House - Private room · Sommette Dr, Sonora, CA 95370, United States
Doris And Fred

The Hacienda - A beautiful 5 acre ranch perched on a hill above Sonora with great views
Included in your stay are our guidebooks and complementary breakfast to help you start your adventure
We love meeting new friends and hope to meet you soon!

Your host, Doris And Fred
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The Hacienda - A beautiful 5 acre ranch perched on a hill above Sonora with great views
Included in your stay are our guidebooks and complementary breakfast to help you start your adventure
We love meeting new friends and hope to meet you soon!

The Space

We’d love the opportunity to make your stay in Sonora a memorable one. What are you waiting for? Message us and let's get going on your best ever vacation ☺

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 (minimum 3 nights) /cooking utensils provided
-FREE Washer/Dryer Access if staying more than 2 nights (minimum 3 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)

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.


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

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Extra people: $35 / night after 2 guests
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The Hacienda was a lovely spot to end up. Beautiful location, comfortable rooms (and balcony) and attentive hosts. The regular flow of guests from all over the world just added to the richness of the experience. This is not a place for a generic, anonymous stay, because its personality and uniqueness are part of the charm.

    July 2014
  • Fred and Doris are wonderful hosts. The room was fantastic, but even better was the way Fred and Doris made us feel welcome. Breakfast choices were bountiful and happy hour was delightful. We definitely will stay at the Hacienda when we return to the area.

    June 2014
  • Doris and Fred are great! Their hacienda is beautiful and they had so much great information about the area. My friend and I spent part of the day at Natural Bridges and then the next day at Yosemite. We wish we could've stayed longer!

    June 2014
  • What a unique, relaxing and fun place. Doris and Fred are the bomb! If I had to do it over, I'd arrive earlier and stay later :). The room was absolutely fantastic,with a fireplace and balcony. Also on the grounds is an open "bar" sitting area for visiting, chatting, enjoying a beverage and watching the hummingbirds visit the many feeders. Continental breakfast was wonderful. Loved, loved, loved this place and the hosts.

    June 2014
  • My husband and I just spent 3 nights at the Hacienda. We had the most amazing experience! The property is absolutely amazing,you can spend hours looking at all the artifacts that Fred and Doris have collected. The accommodations far exceeded our expectations, very comfortable and clean, better than most hotels. Fred and Doris are the best hosts you could have, we were sad to leave...this is the best AirBNB experience!

    May 2014
  • Best AirBNB host ever. Utterly blown away by the friendliness and hospitality of Fred and Doris.

    May 2014
  • Our stay with Doris and Fred was wonderful. We had a great time getting to know them, enjoying their place and Sonora, CA. We happened to go caving that weekend at Moaning Caverns which was a great experience, and Doris and Fred were very interested in hearing about it. The accommodations were comfy, and the bed was great. The surrounding area was great to get some good food and relax. Overall, our experience in Sonora was quite wonderful and our stay with Doris and Fred was relaxing, comfortable, and fun. Doris and Fred are wonderful hosts. We would happily go back there when we are in Sonora again.

    May 2014
  • Doris and Fred are the best hosts you can imagine and their property is absolutely incredible - spacious, comfortable - like in a 5-star Hotel. We have been there now the second time and it is not like visiting a nice place a second time but to visit friends. Their bar is the meeting point of the world and their hospitality is overwhelming. Thank you so much! We will definitely visit them next time in the US.

    May 2014
  • Extraordinary hosts and their knowledge of the area is/was amazing. Their charm, wit & tales of their life’s experiences made for interesting late night & early morning conversations. The hacienda itself is an amazing place, and our room was brilliant! An array of fruits, muffins, juices & a selection of coffees & teas were an early morning treat and a wonderful way to start the day! My wife & I highly recommend The Hacienda to anyone heading to the Sonora Area.

    May 2014
  • I had an amazing experience staying at the Hacienda! Fred and Doris were fantastic hosts and really made a difference in our stay. They welcomed us with drinks, had printed guides for us so we know where to go, and offered us an abundant breakfast. These small details show that they really cared about their guests and have truly opened their entire home to us. I can see that everyone staying at the Hacienda felt very comfortable. Because they were so warm, we felt like we were staying with friends as opposed to strangers. The Hacienda itself was special... like we were on a movie set. All of the rooms had so much to see...items collected from all over the world. Our room, the Master Suite, was very spacious and I highly recommend it. There's a balcony that overlooks the entire Hacienda -- great view and gets a lot of sunlight during the day. I had a lot of fun staying there and I would very much come back again.

    April 2014
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Doris is a Technical Writer. I was born and raised in San Francisco, Ca, and lived in the bay area my entire life before moving to Sonora. I have traveled extensively over the years; I have been on horseback across Rajasthan in India – the Okavango in Botswana, the Masai Mara in Kenya and across the Andes from Chile to Argentina and back just to name a few of my adventures. I have also been to many other countries some are: Thailand, Singapore, Tahiti, Belize, China, Hong Kong, England, Australia, Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala, Panama Brazil, and have traveled the United States. I am an artist, my artwork is displayed through my home and I have won many Best in Shows in both San Mateo and Sonora County Fairs. Fred and I love to travel and meet people, and we enjoy having guests.
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