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Small Towns: Sonora

In Sonora, the seat of Tuolumne County, churches and circa-1850s architecture abound, including the gorgeous Red Church, as the St. James Episcopal Church is called by locals. At the Tuolumne County Courthouse, still in...
Mokelumne Hill

Small Towns: Mokelumne Hill

Take a quick swerve off Highway 49 down into Mokelumne Hill and you’ll see a charming library with outdoor bookshelves, the Hotel Léger building, Moke-A-Java coffeehouse, Renegade Winery (with a patio strung with market...

Small Towns: Copperopolis

Named for the copper discovered here before the Civil War, Copperopolis lies in Calaveras County off O’Byrnes Ferry Road about a dozen miles from Angels Camp. Near Lake Tulloch and a flat-top ridge called...
main street angels camp

Small Towns: Angels Camp

Famous for its association with Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” inspired by a tale he reportedly heard at the Angels Hotel in 1865, Angels Camp is also known...
murphys community park

Small Towns: Murphys

Oh, what fun you’ll find in Murphys, with its tree-draped Main Street packed with wine-tasting rooms, restaurants, boutiques, galleries, bed-and-breakfasts, even a floral shop with a white bird in a white cage you can...
st. george hotel in volcano

Small Towns: Volcano

In this little town (pop. 100 or so) 3 miles from Daffodil Hill (reminder, everybody: Daffodil Hill closed “indefinitely” two years ago), many of the community’s original buildings still stand. Life’s lively here, though,...
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Stories on Stage Anthology: Twenty Twenty

I am beyond honored to have my written work included among some outstanding talent in Stories on Stage Sacramento’s first anthology: “Twenty Twenty: 43 Stories From a Year Like No Other.” (ISBN 978-0-578-90606-5; $20)...
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Small Towns: Ione

Main Street in Ione is very small, with City Hall, the community church, a veterans’ memorial, “Iron Ivan”—the Old No. 7 steam locomotive—and lots of historic buildings. What Ione is perhaps best known for:...

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...