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Gold Rush Historic Points
Music and Wine Festivals
Hiking and Skiing
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.
Gold Rush Tours
Enjoy a fun, authentic, escorted tour in Amador County,
believed by many to be the Heart of the Gold Rush
Mother Lode. Your personal guide is a retired teacher
with many years of local and regional history to share
your hand at gold panning in the heart of the Mother
the historic Kennedy Gold Mine in Jackson. Season
is mid-March through October, weekends only. For
information and tour reservations call 209-223-9542.
an above ground, high adrenaline activity!
casual to elegant, you will find a wealth of opportunities
to experience the culinary delight of this Gold
Country region. And the shopping? Here you will
find a multitude of small town stores filled with
fascinating goods, interesting people, one-of-a-kind
antiques and collectibles. (Ask your innkeeper for
dining and shopping recommendations.)
Location: Northwest of Ione on Castle Oaks Drive
off Highway 104: Par: 71: Yardage: 6,759 yards:
USGA rating: 72.7. 209-274-0167.
Location: Highway 88 in Pioneer; Par:72: Yardage:
6,285 yards: USGA rating: 70.1. 29-295-7020.
offering some of the finest downhill and cross country
skiing in the Lake Tahoe Area, is at the north end
of Amador County, an easy drive "up-country",
There are many lakes in the area - Lake Amador,
Lake Camanche, and Pardee Lake are noted for fishing.
Gently rolling hills and country roads provide many
opportunities for hiking and biking.
River Rafting: As the largest and most
diverse river company in the West, running rivers
throughout Idaho, Utah, California, Oregon, Wyoming
the Grand Canyon, and even internationally, O.A.R.S.
is uniquely positioned to build for you a spectacular
vacation or quick getaway that you'll treasure forever.
Camp Mining Company:
Rafting, diving, dredging, swimming in nature's
most beautiful swimming holes, fishing, hiking on
the trails used by the 49ers, wildlife and all types
of ranch animals. You can also enjoy our miniature
golf course, playground area, ping pong and horseshoe
pits. There is something for the entire family.
All of this, plus the best gold-mining in the Mother