Amador Whitney Museum

Gold Country

This rugged little 1860s building looks like something straight out of a John Ford movie, and houses a replica schoolhouse scene and the obligatory mine shaft.

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This building goes back in time to when the general store was the center of the town’s social and economic life, represented by the chairs that circle the…

2. Knight Foundry

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In its prime, Sutter Creek was Gold Country’s main supply center for all things forged. Three foundries operating in 1873 made pans and rock crushers, but…

3. Drytown Cellars

2.81 MILES

This is one of the most fun tasting rooms in Amador County, thanks to vintner Allen Kreutzer, a gregarious host, and his array of big reds. At the time of…

4. Kennedy Gold Mine


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5. Young's

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6. Wilderotter Vineyard

5.32 MILES

As if the fine rosé and award-winning Sauvignon Blanc weren't enough, here tastings are paired with complimentary artisanal cheeses.

7. Chew Kee Store Museum

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8. Andis Wines

6.97 MILES

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