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Gold Country Weekend - May 14 & 15<p> <p>Wally and Marcia Russell are inviting everyone to the Gold Country for the weekend. They have really gone ALL OUT to make this a special event. As you can see below, this is a little better organized than my usual effort. <p> <p>If you are going to go for the whole thing, you’ll need to make room reservations in Jackson soon. Wally and Marcia have a block rooms at a discount. This will be much fun… the perfect time to visit the Sierra foothills.<p> <p>If you don’t wish to spend the weekend, feel free to join and participate in all or part. Marcia will need you to tell her you are coming. RSVP please to [email protected] or email her for more info.<p> <p> <p> <p>Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Hills Tour – 5/14/05-5/15/05<p> <p>Meet at the Placerville, CA In & Out Burger parking lot at 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 14, 2005 <br>Located at the Forni Road exit on Hwy 50 on the west end of Placerville <br>There is a Chevron Station, Del Taco and Office Max in the same parking lot <br>We will have maps and other information to hand out <br>Depart for Plymouth, CA approx. 1:15 PM <br>Drive to Plymouth (about 25 min.), then go east, a left turn, on Fiddletown Road to Shenandoah Road (E16), a left turn, pass a bunch of Amador County wineries until we reach Sobon Estate Winery, formerly D’Agostini Winery, on the right, after Ostrom Road. <br>This stop features the Sobon Estate Wine tasting, if desired, the Shennandoah Valley Museum, and a restroom with flush toilet! <br>We will decide from here what we have time for before heading back to Plymouth <br>Gather about 4:30 PM at the Plymouth Post Office parking lot across from Incahoots restaurant on Main Street in Plymouth. You can’t miss Incahoots. It is painted bright yellow and by that time the scent of barbeque should be filling the air. <br>The restaurant does not take reservation so we need to be there early unless we want to hang out and wait for tables. <br>This is a down home place with great food. Portions are large, so bring a hearty appetite or an ice chest for leftovers. <br>Barbeque tri tip and ribs are featured along with pizza, Mexican dishes and other stuff. The chili is great, but the beans served with the ribs are outstanding. Carnitas tacos aren’t bad either! <br>Saturday is steak special night. <br>After dinner we will drive through the quaint highway 49 towns of Drytown, Amador City, and Sutter Creek on our way to Jackson (about 25 min.) <br>Next stop is the Amador Inn Best Western motel in Jackson for the night <br>The Jackson Indian Rancheria Casino is just outside Jackson on New York Ranch Road (about 10 min from motel). We will have maps/directions for those who want to check it out. <br>There is a Denny’s in the same parking lot as the motel, just in case anyone gets hungry in the middle of the night! <br>Sunday breakfast will be at Mel & Faye’s Diner (an institution in the area, although at a new location) about 8:00 ish. They don’t take reservations, but will save us the “big table” if we call ahead. It isn’t far from the motel on the opposite side of Hwy 49. <br>After breakfast and motel check out we plan to tour the Kennedy Gold Mine near Jackson, 10 to 15 min. from motel. The above ground tour costs $9 for adults and $5 for children kids 6 – 12. If we know how many of us there will be, we can arrange a guided tour. <br>There are restrooms, picnic area and interesting stuff to look at on the grounds. <br>After the mine tour we can head to Sutter Creek for lunch. Wally is still checking on the possibility of a tour of the Historic Knight Foundry and Machine Shop. <br>Lunch at Daffodil restaurant on Main Street in Sutter Creek needs to be arranged in advance if we have a large group. <br>After lunch and/or the foundry tour you’re on your own to check out the shops and galleries in Sutter Creek and other little towns along highway 49. All are about 10 min. apart. <br>We can give ideas on how to get to Sacramento on Hwy 16 or Fairfield on Hwy 12 from Sutter Creek. <br> <p>Reminder:<p> <p>Best Western Amador Inn, 200 South Hwy 49, Jackson, CA 95642, (209) 223-0211 or 800-543-5221.<p> <p>We have reserved a block of 10 rooms. There are 5 with 2 Queen beds and 5 with one King bed. The manager has given us a rate of $79.20 (including the 10% tax). The block will be held until May 7, 2005. I would suggest making reservations ASAP in case we need more than 10 rooms. There were more available a month ago. Just ask for Golden Gate Chapter Volvo Club rate. <p> <p>The Bay Area Cobra Club has a block of rooms for that same night.<p> <p>Note to anyone arriving early in Placerville and looking for the small town experience:<p> Good lunch spots on Main Street are the Golden Poppy Café, Kathy’s Court Yard (in the back next to the Cary House Hotel), Old Town Grill and for a bakery treat try Old Town Bakery. There are all the usual fast food places further east after Main Street becomes Broadway. Other alternatives on Broadway are Teriyaki Junction and Steak Out (Greek food).<p> There is some sort of historic celebration event that begins at 2:00 pm on Main Street on Saturday so things may be a little more hectic than usual in town. <p> <br>
 
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