For my birthday last month, John gave me a trip to the Gold Country of California at the base of the Sierras--which we took last weekend, and the timing couldn't have been better! After some very odd weather, including record-setting days of high heat throughout northern California, the temperature dropped into the pleasant range for our vacation.
We stayed at the Foxes Inn, a luxurious Bed & Breakfast in Sutter Creek, a small, charming old mining town. I cannot recommend this inn highly enough--the room was perfect--including a king-sized bed that was 3 feet high, two comfortable chairs with footstools, and a deep clawfoot tub! (Hint: two friends who work in hospitality told me that the weekend before Labor Day is the slowest in the industry--you can often get good discounts at this time.)
Each day we decided on our cooked-to-order breakfast, which was delivered to our room or to a table outdoors. Note the coffee in a silver coffeepot!
We really enjoyed our trip to The Grinding Rock State Historic Park. The diet of the Indians of the area was based on acorns--the holes in the rock were formed by the women grinding the acorns as part of the complex preparation process.
Our stops at Columbia and Coloma State Historic Parks, both old mining towns that have been restored (or at least propped up!) were fun--my imagination was stirred by standing at the spot where gold was discovered in 1848, sparking the gold rush that changed the face of California.
But mostly I loved the scenery: rolling golden hills studded with oak trees.
There are an amazing number of very good restaurants in the area; lots of wineries (rivaling the Napa Valley, I'm told) with regular events; many parks; and antique stores aplenty. Thank you, John, for a wonderful weekend!