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Love, love, love :)

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Love, love, love :)

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 :)

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1. Re: Love, love, love :)

I know this is an old post but I found it very helpful! We are going to Angel's Camp this week for the first time and I'm researching what to expect. Thanks Groov! :)

Coloma, California
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As a transplanted resident of the Gold Country I remain amazed on how our fantastic area is overlooked by both visitors from abroad as well as U.S.tourists.

We have everything to offer from historic towns and sites to absolutely the best wineries in California, to beautiful scenery..

Come visit the entire Highway 49 route and you will rethink California.

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This is a wonderful area that indeed, is too often overlooked by visitors. And I’m glad this old thread didn’t age out, so we could necro-post; I don’t recall seeing it before. Of course we’re sorry you didn’t see Yosemite – that’s a lifetime dream for many people the way seeing Stonehenge, Taroko Gorge, or the Dead Sea would be for Americans. But we’re glad you “made lemonade” from the lemons you were given (is that a familiar saying to Britons?) and had such a fabulous Gold Country experience.

Angels Camp is part of the central Mother Lode where there are scads of marvelous places, things, experiences, and people to enjoy. If you google Murphys, Columbia, Jamestown, Sonora, Chinese Camp, Moaning Caverns, and Calaveras Big Trees State Park, you can find out about other nearby places to see, conveniently located near Angels Camp.

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>> >. . . continuing from above post . . . < < <

The Gold Country has a lot to offer . . .

. . . including summer water sports -- yes folks, Lake Tulloch is really full to the very brim this summer (don't ask *why* because it's a very hot political issue)

. . . to high sierra hiking, to llama treks on the John Muir Trail http://llamapackers.com/

. . . to headliner concerts http://ironstoneamphitheatre.net/wired/ and www.helwigwinery.com/scripts/cpg.cfm/65

. . . to amazing golf courses greenhorncreek.com/About/Gold_Country.aspx and http://www.saddlecreek.com/

. . . to professional year round theatre http://www.sierrarep.org/

. . . to a dinner train through the country sierradinnertrain.com/our-trains/…

. . . to river rafting down The Stanislaus . . . One of the few rivers that will have water to float on ALL SUMMER! -

See more at: www.riverjourney.com/#sthash.WJZHkMvM.dpuf

The water is coming down The Stanislaus from upstream out of Lake Tulloch that, as I said earlier, is FULL to the brim with water.

Oh, and did I mention some fantastic places to eat -- such as,

Crusco's Ristorante Angels Camp, CA tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g29094-d51…

Taste Restaurant Plymouth, CA tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g32905-d61…

Okay, I'm out of breath and I have only mentioned things in the central Gold Country area. :-)

To NSWG, my take on why the Gold Country is overlooked: (1) there are more popular places in the state to visit, (2) the visitor's bureaus here are underfunded, and so therefore (3) there is a lack of marketing to visitors.

Frisco, yep, totally forgot about the caverns and zip lining http://www.caverntours.com/MoCavRt.htm

Copper

Edited: 09 June 2015, 12:50
Ballina, Australia
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So glad to read this as the route for our Sept/Oct road trip takes us into the gold country with an overnight in Angels Camp!

So far we have Columbia State Historic Park, Calaveras Big Trees Park and the caves at Murphys on our list.

We are counting down and can't wait!!

Pacifica, California
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Route 49 through the Gold Country was always my favorite drive in California.

Nevada
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Yep, there are also caves at Murphys, CA :-)

http://www.mercercaverns.com/photos.html

And the link to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, if anyone is interested to see giant sequoias while visiting the Gold Country (Highway 4 east out of Angels Camp about 30 minutes) --

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=551

Edited: 09 June 2015, 15:07
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We haven't been there in a few years but maybe we need to add this back to our family rotation. Great area and I agree under appreciated by many. Cute Gold Rush Era towns. Excellent boating - why we go. I keep wanting to go for the Jumping Frog Festival in May.

Mark... have your children read this Mark Twain story before you visit.

…wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Celebrated_Jumping_F…

I like the local tourism board website a lot...

http://m.gocalaveras.com

Fremont, California
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For markbB8466LZ

A nice web site to check for the highway 49 area is

http://www.historichwy49.com/

Also, if you want to see a huge gold nugget they have a small but nice museum at Ironstone Winery,., If you like wine tasting, all the better,.

http://www.ironstonevineyards.com/

http://www.goldrushnuggets.com/ircrje.html

Ballina, Australia
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Thank you so much for the book recommendation chinita, I have never heard of it. Our children LOVE reading and being read to so we will definitely get this before our trip!

Thank you also for the links, I will spend the evening having a look! I am pretty sure that I remember the weekend we are there (1st weekend in October) a couple of special events/festivals are taking place.

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