Amador County, CA, USA

Amador County, CA, USA

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In Amador County, so much to adore

It’s fitting that “Amador” translates to “one who loves” in Spanish. No one who leaves Amador County feels anything but adoration for this stunning Californian locale. Despite its humble size—just shy of 600 square miles—it evokes a quaint sort of charm that’s evident in its lush valleys, small-town roads, and fascinating historic sites. Booking an Amador County vacation rental may be the best way to experience Cali because it puts you right in the heart of authentic gold rush country. Did we mention it’s also a wine lover’s paradise?

Spookin’ up a groovy good time in Amador County

Love nightlife, love to boogie? Get down in Amador County—nightlife here is a major thing, with live music venues and legendary theatrical companies. If you'd rather try your hand with lady luck, pop into the local casino for poker with the locals. Or, check out the one-of-a-kind boutiques lining Main Street. If you’ve got the family in tow, scare up a good time on the Ghost Trails Cemetery Hunt, where you’ll play scavenger at graveyards. You could even escape your Amador County vacation rental for a night and camp lakeside.

Where gold country and wine country collide

When in gold country, do as the 49ers did. Get out there and start panning at Sutter Gold Mine or the 1880s Kennedy Mine. The Amador Whitney Museum is located in one of the oldest buildings in the area. The Amador County Museum is housed in a stunning Greek Revival home with 15 rooms. There are a whopping 44 wineries here, too, so if you’re thirsty you'd be smart to book that Amador County vacation rental right away. Visitors come to sip, but some, like Charles Spinetta Winery & Wildlife Art Gallery, also have exquisite artwork.

Wining and sunshining in Amador County

The grapes of Amador County wouldn’t survive long if it weren't for the excellent weather conditions—it’s warm and the humidity is low—just 2 more reasons to book an Amador County vacation rental. Cool mountain air flows through at sunset, ushering out the warmth of day. It receives average annual rainfall, but the real story here is the sunshine. Spring and summer are ideal visiting times if your goal is to get your glow on. If you’re more a cool-weather sort, well, you might encounter a 35-degree day or so in January.

Living the wild, wild life in Amador County

If you love wildlife, you’ll have a wild time in Amador County. Hidden in the habitat are the usual suspects, including deer and raccoons, but the back roads may surprise you with a bobcat, wild turkey, or even a mountain lion. Don’t let the ferocity startle you—there’s beauty everywhere you turn, from the Sierra Nevada mountains that frame the area to the rolling hillsides dotted with oak trees. Break from gold panning to fish one of many lakes or rivers, and don’t miss Daffodil Hill, a 19th-century ranch cloaked in colorful blooms.