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  • Gold Rush Country Home in Historic Town of Volcano

    "As you turn the corner from the main street of the old Volcano downtown, you pass the Union Hotel and find the Judge Jonas House with a wrap-around porch and tin roof that transport you back to the gold rush days. The yard is landscaped with flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and on one side of the house is a stretch of lawn where robins show up every day. You can smell the pines and have views of the tree-lined hills behind the house. I thought the house looked attractive in the photos. It's very inviting to see it in person. My partner and I rented the house for the entire month of July. We wanted the chance to stay in the area and explore life in the Gold Country and have room to invite friends for the weekends. We found the house very comfortable: comfy sofa, rocking chair, good beds. We had up to five people staying at the house and could easily make meals and feel like we had enough space to spread out. We spent mornings and evenings on the porch talking and watching the light change and enjoying the setting. There is a lot of privacy because this is a very small town. The owner is very easy to talk with and was always available. She was committed to making our stay a pleasant one. Every Saturday morning we enjoyed breakfast at the Jug and Rose on Main Street, where I always got sourdough pancakes--yum! And while you're there, you can get goodies from the Kneading Dough Bakery. The old stone front buildings and St. George Hotel on Main Street make you feel like you are lost in time. We were fortunate to catch a performance of The Volcano Theatre Company, Visit To a Small Planet, and enjoyed the show in the outdoor amphitheater. Check their schedule when you're in town: When you want to get a drink in the evening, you can visit the bar at the Union Hotel or Whiskey Flat Saloon (at the St. George Hotel). And for a special meal, make reservations at the Union Hotel next door and sit on their outdoor patio. For a taste of the Gold Country, the Judge Jonas House is a great place to spend some time."
    Guest: Steve L. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 4, 2014
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  • Great location and beautiful deck

    "Great location with just half an hour drive to the Yosemite entrance or just relax by the Pine Mountain Lake. The house is generally in good condition, especially the deck. Definitely worthy spending hours there. The driveway is too steep for our minivan though."
    Guest: Cheng-Feng T. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 23, 2014
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  • Sierra House

    "Great location. You can't get closer to Sequoia Natl. Park. Spacious house with excellent beds and a very nice living and dining room. Liked the sliding doors out onto the porch from every room. Kitchen is a little funky with drawers that threaten to fall out. Water pressure is a little iffy, as is hot water. And the TVs are fairly difficult to operate in spite of the directions."
    Guest: Joanna Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 24, 2014
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    "Whimsy is a perfect place to stay for a family with grandparents, children and grandchildren. When we arrived, it was spotless; all the beds were made with clean sheets and all the bathrooms were completely stocked with soft clean towels and the air conditioning was on. We could not have expected more. The kitchen was well stocked and the deck was perfect for entertaining and had a beautiful view of the 17th/18th hole. There was room for everyone to have their own space. The downstairs media room for the kids gave the adults time to visit comfortably on the deck. This vacation home was exactly the way it was described on VRBO and we hope to rent it again next summer. It is a true find!"
    Guest: Kristen D. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 6, 2014
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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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