2-Day Tour: An Amador County Itinerary Check out the jam-packed two-day itinerary of Amador County, a place rich in history and taste, from the editor-in-chief of Touring & Tasting magazine. BY TOURING & TASTING
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The area is full of riches both above and below the soil.
“ From there, Iíll go to Jackson to explore the fun shops, like Gifted, a studio and gift shop with only American-made items, and Baker Street West: a mecca for all things Sherlockian.”
There's so much to do in Californiaís Gold Country! Just 45 miles east of Sacramento, Amador County beckons with beautiful rustic vistas, historic downtowns, and rolling scenic vineyards. Hereís a sneak peek at the itinerary for my next visit.
Iíll start with a walking tour of Sutter Creekís Main Street where 62 historic buildings remind us of the countyís intriguing past. Then Iíll brunch at Hanford House Innís Element Restaurant (Iíve been told to try the Miners Hash). From there, Iíll go to Jackson to explore the fun shops, like Gifted, a studio and gift shop with only American-made items, and Baker Street West: a mecca for all things Sherlockian.
The legendary Kennedy Gold Mine is one of the deepest in the world! Iíll take the above-ground tour and then it will be time to discover some wines! Amador County has nearly 60 wineries and tasting rooms, most of which are family-owned and operated. Iím heading to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, one of the countryís most exciting wine-producing regions, this afternoon. Iím continually blown away by the diversity of wines I find there: Zinfandel, Barbera, Syrah, MourvŤdre, Grenache, Viognier, RoussanneÖ the list goes on! Iíll make an advance dinner reservation at the incomparable Taste Restaurant, a James Beard award-winner.
With elevations from 900 to nearly 9,000 feet, Amador County is an outdoor playground! After an early hike in Chawíse Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Iíll visit Amador City and lose myself in Bellflower Gardenís wrought iron garden sculpture and home dťcor. Iíll stop at Amador Vintage Market in Plymouth for a delicious wine country lunch to go and then Iíll head to the wineries. Amador County wineries continually achieve top scores in the leading publications and international competitions. Several tasting rooms offer special wine pairing experiences to demonstrate the complexity of their wines. To round out my day, Iíll have a fabulous dinner with local wines by the glass and savor the sunset as I listen to natureís music. Maybe Iíll see you there. ó Touring & Tasting Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Van Diver