SHARING OUR FALL NEWSLETTER WITH YOU ...
GOODBYE TO SUMMER, HELLO TO FALL
Labor Day has come and gone — time to put away those white shoes, straw hat and seersucker suit (Don't know what I'm referring to? You must have been born after 1950!). The leaves and acorns are starting to fall off the oak trees, the grape harvest is well under way and the beautiful warm days and crisp cool mornings of fall have arrived.
If you have never driven Highway 88 into Hope Valley in the Fall, you're missing some fantastic photo ops with the golden aspens against the evergreens.
We have had a busy summer at the hotel and are looking forward to some great events in September and October that we hope you will join us for.
DOWNTOWN WINE IN AMADOR CITY
The next Friday, September 18th, Amador City will put on a more sophisticated face for its annual Winefest event. Over fifteen local wineries will be pouring award-winning Amador County wines along Main Street from 6 to 9 pm. Live music, unique shops, beautiful fall weather — life is good!
DAYS OF 49 WAGON TRAIN
This is the real deal — a real live wagon train travelling the roads of Amador County from Thursday, September 17th to Sunday, September 20th. It starts out at the Cooper Winery in Shenandoah Valley on Thursday morning and camps out at the Fairgrounds in Plymouth that night. There are stops in Amador City and Plymouth on Friday, then on to the Kennedy Mine and Jackson on Saturday and Sunday for BBQ, live music, gunfights and Gold Rush History — and it's all free!
Amador County wineries will be celebrating the annual harvest at the Big Crush Harvest Festival on October 3rd and 4th. www.amadorwine.com
The grapes are ripening early and all at once this year, and the wineries are working round the clock to bring them in. Many are starting to pick grapes at night because it's easier on the workers and better for the grapes to be picked in the cooler temperatures. But it is an eerie sight to see a vineyard lit up by large spotlights with loaded trucks moving in and out at 2 am!
And speaking of eerie, October is a good month to visit scary Preston Castle in Ione for the Halloween Haunt special tours the two weekends before Halloween, October 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, and 30th. This is a fun "scare" tour and not a historical tour of the entire Castle. This year's Haunt will be bigger and better, and you will see some new areas of the Castle this year. www.prestoncastle.com
That scare tour may be too intense for younger children, but they'll love the Amador Flower Farm Pumpkin Patch and corn maze open all during October with farm animals to pet and tram rides around the farm. www.amadorflowerfarm.com
And if you dare — book Halloween Night to stay with us at the Imperial, wear a costume and get two dinners for the price of one in our dining room. (Is our hotel haunted? You tell us on Sunday morning — if you're still there! Bwah hah hah!)
OTHER EVENTS ON THE HORIZON
We are in the planning stages for our next Winemaker's Dinners in November and January, so watch for the emails with dates and menus.
Plaid Friday on November 27th — shop local and scoop up unique gifts and special offers from Amador County shops. Christmas celebrations in Jackson on November 28th, in Sutter Creek on December 4th and Amador City's Calico Christmas on December 5th.
Our restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, but open for a gala New Year's Eve dinner.
The Mother Lode Scots return to the Imperial for a Robert Burns Dinner on January 16th. Bagpipes, haggis, Scotch whiskey and incomprehensible Scotch poetry — great fun!
And looking far into the future: Amador Four Fires food and wine event repeats on May 7, 2016. The always sold out Barbera Festival returns on June 11th and the first annual Mother Lode Highland Games will take place at the Amador County Fairgrounds on June 18th and 19th.
Take advantage of our Winter Room and Dinner Package: available 11/1/15 - 1/31/16 for any room in the main historic hotel building (rooms 1 - 6) Sunday through Thursday, includes a 3-course dinner for two for only $165 plus tax. Add a second consecutive week night for just $85. New reservations only. Dinner not available on Mondays.
And our Winemaker's Dinner Package will be available for the November and January Wine Dinners. Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine for two and spend the night in our hotel for $270 plus tax. Add a second night for just $100.
As always, we appreciate your patronage and friendship, and we hope to see you soon!
Mary Ann & Jim McCamant