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There’s no place better to get immersed in California’s Gold Rush history than in Columbia State Historic Park where you can stroll along wooden sidewalks, ride an authentic stage coach, pan for riches of gold and chat with knowledgeable and friendly townspeople dressed in period attire. Historic inns, restaurants, working...
Columbia Candy Kitchen, Inc.
Since the late 1800s Columbia has been home to this original confectionery manufacturing business. Copper kettles and marble tables are filled with brittles, hand dipped chocolates, and candies made by five generations of the Nelson family.
Columbia City/Fallon Hotels
Stay in one of two historic 1800's hotels with 23 beautifully appointed Victorian rooms, or one of three charming cottages, fully furnished with full kitchens, baths, and fenced yards. Open year round.
Columbia Inn Motel & 49er Mining Supply
Adjacent to Columbia State Historic Park, 24 newly renovated units include AC, WiFi, Satellite TV, in room coffee, microwaves. Seasonal swimming pool, DVD players/movies upon availability. Mining charters and mining supplies offered.
Columbia Kate's Teahouse
Lunch & delightful desserts. Traditional tea includes fresh scones, tea sandwiches, salads, quiche & home made chicken pot pie. Everything made fresh daily.Open 7 days a week.
Columbia State Historic Park
Gold was discovered in Columbia on March 27, 1850. By 1870, the “Gem of the Southern Mines” produced more than $1 billion (in today’s figures). Today the town, which is also a California State Historic Park still bustles with shops, exhibits and the lively activity of the 1850’s.
Columbia Airport
Columbia Airport is located within walking distance of the historic town of Columbia in the Sierra Nevada foothills at an elevation of 2118 feet. The airport features a lighted 4,650-foot paved runway and a 2,600-foot irrigated turf runway both of which are well maintained by the airport staff. Tail wheel...
Columbia Farmory
Year-round, indoor farmers' market open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.
Columbia Clothiers & Emporium
Located in Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia Clothiers & Emporium is a charming store with wonderful friendly service! A late 1800's style department store offering historical clothing, hats, accessories, and housewares for the whole family. Open daily 10am-5pm. 
Columbia Mercantile 1855
New Owner and re-imagined Gold Rush-era 'provisioning store' offers high quality grocery and picnic staples, local wines and beer, hardware, garden, housewares, gifts, antiques, fine art gallery, and history too!
Columbia Candy Kitchen Candy Cane Making
For four weekends at 12 noon, 1 pm, and 2 pm you can watch making traditional candy canes during the holidays. Participants are chosen by lottery every fall, visit website for details. Hosted by Nelson's Columbia Candy Kitchen: "this annual gift is for our loyal and treasured customers". Please submit...
Columbia's Glorious 4th of July Celebration
Columbia State Historic Park invites you to our annual Glorious Fourth of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4, 2019, with a community parade, games and more. The Independence Day festivities, sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, begin with a Flag Raising and Black Powder Musket Salute by the Columbia...
Columbia Farmory
Year-round, indoor farmers' market open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.
Columbia All-Equestrian Christmas Parade
Sunday at 11 am. This parade is open to all ages of equine riders/drivers. Everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive benefiting ATCAA's Housing Families Program. Sponsored by the Mid Valley Unit, Backcountry Horsemen of California.
Friends of Columbia State Historic Park
Non-profit funded by donations and Museum Store. Funds used to support educational and preservation activities in Columbia State Historic Park.
Lamplight Tours in Columbia State Historic Park
Participants will be guided through the decorated town during the walking play while listening to snippets of the town’s happenings. Docent-led Lamplight Tours will run Friday, November 30th starting at 6:30pm and Saturday, December 1st beginning at 5:30pm and leaving every 15 minutes. Tickets are on sale now. This...
Back to School 1861 in Columbia SHP
Join us for a beautiful Saturday evening 4 to 7 pm at the historic schoolhouse. During this reminiscent event, take a tour of the upstairs, sit in on a lesson taught by a docent dressed as an 1860s school teacher, play games of long ago, listen to music, and...
The Dadgum Button Show in Columbia State Historic Park
Check out the antique buttons and button jewelry at Columbia's Dadgum Button Show, held in Angelo's Hall from 10 am to 5 pm. Experts will be available for button appraisals. See what kinds of buttons were used during the gold rush period in Columbia as well.
Veterans Day Remembrance at Columbia State Historic Park
On Veterans' Day in Columbia's historic cemetery at 10:55 am, the Columbia Foot Dragoons explain the significance of Veterans' Day and how it became into being, and fire a single volley.
Boo Boulevard - Halloween in Columbia
Columbia welcomes children in costume for Trick or Treating from 3pm to 6pm. Wagon rides, games, and more! This free event is sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Columbia. Fun for all ages!
Paranormal Prospecting Tour of Columbia State Historic Park
Have you ever wondered if Columbia is truly a Ghost Town? Have you ever “felt something” while stepping into one of our old buildings? Now is your chance to be a part of history and explore the spirits of Columbia in our very first paranormal tour for the public. Join...
Inner Sanctum Cellars Basecamp at Columbia
Voted Best Local Wine 2019. Taste wine at the hottest new venue in Tuolumne County. Basecamp has everything for all! Great wines, picnic area, music and wedding venue. Visit our Website/Facebook/Instagram for hours and activites. 
Seven Sisters Candle & Soap Co.
Located in historic Columbia State Park, we offer beautiful handcrafted candles and goat milk soaps. Candles are made daily in our shop and at our candle courtyard summers and weekends, weather permitting. Incense, candle and soap-making supplies available.
Brown's Coffee House & Sweets Saloon
This gem located in Columbia State Historic Park, offers espresso, blended drinks, sarsaparilla, lattes, hot & cold sandwiches, scratch made stuffed pretzels, ice cream, fresh baked goods and so much more! Local honey, jams and coffee. Open daily 7am to 6pm.
First Presbyterian
Worship at a historic church in Columbia! The Church of the 49ers, adjacent to Columbia State Historic Park, has served the people since 1854. Sunday service is at 10am.
Open Mic Night At The St. Charles Saloon
Gather at The St. Charles Saloon in Columbia State Historic Park every Monday night for OPEN MIC NIGHT! Enjoy local featured talents + delicious pizza. Family friendly.
Fallon House Ice Cream Parlor
This Victorian Ice Cream Parlor in Columbia State Historic Park offers 16 flavors of premium ice cream, sundaes, and old fashioned ice cream sodas with flavored soda water, shakes, malts, espresso, hot cocoa, and more. Open daily 11am to 5pm and during plays. Closed Monday and Tuesday after Labor Day...
Ebler's Leather
A very unique Leather Store sits in the heart of Columbia on Main St. Minnetonka Moccasins, Cowboy Boots, Belts, Purses, Vintage Clothing, Beaded Jewelry. A Leather Adventure awaits you.
Country Inn Sonora
Newly remodeled, 2018. Easily accessible location close to Columbia, Jamestown and Dodge Ridge. In-room coffee, cable TV. Relax and savor the foothill  atmosphere at this idyllic country inn with quality restaurants nearby.
The weather is cooling down and our calendars are filling up with fun fall festivals all autumn long, in Tuolumne County. Whether you’re wandering through an organic apple orchard or searching for the perfect pumpkin in a seasonal patch, you are sure to have an unforgettable fall vacation at these...
Beer, wine, pizza, coffee, and tea. What more do you need? Check out these lesser known destinations in Tuolumne County that are seriously trending.
City Hotel Restaurant & What Cheer Saloon
Transport yourself to a different time...Elegant dining in an historic setting, located in Columbia State Park. City Hotel Restaurant and What Cheer Saloon are open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
In the fall, Tuolumne County is full of colorful foliage, authentic festivities, and unforgettable local flavor. You’re invited to explore all that and MORE this season, and your pup is invited, too. Visit Tuolumne County and explore dog-friendly authenticity, while making the most of the off-peak accommodation prices.
Whether you're craving a tall chocolate soft serve on the shore of a High Sierra lake, or a legendary sarsaparilla float found deep in the heart of Gold Country, Tuolumne County has the perfect sweet treat to put the cherry on top of any adventure.
Located just 2.5 hours from San Francisco is Tuolumne County where California’s Gold Rush history comes alive in spooky ways.
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 County's various venues. From live music in the High Sierra pines to headliners in a foothill paradise, Tuolumne County...
36th Annual Las Posadas Nativity Procession
Las Posadas is a Spanish tradition that re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Since 1983 the people of Columbia have put on their own version of Las Posadas each December - with a distinctive 1850s flavor. Characters in...
Tuolumne County is loaded with incredibly preserved historic hotels. With buildings dating back to the late 1800s, it’s no surprise that chilling vibes, spooky stories, and shadows are said to lurk about in some of Tuolumne County’s oldest hotels. Book your stay… if you dare.
49er RV Ranch
Old ranch hospitality since 1852. Full hookups, cable TV, store, propane, laundry room and WiFi. Clubs and seniors welcome. Modern and friendly. AAA and Good Sam approved. Serving Columbia State Historic Park.
Discover California's Gold Country
Tuolumne County’s Gold Country is rich and alive with thriving Gold Rush towns such as Jamestown, Sonora and Columbia.Tuolumne County’s Gold Country offers an authentic Gold Rush experience with its rich, lively and thriving historic towns such as Jamestown, Sonora and Columbia that bring the Old West back to life....
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We feel like we're falling 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...
Victorian Feast at the City Hotel
Once again the historic Gold Country’s City Hotel is celebrating the Holidays by recreating a 120-year-old banquet melodrama with a cast of colorful characters, minstrels, great food and wonderful wines. This production of an 1870’s holiday melodrama is unique to Columbia and the state of California. Actors return to play George...
A Miner's Christmas
Sit around a campfire drinking hot cider or coffee and join in conversations with miners as they roast chestnuts. Children can make some favorite crafts of the 1850s and keep an eye out for Father Christmas as he wanders the streets looking for good boys and girls! Contact Columbia State...
5 Coffee Shops We Can't Get Enough Of
Hot or iced? No matter the day or adventure, it all starts with a cup of coffee. Enhance your experience in Tuolumne County and keep it local at these charming cafes.1. Browns CafeColumbia is like stepping back in time to the Old West, where there is gold panning, stagecoach rides,...
Tuolumne County Transit
Weekend and holiday service from Jamestown/Sonora to Pinecrest Lake availalble. Click here for details.We go there, we get you there! Railtown, Columbia State Park, or Dodge Ridge. Tuolumne County Transit has fixed routes weekdays throughout the county. Visit our website for schedules and more information.
California State Parks and National Parks
Need an escape from the day-to-day routine? It’s time you explored the public lands and urban trails in Tuolumne County! Yosemite National Park is only one of the scenic wonders in the Mother Lode area. Giant sequoias, pristine alpine lakes, waterfalls, rivers and streams all await you in the Gold...
Tuolumne County Facts
LOCATIONTuolumne (To-All-O-Me rhymes with “follow me”) County, 133 miles east of San Francisco, is a pristine, scenic expanse reaching into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The main highways leading to this picturesque, two-to-three-hour drive from the Bay Area are Highways 108 and 120 from the west (the latter...
Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center
Nestled under ancient arbors in the historic Mother Lode area of the Sierra Foothills lies the Best Western Sonora Oaks. Comfortable and relaxing, the Best Western Sonora Oaks is certainly the finest and one of the newest inns in the area. In addition to the spacious and tastefully appointed accommodations,...
FREE Summer Saturday Tuolumne Adventure Trolley
The Tuolumne Adventure Trolley service has ended for the year. Visit this page again in Spring 2020 for information about the 2020 season.In Tuolumne County on a Saturday this summer? Yes. Then see the sights and leave the getting around to the friendly and knowledgeable drivers of the Tuolumne Adventure...
Salt of the Earth Personal Chef
Healthy weekly meal plans or indulgent celebratory extravaganzas! Because each client has different needs, we'll work together to create a customized menu that suits your style and specifications. Chef Jess has a diverse culinary background and can cook anything from classic American comfort food, healthy dishes, international cuisine to high-end...
Find Waterfalls in Tuolumne County and Yosemite
As winter's snow melts in the Sierra Nevada, waterfalls come alive in the lower elevations. There are countless waterfalls, but if you're looking for one or two, here are some ideas.Waterfalls along Highway 108/Sonora Pass AreaNiagara Falls is visible from the Donnell Vista Point on Highway 108Blue Canyon Falls -...
Family Exploration in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County is an all-season destination for family fun. Make historic discoveries in Gold Country, plan a mountain adventure in the High Sierra, and visit the iconic Yosemite National Park all while enjoying the affordable lodging accommodations the area has to offer. Get started on planning your thrilling family getaway...
Tuolumne County Welcomes Pets
For pet owners, a vacation isn't complete if you can't bring them along! Tuolumne County has many hiking trails, attractions, lodging and even a few restaurants that are more than happy to let your pet enjoy your vacation with you. Top Things To Do with Your Dog in Tuolumne County1. Walk...
Get Outdoors and Explore in Tuolumne County
You won’t be bored with all the outdoor things to do in Yosemite and Tuolumne County! You will find breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air.From hiking in the Emigrant Wilderness to white-water rafting the Tuolumne River to camping under the stars in the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Tuolumne County and Yosemite...
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,...
Tuolumne County is an all-season destination for family fun. Make historic discoveries in Gold Country, plan a mountain adventure in the High Sierra, and visit the iconic Yosemite National Park all while enjoying the affordable lodging accommodations the area has to offer. Get started on planning your thrilling family getaway...
Exploring Tuolumne County's Gold Country
Tuolumne County has been home to my family for four generations. We spent most of our pastime enjoying the plethora of activities this beautiful rural county has to offer. From paddle boarding at Pinecrest and camping in the vast Emigrant Wilderness to stepping back in time with the multiple historical locations across the county.My...
A 4 Day Tuolumne County Exploration
Tuolumne County has so much to do and see, and you don't want to miss any of it. Set out on this 4-day getaway to explore Yosemite, Gold Country and the High Sierra.
Explore The Indoors Of Tuolumne County
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...
20 Ways to Experience Winter in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County is where winter wonders await and adventurous memories are made. Now's the time to enjoy the less crowded Yosemite National Park, Gold Country, and High Sierra. Travel to our affordable, vacation destination and experience winter like never before.1. The snow is falling, and Dodge Ridge Ski Area is calling! Catch...
25 Days of Adventure in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County is where winter wonders await and adventurous memories are made. This year, we're celebrating 25 days of authentic holiday adventures in Yosemite National Park, Gold Country, and High Sierra. Travel to our winter vacation destination, make every day count, and experience December like never before.1. The snow is...
Tuolumne County Maps, Directions & Transportation Information
Tuolumne County is located directly east of the San Francisco Bay Area in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountain range of Central California.The main highways leading to this picturesque, two-to-three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area are Highways 108 and 120 from the west (the latter considered to be...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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.DON'T WORRY BE HOPPYCRAFT beer here! Sonora Tap Room has 20 taps,...
Explore Tuolumne County in 4 Days
Tuolumne County has so much to do and see, and you don't want to miss any of it. Set out on this 4-day getaway to explore Yosemite, Gold Country and the High Sierra.YosemiteDay 1Early morning – Head to Yosemite Valley early!  Stop in Groveland for a breakfast and a boxed...
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. Wildflower BloomsSunny spring...
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From epic engagement spots to secluded escapes, Tuolumne County has lovers running to the mountains. Discover this hidden gem escape for an unforgettable Yosemite, Gold Country, and High Sierra vacation.High SierraFor those who want to snuggle in a cabin, under a blanket of stars, or by an outdoor fire pit, the snuggle is real...
Fall for All the Senses in Tuolumne County
We feel like we're falling 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...
Your Tuolumne County Bucket List of Adventure
New year, NEW adventures. It's 2019 and time to start planning ahead, setting goals, and climbing mountains (literally and figuratively) in Northern California's Tuolumne County. Find inspiration in these all-season fun activities and monthly highlights throughout Yosemite, Gold Country and High Sierra.JanuarySnowshoe amongst majestic giants and winter silence in the...
Winter Wonders Await in Tuolumne County
If the season is right, Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains will be covered in a blanket of white. Traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area winter wonders are less than a three-hour drive to the East, landing travelers in the picturesque historical mountain getaway known as Tuolumne County. With Yosemite National...
Tuolumne County Adventures For Your Zodiac Sign
New year, same sign. 2019 is for living your truth and embracing your soulful energy. Plan your New Year vacation with the confidence of what will nourish your sense of self and adventure. So, what’s your sign?Aries (March 20-April 20): Tap into your endless fearlessness and eagerness for action with a...
Pairing Food with Adventure in Tuolumne County
When the holidays are over, fill the void in your empty stomach with delicious foods in Yosemite, Gold Country, and High Sierra. January is California’s Restaurant Month and we’re going ALL OUT to eat in Tuolumne County. With endless opportunities for adventure, we have come up with FIVE itineraries that...
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