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Inside Tuolumne County

By VTC Author | 01/28/2024 | Exploring Tuolumne County, Gold Country

Most people visit Tuolumne County to enjoy the outdoors—the forests, the lakes, the fresh air, but at times staying indoors may be the way to go. Even if conditions outside are unfavorable, you can still have great experiences indoors.

Explore the “ins” of Tuolumne County’s historic towns. Browse boutiques of all kinds, sporting goods stores, and more at your own pace. The shops will keep you distracted from what’s outside with perfect new outfits, unique treasures, essential provisions, locally-made items, and the shopping list goes on.

Wildbud      Tiny Birds Tiny Bees

Take the family to the casino. Yes, the casino. Nestled in the hills of the town of Tuolumne, Black Oak Casino Resort has an excellent family floor that showcases the only bowling alley in Tuolumne County! Now featuring Spark technology for an out of this world interactive bowling experience. Make the experience complete with a try at some of the many games at the newly renovated arcade.

Black Oak Casino Bowling Alley

Get a glimpse of the Tuolumne County arts scene by wandering through the many art galleries throughout the County. Aloft Art Gallery at Baer’s in Sonora features diverse works for sale from over 40 local artists.  Most days, a “sitting” artist is in the gallery to discuss the exhibits  and everything creative.

Take in a live performance at Sierra Repertory Theatre, an exceptional professional theater company working with Equity actors from across the country as well as local talent to provide regional theatre at its finest. The East Sonora theater recently underwent a massive renovation, creating a very comfortable and modern venue where you can take in classic shows, musicals, and dance performances. Shows are also held at the historic Fallon House Theater, which dates back to the Gold Rush in Columbia State Historic Park.

Aloft Gallery Interior      Sierra Repertory Theatre: Shrek

Did you know you can experience a little slice of California Wine Country plus excellent craft beverage indulgences in Tuolumne County? If you are a wine connoisseur or just someone who loves enjoying a glass of award-winning wine, craft beer, or apple cider, you’ll find it in several distinctive tasting rooms and breweries, where the crafters heartily share their creations. Get the most out of your time and sign up for the Tuolumne County Craft Beverage Trail to receive discounts and become eligible to win a prize and a free t-shirt.

     Gianelli Vineyards Winery and Tasting Room

Tuolumne County is rich with history and there’s no better place to get informed about the Wild West than from experts themselves. The Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum’s extensive exhibits and knowledgeable docents keep the natural and cultural stories of Southern Tuolumne County alive and share them with the many visitors who come through the area. Also check out the Tuolumne City Memorial Museum in the town of Tuolumne and the Tuolumne County History Museum, Sonora Volunteer Fire Museum and Veterans Memorial Hall and Military Museum in downtown Sonora; they will leave you feeling cultured and motivated to explore more of Tuolumne County.

Inside the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum      Sonora Volunteer Fire Museum

It may be a good time for some wellness. Healing with Jenia in Jamestown provides distinct and diverse healing, wellness, and relaxation services, activities, and amenities that will make all your woes disappear. Get nurtured by healthy food options and nourishing juices and smoothies at Nature’s Whole Food Depot in East Sonora. The Spa at Rush Creek Lodge near Yosemite features soothing indoor and outdoor spa elements and amenities inspired by the natural beauty and power of Yosemite.

Natures Whole Food Depot     Rush Creek Spa

Spend some time indoors with Lady Luck at one of two casinos in Tuolumne County. Black Oak Casino Resort in the town of Tuolumne and Chicken Ranch Casino, conveniently located just off of Highway 108 in Jamestown offer 24-hour gaming action with tables and slots.

Black Oak Casino Resort     Chicken Ranch Casino

Live a real-time adventure. Experience Tuolumne County's very first escape rooms! Located in Sonora's historic downtown, Motherlode Escape Rooms' air-conditioned escape rooms allow you to step into another place and time to test your skills. Elevate, a new indoor game park at Black Oak Casino Resort features a Ninja course, axe throwing, trampoline park, virtual game simulators, and much more.

Motherlode Escape Rooms     

Traveling and exploring will always make you hungry. With a wide array of unique food options and distinctive eateries, dining will be a memorable part of your trip. Whether you crave an ultimate burger or a delicate seafood dish, you’ll find it in restaurants housed in iconic historic buildings and modern gems with unbelievable views.

Columbia Kate's Teahouse     The Service Station Burger

You don’t always go on vacation to stay in your lodging room…unless it’s someplace really special. Someplace that’s a destination within itself can be the perfect place to wait out the adverse conditions that may exist outdoors. Choose from Tuolumne County’s many B&B’s, vacation homes and cabins, and mountain resorts. Each has their own unique qualities and provides solace and space for quality time with family and friends.

Echo Adventure Loft     Stay Sonora house and yard

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