Part of the Small Town Street Photography Series
1. Sutter Creek is in the Heart of Amador Wine Country
Amador Wine Country in based in the foothills of Sierra Mountains in Amador County. It's a wine tasting experience that can rival Napa any day and Sutter Creek is right in the middle of it.
Sutter Creek has a tons of shops, wine tasting rooms, a beautiful hotel and lots of history! The locals say it's the "Jewel of the Motherlode." I certainly have to agree, although I am not certain what motherlode means, other than something I need to look up later. However, the city certainly is charming and very friendly.
My favorite wine tasting room is the Bella Grace Vineyards house. It's just so cute and quaint that you can't help, but love the wine just because the atmosphere was so great!
2. Sutter Creek Hosts Over 40 Events Each Year
They literally have something for everyone to enjoy from a Chocolate Lovers Weekend to an Italian Picnic and Parade to a pig roast coming up next week. You could literally go there every weekend and experience something new!
3. Best Restaurants in Amador Wine Country
Element ranked number 1 on Yelp fits right into Sutter Creek's charm with it's brick exterior, but the decor and inside are like a modern New York apartment. They serve breakfast and lunch with artisan coffee. You won't be disappointed if you stop here.
Plan on staying the night the Handford House Inn right next to element is highly recommended and offers a free breakfast at Element. Win, win!
4. A Plethora of Antiques and Art
Like a lot of small towns there are a lot of small businesses. They usually come in the form of antiques (which I love) and art galleries (which I also love). If I wasn't with my husband and son who were ready to go fishing I would have walked into every antique shop and gallery. I am sure I would have walked away with a few things too! Maybe that's why they go with me? Hmmm?
5. So Much Natural Wonder
If you don't think you can spend all day in a little town, then check out all the cool places around Sutter Creek. Not only is there Sutter Creek, but Amador City and Jackson, plus all the natural wonders to see as well.
We ventured off to go fishing at a small lake called Lake Tabeaud. We didn't catch any fish, but saw a bald eagle and other people catching. You can also visit Black Chasm cavern, Roaring Mining Company and, of course, Amador Wine Country. You could make a whole weekend of it as a couple and even as a family! It's just so close why wouldn't you!
In November of this year I will be exhibiting work at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. The theme I have been working on is called Small Towns USA. A few weeks ago I explored Plymouth, California and Amador City, California. Two place I have passed by on my way to a hiking adventure, but never spent time in. This time I walked the streets getting to know each town.
I loved both towns and can't say one was better than the other. They are unique in their own ways. I'm so excited to continue this project and can't wait to show it all to you later this year!
Small Town Series
Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.