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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...
old georgetown

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...
small towns loomis

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...
old town auburn

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...

Small Towns: Downieville

About an hour’s drive beyond Nevada City, Downieville sits deep in at the confluence of the Yuba and Downie rivers. Two bridges—the Durgan and the Jersey—cross the water, leading from a tiny commercial district...
mill street in grass valley

Small Towns: Grass Valley

Sister city to Nevada City, Grass Valley has its own identity, too, with a bustling downtown district that these days has an impressive outdoor dining and drinking stretch (along Mill Street, which has been...