the Gold Country to help you plan your honeymoon or weekend trip.

Tour the entire region or scroll to your favorite county below to discover the most beautiful places and unique experiences.

 

 

Tuolomne and Mariposa Counties: Columbia, Sonora, Groveland, Jamestown

Aspen Meadow Pack Station - Explore towering granite peaks, alpine meadows, lakes and wildlife on horseback! 

Tuolomne River - OARS whitewater rafting will guide you on 1, 2 or 3 day trips! 

Stay at Hotel Charlotte, dine at Fork & Love Restaurant while exploring Groveland.

Explore Jamestown's dining, lodging and shopping after a ride on a historic steam or diesel locomotive at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Stanislaus National Forest, offers camping and year-round recreation bordering Yosemite National Park. 

Pine Mountain Lake - Enjoy the peace of nature while camping or at a local VRBO. 

Dodge Ridge Downhill Ski Area

Pinecrest Lake Cross Country Resort - Lodging, restaurant and a summertime marina for some R&R. 

The awe-inspiring beauty of Yosemite National Park will light the spark of your next romantic getaway. 

Summer or winter custom, guided trips by Mother Lode Adventure ChartersEvergreen Lodge and YFA Guides to waterfalls, giant sequoia trees and the most romantic, secret locations. From afternoon strolls to hiking Half Dome, horseback rides, vineyard tours and whitewater rafting find the adventure fit for the two of you.

Rest on the sandy, eastern beaches under the summer sun at Tenaya Lake.

To wander beneath the giant sequoia trees, visit Mariposa GroveTuolumne and Merced Groves

In the winter, Half Dome Village hosts an Ice Skating Rink and in the Spring, waterfalls are in full swing! Visit the majestic Yosemite Waterfalls, especially Horsetail Falls which turns to fire as the sun aligns in February. 

 

 

Calaveras and Alpine Counties: Angels Camp, Arnold, Murphys, Bear Valley, Mokelumne Hill, Vallecito

Stay at Hotel Leger and take a historic walking tour of Mokelumne Hill. You're very close to mine and cavern tours, wine tasting, Big Trees and Indian Grinding Rock State Parks. Drive two hours to Yosemite National Park or explore Ebbett's Pass Scenic Byway

 Visit the peaceful serenity of Lake Alpine Resort in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Explore the back country by backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, or cruise any number of ATV and 4WD routes and trails. Relax and cool off with a swim or rent a canoe, kayak or boat to visit the many splendors of the lake. 

In Downtown Murphys, get cozy at The Victoria Inn, a romantic Bed and Breakfast on historic Main Street. Each room is an eclectic mix of wonderful European charm, featuring high ceilings and doors, fireplaces or wood stoves, claw-footed bathtubs or whirlpool tubs. You'll be steps away from dining, wine tasting, shopping and spa relaxing. Plan your trip around the summer concert series at Brice Station Vineyards / grab something to-go or take a Farm-to-Table Tour at Outer Aisle Foods / Unwind at Tranquility Massage and Skin Care or Jillian Day Spa. For extra excitement, saddle up with Horse & Barrel Riding for a rural adventure through gold and wine country. Relax in beautiful vineyard landscapes on horseback while enjoying Calaveras’ award winning wines.

 In Sonora's breathtaking hills, tour Indigeny Reserve's organic 160 acre apple ranch, ciderworks and distillery. Enjoy hand-crafted hard cider and apple brandy from oak barrels, yum!

Bear Valley Cross Country & Adventure Company offers year-round activities from world-class cross country skiing, sledding, tubing, snow shoeing and fat tire biking to kayaks and stand-up paddleboard rentals, fishing and camping supplies in the summer. A variety of restaurants, lodging choices and stores can be found at Bear Valley Ski Area, a friendly and relaxing High Sierra escape located in the beautiful Central Sierra Mountains. Nestled off Scenic Highway Highway 4, this year-round destination offers activities from relaxation to extreme adventure in every season. Whether you’re looking to get your heart racing or to just slow down and savor the Sierra, Bear Valley is the perfect destination to enjoy the outdoors as Mother Nature intended.  

Bear Valley Snowmobile Center http://www.bvsnowmobile.com/

Forgot something? Sierra Nevada Adventure Corp in Arnold, sonora and Murphys has gear for wild environments. Summer and Winter rentals: Kayak, SUP, Canoe, Ski, Snowboard, Snowshoe Rentals

For history buffs, visit one or more of the charming historic towns that line the Gold Rush ’49 trail like Columbia State Historic Park with this interactive map or schedule horse drawn transportation with Quartz Mountain Stageline. Mother Lode Adventure Charter will plan a trip for you where you can try your hand at finding some gold under the guidance of real gold miners. 

Image from Indian Rock, courtesy of www.GoCalaveras.com and Ben Davidson. 


 

Amador County: Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Jackson, Volcano

Pack a delicious picnic from Beth Sogaard’s Amador Vintage Market and head to Amador Flower Farm or Deaver Vineyards - or - a walking tour through Volcano, California. 

Relax at Amador Holistic Center before dining at Zagat-rated Taste Restaurant, a Top 100 Wine Restaurant in America by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. 

For the wine lover who wants to go beyond wine tastings, Mother Lode Adventure Tours offers an exclusive opportunity to meet winemakers for private tastings and ‘behind the scenes’ tours in the Sierra foothills and Bella Grace Vineyards hosts a Summer Concert Series to amplify your tasting experience.

 

 

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