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
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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 Casita is our cute little guest house! It is detached from the main house. The bedroom has a QUEEN SIZE BED and satellite TV (Dish Network). It has a cute little kitchen, apt.-size refrigerator, microwave, cupboards, dishes, mugs, pots & pans & silverware. There are two bathrooms and a living room with a full size futon and a dining table. The Casita is decorated in a western style. It also has a covered patio with tables and chairs and a bar. There is an A/C to cool you down in the summer and a wood burning stove to keep warm by in the winter. Wi-Fi is also available. We also provide a continental breakfast.
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 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)
A GUIDE BOOK FOR YOUR STAY IN SONORA
Once you book your stay, We 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
PLEASE PLAN ON ARRIVING BEFORE 9PM. CALL OR EMAIL US WITH YOUR PLANNED ARRIVAL TIME SO WE WILL HAVE THE GATES OPEN OTHERWISE GATES WILL BE CLOSED. You will be given the automatic gate code after check in so you can go and come freely.
Check out time 11AM
The Hacienda property is privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises.
No Smoking in the house - Smoking is permitted outside away from house. Please use ash trays outside to control cigarette butts.
Please don’t leave DIRTY dishes and cups and empty and ½ empty water bottles in the rooms and around the property. Remember this is a private home not a hotel.
Keep the property and all furnishings in good order
Turn of lights and fans in patio when not in use.
Turn off all lights and fans (outside and inside) when not in use - including the patio.
No candles or incense.
No other persons allowed on the property except booked guests
If you would like a fire in the wood stove WE will start it for you. Please do not start it on your own.
Do not put HOT pans on the kitchen counter they will melt the counter and you will be responsible for replacement.
Housekeeping: There is no housekeeping service. While linens and bath towels are included, maid service is not included. Please clean up your dishes after use in the kitchen.
We suggest you bring beach towels for water sports activities. We do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the property.
Well and Septic: The property is on a well and septic systems. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper materials are flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that feminine products have been flushed and clog the septic system, you could be charged damages.
Water: As stated above our water comes from a well that extends more than 300 feet below the property. The well water is filtered and safe for consumption.
Clean up before you leave. Check for personal items. Turn off all lights, heating and air conditioning. Before leaving please make sure everything is in order. Just like it was when you arrived.
Come and go as you please.
Owner will be home most of the time to help guide you.
Doris & Fred's Hacienda was warm and inviting. My friend Dana and myself enjoyed the art and artifacts of the Hacienda...I counted 100 plus parrot pictures/statues in my bedroom alone. I loved the decor and saw something new every time I turned around. It was obvious that our hosts were animal lovers!
The sprawling Hacienda and the grounds were lovely and inviting to explore. The pets, cats & horses, were an extra bonus. They were as warm and friendly as our host Fred was. We really felt quite at home.
The continental breakfast was really a spread--offering a range of yummy breakfast treats--scones, bagels, muffins, fruit juices, fresh fruit and berries, cereals, and cheeses. Something for everyone's tastes. Coffee and tea available at all times.
Even though we had sights to see we really felt happy just to stay and languish in the sun on the front patio of the hacienda taking in the view and the conversation. Fred was the best, a great host, with an interesting life to share. Never a lull in the conversation...
Our accommodations were lovelier and much more interesting than expected even from the pictures, which may be hard to believe. I slept like a baby in a very comfy bed and was relaxed and refreshed for a scheduled interview the next day. I cannot say enough of how happy I was to have booked with Fred and Doris through Airbnb.
This airbnb, my first, really was a delight! Thank you Fred and Doris for sharing your lovely home and life experiences with us!
What a great place to share with my daughter and her boyfriend. Getting to know Fred on our second visit is such a blessing, to feel his passion and generosity, humor and joy.
AMAZING!!! Best host we've ever had. Fred was so nice and welcoming. Very comfortable, quiet and relaxing retreat. Everything was included. Fred went above and beyond and we even shared wine and conversation. Breakfast was also wonderful with fresh fruit and breads. This location is close to all the cute towns.
We would definently stay here again. Thanks Fred for a lovely time! We will be back.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Casita, and especially the hospitality of Doris and Fred! Fred greeted us when we arrived and poured us a glass of wine to welcome us, and was very friendly and helpful. The Casita is private and spacious, and had everything we needed for our stay. The continental breakfast is served in the main guest house, and is a nice additional perk of staying at the Hacienda. The main house also has rooms full of Fred and Doris's artwork and objects from their worldwide travels, which were fun to see. The Hacienda is easy to get to from the highway, and is a good home base for visiting Gold Country and Yosemite.
We had an amazing experience staying with Fred and Doris. The accommodations were clean, new and comfortable. But best of all, Fred and Doris were extremely thoughtful, friendly and welcoming and made us feel "at home" at the Hacienda with a fresh breakfast every morning and recommendations on local places to eat and visit!
Our stay in the Casita was perfect! Fred greeted us with warmth, hospitality, and wine! He gave us a tour and a brief history of the Hacienda. Fred was available if we needed him and gave us space and privacy during our stay. We saw him each morning at breakfast and he was great in giving us helpful tips for exploring the area.
We have not one complaint from our 3 night stay and would recommend Fred and Doris's hacienda to anyone. In fact, we've talked about returning in the spring when the weather warms and the roads open up.
Staying at the Hacienda was a most extraordinary experience. We were graciously welcomed and made to feel completely at home: like extended family! Fred and Doris provided self-published detailed, extensive and very helpful guide books of the area. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The main house was expansive and encompasses many authentic artifacts from the hosts' worldwide travels. Each morning we were treated to a sumptuous breakfast spread.
It was a delight to visit and spend time at the Hacienda and we look forward to our next stay with our wonderful hosts.
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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.