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Amador City: A Taste of Old California



The town also has two full restaurants that serve dinners Wednesday through Sunday.  The first is located in the Imperial Hotel and serves California Cuisine made with local, organic produce and offers a great selection of Foothill wines as well as a full bar.  They do occasional Winemakers dinners as well, featuring local wines.  The second is the Aquatic Cow which offers steak and seafood on its menu.Imperial Hotel

Have you decided to make a weekend trip to Amador County’s Wine Country?  There are two authentically decorated, reasonably priced, historic bed and breakfasts located in town that are just waiting for you.  Right in the center of town is the historic Imperial Hotel built in 1879 which has six rooms done in authentic Victorian style.  Each room has its own bathroom and sitting area as well as many including beautifully whimsical painted armoires.  The charming brick building functioned as a hotel until 1927 and then fell into disrepair until being completely renovated to its current use as an inn with all the modern conveniences, but true 1879 décor. The price of the room includes a full breakfast. The stone patio and upstairs balcony area are great locations to relax and take in the slow pace and wonderful small town ambiance of Amador City. 

Mine House InnThe second Bed and Breakfast, the Mine House Inn and Spa located at the south end of town, is situated in three different buildings and offers a total of eight standard rooms and five suites.  The Keystone Mine Headquarters building is the oldest and has eight standard rooms, each done in a theme reminiscent of the function of the room served when the mine was active.  All rooms come with private baths.  The cottage, built in 1930 as a house for the mine foreman, has three suites and the main house, a newer Victorian style building houses the two largest and most exotic suites.  Each suite comes beautifully decorated with a sitting area, fireplace and spa tub to relax after a hard day of tasting and touring.  Several of the rooms have lovely sweeping views of the town and the surrounding hillsides.  The Inn comes complete with a swimming pool, beautifully landscaped grounds and a great stone patio for sipping coffee in the morning or eating the breakfast that is included in the price of the room.  The Mine House can also arrange limo service to take you to and from your wine tasting making your visit much more relaxing. 

Next time you are looking at a beautiful spring weekend and wondering what to do with your time, take a trip over to Amador City and see a little piece of California History that hasn’t changed much in the last 150 years.  Have a little old fashioned candy and home made baked goods; stroll the lovely shops and spend a night at one of the authentic Gold Rush Inns.  Take a look at our restaurant, food, activity and lodging links for more pictures and information. And be sure to tell them California Wine Magazine and Sierra Wines sent you!