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Recent Gold Country & High Sierra reviews

  • Would love to go back!

    "Our two-family group of 12 had such a nice visit. We loved exploring the area, but were also very happy to just spend time in this lovely home! The setting is so beautiful. We loved sitting on the back patio and taking in the rolling hills and distant mountains. Bass Lake is close; and we even made the 35 minute trip to the Vons in Oakhurst to stock the kitchen for the week. Mark was an excellent host who was there for any needs, but pretty much left us to ourselves."
    Guest: M and N Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: September 15, 2014
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  • Very cozy

    "We had a lovely holiday time at the cabin. Very cozy and beautiful views of the trees from all the windows. All is as described. I would recommend it for a cozy, cute place to stay, great for kids, very comfy, the beds are great. Close to fun adventures in Columbia and we went sledding at Bear Valley. Walks in the neighborhood were awesome. Love that you provide linens and pets are welcome. My 9 year old son only recommends a basketball hoop in the driveway:)"
    Guest: Nalani D. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 3, 2015
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  • Lovely Yosemite Get Away

    "My husband's sister and brother-in-law were visiting CA to escape the cold NY winter. We wanted to take them to see Yosemite and hoped to find a home to rent while we were there so we would all be together. We made several attempts to book other locations through other websites with no luck. We were down to the wire with plans to leave the next day and no confirmed reservations. Not only was the VRBO website easy to use and filter through choices, but the property that we found truly was like a home away from home. The property owners were super fast to respond and we quickly were confirmed for our reservation. The property was easy to find and the home located on a beautiful, peaceful piece of land. The home is open, spacious and modern. All the amenities were there and easy to find. One of the days our brother-in-law stayed behind at the house while the rest of us went adventuring in town and in Yosemite. When we came back he said he spent the day reading in a lounge chair on the sunny deck that over looks a grassy meadow. He was so relaxed and rejuvenated. To be honest, I was a little jealous of him being able to luxuriate in such a serene place. I would definitely go back."
    Guest: CWSmith Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 14, 2015
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  • Golden time in Gold Country!

    "Casa de Olivas provided the perfect venue for our family of 7 that included a small child and dog! As former residents of Nevada City we wanted to come back to area for a family New Years Eve celebration. However, finding a well-located, large, and pet friendly venue was not an easy task. That said, Casa de Olivas fit the bill and more. The home is enormous and the fenced grounds provided just the right amount of privacy, accommodations for children, room for strolling the property, and a nice outlet for our dog to stretch his legs. The house is conveniently located in very short walking distance to historic downtown Nevada City where all the best restaurants and shops in the area are located. The property manager, Erika and owners Chris and Stephanie were incredibly attentive and very accessible and accommodating. This will definitely be our go to spot for family reunions to the area. Casa de Olivas, is a true gem and fantastic value for what it provides. Thanks so much for making our NYE a special one!"
    Guest: amber t. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 8, 2015
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Gold Country & High Sierra Travel Tips

Like a Time Machine – California Gold Country Vacation Rentals

California’s Gold Country is a swath of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothill country, approximately 50 miles wide, and includes vacation rentals near Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and King's Canyon, cabins in Arnold and more.

The Gold Country is not just a great place for family vacations because of the spectacular geography. Gold country vacation rentals will take you back to the Gold Rush days as you visit places of living history. You can even stay in Gold Country cabins right out of the 19th century, where you can stoke your own fire for breakfast and get a dose of the "pioneer spirit."

In addition to the historic surroundings and old-style accommodations, there are all types of lodging available that are loaded with the modern amenities – many have comfy beds, full kitchens and bathrooms, living rooms, dining areas, wet bars, big screen TVs and more. Some of the rentals even include ski equipment for the winter and swimming gear for the summer.

Although there are hotels in the area to choose from, they don’t offer the vast choices of style and setting that vacation rentals do. One of the best advantages of vacation rentals is the privacy and space that they offer, and some are far from the commercial centers of towns, too, so you can really feel get "back to the land" in them.

The Sierras Offer a World of Activities

Step outside of your Gold Country lodging to discover a virtual playground with a backdrop of giant redwood trees and Mother Nature's finest surroundings. Gold Country lodging offer families a variety of options for extracurricular activities.

Take a trip below the Earth's surface at Mercer Moaning Caverns, just north of Murphys, where you can view giant crystalline stalactites, stalagmites and other amazing rock formations. Or visit the Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, which houses one of the last authentic (and fully functional) railroad roundhouses in America. It's called “The Movie Railroad” as its cars and locomotives have starred in literally hundreds of film and TV productions.

The Gold Country is all about the sporting life, too. Golfers can take to the links at Mountain Springs Golf Club, Greenhorn Creek, Pine Mt. Lake, Forest Meadows and Saddlecreek Golf Resort, spanning the entire region. Tuolomne is great for fishing, while waters sports offer splashing good fun at such local lakes as New Melones, Pinecrest and Lake Don Pedro.

Don't forget the world-class skiing in the winter at Gold Country ski destinations Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge, and plenty of others just around the corner toward Lake Tahoe.

Gold Country Seasons of Fun, in the Snow and the Sun

Any time of the year is a great time to visit the Gold Country. However, the best times of year to visit for touring, exploring and enjoying the great outdoors are spring, summer and fall. Springtime in Gold Country is very agreeable for visitors, and can be quite colorful with the wildflowers in bloom. Summer temperatures can reach well into the high 90s.

Warm summers are great for water fun and paddling down the American River, but if cooler times are more appealing you might want to delay your trip until the fall, which offers breezy days but ever-colder nights as the season progresses.

Winters here are chilly and snowy, with some dark, stormy days. During the winter you will not see may visitors at the Highway 49 attractions, but if you are a fan of skiing, snowboarding or any other snow- or ice-related sport or entertainment, you can travel up to Calaveras and Alpine counties where the snow is perfect for all the winter sports.

Finding Your Way to Historic Gold Country California

From most parts of California you'll end up traveling west-to-east – on Interstate 80 from Sacramento, or Highways 50, 88, 4, 108 or 140 as you move south from San Francisco to Merced – to get to State Highway 49.

Highway 49 will lead you along what were once wagon roads that connected the mining towns along the foot of the Sierra Nevadas. The highway winds its way through the Sierra foothills, grasslands, rocky canyons, pine forests and scrub oaks, offering picturesque views. It leads you through such towns as Dry Diggins, Volcano, Hangtown (Placerville), Sonora, Columbia and Jamestown.

If you are flying into the Gold Country, then the Sacramento International Airport is ready to accommodate you. You can easily rent a vehicle from the airport and travel a short distance to historic Gold Country.

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