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Ways to Play on a Rainy Day in Tuolumne County

November 8, 2017 | Jen Lopez

by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator

The rain will go away, but in the meantime, here are some things to help you enjoy your stay.

1.  Shop Like a Local
Don’t let the rain stop you from exploring the ins and outs of the historic towns of Sonora, Jamestown and Columbia. Wander collectable, antique shops, or browse for the perfect rain coat in one of the many unique boutiques. Explore the inside of Sonora’s iconic historic buildings that date back to the late 1800’s. Legend’s has a cozy underground cave-like book store that is perfect for a midday escape from the rain with a peek at an actual gold mine.

2. Play a Few Frames
Nestled in the hills of the town of Tuolumne, Black Oak Casino Resort has an excellent family floor that showcases a 24-lane Brunswick Bowling Center. It is open daily, and don’t miss their local renowned Cosmic Bowling Friday and Saturday nights. Make the experience complete with a try at some of the many games at their newly renovated arcade and an all-American meal at their Mill Sports Grill.

3. Support the Artists
Get a taste of the Northern Californian culture by wandering through the art galleries of Historic Downtown Sonora. Join the artists themselves in celebration of the traditional year-round 2nd Saturday Art Night on Washington Street where live music, small shops, and artists of all sorts make their debut.

4. Taste Tuolumne
Put something warm in your belly and challenge the spirits at Indigeny Reserve. Try their organic hard cider and spirits in a welcoming tasting room surrounded by organic apple orchards. Go for wine tasting on Main Street in Jamestown and sip local indoors. Pull up a seat at The Bourbon Barrel, known for their selection of over 150 bourbons and whiskeys and their unique twist to traditional cocktails. Try local wine or craft beer, and enjoy the ambiance of Sonora’s Gold Rush history.

If you prefer coffee or tea, get comfortable and enjoy a warm beverage and fun conversation in the warm parlor at Mountain Sage Cafe and Nursery.

5. See a Show
The sky is gray, so spend the afternoon at a matinee. In Columbia State Historic Park, the Fallon House Theatre dates to 1859 and has been handsomely renovated. The Sierra Repertory Theatre produces superior musicals, comedies, and dramas year-round.

6. Go on a Museum Tour
Tuolumne County is rich with history and there’s no better place to get informed about the Wild West than from experts themselves. The extensive and fascinating Tuolumne County Museum and History Center is located in the old jail of Downtown Sonora and the nearby Firehouse Museum and Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, or the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum in Groveland will leave you feeling educated and motivated to explore more of Tuolumne County.

7. Detox and De-stress
Get inspired as the rain cleanses the earth, and refresh your body at Amala Detox and Tea Lounge. A rainy day calls for hot tea and a nice foot soak; you can get both at this centrally located lounge. Take some time to treat yourself at D&D Nails, a spa fit for any afternoon. Relax in the cleanliness of their locally owned salon and engage in the banter of small town gossip. With seasonal specials and offers, these locations welcome drop-ins and make for a relaxing afternoon on the town.

8. Take a Chance
Saving for a rainy day? What are you waiting for! Spend some time indoors and try your luck at one of two casinos in Tuolumne County. Black Oak Casino Resort in the town of Tuolumne will help you make the most of your great indoor experience, and Chicken Ranch Casino, with slots and Bingo, is conveniently located just off of Highway 108 in Jamestown.

9. Lace Up Some Tradition
Increase your elevation, bundle up, and feel the historic family tradition beneath your skates at Long Barn Lodge Ice Skating Rink and Event Center for ice skating. Families have been coming to this rink for generations, once an actual barn housing miners’ mules during winters, on Highway 108. Open seasonally November 17 through March 18, there is no better place for an indoor chill thrill on a rainy day.

Visit to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.