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Stargazing in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County is the adventurers’ dream come true for all things outdoors, including stargazing. Explore California’s Yosemite, Gold Country, and High Sierra by day, and an astronomical sky full of stars by night. Find breathtaking scenic night skies in Tuolumne County’s rural areas. Read More >>>>
A Hometown Traveler for the Holidays
How familiar are you with your old stomping grounds? We've come up with a few places/events that will refresh your hometown experience and leave you feeling like a true local. Take a look at our recommendations below see how you rank on our scale, and take your Tuolumne County pride further by inviting your friends and family home for the holidays too. Read More >>>>
It's Ale Good in Tuolumne County
If you’re looking for cool vibes and cold ones, Tuolumne County is the place to be. Whether you’re making a post-hike celebration stop or taking on the town with a bar hop, we’ve got a few recommendations for you. Read More >>>>
Stay the Pioneer Way in Tuolumne County
Have you ever wondered what it was like to experience life in the Gold Rush days? What if that experience was only a short drive from the iconic Yosemite National Park? Head to Northern California’s Tuolumne County for some flashback features. Read More >>>>
Fall for All the Senses in Tuolumne County
We caught the feels for fall, but it's more than just a feeling it's all of the senses combined! The sights, the tastes, the smells.. Experience a different side of Yosemite National Park in the quieter and less crowded destinations. Watch as history comes to life with local tales of legends and as nature makes it's noise of loud autumn colors in Gold Country. Temperatures are dropping and cooler adventures are found out on the trails and at unique events of the High Sierra communities. Take a chance and take a trip to Tuolumne County, where your senses will get their fill of fall. Read More >>>>
Fall is the New Summer in Tuolumne County
Orange is the New Black, 30s are the new 20s and guess what? Fall is the new Summer. Summer trends brought road trips, unicorn rafts, and hiking adventures. What if these beloved trends didn’t have to end on Labor Day Weekend? What if there was a place where in fall, road trips to the High Sierra are filled with foliage, Gold Country had lakes still warm enough to float in, and where Yosemite National Park is not filled with people, but instead filled with adventure? Luckily there is Northern California’s Tuolumne County, located just 133 miles from the Bay Area, where Fall is the new summer. Stop reminiscing over those summer memories and create new ones. You’re invited to Tuolumne… Read More >>>>
10 Ways to Play Indoors for the Day
Dont let the variable smoky conditions stop you from exploring the ins and outs of Tuolumne Countys historic Gold Country, where an exciting variety of indoor adventures await.1.Shopping Back in Time: Wander collectible, antique shops, or browse for the perfect treasure in one of the many unique boutiques. Explore the inside of Sonoras iconic historic buildings that date back to the late 1800s. Legends has a cozy underground cave-like book store that is perfect for a midday escape from the smoke with a peek at an actual gold mine.  2. Strike, Spare, Clean Air: 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,… Read More >>>>
Tuolumne County is a Rock Climber's Playground
Go on a vertical adventure in Tuolumne County and join an upbeat culture of climbers in conquering world class climbs in Northern California.   Yosemite National ParkIts no secret that Yosemite National Park is a destination like no other for rock climbing. This world renowned destination has drawn the climbing culture for decades. Tuolumne County makes up over 50% percent of the park including Tuolumne Meadows. This natural playground is a destination for beginners and experts alike for climbing and bouldering. Did we mention its the quieter part of the park No crowds make for great times. Accessible seasonally May- October.   Gold CountryA historic utopia full of possibility for early 49ers and a current hidden gem for climbers in search of… Read More >>>>
Experience Tuolumne County, Groveland Style
When Spring has sprung and we are well on our way to Summer, Tuolumne County is always calling. You may have Yosemite in your minds eye for Summer vacation but there are more than a few gems outside the park that you should add to your vacation plans. Groveland The small town of Groveland, the closest to Yosemite and situated on the direct route to Yosemite from all Northern California, is a great spot to retreat and enjoy the outdoors. Whether its wine tasting on a deck with a mountain view, hitting the links at the Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course, taking a rugged mountain bike ride or wandering through town, youll find a sense of calm. If you prefer wetting your… Read More >>>>
Get in on the BEST Kept Secret of Northern California's Passes
By Katie Kirkland, Communications and Tourism Manager Open seasonally, the Tuolumne County mountain passes are exclusive to selfie connoisseurs and travel enthusiasts looking for the most stunning scenery. Every turn is picture perfect, so now is time to explore the breathtaking High Sierra. Experience the enchantment of unique and incredible mountain formations and beautiful rivers and streams along Sonora Pass, Highway 108. Behold the beauty of Yosemite National Parks less explored Tuolumne Meadows and mountain peaks along Tioga Pass, Highway 120. Explore both scenic mountain passes with an epic road trip loop. Time is limited on the accessibility of beauty, so dont miss out on the most extraordinary road trip in Californias High Sierra. Highway 108, Sonora Pass- Reach new heights on… Read More >>>>
8 Reasons to Stay at a B&B in Tuolumne County
An authentically local experience starts with where you stay. In an area rich in Gold Rush history and dense natural beauty, its no surprise that bed and breakfasts are a travelers dream come true. Heres just a few reasons why we love recommending B&Bs. 1. Breakfast & Breakfast: When it comes to lodging perks, theres nothing better than sleeping in and enjoying a morning meal with a side of breathtaking views. Make it a gourmet spread nestled in the pines, and Twain HartesMcCaffrey House will have your heart. Enjoy an accommodating continental breakfast every morning at 9 am made by culinary expert Stephanie McCaffrey herself. Heading out for an early adventure or letting loose for a bit of vacay snoozing Special… Read More >>>>
The Sounds of Summer
With endless summer activities to enjoy and breathtaking scenic destinations to experience, make sure to leave some room in your travel itinerary to celebrate summer in the cool evenings of Tuolumne Countys various venues. Its time to get outside and get groovin to the sounds of summer.Concerts in the Pines: Theres no better way to end a High Sierra day than with a Concert in the Pines at Eproson Park. Centrally located, the venue is within walking distance to lodging, dining, and wine tasting. Bring a picnic, bring a date, and bring your dancing shoes for some Saturday night fun in this sweet little mountain town. Twain Harte concerts are every Saturday night at 6 pm June 16-August 25. The Cool Caffe: See a… Read More >>>>
5 Reasons to Visit Tuolumne County this Spring
Tuolumne County sings a song of spring as the flower covered, green earth and snow melt filled rivers come to life with opportunities of adventure. We've put together a list of some seasonal musts that will have you booking your flight, packing the car, and making the trip. 1. Walkin in Wildflowers: Sunny spring days are meant to be spent on the trails. At Westside Trail in Tuolumne, wildflowers happily make an appearance along this gorgeous gold country canyon. Walk along a historic railroad grade and take in views of a floral hillside. Table Mountain Trail in Jamestown takes hikers to lava rock overtaken by native wildflowers and unmatched views of New Melones Lake. 2. Events for Everyone: When you think California,… Read More >>>>
Winter Getaway Inspiration
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator Our locals have been captivated by High Sierra winters since 1850. Now, its your turn to come explore Tuolumne County's variety of activities.Ice Skating in a Historic Lodge Located just off of Highway 108 is Long Barn Lodge, a hidden gem destination that stands out for its 49er roots and mountaineering spirit. Once an actual barn built to house miners mules in the gold rush winters, this Lodge is now a beautiful ice rink. Just lace up some skates and GO. Tell them we sent you for a $1 off your skate rental! Local Gourmet Dining Nearby, in the quiet little mountain town of Twain Harte, is eco-friendly dining at Cibos. Enjoy the ambiance of this… Read More >>>>
Teen Travel Inspiration
By Katie Kirkland, Communications and Tourism Manager and Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content CoordinatorInstant adventure is found where Yosemite National Park, High Sierra mountains, and Historic Gold Country meet. Tuolumne Countys incredible outdoors and pioneer culture have inspired travel of all ages since its founding in 1850. Paddle boarding is a new craze and Pinecrest Lake offers a beginners version. With rentals nearby and yoga classes in the mornings, they'll have plenty of opportunities to capture their adventures and go viral with inspiration. Teens can relax after their day on the lake with a movie under a sea of stars at Pinecrest Amphitheater. Seeking a thrill How about white-knuckle whitewater rafting OARS, one of several local rafting companies, offers guided tours along the… Read More >>>>
Tuolumne County Wine and Cider Tasting
There is no doubt California is known for it's amazing wine country.What you might not know is you can experience a little slice of California Wine Country right here in Tuolumne County. If you are a wine connoisseur or just someone who loves enjoying a glass of award-winning wine or cider after a hike in a breathtaking location, then you are in for a real treat. Whether you're exploring Yosemite National Park, Gold Country or the High Sierra, you will want to pencil in a stop at one or all of our area's wonderful tasting rooms and wineries. In Tuolumne County...Gianelli Vineyards This family vineyard has long history steeped in wine. The original owners had strong ties to Italy, and they… Read More >>>>
Tuolumne County is the Bay Area's Closest Snow Play
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator Just 2.5 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tuolumne County is full of winter activities fit for both extreme and leisurely adventures. 1. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort has winter fun for everyone! With 61 runs, 12 lifts, 1,600 vertical feet, 3 dining facilities, rental equipment and superb adult/children learn-to-ski or ride programs, this ski park will make Tuolumne County your new favorite winter destination. Bring the family and spend time together in the recently added Family Lodge, with cozy bistro and let them play in the expanded children's snow sports center with preschool snow play program. Dont want to drive in the snow Take the Ski Bus from Sonora and ride to the snow. 2.… Read More >>>>
MUST DO Experiences in Tuolumne County
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content CoordinatorBike to Lyons Reservoir: The Sugar Pine Interpretive Trail from Twain Harte to Lyons Reservoir is a friendly 4.8-mile trail of fairly flat terrain perfect for anyone to ride. Originally part of the Sugar Pine Railway used for logging, this historic trail will take you through a beautifully forested area featuring views of the South Fork Stanislaus River Canyon with the destination being Lyons Reservoir.Yoga on Table Mountain: Table Mountain draws hikers, climbers, and yogis alike for it's unique to California, tabletop-like volcanic plateau formation. The trailhead is located at the end of Shell Rd. in Jamestown. This rewarding hikes destination is well worth the switch-backs and the views are truly serene! Best hiked in… Read More >>>>
Tuolumne Countys Top 12 Unique Gift Ideas for the Holidays
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content CoordinatorIf you're looking for the perfect gift that you'll only find in Tuolumne County, we've got your "nice" list covered.Tickets to a Theatre Performance: Sierra Repertory Theatre does year-round live theatre performances! Give the gift of entertainment this holiday.Paint a Gift: Take a class at Brush and Cork and create a masterpiece worth giving or gift a class.Stocking Stuffers: Find a unique pair of socks for a special someone at Jimtown Sock Co. Gift something simple, silly, and cozy!Mile High Apple Pie: Theres nothing like a sweet gift certificate to Cover's Apple Ranch.Timeless Wine: A great gift for your favorite wino! Support a local industry and try Inner Sanctum Cellars, Gianelli Vineyards, or Yosemite Cellars.An Ionic… Read More >>>>
Ways to Play on a Rainy Day in Tuolumne County
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 Dont 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 Sonoras iconic historic buildings that date back to the late 1800s. Legends 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,… Read More >>>>
Girlfriend's Getaway in Tuolumne County
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator Need to get away with your BFFs Hiking, drinking, and laughing Tuolumne County has a little bit of everything you could want. Did you know that Tuolumne County makes up over 50% of Yosemite National Park And let me tell ya, theres nothing like a 4-mile hike to Wapama Falls in Hetch Hetchy at Yosemite National Park to forget about the worlds problems. Release Your Free Radicals Soak your tired feet in a cleansing detoxing tub and sweat it out in the chromatherapy sauna at Amala Detox and Tea Lounge in Historic Downtown Sonora. Amala showcases tea tailored to soothe your ailments, infrared sauna and esthetician services. Retail Therapy With a newfound spring in your step, browse… Read More >>>>
Cast Your Line in Tuolumne County
It's a fisherman's paradise in Tuolumne County. From the alpine lakes of the High Sierra to the foothill reservoirs to the Tuolumne River, they're the perfect spots for anglers of all experience and variety. Fishing the Emigrant Wilderness lets you get off the beaten path, take in the breath-taking beauty of the High Sierra and keep yourself supplied in fish dinners for your trip. You can also fish on the Stanislaus National Forest and in Yosemite National Park, there are plenty of water ways to test your skill. With so many locations to choose from we thought wed give you a good starter list. We are sure these spots will get you hooked! YosemiteHetch Hetchy If you have a hankering to do… Read More >>>>
Summer Unplugged: A Technology Detox
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content CoordinatorWhether its work related, educational, or social, technology has been a focus of nearly everything we do. Believe me, I get it. As a digital content coordinator for Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, my job revolves around the stuff. I live on social media, but that doesnt mean I thrive on it. Im a Tuolumne County local, and I take pride in where I live, so it is important for me to take advantage of my location. With Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest, my backyard is pure bliss when I take the time to enjoy it. Being in nature always allows me to get acquainted with myself without the pressures of a like… Read More >>>>
Gain Some Altitude & Cool Off in the High Country
Both of Tuolumne County's mountain passes are open for the season, so it's time for you to explore the breathtaking High Sierra. Experience the enchantment of unique and incredible mountain formations and beautiful rivers and streams along Sonora Pass, Highway 108. Behold the beauty of Yosemite National Park's less explored alpine meadows and mountain peaks along Tioga Pass, Highway 120. Explore both scenic mountain passes or take some extra time to cover both on a loop. Here's what you won't want to miss.  Highway 108, Sonora PassTwain Harte: Take in a round of golf amongst beautiful pines or mini golf at a vintage course.Pinecrest Lake: Rent a boat, fish, hike, swim, camp and take in a current movie in a lake… Read More >>>>
Bring Your Four Legged Family
We know our four-legged family needs a vacation too. Tuolumne County offers plenty of dog-friendly activities. Here are some ideas for your pet-friendly vacation. Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails There are many dog friendly hikes near Yosemite. What better way to explore the region than hiking with your dogs through some of the most beautiful terrain in California. Dragoon Gulch Trail in Sonora is a 2.5 mile loop that follows Woods Creek. Enjoy the flora, interesting rock formations, and breath-taking vistas too. New Melones Lake and Recreation Area just outside of Sonora and Angel's Camp is a full package of fun. Taking a dip in the lake, cast a line to reel in a big one, or tackle some or all of the 20 miles… Read More >>>>
It's wild all these flowers!
As the age old saying goes April showers bring May Flowers! Here in Tuolumne County we are fortunate to have a very long wildflower season thanks to our varying elevations. In fact, you can catch wildflowers here from March to September so long as you know where to go! We have put together some insider tips for catching that perfect shot or just smelling roses. As your out and about be sure to tag us in your Instagram posts so we can marvel at the beauty you discover. #VisitTuolumneCounty, #MyTuolumneCounty, #TuolumneCountyWildflowers. Check out this little delight we found near the Chinese Camp Visitor Center: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSBuAzUDL_r/Yosemite National ParkLets start by saying we would be crazy not to mention all the wildflowers… Read More >>>>
Top 7 Reasons to Visit Highway 120 Today!
While an incredible rainy season has a portion of Highway 120 temporarily closed beyond Crane Flat towards Yosemite Valley, there's plenty of reasons to keep your plans to visit, including visiting the under loved but so amazing (and open!) north side of Yosemite. Here's more reasons why you should head on up Highway 120:The Hills are Alive Its been a while since we have seen the rolling foothills leading into Tuolumne County this green! Tie that in with a spectacular backdrop of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains and you have an epic scenic drive as you enter Tuolumne County.Get Your Groove on in Groveland Maybe you recently read in the Bay Area News about all the ways to play at Highway 120s… Read More >>>>
Ten Winter Weather Options to Slow Down, Stay Dry and Drink-Up in Northern California's Quaint Gold Country Towns
The forecast for this time of year is wet weather, and while California always needs it, its not always a welcome sight for visitors who have planned a trip to the Gold Country area along Highway 49. The county's main visitors center (542 Washington Street in historic Sonora) hears a familiar children's song in visitor comments: Its raining, its pouring, I think this place is boring, what's there to do to have some fun til sun comes out in the morning. Here are the area experts ten suggestions: 1. Step back in time on a museum tour. There are several museums in Tuolumne County where visitors learn about the rich Gold Rush history, view historical artifacts and discover geological sites.Tuolumne County… Read More >>>>
2017 Bucket List for Fun & Adventure in Tuolumne County
The new year is here and it's time to think about your Bucket List for 2017. The opportunities for fun and adventure in Tuolumne County are endless, but here are some ideas to get you started planning your trip(s) in the upcoming year. As you can see, any month is a good month to come visit us.JanuarySnowshoe amongst majestic giants and winter silence in the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park.Take the family ice skating in the fun atmosphere at the Long Barn Lodge Ice Skating Rink and Event Center.FebruaryTake a winter getaway and cozy up in a small-town vacation cabin next to a warm, crackling fire.Enjoy some winter fun at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort and Leland… Read More >>>>