Oh my word - how lucky were we! Our Yosemite plans were cancelled due to the shut down and our once in a lifetime trip needed a quick re-route. Without this we wouldn't have discovered Gold Country.
A recommendation from another poster suggested Gold Country and we decided to head for San Andreas - staying in an incredible bed and breakfast called Robin's Nest (please google if you're interested as I've done a separate review).
It was like stepping into a western movie - you could feel the history in the place.
We're from the UK, myself, hubby and sons 18 and 20. We were enthralled with Angels Camp - what friendly people, every shop we went in the staff were so friendly and interested in our holiday adventure.
We had lunch at The Merchantile - a large shop/cafe with antiques for sale. The young man who served us was lovely and exchanged stories of his favourite English bands and TV shows, with my sons comparing their fave American sit coms. There was a very kind gentleman playing a guitar and singing (lovely voice) - and what has remained a highlight of our holiday was that he let my son play his guitar - how kind is that! I've got a super photo of my son playing guitar and am putting it in a frame. I do wish that man knows what a great experience that was for my son - to be playing a guitar in a true non commercialised American establishment was a privilege. If anyone knows him or the young lad who was serving please mention our praise and thanks for the warm welcome (we were the family from Liverpool, England and came in October).
We also went into an incredible antique store and bought some goodies to bring home. Believe me the glass butter dish I purchased as a souvenir far outweighs any other commercialised souvenir we brought back.
So anyone thinking of a visit to Gold Country, it's fantastic and I don't think you'll be disappointed :)