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Wednesday, 31 March 2021 10:00

What's New in Tuolumne County

TASTE News Service, March 31, 2021 – Although the past year has been uncertain for many, a handful of new small businesses recently opened up shop in Tuolumne County, with more on the way.

Monday, 10 February 2020 16:20

Tuolumne County Starts To Bloom

TASTE News Service, February 11, 2020 - Spring is about to bloom throughout the rolling hills of Gold Country, the meadows of Yosemite National Park, and the peaks of the High Sierra.

Tuesday, 01 January 2019 17:46

What's New in Tuolumne County

TASTE News Service, January 2, 2019 – It’s the same county, but there are new adventures.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:37

Fall is the New Summer

TASTE News Service, September 19, 2018 - Orange is the New Black, 30s are the new 20s and guess what? Fall is the new Summer.

Monday, 14 May 2018 20:36

Avoid the Crowds at Yosemite

TASTE News Service, May 15, 2018 - Savvy travelers with a little planning can do more, see more and save more when visiting Northern California's Gold Rush area and national park jewel, Yosemite, during the week.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:48

State Historic Park Marks 168 Years

TASTE News Service March 20, 2018 - Gold was discovered in Columbia 168 years ago.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:47

Yosemite's Closest Entrance Reopens

TASTE News Service, May 10, 2017 – This week, travelers can again access the valley in Yosemite National Park directly from Tuolumne County's entrance in Groveland, California via the newly repaired and reopened Highway 120.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

Ten Winter Options in Gold Country

TASTE News Service, January 19, 2017 - The forecast for this time of year is wet weather, and while California always needs it, it's not always a welcome sight for visitors who have planned a trip to the Gold Country area along Highway 49.

Stephen Willey with gold payment PicmonkeyStephen Willey, proprietor of the National Hotel in Jamestown, weighs gold dust in the saloon

TASTE News Service, June 9, 2016 – In a small town in Northern California, hotel guests have an opportunity to participate in a history-rich Mother Lode tradition that no place else can claim. They can pay for their stay in gold dust at the National Hotel in Jamestown.

Columbia Candy Kirtchen PicmonkeyIt's still hand-made at Columbia Candy KirtchenTASTE News Service, August 26, 2015 – Inside Columbia State Park in the heart of Northern California's Yosemite Gold Country business is conducted almost exactly the way it was in the gold rush era.

The Columbia Candy Kitchen has been the home of handmade confections in Columbia, California since the late 1800's, when a Danish confectioner settled in this gold rush town. A fellow miner, C. Rex Nelson, became the confectioner in the 1930's. After four generations, the Nelson family still produces the finest candies from original recipes, cooked in bright copper kettles, using original molds and cooled on marble tables that are more than 100 years old.

Candy canes are still made the old-fashioned way at Nelson's Candy Kitchen in Columbia. Visitors can watch through windows of the exhibition kitchen every Saturday and Sunday at noon and 1 p.m. from the end of November through the weekend before Christmas.

USA Today included Nelson's Columbia Candy Kitchen in their “top 10 sweet shops across America article”, calling the business “the type of place I go way out of my way to visit.”

Now there are three locations; the original kitchen in Columbia State Park, an additional location in Sonora, both in Tuolumne County, and another one in nearby Murphys, which is in neighboring Calaveras County. The flagship store produces 85% of all of their confections sold.

About the Area

Stage Coach in Coldumbia CA PicmonkeyThere's an occasional traffic jam in downtown ColumbiaTuolumne (rhymes with “follow me”) County, home to Yosemite Gold Country, located 133 miles east of San Francisco, is a pristine, scenic expanse reaching into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  

Gold was discovered in Tuolumne County in 1848, the same year as the find at Sutter's Mill in El Dorado County. These events helped to set off the gold rush of 1849.

The main highways leading to the picturesque drive from the San Francisco and East Bay Area are Highways 108 and 120 from the west and Highway 49 from the north. The State Highway 120 entrance to Yosemite National Park is considered the “front door” of the park for the San Francisco Greater Bay Area.

The Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and other surrounding areas provide natural vistas and settings for hiking, water skiing, horseback riding, rafting, camping, snowmobiling, boating, snow skiing, fishing and other outdoor activities. Seven restored historic hotels, four golf courses, numerous and varied dining establishments, historic saloons, five wineries and hard cider distillery, train rides, casino, seven museums, two state historic parks, five live theaters and many bed-and-breakfast inns are among the many other attributes that make the county a year round vacation destination.

Editor’s Note: If you’re thinking of visiting this part of the old west, consider first visiting Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. In the Gold Country section you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to Sierra Foothill Wineries and Craft Beer purveyors.

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