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Here are a few snippets from press articles about Tuolumne County …

“Fortunately, Yosemite and Tuolumne are year-round destinations. Each season brings different treats: spring flowers, fall foliage, summer’s full-blown beauty and winter’s crisp, sunny days or serene snow scenes. Activities abound. About the only thing you can’t do here is surf. Today, Tuolumne’s prospectors are looking for tourism treasure. This area is still the Mother Lode.”

Elaine Warner – Amarillo Style Magazine

“Besides beautiful mountain scenery, Tuolumne County contains most of Yosemite National Park, lots of Gold Rush-era history and small-town California at its best. This corner of the Golden State may be one of her best-kept secrets because it’s largely undeveloped and still affordable.”

Ruth A. Hill
Elan Magazine – Great Escapes – Gateway to Yosemite

About Columbia State Historic Park:

“In the most perfectly restored and recreated Mother Lode settlement in the country, the 1850s come alive with costumed performers, horse-drawn vehicles, and the sights and sound of the past.”

Karen Misuraca and Maxine Cass
Insiders’ Guide – Yosemite –Third Edition

“The town is absolutely captivating to children, who love the costumed storekeepers and blacksmiths, the street musicians and itinerant actors.”

Karen Misuruca
Fun with the Family (In Northern California) – Fourth Edition

“The airport in Columbia is a short stroll from town, and what a town! The whole place is a State Historic Park where almost every building is a mini-museum. Costumed characters roam the streets and the stagecoach is regularly held up by Black Bart and his blackguard friends.”

Lynn Pribus – Jetsettin’ the West, Spring

More to say……………………

“In the tiny town of Twain Harte, it quickly becomes apparent that while the waterfalls and towering granite monuments of Yosemite beckon, there’s plenty to see and do outside the park as well.”

Bob Curley – Holiday Hotspots

“Panning for gold or flying downhill through the snow —-plenty of things in Tuolumne County can take you back in time. But the hospitality, dining and entertainment options available in Gold Country truly transcend both time and place.”

Rebecca Antioco, Editor – AAA Highroads Magazine

“From apples ranches and wineries to historic railroads and mining camps, from placid house boating to Wild & Scenic river-rafting, the area is rich with vacation possibilities.”

Nancy Yackel – Buzz in the Burbs Magazine

“There is so much to do in this part of the county – skiing, fishing, shopping, visiting historic sites like Columbia and the Railtown 1897 State Historic Parks, checking out wineries or even panning for gold.”

Elaine Warner – Amarillo Style Magazine

“Fortunately for us, several of the gold rush settlements remain for history buffs and nostalgia lovers to enjoy. Four of these precious nuggets, Jamestown, Sonora, Groveland and Columbia, and the nearby splendor of Yosemite National Park shimmer under the glorious California sunshine – an average of 325 sunny days per year.”

David Currier – TravelLady Magazine
Article: Gold-Digger Brides and Grooms Seek the Mother Lode

“There are more options than a vacationer would want to cover in one trip to Tuolumne County, and since it is a four-season destination, there are at least three more reasons to come back when this trip is done.”

David Currier – TravelLady Magazine

About Jamestown Gold Panning:

“Gold mining and panning along “the Mother Lode” has attracted prospectors and the curious since 1848 when Gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill. I got gold fever the day I spotted the glint of yellow in the water and held a nugget in my hand.”

Kathleen Warnock & Donna J. Bungo
Frommer’s – Our Favorite Off-Beat Travel Experiences



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