Amador County & the Sutter Creek Area

Sutter Creek as well as the nearby towns of Amador City and Jackson have retained much of their Gold Rush Era charm while providing the visitor with a wide variety of interesting shops and restaurants. Antique, art, glassware, and clothing shops abound -- and culinary treats range from fresh baked goods and coffee, to wine and cheese, to pizza and burgers, to full gourmet dinners. (AMADOR COUNTY RESTAURANTS)

Amador County was born of the Gold Rush, and thrived during the deep rock mining era of the early 1900's. The Argonaut and Kennedy mines, just off highway 49 in Jackson, were two of the deepest and richest mines in the world during this period. Today, the Kennedy Mine property is open to the public on weekends, and tours are available of the surface workings. Visitors can also marvel at the impressive Kennedy Tailing Wheels, an engineering marvel prompted by early 20th century environmental concerns. The Kennedy Tailing Wheel Park, Jackson Gate Road, is open every day of the week for self-guided tours.

In addition to its historical treasures, Amador County now boasts an ever-growing number of award-winning wineries, most of which are located in the Shenandoah Valley , near Plymouth. Amador wines are now found in better restaurants around the country and the world, and our Zinfandel grapes are in demand by wineries throughout California. Most larger wineries are open to the public for daily wine tasting, and many have large sales rooms and gift shops. (AMADOR WINE TOURING)

After visiting the wineries, take a little side trip through Ione to catch a glimpse of the impressive Preston Castle . Built in the late 1800's as a boy's reformatory, Preston is still in operation as an incarceration and rehabilitation facility for troubled young men.

An enjoyable drive eastward along Sutter Creek will lead you to the little hamlet of Volcano . Once the site of extensive and devastating hydraulic mining, nature has reclaimed the little valley and the town is one of the most picturesque in the county. Volcano's Cobblestone Theater and Amphitheater are home to award-winning plays and are an enjoyable and entertaining evening diversion. Check our "Coming Events" page for schedule. Just a few miles up the hill from Volcano is the Chaw Se Indian Grinding Rock State Park and Museum, dedicated to the Northern Sierra Miwok and other Northern California Native American linguistic groups.

If being on the water is what you crave, Amador County has dozens of water-sports destinations. Just south of Ione are Lake Amador, Lake Camanche, and Lake Pardee, all with excellent fishing and boating. If the Sierra backdrop is more to your liking.....head up highway 88 toward Lake Tahoe to Silver Lake  for fishing, swimming, and skiing.

Whether you're into shopping, history, the great outdoors, or just relaxing, you'll find just what your looking for within minutes of the Grey Gables Inn.

Sutter Creek Calendar of Events
A listing of special events, fairs, expositions, recreational activities and things to do in Sutter Creek.

Post Office Box 1234
Sutter Creek, California USA 95685
Voice (800) 400-0305 : (209) 267-1344
Fax (209) 267-1898

Amador County Calendar of Events
A listing of special events, fairs, expositions, recreational activities and things to do in Amador County.

Post Office Box 596
Jackson, California USA 95642
Voice (209) 223-0350
Fax (209) 223-4425


Kennedy Gold Mine Tours
Sat & Sun, 1Oam - 3pm
Jackson :: 209-223-9542

Volcano Theatre Company
Cobblestone Theatre and Amphitheater
Main St. Volcano 209-223-4663

Sutter Creek Theatre
44 Main St., Sutter Creek :: 209-267-1590

Main Street Theatre Works
PO Box 96, Sutter Creek :: 209/267-1590

Sutter Gold Mine Tours
(209) 276-9117; (888) 818-7462

Knights Foundry Tours
(209) 267-0201

Amador County Arts Council:
(209) 267-9038

Links to other things to do around Sutter Creek and Amador County

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Our Favorite Restaurants

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Amador County Chamber of Commerce

Amador Council of Tourism

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Our Suggested Wineries

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Convergence Vinyards

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Villa Toscano Winery

Sutter Creek Massage

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Amador Wine Country

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Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
and Trail Rides.(209) 267-1100

Gold Mines and History

Amador County Historic Society

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The Kennedy Gold Mine

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The Argonaut Mine Disaster

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Black Chasm Cavern

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The Kennedy Tailings Wheels

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Mines of the Sierras

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Samuel Knight Foundry

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Preston Castle-Ione

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Amador's Pioneer Cemeteries

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Tour of the Historic Highway 49

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Roaring Camp Mining Co.

California's Golden Chain

Sights to See

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The Amador Flower Farm

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Daffodil Hill

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Chaw Se Indian State Park

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The Gold Country

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The Arts

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Amador County Arts Council

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Sutter Creek Main Street Theatre Works

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Volcano Theatre Company

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Sutter Creek Theatre

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Motherlode Friends of Music

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Amador Choraliers

Wine Tours

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Galaxy Limousine

Amador Limo & Wine Tours
phone 209 484 5466

API Limousine

Universal Limousine

Golf Courses

Castle Oaks Golf Course - Ione

(209) 274-0167

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Saddle Creek - Copperopolis
(888) 852-5787

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Green Horn Creek - Angels Camp
(209) 736-8111

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La Contenta, Valley Springs
(209) 772-1081

Lockford Springs Golf Club, Lockford

(209) 333-6275

GREY GABLES INN: 161 Hanford Street (PO Box 1687) Sutter Creek, CA 95685 • 209.267.1039 EMAIL