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Sorry but due to uncontrollable circumstances we will no longer accept young children (13 years and older ok)
We welcome you to Sonora and our Hacienda, a beautiful Spanish style home in the Sierra foothills located on 5 private wooded acres. This is a private home in California's "Gold Country". Close to town and easy access to highway 108.
The master bedroom has a KING SIZE BED, private bathroom, fireplace, large flat screen cable TV, large deck overlooking the property and a lounge area with a day bed (if there is a third person), table and chairs.
There are also 2 other bedrooms available if there are more than 3 guests in your party. One bedroom has a king size bed and the other bedroom has a double bed with a deck overlooking the property. These two bedrooms share a large bathroom. All the rooms are separate from our living quarters and therefore very private.
We are at the 2500 ft. elevation and have 4 seasons. Whatever time of year you choose to visit you'll find something unique to do. After a day of sightseeing come back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine in our Gazebo.
-towels and linens provided
-FREE Wireless Internet
-FREE Cable TV
-FREE use of Shampoo/Conditioner
-FREE Breakfast - example: Tea, Coffee, Creamer, Hot Chocolate, Cereal, Milk, Toast, assorted fruits, Muffins, Bagels & Cream Cheese etc.
-FREE use of kitchen if staying more than 2 nights /cooking utensils provided
-FREE Washer/Dryer Access if staying more than 2 nights
-FREE Laundry Detergent/Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets
-FREE Parking (Safe & Always Available)
• CLEAN up after yourself (STRICT; There is no maid service & we don't charge extra cleaning fees to guests; in other words we are passing on the savings to you so please don't take advantage of this)
A GUIDE BOOK FOR YOUR STAY IN SONORA
Once you book your room I will send you our guidebook to help you plan your time while in Sonora. There is so much to see and do here. This book will tell you about the location of shopping centers and some local restaurants. It will give you some history of Sonora and the surrounding areas. It will tell you about some of the great attractions such as caving, hiking trails, white water rafting, gold panning, horseback riding, golf, swimming and much more. If you are a wine lover it will tell you about the great wineries and wine tasting rooms to visit.
This guidebook also includes maps and tells you the distance and estimated driving time to the different attractions from the Hacienda.
We chose Sonora as our home because every time we visited from the Bay Area, we found something new and exciting to do, from wine tasting, golfing, antique hunting, frog jumping, music festivals, gold panning, swimming, horseback riding, skiing, fishing or hiking in Yosemite National Park and the Emigrant Wilderness. We know you will enjoy the gold country as much as we do.
Our Hacienda is a perfect home base for your travels in the Sierras. It's conveniently located near all the exciting destinations you plan to visit. We are dedicated to being your favorite place to stay in the Sierras. Wherever your adventures take you, you've got a place to stay. Wherever your day takes you we are ready to help you on your way. Your adventure begins right outside our door.
Historic Sonora - A town with a past - In 1848, miners from Sonora, Mexico, found gold here and established a camp. Sonora became known as the "Queen of the Southern Mines" and was the biggest town in the Mother Lode.
Present Day Sonora - After the gold rush, Sonora's central location kept it going. Today it is a busy county seat and the shopping area of Tuolumne County. It is the "nearest biggest little town" this side of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite Gold Country - Highway 120 offers year-round access to Yosemite National Park. Our county features Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows – exquisitely beautiful! The Emigrant Wilderness encompasses several thousand square miles. The elevation ranges from 1,405 feet in Jamestown to 9,628 feet at Sonora Pass.
Sierra trailheads, pristine lakes and streams are available nearby for hiking, fishing, boating or just sunbathing. Many forest roads are available for mountain biking, walking and snowshoeing. The Sierra geology is popular with rock climbing enthusiasts. Enjoy horseback rides and pack trips into the Emigrant Wilderness. Downhill skiing, snowboarding and alpine skiing is available at nearby Dodge Ridge, and an ice skating rink can be found in Long Barn. Adjacent to Sonora are Columbia and Railtown State Parks, a preserved gold rush town and a railroad/ movie-making museum.
Museums - The old Sonora jail houses the Tuolumne County Museum and Historical Society. You will also want to visit the Columbia State Park Museum, Tuolumne City Museum and in Sonora, the Military Museum, one of the best in northern California.
Railtown - Located in Jamestown, California, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is home to one of America’s last authentic, operating railroad roundhouses. Known as “The Movie Railroad,” Railtown’s locomotives and cars have appeared in over 300 film and TV productions, including Back to the Future 3, High Noon, Petticoat Junction, and Little House on the Prairie. Steam trains operate on weekends through most of the year. Tour the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse daily. Ride behind a real steam locomotive.
Columbia State Historic Park - Experience the sights and sounds of a living gold rush town that's been perfectly preserved. Authentic businesses dating back to 1850. Ride the stage coach. Tour the only working gold mine open to the public and learn how to pan for gold. This park is known as the best preserved gold rush town in California. Visitors can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday.
Championship Golf Courses - Great golf courses abound in the Sierra foothills. The variety of landscapes and views, with varied degrees of challenge, has something to offer all levels of golfers. There are six championship golf courses in the area, including: Mountain Springs Golf Club, Greenhorn Creek, Pine Mt. Lake, Forest Meadows and Saddlecreek Golf Resort, which is home to the Northern California PGA. And 9 hole courses, Phoenix Lake and Twain Harte.
Sierra Foothill Wineries - The Gold Country has become known as the "other wine country". Get a taste of California's Historic Wine Country where touring is intimate, not crowded and the wines exceptional. More than 20 wineries are located around the surrounding communities. See up close a 44 pound gold nugget on display at Ironstone Winery.
Black Oak Casino -Open 24 hours a day is only 15 minutes from Sonora. Proudly owned and operated by the Tuolumne band of Mi-Wok Indians, Black Oak offers more than casinos and gambling. You'll also find live musical performances by popular artists, a variety of restaurants, a first-rate bowling alley and fun arcade.
Horseback riding - In the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest Emigrant Wilderness out of Alpine Meadows pack station or Kennedy Meadows
River Rafting - Tuolumne River Rafting and Stanislaus River Rafting are perfect summertime fun. Get wet, get wild. See the countryside from a unique vantage point.
The area's finest natural wonders are within an hour's drive.
Yosemite - Whether you camp, hike, take photos, climb or drive through, the grandeur of this National Park is unforgettable. Yosemite is one of the first wilderness national parks to be established. Early visitors to the park were Ansel Adams and John Muir who loved its spectacular beauty -- the sheer cliffs, the deep valleys and the glaciers. Through their preservation efforts, millions of people enjoy these wonders of nature each year. The northwest entrance to Yosemite National Park (via Highway 120) is just one hour from Sonora, California. Leaving Sonora, you will climb from an elevation of 1,800 feet to over 8,000 feet, and then descend into Yosemite Valley (4,000 feet elev). Yosemite Valley, 24 miles from the northwest hwy 120 park entrance, is the hub of the park's activities.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Along with two magnificent groves of giant sequoias, the park features over 6,000 acres of pine forest on both sides of the Stanislaus River. Walk or drive amid the Giant Sequoias.
Caves - Mercer Caverns is the Showplace of the Sierras. Go deep inside Mother Earth to view spectacular formations, such as Angel's Wings. Moaning Cavern contains a chamber large enough to hold the Statue of Liberty! California Cavern there are walking tours, adventure trips, mining, and picnicking Moaning Caverns offers rappelling, zip lining, gold panning and exploring adventures. Go spelunking and get a history lesson at the same time.
Lakes - Visit the New Melones Lake Visitor Center and enjoy one of the many nature trails around the lake. We have both large and small lakes that are ideal for those who want to water ski, kayak, fish, sail, canoe or houseboat. Area lakes include New Melones, Pinecrest, Lake Tulloch, Lake Don Pedro and many more.
MORE DETAIL IN OUR GUIDE BOOK THAT WE WILL SEND YOU
Driving Time to Sonora From:
SF Bay Area - 2 hours
Los Angeles - 6 hours
Sacramento - 2 hours
Driving Time From Sonora to:
Yosemite - 60 minutes
Columbia State Park - 15 minutes
Railtown State Park - 8 minutes
Jamestown - 8 minutes
Moaning Caverns - 25 minutes
Calaveras Big Trees - 50 minutes
Angel’s Camp - 30 minutes
Murphy’s (wineries) - 35 minutes
Dodge Ridge Ski Area - 40 minutes
Simply put: Top Drawer! Great property and great hosts!!
Our two days at the Hacienda was amazing!! Highly recommended for a quick weekend getaway - we're definitely going back. Fred and Doris welcomed us with wine, beer, and a nice chat on their porch with a view of their horses and an amazing Sonora sunset. Rooms were fantastic - super comfy bed in a very spacious room. Had a very nice breakfast with the other guests and Fred over a few cups of coffee. We had the run of their huge and very interesting house. Place is about a ten minute drive to downtown Sonora - very easy to get to. Short drive to Murhpy's, hiking etc. Fred will email you a 80 page guidebook he put together himself about things to do in the area. Can't say enough about how welcoming Fred and Doris are. Great value, great time! Thanks to you both!!
We had a great time at Doris and Fred's place and we really appreciate for what they did for us. If you have a chance to be there, I
believe you will never forget about it.
We cannot Thank enought Fred and Doris for their perfect welcoming. Just like if we were in our family. The property is wonderfull, quiet. The master suit in which we stayed was great, confortable, and the bed... How can i find word to define it.... Like if we were sleeping on a cloud! Breakfast is huge, there is all you may need to Start a good day in Yosemite. We just have one regret : we stayed only one night! We hope to come back!
Doris & Fred are uniquely wonderful host. My room (the master suite) was immaculate, spacious, and very comfortable. It was not just a great place to stay, it was an awesome experience. We (all the guests & our hosts) shared wine, stories, and laughter on the patio cooled by outdoor fans on one of summers final warm evenings. I liken it to reading a great novel, you may have to put it down, but can't wait to get back to it. I know I'll be back - the hacienda is a slice of western paradise. Thank you Doris & Fred!
Doris & Fred were so nice. It was very interesting to meet and spend time with them! It was a great location, a really hugh and nice hacienda. I love the bar outside! I can recommend this accomondation to everyone. We had there a great stay there and our best breakfast during our whole trip! Everything was nice, beautiful and clean!
the Hacienda at Fred and Doris was our first AirBnb experience, and it couldn't have been better!!! the place is amazing, so peaceful, quite and beautiful . The room was so big and has everything you need. the bed is huge and super comfortable and it was so calming to wake up with this amazing view. in addition to the perfect place and more importantly ,we have met the perfect hosts!! Doris and Fred are so welcoming and accommodating. they are super nice and doing the best they can to make you feel at home, and to help plan your visit. we are happy to meet this good and interesting people. we will definitely recommend everyone to visit there and we would love to stay their again!!
I felt more than welcome at this idyllic place close to Sonora.I loved to stay in this stunning house, which is filled with a compilation of memories of their travels through the world. Doris and Fred are so heartfelt and we spent a great time talking and philosophizing on their front porch. Hummingbirds, cats, dogs, horses, turkeys, deer ....not only we humans are so welcome there. But also a great spot to explore all these little places of the Wild West and the Gold Rush times or Yosemite Park.
Sending hugz from Germany to both of you
Awesome. Incredible hosts - very organized and welcoming. You can spend hours exploring the artifacts of the house and grounds. Fred has had amazing adventures in his life and is great to talk to. He is also very willing to help orient you to the area. Doris made a very helpful guide. There were an abundance of options for a continental breakfast. We had the master bedroom with a private bath which was comfortable and clean. Slow wifi - but it is the country. We would definitely go back!
Wonderfull experience!! Doris and Fred are the most awesome hosts and the house is huge, with plenty of room, very clean and a really nice breakfast. The book guides Doris made are also very helpfull to get to know the area. If you go anywhere near Sonora, you just must stay there!!! If I have the chance to return to California, I will definetly stay with them and enjoy their magnificent company. Loved the dogs and the horses and the hummingbirds! Thanks for having us guys!!