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"Friends and I make an annual trek to the Imperial Hotel and I've always enjoyed my stay. Just the right mix of upscale niceties and historic quirkiness. The service is always friendly at the hotel, bar and restaurant. The food at the restaurant is good and reasonably priced--one of the best in the area. A charming experience." - Dave, Salinas CA
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A Look Back at Imperial Hotel

In 1879 the California Gold Rush was in full swing and Amador City was a bustling mining town in the midst of rebuilding after a devastating fire the year before. The Sanguinetti family was building a two-story brick and stone building at one end of town which opened as the Italian Hotel, later renamed the Imperial Hotel, to serve prosperous Victorian visitors and successful miners. The ground floor housed a dining room and bar (with separate entrances so the ladies would not have to go through the bar to reach the restaurant); lodging was upstairs and in a wood-frame addition in the rear of the building.

Today the miners are gone, but Amador City retains its historic character, and the beautifully restored Imperial Hotel still offers a warm and gracious welcome to the California Gold Country. For an additional historic perspective please visit the Amador County Historical Society website: www.amadorgold.net.

Guests can while away an afternoon with a book or magazine selected from the hotel library. For wine aficionados, the hotel is within a 10-minute drive of the many award-winning, family-owned small wineries in nearby Shenandoah Valley and Fair Play, and the knowledgeable hotel staff will gladly share their favorites. There is no charge for wine tasting at most of the wineries in this part of the world! Antique and specialty stores in Amador City and Sutter Creek provide an afternoon shopping excursion. Fishing, golf, gold panning and fascinating small museums are close by.

Following are links to help you plan you visit to Imperial Hotel in Amador County.

Amador City stands today among the liveliest and most go ahead towns on the Pacific Coast. It is situated in a romantic spot on the Drytown wagon road, two miles from the Creek. Old landmarks in the shape of frame business houses have disappeared and substantial brick edifices risen in their stead." This was written in the Sacramento Daily Union, January 27, 1879! (geotourism page)

Amador Wine Touring: The Amador wine region has become "the place" for wine touring - over 40 wineries throughout the Shanandoah Valley and Sierra Foothills. Most Amador County wineries are open for tours and tasting. See Amador Vintners for local wineries and events. Another great resource is www.wineon49.com!

Amador City
Amador Council of Tourism
Gabby's Historic Gold Rush Tours
Amador County Chamber Website
Main Street Theatre Works
Sutter Creek Theatre
Roaring Camp Mining Company
Jackson Rancheria Casino
Sierra Nevada Geotourism

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IMPERIAL HOTEL: 14202 Old Hwy 49 • PO Box 212, Amador City, CA 95601-0212
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