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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 bedroom has a KING SIZE BED. The bathroom is just outside the door down the hall. (If someone is staying in the Dbl bedroom the bathroom is shared)
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 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
Incredible experience, incredible place, and no words to describe the hosts, incredible being not enough. Doris and Fred were incredible with us. Took very good care of us. Breakfast always laid in the morning, and a good drink in the afternoon chatting around the pitfire nice a warm. It really wasn't only a stay but a true experience with people that are extremely welcoming and open. I can't wait to return. The haciendo is in a spectacular condition and the rooms are really beautiful. The surroundings are incredible diverse and there is A LOT to do. They provide little booklets the have written themselves about all the different activities to do. And there are a lot. Just wished we stayed longer to do more and to spend more time with Fred and Doris.
I really hope to see them again, and more than hosts I see them as friends :D
We were warmly welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Fred and Doris. It was such a beautiful place to stay and felt like we were a part of the family. Definitely will be coming back to visit!
Fred and Doris were very welcoming, as were the cats. Beautiful spot, close to town but away from the noise. Super comfortable bed and plenty of space.
Very beautiful and stylish house! Fred gave us a lot of useful information for exploring the area and great advice for camping. If we'd visit Yosemite in the future, we will definitly want to stay there again!
What a relaxing and fun experience we had with Fred and Doris at their Hacienda! We were on our way back from my husband's 58th High School Class reunion and planning to see Yosmite the next day. Fred decided that Tony probably shouldn't be climing stairs so he upgraded us to the master suite. He was right but What a surprise! It was so large, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was great, and we enjoyed all the art work and collections and especially the conversations. What a peaceful relaxing place to recoup from road travels. Because of the goverment shut down we didn't get to see Yosmite but we really didn't miss it, Thanks to Fred and Doris for a great time!!! When we left we felt like we were leaving friends. Highly recommend you visit this wonderful retread and fine people. Donna and Tony.
We had just a short stay at the hacienda, but it was GREAT and one of our best Airbnb Stays. Doris and Fred welcomed us very friendly and we felt directly at home. The hacienda itself is such a unique place. You feel like in a museum (in a positive way) - you have never seen something like that before!!
The king size bed is so comfortable and the bathroom is clean - perfect. The breakfast was the highlight - Bagels, Muffins, Fruit, Cereals! But the best was the great conversation with the Guests and Fred - everyone was so kind and lovely, we were really amazed! We would DEFINITELY recommend this one-of-kind accommodation and this special people! It's lovely!
We had the pleasure of being the guests of Doris and Fred for five days, and we had a great time. The room was spacious, comfortable, clean, quiet and lovingly prepared. Doris and Fred have wonderful tips for activities in the Area, which they even compiled into their own guidebook. They are wonderful hosts and take great care that everything is perfect with your stay.
The Hacienda is a lovely and unique place to relax. It is so quiet that wild turkeys and deer come up for a visit, yet still close to the town and other interesting locations, not only the Yosemite park.
This was our first AirBnB booking, and it turned out great. We felt very welcome - you really notice that Doris and Fred enjoy having guests. They are very nice and interesting people, and we had a good time together. We are glad to have met them.
We are already looking forward to be back!
I arrived there very late due to the rim fire (one of the highways closed). However Doris patiently waited for us and showed around her house. The house is beautiful and the work of art they collected so far is "must see". The room is well decorated and everything you need for stay (amenities) is just ready for you to use. Very convenient, clean and the breakfast is fantastic. It was one of the best and memorable experiences during this trip. It was very short stay so I would love to come back again. Thank you so much, Doris and Fred :)
Doris and Fred are amazing and made this trip absolutely memorable! My wife and I just wanted to get away and relax and we had an awesome time exploring the area and spending the evening hanging out at the Hacienda with Doris, Fred and the other four guests that were staying at the same time as us. We felt so at home that it was hard to say goodbye and we will definitely be back! We miss you two, see you soon!
We did not meet Doris but Fred was super nice and friendly, and a great host! We came seriously late due to some road closures in the area, and Fred stayed up waiting for us, gave us something to drink and showed us around his amazing property. The place is filled with artifacts from different parts of the world - it's like a museum! Fred himself is a very interesting character with many stories to tell.
The room was quiet, clean, private and very comfortable, as was the bed. The bathroom (also filled with ornaments and decorations) was clean and inviting as well. Fred and Doris also offered full breakfast, with different cereals, baked goods, fruit, coffee, tea, juice etc.!
Overall we had a very pleasant experience with only one negative remark: we wish we would have booked more than one night to actually explore this place a bit more! :-)