Small Towns: Sonora

Here’s one from our series on small towns in the foothills, with some highlights from our visits.

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 use, courtroom seats have hat racks beneath them. A few blocks beyond the courthouse, the Tuolumne County Museum and History Center keeps a good-size gold collection and shows you what jail cells looked like back in the day. Hit The Candy Vault for an ice cream cone or some old-fashioned penny candy, Sonora Brewing for a local craft beer and a burger. (Sit outside on the main drag.) At Love Couture, peruse women’s and children’s clothing and accessories—the latest trends, and good prices, too. Revive Coffee has gone in to an oh-so-cool space with an arresting distressed wall; organic coffee and tasty pastries are served here. Aloft Art Gallery relocated from above The Candy Vault to the Baer’s building, giving an incredible opportunity to showcase artwork from any of its cooperative artists in the former clothing store display windows. When it’s time for a drink, the brilliantly lighted bar at Emberz brings to mind crazy cocktails, but make sure to order this, too: Baked Emberz—melted Swiss and Gruyere cheeses with white wine and garlic oil, with accompanying crostini and olive tapenade. Clean up your act down the street at Amala Detox & Tea Lounge—go for a cleansing tea, an ionic foot soak or a session in the infrared sauna.


red church

Baked Emberz—melted Swiss and Gruyere cheeses
Baked Emberz

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