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March 2018

Uh, oh! That March Lion is roaring! Bring on the lamb!

Well, we hoped for more rain, and here it is! We dare not complain, so we'll just keep the warm, sunny days of April and May in our thoughts.

Unfortunately, the turn in the weather has impacted the opening of Daffodil Hill, but all is not lost. Opening date is usually sometime in March, so if the weather cooperates there is still time for the bulbs to bloom and you to enjoy one of the special places in Amador County. We'll keep you posted on our Facebook page. A drive through the backroads of Amador County in spring is always wildflower heaven, so plan a trip, stay with us and enjoy!

And in the meantime, we'll be dancing up a jig for St. Patrick's Day with live music from the Raggle Taggles on Friday, March 16th, and the Amador McAllstars on Saturday, March 17th. Come join us for corned beef, Irish stew, a wee bit of Irish whiskey and some very lively music starting at 6:00 pm. Reservations are definitely recommended.

There's nothing unlucky about our next Winemaker's Dinner on Friday, April 13th. We are delighted to join with 1850 Wine Cellars (1850 was the year California became a state) to introduce you to the impressive lineup of award-winning wines from one of Amador County's newest wineries. At the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition this year, 1850 came away with 15 medals — including 2 Double golds and 5 Golds! Winemaker Mica Raas oversees one of the broadest offerings of varietals of any Amador County winery, and we'll be pouring their Chardonnay, Roussane, Zinfandel, Syrah and cream sherry (!) for our 5-course dinner. We'll be sending out the full menu shortly, but don't wait to sign up, especially if you want to take advantage of our Winemaker's Room and Dinner Package: dinner for two and stay the night in our hotel for just $275. Dinner only: $85/person.

Our neighbors to the north in El Dorado County will be holding their Passport Weekends on April 21-22 and 28-29, see more at

On Saturday, May 5th, Amador Vintners presents the Amador Four Fires Festival celebrating the four distinctive wine regions that inspire Amador winemakers and winegrowers: Southern France, Italy, Iberia and "Heritage California". Sample over 200 wines from more than 40 wineries along with food prepared by acclaimed local chefs.

Amador Uncorked is a new local wine tour operator owned by a former Taste Restaurant employee. Offering driving tours of Amador County wineries with gourmet meal options. A great way to visit the wineries with a knowledgeable local who does the driving for you.

We recently had friends from out of town stay with us on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Granted, a number of Amador County's great attractions are closed on those days, but here's what their experience was:

While walking by the Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek, they ran into a volunteer docent who happened to be on site and gave them a private tour. Later, they were disappointed to find that the Sherlock Holmes neighborhood on the second floor of Hein & Co. Bookstore in Jackson was closed; they nevertheless were delighted to meet and be given a private "peek" at the second floor by Wolf Hein, who it turned out came from the same home town as our visitors. (In Amador County there may be only 4 degrees of separation!) In Amador City, they were regaled with stories of the early days by Virginia Vasquez of Jamison's Ale House who invited them into her closed store to view her extensive collection of Amador City memorabilia. And on Wednesday night, they mixed with the friendly locals and enjoyed live music from our local Amador Allstars at the Happy Hour at the Imperial Hotel.

This is Amador County — open, friendly, authentic, and something interesting around every corner — just ASK A LOCAL!

We have started filling up our hotel rooms on Saturdays this spring, but you can still get a great deal (and experience Amador Midweek Friendly) with our Midweek Room and Dinner Package: dinner for two and a one night stay for just $160 plus tax. Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through May 31, 2018.

Midweek Group Special: Do you have a group of friends who can travel mid-week? Book 3 or more rooms for any night Sunday through Thursday and receive 25% off the standard rate. And remember, breakfast is always included in the room rate. Offer good through 5/31/18, not available 5/28.

If you have an engineer or mechanic in your family, you need to take a tour of the Knight Foundry. The Knight Foundry, set in the heart of Sutter Creek, is America's last water-powered foundry and machine shop. Established in 1873 by Samuel Knight, this extraordinary facility includes the unique historic equipment and machinery, still in place in its original context, just as it was during its gold rush-era heyday.

Knight Foundry is nationally recognized as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark and a California Registered Historical Landmark.

Tours are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month.

And for the more literary minded, check out Baker Street West, a recreation of the Victorian world of Sherlock Holmes on the second floor of Hein Bookstore in Jackson. You'll find Dinner Mystery Theatre, Sherlockian plays, Afternoon Tea Mysteries, tours given by Sherlockian characters, a venue for private parties, and eight storefronts brimming with Sherlockiana.

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As always, we appreciate your patronage and friendship, and we hope to see you soon! 
Mary Ann & Jim McCamant