La CASITA at the HACIENDA*°.♫'*°♫

House - Entire home/apt · 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 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)

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.


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: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 2
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
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  • We, my daughter and I, had a really good time with Doris and Fred. The kindest, most generous people I have met in a long time :-)
    The Casita is really nice. Doris has made a great overview of what to do in the area. If ever we are within a 100 miles, we will defenitely visit!

    July 2014
  • La CASITA was everything we hoped for, even better than described in text+pictures! The house was very clean and had everything we needed for a couple of nights stay. Within an hour from Yosemite and close to big tree park and the very charming old town of Sonora! Fred and Doris was the most welcoming couple we experienced so far, super nice and warm atmosphere! Fred made breakfast every morning and always had time for a quick chat which was much appreciated. I can only but RECOMMEND this place for anyone travelling in this area!!
    Cheers from Sweden,
    Johan, Marie and Elin

    July 2014
  • Fred an Doris are incredibly warm and hospitable. I was surprised by how large la Casita was- 2 bathrooms!!

    June 2014
  • This is a beautiful ranch with a very unique style. Our suite (La Casita) was very comfortable: the bed was great, there was air conditioning, private kitchen, two bathrooms, two showers, and a lot of helpful guidebooks for what to do in the area (including Yosemite). Fred and Doris were gracious and hospitable hosts and fostered a very social environment: we had several great conversations with them as well as the other guests staying at the Hacienda. The breakfast was tasty and included a variety of local fruits as well as cereals, breads, cheeses, and pastries.

    We had a blast staying here!

    Note: The total drive to Yosemite Valley is about 2 hours as the roads can be slow at times (very windy), so it is best to get an early start if you plan to visit the park. We found the drive extremely beautiful, so this should not be a deterrent to staying at the Hacienda.

    June 2014
  • Fred and Doris have been helpful during my stay. He makes sure that we have everything we need. He also helped us with towels and quick with responses. What a wonderful host. They prepare breakfast for us which is amazing. I highly recommend him as the host.

    May 2014

    May 2014
  • Our stay at La Casita was very nice. We felt very secure withing the gates of the compound. Although small, the unit fit the four of us quite comfortably and was clean and tidy upon arrival. Our host Fred, an interesting ex-attorney turned rancher, was also very friendly and accommodating.

    May 2014
  • Ah, the Fredoris Hacienda. It's been almost a month since our weekend stay at La Casita, and the experience lives on.

    While there are many sights in the area, the Hacienda is a destination itself. There are horses to befriend (Hi Fudge, hi Pete!). An Amish country gazebo to relax in. And a cat house with 20 kitties to coo at.

    Packed to the brim with treasures, the magnificent Hacienda serves as a museum of Fred and Doris' incredible lives. However, these objects are meaningless without Fred's wonderful and inspiring stories, so make sure you get the guided tour!

    The hosts are genuine, kind-hearted people who welcomed us with open arms, open hearts and an open bar. The breakfast spreads are generous, as well. Do NOT miss out on this amazing place!

    April 2014
  • Fred and Doris are the Best Airbnb hosts I ever met! First of all, the Hacienda and the Casita are amazing, the western-horse theme throughout the property is incredible!
    Fred instantly offered us wine and beer, and took time off to get to know us! After we came back from our hiking the next day, he prepared a campfire and offered us S'mores! If you are visiting this region, you HAVE to stay here, you'll have stories to tell your friends! Thank you again, 5 stars, we would recommend the place to all of our friends!

    April 2014
  • Where to begin... We had a truly wonderful experience staying at the Hacienda with Fred and Doris! "There are no worries at the Hacienda" and that is true! Beautifully located in lots of nature and solitude while being right of the highway the hacienda feels like a fairy tail kind of ranch with horses and cats.
    Fred is the most gracious and wonderful host sharing wisdom, wine and stories and always making sure we had everything we needed. A great Breakfast was provided every morning and their helpful guide have us plenty of ideas what to do in Yosemite and in the area.
    We would definitely come back in a minute - highly, highly recommended!

    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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