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Small Towns: Jackson

The largest city in Amador County, Jackson has all the conveniences of home—supermarkets, chain coffee, good cell coverage—as well as a downtown Main Street that’s very walkable. You’ll find an old jail site, an...

Small Towns: Plymouth

Main Street is tiny, home to Taste and Rest—an award-winning restaurant with the mushroom cigars and 16-room boutique inn respectively, owned by super-hosts Mark and Tracey Berkner (who also own Volcano Union Pub). Across...

Small Towns: Sutter Creek

The quintessential little foothills town, pretty and clean, Sutter Creek welcomes visitors for walking, wine tasting and antiques shopping. A number of inns make turning it into a weekend a good possibility. The whitewashed...
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Small Towns: Georgetown

Take a drive through the hills and into the pines to this little brick-laden Gold Rush town located on The Divide, a spot of land between the South and Middle Forks of the American...

Small Towns: Coloma

The American River flows beside this historic site, beneath a narrow automobile and foot bridge, skirting the spot where it all began for these little towns in 1848: the (James) Marshall Gold Discovery Site...
Main Street Placerville

Small Towns: Placerville

One of the larger small towns in the foothills, Placerville is bisected by Highway 50, a rest stop for travelers between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe. Its downtown district—rife with storefronts, restaurants, museums—is anchored...
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Small Towns: Loomis

Among the fruit murals of Loomis, plenty of spots are open for a bite, mostly on Taylor Road.Reds Bistro—Open for dinner, Red’s partners with local farmers to create seasonal dishes, including a bone marrow...
main street colfax

Small Towns: Colfax

This rural town, along the route of the Central Pacific Railroad (the western portion of the first transcontinental railroad) and now an Amtrak stop, is tiny but charming, with a historic downtown. The restored...
La Fornaretta Sicilian a restaurant in Newcastle

Small Towns: Newcastle

Unless you’re there to pick mandarins in winter or taste wine out along the Placer Wine Trail, a visit to Newcastle revolves mostly around the packing sheds, which have been converted to restaurants and...
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Small Towns: Auburn

Just 33 miles from Sacramento, Auburn’s Old Town comprises a couple of streets anchored by the gorgeous courthouse (and a candy-striped firehouse with a witch-hat roof) and a park that hosts a Saturday farmers...