Activities: Seasonal Tours2018-12-01T20:40:00+00:00

Sutter Creek – Seasonal Tours

SPRING: The gardens are exquisite and the hills are alive with the colors of wildflowers. You might want to stroll around Sutter Creek and take a trip on the surrounding back roads to see the flora and fauna. Amador, Turner, Tonzi, Paine and Sutter-Ione Roads provide a pleasant short trip for experiencing spring in the heart of the gold country. Daffodil Hill has the best display of daffodils with over 300 varieties. This private ranch can be reached by taking Gopher Flat Road to Shakeridge Road and continuing east for 12 miles.

SUMMER: Take Church Street out of Sutter Creek and look for the Lions Park about five miles out of town. The picnic area has tables, shade trees and the creek flows past it, so bring your old pans and try your luck. In the lower Sierra, you will find many rivers and lakes that provide a cool afternoon retreat from the valley heat. Then return to Sutter Creek for theater, a picnic in the park, or a special event in downtown Sutter Creek.

FALL: The dogwood, maples and cottonwood provide a colorful palette that cannot be duplicated on the West Coast. Take Church Street out of town and follow the creek. With mild day Temperatures and cool nights, this is a prime time for hikes and bicycle rides on the beautiful and inviting back roads that surround Sutter Creek.

WINTER: Make Sutter Creek your home base and take advantage of the full range of winter sports available in the majestic Sierra. Kirkwood Ski Resort offers a wide range of winter sports for those who want to try a great outdoor adventure. Kirkwood is just a one hour drive up scenic Highway 88.


“Although John Sutter’s sawmill was about forty miles away, Sutter Creek is in the heart of the California Gold Country. Sutter made camp here, trying to avoid the gold rush crowds, but miners soon spilled in and made the town. Mining boomed and then faded…making way for today’s contagion: wine fever. In and around Sutter Creek you can mosey along sidewalks shaded by filigreed balconies.”  – New York Times 36 Hours

Yesterday & Today

The town derives it’s name Sutter Creek after John Sutter. Sutter as early as 1844, had in pursuit of timber, established whipsawing pits and an outdoor manufacturing business named Pine Woods. It was this area near the creek, which runs behind City Hall, that became the site of new and permanent settlement. It is told the settlement started because of a single tent raised there for miners to use on rainy Sundays when they could not get to Jackson or Drytown. Sutter Creek truly established itself permanently when Gold quartz was discovered in 1851 and the became a major supply center.

Among other notable historic landmarks like Knight Foundry and the nearby Kennedy Mine, visitors should take some time to enjoy the historic wine country surrounding Sutter Creek. Wine production in the area dates back one hundred fifty years, when pioneers seeking their fortunes in gold found the ideal climate for growing wine grapes. Today Amador County boasts over 25 wineries and is famous for its red Zinfandels.