Greetings!! Hubby and I will be making first trip to Sonora area. We love breweries bars and wineries (among other things, lol). Are there any great places to visit???
Well, I do know the Sonora area.
There are a few bars in historic downtown Sonora - some historic bars are Zane's Iron Horse Saloon, The Office and Cervantes- all are on the main street (Washington Street). Newer ones are Emberz and The Diamondback, both of these are within the same 3 or 4 blocks as the historic ones. Then there is the old Jack Douglass Saloon in nearby historic Columbia, CA which could be worth a look inside
I might also add the Old Corner Saloon in historic Copperopolis, CA is quite popular -- where the infamous Black Bart was known to frequent in between his holding up the Wells Fargo stages numerous times. So the story goes this used to be a brothel -- it has quite a bit of history -- some call it "an institution." You probably won't like it, but maybe you will, so check out their web site www.oldcorner.com (I notice just under 59,000 visitors to their web).
There is a brewery in Oakdale, CA and a brewery in Arnold, CA.
There are only 25 to 30 wineries in the area, most of them clustered in Calaveras County which is a scenic 15-20 minute drive from Sonora. Mt Brow and La Bella Rosa are in Sonora. Then there are maybe 40 or so wineries in Amador County, a scenic one-hour drive north of Sonora.
Maybe I souldn't say this, but there is what I consider a really delapidated gold rush town (Plymouth, CA - no offense to the good people of Plymouth) in Amador County with a very high end restaurant: TASTE. Think Zagat, and James Beard -- they were chefs at the James Beard House earlier this year. You might want to try them out, but maybe not.
So go to www.restauranttaste.com Via Magazine says: Quiet Plymouth seems an odd setting for a restaurant as sleek and citified as Taste, but that’s by design. Owner/chef Mark Berkner’s small bites are perfectly suited to cap off a day of wine tasting. Start with the mushroom cigars wrapped in phyllo dough and just keep going . . .
Just some ideas around the area -----Edited: 25 June 2013, 21:30
Nearby in Groveland is the Iron Door Saloon. It is the oldest continuous operating saloon in California that dates back (and looks like) the gold rush era of the 1850's. Another very old one is at the Hotel Jefferies in Coulterville. You feel like you have just entered the old gold rush era as you walk through the doors.
The Snowshoe brewery in Arnold makes some great beers, but that might too far away from Sonora. Ironstone winery in Murphy's is highly recommended.
Forgot to mention the What Cheer Saloon at the City Hotel in historic Columbia, CA - just down the main street a block from the Jack Douglass. It is another old gold rush saloon - the bar was made in Boston and was shipped around the horn. (In the 1800s, it was not uncommon for things, especially large things from The East headed for California to go by ship around South America to San Francisco, and then onward by ship to the Port of Stockton, then by horse and wagon to the foothills.)
Here is their web site:
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