Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Sutter
Built in 1858, Hotel Sutter is an old-fashioned-yet-updated boutique inn. The hotel exudes 19th-century class, with a giant balcony where you can sip a cocktail and look down on Sutter Creek’s Main Street. With its location in the Amador County wine region and near several parks in the Sierra Nevadas, Hotel Sutter makes for a romantic couples getaway.
- Where you’ll stay: Each guest room is unique, but all feature handmade quilts, jewel-toned decor, flat-screen TVs, and private bathrooms.
- Have a drink at one of the onsite bars: the open-to-the-street Lobby Bar, the craft-cocktail-focused Cellar (where you can often catch a live band), or the Sutter Saloon, where you can try a brew poured from super-cold taps.
- Discover the Amador County wine scene. The region is a home to over 40 wineries.
Sutter Creek, California: Gold Rush and Wine Country
In 1846, John Sutter discovered gold in Coloma, California, jump-starting the California Gold Rush. His name lives on at the nearby town of Sutter Creek, nicknamed “The Jewel of the Mother Lode” because it was a Gold Rush boomtown with loads of placer gold and gold-bearing quartz. Sutter Creek has since maintained its Gold Rush façade, but it also caters to a more sophisticated side with a wide Main Street filled with bed and breakfasts, boutiques, and eateries.
Since it’s just 45 miles southeast of Sacramento, Sutter Creek draws many city dwellers in search of lush scenery and delicious wine. In the nearby California Shenandoah Valley wine region, you can spend a morning browsing the shops in town and head out for tours and tastings all afternoon, driving past vineyards and green mountain vistas.