Sutter Creek

My baby girl turns 30 tomorrow and to celebrate she and her girlfriends are going wine tasting in the hills above Sacramento next weekend.  This is the heart of California’s Gold Country where not only can tourists meander down charming refurbished main streets filled with antique shops, coffee houses and restaurants;  but visit some amazing wineries as well.  Many of us here in Northern California prefer to visit the less crowded and more affordable wineries in Amador County.  Beautiful scenery, less crowds, and wonderful wines – what’s not to love. 

We visited two of those charming little towns, Sutter Creek and Jackson, last fall and here are a few pictures I snapped while we were there.  

Main street Jackson

On a side street this building definitely needs some tlc – but I couldn’t resist the growth just inside those windows.

A water feature outside a museum.
The region is filled with history of the Gold Rush era and some of the gold mines are beginning to reopen as museums and tourist attractions.  

Lots of victorians have been renovated to their past glory and turned into B&B’s or shops.

Restaurants often take on the flavor of the old west.

Even though it was fall, I found plenty of greenery, color and charm tucked behind buildings and down alleyways.

This serene courtyard was on the grounds of our B&B

I loved this winery.  The tasting room? It’s the weathered building just beyond the sculptures.  Unpretentious, the staff was more than friendly, and the views off the deck were amazing.

New wineries are popping up in the most unexpected places.  I posted about one such winery here. I bet you have some amazing local ones near you as well.  As a matter of fact, when we were on way back from my ‘going home’ road trip, we passed several of them that were new to us, tucked into the foothills and only a short drive away.  We weren’t able to stop but we’ll save the tasting tour for another day.

I hope you are enjoying your three day weekend.
Have a safe and relaxing day.

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