Backroads in Gold Country

Backroads in Gold Country

Our mini heat wave took a break yesterday so I was back in white jeans and chambray. We decided to head over to Amador City which is a tiny town in central California’s wine and gold country. We were surprised to find it virtually empty. It looked like a ghost town with most shops and restaurants closed. 

Amador City was settled in 1849 by several groups of gold panners looking for their lucky strike.

This is the Imperial Hotel which stands where an original wooden hotel was destroyed by fire in 1878. It has six hotel rooms, each with a private bath, fully stocked Oasis bar and elegant dining room we couldn’t try because it was closed.

This is the Fleehart building which dates from 1870 and the only store to survive the 1878 fire. It was bequeathed to the city as a museum.

Just up the street is the Schaffer’s Diggins building which is reported to have been an equipment shed for the mine. It is now Jamison’s beer and wine which has live music on the weekends and serves oysters, steak, and salads.

This sign in front of Jamison’s pretty much describes the activity in the town.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life exploring Amador City

We spotted a lot of metal sculpture of animals around town that were not inexpensive.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life exploring Amador CityThe donkey to my left was hundreds of dollars and I shudder to think what the giraffe cost.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life exploring Amador City

There were quirky things to find at every turn. The gloves glued to the post made no sense to me.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life exploring antique store in Amador City

The town is full of chotchkie and antique shops. All but one was closed so we went in to explore. My expression says it all about what they had.


Some stores advertised unique combos which I would have loved to ask about…but they were all closed.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life exploring Amador City

Today’s our last day here and I’m heading out to explore the town of Murphys with some of the RV gals. We are planning to have lunch and do a little shopping so I hope the stores are open.

This has been a fun break for us and makes me anxious to head north at the end of the month.

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

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  1. Ramona
    June 6, 2018 / 4:36 am

    Well, it looks like a cute little town! Too bad everything was closed but you looked cool and stylish! Loved your outfit!

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2018 / 8:39 am

      We will go back! Thanks Ramona

  2. Evelyn
    June 6, 2018 / 5:07 am

    Please give your thoughts on the Chico jeans with cuff (shown) vs no cuff for you.
    Also there has been info on wearing neutral shoes with ankle pants or crops to lengthen the leg. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. What are your thoughts on that?

    Great look today!!

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2018 / 7:36 pm

      I don’t wear cuffs because my legs are short. I unrolled these crops and they were ankle length until they accidentky went through the washer on hot!
      Neutral shoes always lengthen the leg but I will often wear a black shoe with dark pants.

  3. June 6, 2018 / 6:52 am

    A cute outfit for exploring!

    Strange that such an adorable town would have so many closed stores but enjoyed the tour just the same.

  4. Shari
    June 6, 2018 / 7:09 am

    My husband has a real talent for arranging our trips for when the stores are closed!
    Seem maybe yours too??
    I am headed to Europe, Ireland and Norway, and feel white jeans, which I live, are out of place…any comments girls?

    • Lise
      June 6, 2018 / 8:59 am

      I don’t think white jeans are out of place in summer anywhere. Lise

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      I think white jeans are less versatile while traveling because they show dirt easily. They are chic everywhere so it’s a trade off.

  5. Linda
    June 6, 2018 / 7:10 am

    What a fun to! Looking forward to seeing more f them!

  6. Yvonne
    June 6, 2018 / 7:13 am

    I so enjoy seeing your travels. I’ve only been to the southern part of California, but hope one day to do the drive up the north coast and also visit the wine regions.

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      This area is gorgeous! Be sure you spend time exploring here.

  7. Val
    June 6, 2018 / 8:35 am

    Seems like it’s common for everything in these cute, little destination towns to stay open on Mondays to catch the weekenders that stay an extra day and then the shut down on Tuesday. Better luck in Murphys!

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      We had a bit better luck in Murphy’s but not the shops I wanted to explore.

  8. Evelyn
    June 6, 2018 / 8:39 am

    Shari, I stick with dark bottom when traveling abroad so I don’t need to worry about laundry as much.

  9. Debbie
    June 6, 2018 / 9:54 am

    I actually prefer Murphy’s to Amador City and Sutter Creek, I think you will enjoy it. Lots of fun shops and wine tasting rooms on the main street.

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      I did too! Still lots of things closed so we will have to come back when more things are open.

  10. Jill
    June 6, 2018 / 11:02 am

    Shari, I agree with Evelyn about not wearing white pants while traveling in Europe. It is impossible to keep them clean unless you want to be doing laundry all the time. It may possibly be cooler there and in Ireland it is no doubt going to rain.

  11. June 6, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I have that shirt! I wore it on the plane on my recent trip. And such a good price for this shirt!

  12. June 6, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Your outfit was perfect for the day! Wish the town had been open! Looks fun…

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