Guidebook for Sonora

Nancy
Guidebook for Sonora

Food Scene

Convenient to downtown shops, reasonably priced, good food.
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Sonora Thai Cuisine
51 South Washington Street
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Convenient to downtown shops, reasonably priced, good food.
It is a great place to eat when you want to check out Columbia State Historic Park. Indoor and outdoor eating, dog friendly, very good food, and an amazing selection of terrific and unusual teas.
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Columbia Kate's Teahouse
22727 Columbia Street
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It is a great place to eat when you want to check out Columbia State Historic Park. Indoor and outdoor eating, dog friendly, very good food, and an amazing selection of terrific and unusual teas.
Right on the main street of downtown Sonora. Great place to stop for some delicious Italian food before heading up the hill to our place for the night. Very popular with the locals...always a good sign.
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Talulah's
13 South Washington Street
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Right on the main street of downtown Sonora. Great place to stop for some delicious Italian food before heading up the hill to our place for the night. Very popular with the locals...always a good sign.
A little off the beaten path, but has a menu with something for everyone, a lively environment in a cool old building, and a great selection of beers on tap. What more can you ask? Oh, yeah, Taco Tuesdays!
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The Standard Pour
19040 Standard Road
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A little off the beaten path, but has a menu with something for everyone, a lively environment in a cool old building, and a great selection of beers on tap. What more can you ask? Oh, yeah, Taco Tuesdays!
Good tasting, large helpings of Mexican food with an outside dining area. There are several locations, but I prefer the cook in Columbia.
El Jardin Mexican Restaurant
22758 Broadway Street
Good tasting, large helpings of Mexican food with an outside dining area. There are several locations, but I prefer the cook in Columbia.

Drinks & Nightlife

We go here for free entertainment on Fridays and never feel pressured to order lots of drinks, though they are reasonably priced. They have a good-sized dance floor and often have great bands in a variety of genres. There is also a bowling alley in the basement and of course.... gambling.
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Black Oak Casino Resort
19400 Tuolumne Rd N
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We go here for free entertainment on Fridays and never feel pressured to order lots of drinks, though they are reasonably priced. They have a good-sized dance floor and often have great bands in a variety of genres. There is also a bowling alley in the basement and of course.... gambling.

Sightseeing

Tour the facility to see how hard cider is made and enjoy some tasting, the organic apple orchard, or picnicking on site.
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Indigeny Reserve
14679 Summers Lane
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Tour the facility to see how hard cider is made and enjoy some tasting, the organic apple orchard, or picnicking on site.
During the late spring through early fall, take a tour of the old "iron horses" from the 1800s and enjoy a ride through the countryside.
Railtown 1897 State Historic
5 Ave
During the late spring through early fall, take a tour of the old "iron horses" from the 1800s and enjoy a ride through the countryside.
Walk the streets of a 1850's gold town that has been frozen in time, enjoy a carriage ride, and stop for a delicious lunch at one of the local eateries.
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Columbia State Historic Park
11255 Jackson Street
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Walk the streets of a 1850's gold town that has been frozen in time, enjoy a carriage ride, and stop for a delicious lunch at one of the local eateries.

Parks & Nature

This little lake is nestled in the mountains with camping and picnic areas, bathrooms, and a lovely hike to Cleo's Baths to see the water fall in the Spring and dunk your toes in the water. Boat rentals are available at the lake and swimming is allowed.
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Pinecrest Lake Resort
421 Pinecrest Lake Road
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This little lake is nestled in the mountains with camping and picnic areas, bathrooms, and a lovely hike to Cleo's Baths to see the water fall in the Spring and dunk your toes in the water. Boat rentals are available at the lake and swimming is allowed.
If you have never seen the Giant Sequoias, this is a must see! These enormous trees were here before the first white man set foot on our soil. Take a stroll back in time and walk through the trunks of some of these fallen giants.
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Calaveras Big Trees State Park
1170 California 4
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If you have never seen the Giant Sequoias, this is a must see! These enormous trees were here before the first white man set foot on our soil. Take a stroll back in time and walk through the trunks of some of these fallen giants.
Lots of choices here for the active and fit. Brave the long spiral staircase to view the cavern big enough to contain the Statue of Liberty, or rappel down 165 feet and dangle above the void. Ride a zipline and enjoy a picnic at one of the shaded tables on the grounds.
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Moaning Caverns Adventure Park
5350 Moaning Cave Road
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Lots of choices here for the active and fit. Brave the long spiral staircase to view the cavern big enough to contain the Statue of Liberty, or rappel down 165 feet and dangle above the void. Ride a zipline and enjoy a picnic at one of the shaded tables on the grounds.
There is no other park quite like Yosemite for granite grandeur and waterfalls. Best in the spring when the falls are gushing and the tourists are not.... or in the winter if your car is suitable for some snow play and peace and quiet in the valley.
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There is no other park quite like Yosemite for granite grandeur and waterfalls. Best in the spring when the falls are gushing and the tourists are not.... or in the winter if your car is suitable for some snow play and peace and quiet in the valley.
The well-maintained path beside this beautiful, historic ditch runs right through our neighborhood and is one of our favorite places for a cool shaded walk in the summer and to check out the snow in the winter. Only a 2% grade, soft forest floor beneath your feet, the sound of flowing water, and a canopy of trees overhead! When the system was first built in the 1850s, it covered 250 miles of hand-dug ditches that distributed water to all corners of the county. Today, about 50 miles of this remarkable system are still in use by the Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) service areas.
North Oxbow Lane
The well-maintained path beside this beautiful, historic ditch runs right through our neighborhood and is one of our favorite places for a cool shaded walk in the summer and to check out the snow in the winter. Only a 2% grade, soft forest floor beneath your feet, the sound of flowing water, and a canopy of trees overhead! When the system was first built in the 1850s, it covered 250 miles of hand-dug ditches that distributed water to all corners of the county. Today, about 50 miles of this remarkable system are still in use by the Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) service areas.
This lake is in Yosemite Park, but off Evergreen Rd about 1.5 miles before the park entrance. A great option for a second day in Yosemite if you want to avoid the drive down into the valley and back. There's a nice hike beside the lake to a double falls called Wapama Falls where you can perch on a rock and have a picnic. In the spring, there are 70 different varieties of wildflowers along the path, and don't be surprised if you come across a bear soaking in a pool and munching on some green grasses. There is also a short hike to Carlon Falls just 1 mile off of Highway 120 on Evergreen Rd. There are lots of flat rocks to sit on and view the falls and pools that brave locals like to swim in during the summer.
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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
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This lake is in Yosemite Park, but off Evergreen Rd about 1.5 miles before the park entrance. A great option for a second day in Yosemite if you want to avoid the drive down into the valley and back. There's a nice hike beside the lake to a double falls called Wapama Falls where you can perch on a rock and have a picnic. In the spring, there are 70 different varieties of wildflowers along the path, and don't be surprised if you come across a bear soaking in a pool and munching on some green grasses. There is also a short hike to Carlon Falls just 1 mile off of Highway 120 on Evergreen Rd. There are lots of flat rocks to sit on and view the falls and pools that brave locals like to swim in during the summer.

Essentials

A bit closer to our home, and located in a beautiful little mountain town.this is a smaller, boutique market with a surprising selection of cheeses, wine, and gourmet items in addition to the usual grocery fare.
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Twain Harte Market
18711 Tiffeni Dr
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A bit closer to our home, and located in a beautiful little mountain town.this is a smaller, boutique market with a surprising selection of cheeses, wine, and gourmet items in addition to the usual grocery fare.
Most complete and convenient selection of groceries, deli, bakery, and Starbucks. A good selection of organic produce.
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Safeway
1291 Sanguinetti Road
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Most complete and convenient selection of groceries, deli, bakery, and Starbucks. A good selection of organic produce.

Everything Else

The grounds are incredible, the wine is terrific, and there is a cute museum onsite with an ENORMOUS gold nugget taken from a mine in our area.
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Ironstone Vineyards
1894 6 Mile Road
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The grounds are incredible, the wine is terrific, and there is a cute museum onsite with an ENORMOUS gold nugget taken from a mine in our area.

Arts & Culture

A small and intimate community theater that likes to run more "adventurous" plays than the standard fare offered by the more well-known Sierra Rep. Go early for the no host wine and refreshments and you'll often find a local musician on the stage to entertain you before the show.
Stage 3 Theatre
208 South Green Street
A small and intimate community theater that likes to run more "adventurous" plays than the standard fare offered by the more well-known Sierra Rep. Go early for the no host wine and refreshments and you'll often find a local musician on the stage to entertain you before the show.
Well respected local theater with two venues, one on Mono Way and another in historic Columbia. The quality of these shows is consistently good and they specialize in more familiar and popular plays and musicals.
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Sierra Rep's Fallon House Theatre
11175 Washington St
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Well respected local theater with two venues, one on Mono Way and another in historic Columbia. The quality of these shows is consistently good and they specialize in more familiar and popular plays and musicals.