Sutter Creek lies in the heart of California’s Gold Country and overflows with both indoor entertainment, outdoor recreation and cultural activities. Let Hotel Sutter be your home-away-from-home while you explore all that Amador County has to offer, from wineries, antique shops, and boutiques, to white water kayaking, fishing, and skiing.
Wine Tasting & Vineyards
Just 10 miles north of Sutter Creek, the Shenandoah Valley is overflowing with world-class wineries, all of which offer unique tasting rooms, picturesque estates, and award-winning wines. Tour wine caves, enjoy music and food, and of course, sample the wines of Jeff Runquist, Easton, Dillian, Rombauer, Charles Spinetta, Turley, and so many more!
Wine tasting rooms on Main Street in Sutter Creek:
Amador Vintners View the Amador County Wine Map to see the latest list of wineries nearby.
Wine on 49 A group of tasting rooms and wine events in Sutter Creek.
The Knight Foundry Set in the heart of Sutter Creek, this is America’s very last water-powered foundry and machine shop. Open for self-guided tours on the second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Preston Castle Constructed in 1894 as the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, a reform school for boys, the Romanesque Revival style of architecture was to make the building look like a school rather than a prison.
Amador County Museum The Society was founded to solicit, acquire, preserve and provide access to a collection of artifacts, historical paper, photos, ephemera and miscellany of Amador County history.
Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Park This collection of more than 1,100 bedrock mortars in Pine Grove is the largest in North America, and was created when native people ground acorns and other seeds against the rocks, slowly forming the cup-shaped depressions. The native name for the site is “Chaw’se,” the Miwok word for “grinding rock.” The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians has led and completed the restoration efforts, including the reconstruction of the traditional, ceremonial roundhouse. The Miwok Village is a registered California Historical Landmark and is one of the only known occurrences of mortars intentionally decorated with petroglyphs. The museum has a large collection of Sierra Nevada Indian artifacts, offers free admission with paid parking and is open 10 am – 4 pm. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Amador Flower Farm On the outskirts of the Shenandoah Valley sits 30 acres of scenic flora.
The Mokelumne River Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, there’s no shortage of activities for nature lovers. The natural beauty of The Mokelumne River, which secured its “Wild & Scenic” designation in 2017, is perfect for kayaking, with a modern entrance point just 5 miles south of Sutter Creek on Highway 49.
Kirkwood Mountain For outdoor fun all year round, including skiing, mountain biking, and hiking around dozens of high lakes and streams. Kirkwood Resort, at the easternmost edge of Amador County, offers wintertime skiing and summertime mountain biking for the entire family. With a base elevation of 7800 feet and peaks towering at 9800 feet, it is a popular destination offering world-class skiing. The 2300 skiable acres include terrain from beginner to expert. In addition to the resort, there are other places where you can spend a day snowboarding, snowmobiling or snowshoeing.
Roaring Camp This family-friendly camp is open May through September and offers tent camping, cabins, guided tours, a museum, an active placer mine, miniature golf course, a playground area, ping pong and horseshoe pits. You can hike the trails used by the 49ers and it’s right on the Mokelumne River where you can swim, raft, fish or pan for gold. The trading post has all the supplies you’ll need.
Kennedy Gold Mine This mine is famous for being one of the deepest gold mines in the world (at 5912 feet), and demonstrates how gold changed an entire way of life in California.
Miner’s Bend Park The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation transformed one of Sutter Creek’s parking lots into an amazing historical display of Gold Mining history. Artifacts from the Argonaut Mine and the Sutter Gold Mine have been donated to show visitors and residents the rich Sutter Creek Gold Mining history. Along with the mining artifacts, the new passive park has informative plaques for the artifacts, picnic benches, trees, and “Chinese” rock walls lining the park, which are historic for the area.
Black Chasm Cavern Discovered in 1854 by a group of explorers that braved the unknown, this cavern showcases the phenomenal beauty that exists below the surface, including a bright blue lake and millions of sparkling crystal helictites that seemed to twist from the cavern walls in every direction.
Moaning Caverns Gold miners first explored Moaning Caverns in the 1840s and 1850s, but today visitors enter by descending a metal spiral staircase for cave tours for the whole family.
Sutter Creek’s Main Street is home to a variety of antique stores and boutique shops. Enjoy browsing these unique places to shop in Sutter Creek while immersing yourself in our historic small town atmosphere.