If you have been following the weather reports lately it appears that old man winter just doesn’t want to let up. At some point in the next couple of months we should begin to see more of the sunshine and then spring fever will be in the air. I found an interesting article that points to a number of counties that are within 1-2 hours of us and I thought I would share some of the features and events that they offer. In addition I listed the coresponding county web site that will help you if you are ready to get out of the house and do a little exploring once the weather improves.
El Dorado County sits along the Highway 50 corridor just east of Sacramento and encompasses the Sierra Nevada foothills into the high country around Lake Tahoe. Since it is in the heart of Gold Country, you will find the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Gold Bug Park and a number of popular year round excursions. There are a number of trails and farm tours, river rafting tours, museums, and downtown Placerville boasts of a number of art shows, street fairs, and car shows. Most people don’t realize that South Lake Tahoe is a part of El Dorado County and there is plenty to do there. Since I live right here in El Dorado County, I have a number of favorite links that I have listed on this web site and you can find those by clicking on the “favorite links” tab at the top of the page. You can also visit the El Dorado County web site at; http://www.visit-eldorado.com
Amador County is also in the heart of Gold Country. As you visit this county, along Highway 49 you will find a number of old towns (i.e. Plymouth, Ione, Amador City, Sutter Creek, Jackson) that as you travel through them you feel like you have wandered through a collection of old Western movie sets. You can shop for antiques, eat at any number of wonderful restaurants, tour a gold mine, or just take in some of the beautiful scenery. Their web site is www.touramador.com
Calaveras County is home to the historic gold rush towns of Angels Camp and Murphy’s. This area is home to the famous Calaveras County Frog Jumping Jubilee and Calaveras Big Trees State Park where you will find some of the most beautiful sequoia trees in the world. There are too many features to mention here and you can find everything you need on their web site, http://www.gocalaveras.com
Tuolumne County is home to the prestigious Yosemite National Park which boasts of rugged undefiled landscapes that words cannot describe. The sheer beauty, as well as the historical and cultural features brings visitors from across the globe. This county is also home to some other beautiful towns and Historic Parks such as; Columbia State Historic Park, Jamestown, Sonora, Twain Harte and Groveland. The best way to find out about Tuolumne County is it visit their web site; http://www.tcvb.com
Placer County rests along Interstate 80 and runs from the outskirts of Sacramento all the way up to the High Sierra. This area is also known as gold country, horse country, orchard country, ski country and a wide range of recreational treasures including American River Canyon and Auburn State Recreation Area. Their web site is; http://www.visitplacer.com
Nevada County is home to the foothill communities of Nevada City and Grass Valley with a reputation of some of the best fall colors in Northern California. Some of the signature events in this county are the Victorian Christmas in Nevada City and the Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley. There are a number of year round activities and events to consider. Their web sites are; www.grassvalleychamber.com and www.nevadacitychamber.com
Yolo County is home to one of the state’s largest University of California campuses (UC Davis) and a number of popular farmer’s markets, agricultural museums and the Sacramento River Train. You can find out a number of things to do by visiting their web site; http://www.yolocvb.org
I trust that this will help you on your journey throughout the Northern California region and perhaps we might even see each other on an excursion or two.