LODGING IN ALL SEASONS IN SONORA AREA
Although you might be on your way to Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne County has some wonderful detours worthy of a side trip during your visit. Whether you’re looking for wild adventures or mild adventures, you’ll find it all in this beautiful area. This guide will help you find the perfect way to spend your days in Tuolumne County.
THE HIGH COUNTRY
Begin your ‘Outdoor Country Adventure’ by heading east on Highway 108 from Historic Sonora. Look carefully for the turn-off from Highway 108 east that will wind down into the village of Twain Harte.
Originally home to the Me-Wuk Indians, during the California Gold Rush, the area was used as a way station for supply wagons from Sonora to the eastern mines. Years after mining petered out, the area was promoted in the 1920’s as a real estate development and a resort named after Mark Twain and Bret Harte, two famous writers and area travelers of the Gold Rush era.
From Memorial Day through Labor day, Twain Harte buzzes with a happy summer throng, filling the B&B’s, motels, inns, camp grounds, RV Parks and rental cabins hidden throughout the cooling trees, during the sizzling summer in the foothills below.
During the summer months, Concerts In the Pines are presented every Saturday night.
Located in Eproson Park, concerts start at 6pm and are free to the public. Picnics, blankets and low-back chairs are welcome but you may want to arrive early to secure a spot on the grass.
Twain Harte also hosts a number of seasonal events throughout the year. Look for their 4th of July Celebration; Wines in the Pines: Art & Wine Festival (July); and the Twain Harte Film Festival in September. The Christmas Parade is local favorite worth a look in early December.
Just a few miles east of Twain Harte are three small mountain communities Sugar Pine, Mi-Wuk and Sierra Village. As you travel ‘up the mountain’ there are restaurants, lodging choices, recreation opportunities, all just within a pleasant stretch of a few miles. You’ll also find some unique businesses catering to locals and visitors, some year round.
Barretta Gardens Inn
Sonora CA 95370
An elegantly restored 1904 Victorian farmhouse, fully central air-conditioned and well known for its beautiful gardens, welcoming atmosphere, simple elegance, delightful breakfasts, and Gold Country views.
Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center
Sonora CA 95370
Nestled in a grove of ancient oaks in a park-like setting, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center is perfect for outdoor lovers. Just 75 miles from spectacular Yosemite National Park, we offer admission packages and transportation options to help make the most of your visit. This centrally-located Sonora hotel also offers easy access to year-round fun at Pinecrest Lake, New Melones Lake, Leland Meadows and the Dodge Ridge Ski Area. Some of California's coolest caves, like Mercer Caverns and Moaning Caverns, are located in the historic Mother Lode area, just a few minutes away.
Black Oak Casino Resort
N.Tuolumne CA 95379
Just steps away from the casino and minutes away from a variety of outdoor activities , THE HOTEL is the ideal place to unwind after a full day of adventures. For business or pleasure, THE HOTEL at Black Oak Casino Resort is your best bet for a memorable stay.
Bradford Place Inn and Gardens
56 Bradford Place
Bradford Place Inn is located in historical downtown Sonora - walking distance to shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Free WiFi access is available. A gourmet made-to-order breakfast is included.
Cozy Walk to Town Downtown
Bradford St, Sonora
Private room with private entrance is located on historic Bradford Street. Surrounded by some very lovely old homes. You may be awakened on Sunday to the sound of Church Bells from Saint Patrick’s Church (just like in Europe) The room is perfect for a couple, with everything you’ll need for a long weekend or a stop over on your way to or from Yosemite
Inns of California, Sonora
Sonora CA 95370
Tour the California gold rush towns of Sonora, Jamestown, and Columbia. In the heart of the Sierra, enjoy skiing, fishing, river rafting, golfing, antique shopping, caves, and steam trains.
National Hotel & Restaurant
Jamestown CA 98327
Historic hotel and restaurant in the midst of California's historical gold rush country. Explore the area's award-winning wine country, take a historic train ride, pan for gold or enjoy a wonderful variety of outdoor activities
Sonora CA 95370
Located in the heart of the historic downtown Sonora, and with exceptional views from the rooftop swimming pool, the historic California hotel is the perfect place for travelers with an interest in the historic Gold Rush and Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging
Groveland CA 95321
Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging offers some of the best lodging near Yosemite National Park, with many types of cabins, plus yurts and RV and tent sites. While here, enjoy our large swimming pool, gold mine tour, volleyball court, deli and Petting Farm!