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Sutter Creek – Location

Sutter Creek, California is located 45 miles East from Sacramento, 110 miles from Yosemite, 135 miles from San Francisco and 80 miles from Tahoe/Reno, Nevada.

Sutter Creek is just minutes from the great Zinfandel wines in the Shenandoah Valley, El Dorado county’s Fairplay wineries, Calaveras County and Lodi. Sutter Creek is nestled between the towns of Jackson, Plymouth, Amador City and Volcano.

The Sutter Creek Visitors Center is located at:

71A Main Street
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
Phone: 209-267-1344

During winter storms there may be some road closures coming into Sutter Creek. (Check the Weather here.)

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Sutter Creek, California – Jewel of the Motherlode

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“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.