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Amador Wine Country Activities

Amador Wine Country
Visit the 40+ wineries of Amador County. Most are small family operations where unpretentious hospitality is the norm. All are located along scenic backroads in some of California’s most picturesque rural settings. You can sip wine while gazing at the beautiful, snow-capped Sierras and picnic under grand old oak trees surrounded by vines. And Amador wineries are easy to reach, nestled between highways 50 and 88 along historic Highway 49. Amador is renowned for producing California’s finest zinfandels, some of them crafted from 19th-century vines. In recent years, Amador vintners have also begun producing delicious wines from Rhône Valley and Italian varietals, including syrah, viognier, barbera, and sangiovese. Along with Amador’s prized zinfandels, these bottlings have earned enthusiastic praise from critics and wine lovers worldwide. In Amador County, visitors experience the rich history of a community born of gold that today is flourishing on the nectar of distinctive, world-class wines.


Amador Flower Farm
Offers nearly 1000 daylily varieties at the Flower Farm itself, which is nestled in beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Demonstration gardens – 13 acres to walk over and free Picnic areas on the grounds. Phone: 209-245-6660. Website:

Black Chasm Cavern
Named a National Natural Landmark in 1976, is an extraordinarily beautiful cave open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided walking tours showcase a variety of calcite formations including rare helictite crystals. 866-762-2837

Gabby’s Historical Gold Rush Tours
Gabby is a retired local teacher who offers fun, authentic historical tours of Amador County which incorporate early California and Gold Rush history. Learn more by visiting Gabby’s website:

Historical Walking Map of Sutter Creek
Sutter Creek is Amador County’s most walkable town. Come and explore on foot!

Historic Kennedy Gold Mine Surface Tours
Take a fascinating tour of one of the most famous mines of the Mother Lode, the historic Kennedy Gold Mine!

Historic Sutter Creek Cemetery Tour
You are welcome to visit this and other pioneer burial grounds for historical study, genealogical research or a peaceful walk.

Knight Foundry
This is one of the earliest US foundry-machine shops remaining in operation and one of the few water-powered. It was founded by Samuel N. Knight (1838-1913) to manufacture machinery for the gold mines of the Mother Lode region. Knight was one of several inventors experimenting with impulse turbines to exploit the area’s abundant high-head water power for driving hoists, ore stamps, and other mining machinery. He patented an efficient water wheel that came to dominate the field prior to the introduction of the Pelton turbine in the mid-1880s. Knight turbines drive some of the machinery of the works. Knight Foundry is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a California Historical Landmark.

Monteverde Store Museum
The Monteverde Store Museum, which opened as a country store in 1896, still displays all the paraphernalia of the past on its shelves. Dry goods, hardware, bulk products, apparel, patterns, even penny candy were on hand for local shoppers. It is preserved as it was in 1971 when the last owner closed the doors for a few days and never reopened. It can be viewed by appointment with the senior docent. Call (209) 267-0493 or (209) 267-1344.

Preston Castle
One of the oldest and best-known reform schools in the United States. It is located in Ione, California, in Amador County. Tours of Preston Castle are available from 10 am – 1 pm on the first and third Saturdays of every month.

Roaring Camp Mining Company
Gold Mining. Camping. Guided Tours. Roaring Camp is something special in the way of family recreation. It is an old goldmining camp on the Mokulmne River. In the past, it was accessibly only by horseback. Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine an can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, dredging, and dry washing. In the Mokulumne Canyon, the three forks of the Mokelumne River come together. It is a river unsurpassed in natural beauty. The water is so clear that one can watch the tadpoles and fish swim. There are waterfalls and natural rock formations forty feet high. PH 209-296-4100. EM

Sutter Creek Gold Mine Trail
This ten-mile length of Lode in Amador County … produced over half the total yield credited to the entire Mother Lode gold belt.


Bella Grace Wine Tasting
73 Main Street. Enjoy music on the lawn on Friday evenings from 6-9pm. Cover charge includes food and entertainment, wine is purchased by the glass. Table seating, plus lawn, bring a lawn chair or blanket. Bella Grace is located inn Historic Sutter Creek. A 1860 era Victorian house, open Thursday-Monday for wine tastings and Friday and Saturday evenings for live entertainment, wine by the glass and food by select Amador Restauants.

Gold Country Lanes
For recreational bowling and tournaments, check out Amador County’s home for family entertainment. Bowling center also has snack bar, lounge with pool tables, darts and shuffle board. Open Monday through Sunday. 81 W. Ridge Rd. Sutter Creek, CA 95685. Call 223-3334 for reservations.

Hotel Sutter
“The Cellar” (53 Main Street, Sutter Creek) will have FREE live music on Fidays and Saturdays from 7pm to close, all summer long. Also, “Ladies Night” every Thursday evening with drink specials.

Jackson Rancheria
The moment you hit the casino floor, you feel the energy. 33 Gaming tables, 9 Poker tables featuring Texas Hold ‘Em and over 1,500 slot and video poker machines. Action that happens around the clock. Sit down to a game of Blackjack or EZ Pai Gow (no commission). Give a spin to the most popular progressive and video poker games. Visit our 24-hour Poker Room. Here, you’re sure to find the most fun and friendly staff anywhere.

Main Street Theatre Works
Main Street Theatre Works, now in its 15th season, has received 93 Elly nominations and 26 Elly Awards from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA).Visit for current and upcoming productions.

Refresh Day Spa
Our mission at Refresh is to provide top quality massage, bodywork & spa therapies in a soothing retreat-like setting without the premium spa prices. We understand that in today’s busy world everyone needs to take some time out for themselves to Relax, Heal & Rejuvenate…

Sutter Creek Theatre
44 Main St.
Sutter Creek CA 95685

The historic Sutter Creek Theatre, originally a silent film theatre, is now a complete multipurpose entertainment venue that hosts events year-round. Retaining the original theatre seating and Art Deco ceiling, the SCT features concerts by regional, national and international award-winning artists, films, civic and corporate meetings, and much more. The theatre comfortably seats 214, and is renowned for its excellent acoustics and intimate seating. To traveling artists we offer sound engineering and lighting support.

Calendar and tickets available at or at Heart & Soul 42 Main St. Sutter Creek.

Volcano Theatre Company
The town of Volcano’s population is something over 100 and boasts two hotels, numerous shops, a tavern or two, as well as Volcano Theatre Company.

 “If you are looking to recapture the romance in your life … this is the place! Small Gold Country hamlets that are filled with enchantment, some of the nicest inns in California … and a wealth of wineries for the casual weekender to the refined connoisseur.” USA TODAY


Amador City
Amador City is a city located in Amador County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 196, although the city council estimates the current population at 210. Only two miles from Sutter Creek on Highway 49, Amador City is the state's smallest incorporated city in terms of city limits. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), of which, 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water. Traveling the two blocks on Highway 49 the traveler can see signs of abandonment in this once thriving city, a contrast to the time when the placers and underground mines produced in abundance. An abandoned brick building stand next to the Fleetheart Store, a beautiful reflection of the stone masonry of the time. On Main street in Amador City is the old Imperial Hotel, another example of the beautiful brickwork of California's Past. Amador City was incorporated into a city around 1915. Historically located in a rich gold bearing area in the Motherlode of California. In 1848-1849 an unknown creek was prospected by a wealthy rancher named Jose Maria Amador. There were no known settlements until 1851. The California Gold Rush changed the landscape of California. Amador's most famous and productive mine, the Keystone produced about $24 million in gold during 1853-1942. These prices would be higher using today's gold standard.

Sutter Creek
Sutter Creek, known as the "Jewel of the Mother Lode," was named after John Sutter, who sent a party to the area in 1846 in search of timber. Sutter logged this area for a while before heading back to his fort. His discovery of gold at nearby Coloma in January of the year 1848 triggered the California Gold Rush. After all his workers left him to go on their own hunt for gold, Sutter moved to Mormon Island with a couple of hands. After about 2 weeks miners started flooding the island and then Sutter and his hands made their trek to Sutter Creek. Sutter said that, " I broke up the camp and started on the march further south, and located my next camp on Sutter Creek, now in Amador County, and thought that I should be there alone. The work was going on well for a while, until three or four traveling grog-shops surrounded me, at from one-half to ten miles (16 km) distance from the camp. Then, of course, the gold was taken to these places, for drinking, gambling, etc., and then the following day they were sick and unable to work, and became deeper and more indebted to me, particularly the Kanakas." Shortly after this happened Sutter moved out of Sutter Creek and back to his fort. After this Sutter Creek became a destination for fortune hunters. Although plenty of gold was found here, quartz was discovered in 1851 and that became the mainstay of the local economy for many years. In the year 1854 Sutter Creek became a town. In 1932 the Central Eureka mine, discovered in 1869, had reached the 2,300-foot (700 m) level. By 1939, it was the best-paying mine at Sutter Creek. With the prosperity brought by quartz mining, Sutter Creek became a boom town. Many of the original brick buildings are still standing, as well as some of the mansions built by the wealthier residents. Leland Stanford was one of Sutter Creek's most famous residents. The mines continued operations until 1942 when most gold mines were closed for manpower reasons during World War II. The Central Eureka mine re-opened after the war and then shut down for good in 1951. Today, Sutter Creek is a tourist town with many shops and restaurants.

Jackson is the county seat of Amador County, California. The population was 3,989 at the 2000 census. Jackson, named after Colonel Alden Jackson, was founded in 1848 around a year-round spring. Settlement of the region by American pioneers was stimulated by the discovery of gold in the Sierra foothills around 1848. The settlement was named for a local lawyer who was liked by miners named Alden Appola Moore Jackson. Although Amador County was an important mining center, its County seat of Jackson was not typical of the early gold camps. The camp grew quickly, as besides being a popular mining spot, it was also a convenient stopping place on the road from Sacramento to the Southern Mines. The camp became an important supply and transportation center for the neighboring towns, and by 1850 the population had reached an estimated 1,500. Jackson grew first as a watering hole for cattle, then as one of the earliest and most durable of the Mother Lode's hardrock mining areas. In 1853, Jackson became the county seat of newly formed Amador County, California. Previously, from 1851-1852, it had been the county seat of Calaveras County. Jackson may therefore be the only city to have ever been county seat of two different counties at different times. Placer mining gave out by the 1860s, replaced by hard rock mining. One of the town's most prominent historical landmarks, the Kennedy Mine, began operation in 1860; at the time of its closure during World War II in 1942, it was the deepest gold mine in North America, at 1802 meters; (5912 ft). On August 27, 1922 47 miners became trapped when a fire broke out in the Argonaut mine. All 47 men died in the fire but it wasn't until over a year later that the last body was recovered. The Argonaut mine incident was the worst gold mine disaster in US history. In Oct, 1942 the US government passed the War Production Board Limitation Order which signaled the demise of gold mining in California. The government needed men for the war and gold was not considered a strategic war metal.

Plymouth is a city in Amador County, California, United States. The population was 980 at the 2000 census. The town was originally named Pokerville, when it was settled during the time of the Gold Rush .Plymouth is the home of the Amador County Fair. One feature of the fairgrounds is the historic Amador Sawmill, a steam-powered sawmill typical of those used from the 1850s to the 1940s. The mill operates on a contract basis and during the 4-day fair in July. The Amador Sawmill and Mining Association also maintains a replica of a mine headframe and a collection of historic mining artifacts adjacent to the sawmill.

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