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Guidebook for Pioneer

Colleen

Guidebook for Pioneer

Restaurants
There are not a lot of great restaurants in this area. But here are the restaurants we love and frequent.
Only 10 minutes away by car, the restaurant at the Golf Course serves great burgers and omelettes, and decent sandwiches and entrees when you don't want to cook. They also have multiple televisions if you want to watch a sporting event. They also have a full bar.
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Mace Meadows Golf Course
26570 Fairway Drive
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Only 10 minutes away by car, the restaurant at the Golf Course serves great burgers and omelettes, and decent sandwiches and entrees when you don't want to cook. They also have multiple televisions if you want to watch a sporting event. They also have a full bar.
Located in the tiny, adorable gold country town of Volcano - a 20 minute drive from the house - West on Hwy 88. The food is great - farm to table fresh and creative. Everything they make is great. They have indoor & outdoor seating option. Casual.
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Volcano Union Inn
21375 Consolation Street
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Located in the tiny, adorable gold country town of Volcano - a 20 minute drive from the house - West on Hwy 88. The food is great - farm to table fresh and creative. Everything they make is great. They have indoor & outdoor seating option. Casual.
Has the best pizza in the area in our humble opinion. It is a 15 - 20 minute drive from the house down Hwy 88 (West) in Pine Grove. Don’t expect fancy options just really great crust and tasty toppings.
Pine Grove Pizza
19724 California 88
Has the best pizza in the area in our humble opinion. It is a 15 - 20 minute drive from the house down Hwy 88 (West) in Pine Grove. Don’t expect fancy options just really great crust and tasty toppings.
Fantastic handmade ice cream! Innovative, seasonal flavors. Located on Hwy 88 in Pine Grove.
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Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery
20145 California 88
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Fantastic handmade ice cream! Innovative, seasonal flavors. Located on Hwy 88 in Pine Grove.
If you are looking for a fine dining experience, then head to this restaurant - which is a 40 minute drive from the house. The town of Plymouth is located in the Shenandoah Valley wine area. The restaurant is owned by the same people as the Volcano Union Inn & Pub, but is their upscale version. The food is excellent, rivaling any fine restaurant in larger cities.
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Taste
9402 Main Street
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If you are looking for a fine dining experience, then head to this restaurant - which is a 40 minute drive from the house. The town of Plymouth is located in the Shenandoah Valley wine area. The restaurant is owned by the same people as the Volcano Union Inn & Pub, but is their upscale version. The food is excellent, rivaling any fine restaurant in larger cities.
This Mexican restaurant is located next to the Shell Station in Pine Grove so it is easy to miss. Standard Mexican food.
Las Minas | Mexican Restaurant
20220 CA-88
This Mexican restaurant is located next to the Shell Station in Pine Grove so it is easy to miss. Standard Mexican food.
A great little place to eat lunch or dinner when you are near Silver Lake in the Sierra's. It is only open during the summer months.
Kit Carson Lodge
32161 Kit Carson Road
A great little place to eat lunch or dinner when you are near Silver Lake in the Sierra's. It is only open during the summer months.
Our favorite place to stop for a drink or a bite after hiking and skiing. Great views of Kirkwood valley in the summer and horseshoes.
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Kirkwood Inn and Saloon
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Our favorite place to stop for a drink or a bite after hiking and skiing. Great views of Kirkwood valley in the summer and horseshoes.
Groceries
Buckhorn Ridge), on Highway 88. 10 minute drive from the house. We usually get most of what we need from this local grocery store in Buckhorn. While they don’t have a huge range of produce we can usually find what we need.
Young’s Payless Market IGA
26560 California 88
Buckhorn Ridge), on Highway 88. 10 minute drive from the house. We usually get most of what we need from this local grocery store in Buckhorn. While they don’t have a huge range of produce we can usually find what we need.
If you are looking for a larger grocery store you will have to drive 30 minutes down into Jackson, CA. This is your standard big box grocery store.
Safeway
12110 Industry Boulevard
If you are looking for a larger grocery store you will have to drive 30 minutes down into Jackson, CA. This is your standard big box grocery store.
This is a gas station with a small convenience store. You cannot do a full grocery stop here, just soda and snacks etc.
Amador Station, Gas & Grocery
27846 Inspiration Drive East
This is a gas station with a small convenience store. You cannot do a full grocery stop here, just soda and snacks etc.
We stop here every time we drive up from the Bay Area. Located just outside of Stockton on Hwy 88. Delicious fresh produce from their farm. They always recommend their tastiest latest offering. And they have fresh pie!
The Fruit Bowl
We stop here every time we drive up from the Bay Area. Located just outside of Stockton on Hwy 88. Delicious fresh produce from their farm. They always recommend their tastiest latest offering. And they have fresh pie!
Outdoor Activities
Located 41 miles East on Hwy 88. Summer activities like mountain biking and hiking and one or two restaurants might be open. Winter activities: world class downhill skiing and cross country skiing in the meadow.
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Kirkwood Mountain Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
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Located 41 miles East on Hwy 88. Summer activities like mountain biking and hiking and one or two restaurants might be open. Winter activities: world class downhill skiing and cross country skiing in the meadow.
Beautiful alpine lake located 38 miles from the house East on Hwy 88. You can swim, fish, or rent boats from the resort or eat at the restaurant in the resort. You can also hike around and near the lake.
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Silver Lake
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Beautiful alpine lake located 38 miles from the house East on Hwy 88. You can swim, fish, or rent boats from the resort or eat at the restaurant in the resort. You can also hike around and near the lake.
Resort located at Silver Lake that rents kayaks and canoes.
Plasse's Resort
30001 Plasse Road
Resort located at Silver Lake that rents kayaks and canoes.
Located 28 miles East on Hwy 88: Great place for water play in the lake. Rent boats, kayaks or just swim in the beautiful clear water.
Bear River Reservoir
Located 28 miles East on Hwy 88: Great place for water play in the lake. Rent boats, kayaks or just swim in the beautiful clear water.
Beautiful alpine lake located 43 miles from the house East on Hwy 88. You can swim, fish or rent boats. Great hike around the lake. In winter, can cross country ski or snowshoe on the lake.
Caples Lake
Beautiful alpine lake located 43 miles from the house East on Hwy 88. You can swim, fish or rent boats. Great hike around the lake. In winter, can cross country ski or snowshoe on the lake.
Located 47 miles from the house on Hwy 88. Great place to start some beautiful hikes in the Sierra’s.
Carson Pass
Located 47 miles from the house on Hwy 88. Great place to start some beautiful hikes in the Sierra’s.
Beautiful scenery and a low key, friendly vibe are abundant at this up country golf course located just 7 minutes from the house.
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Mace Meadows Golf Course
26570 Fairway Drive
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Beautiful scenery and a low key, friendly vibe are abundant at this up country golf course located just 7 minutes from the house.
Located on the Mokelumne River in Pine Grove, this is a sleepy little reservoir in the foothills. Good for easy, short walk around the lake and a picnic. Also good for kayaking.
Lake Tabeaud Parking.
9747 Tabeaud Rd
Located on the Mokelumne River in Pine Grove, this is a sleepy little reservoir in the foothills. Good for easy, short walk around the lake and a picnic. Also good for kayaking.
Sightseeing
Very interesting place to learn about historic gold rush mining in the area. Located just 25 minutes from the house in Jackson.
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Kennedy Gold Mine Tours
12594 Kennedy Mine Road
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Very interesting place to learn about historic gold rush mining in the area. Located just 25 minutes from the house in Jackson.
Amador County has many, many delicious undiscovered wineries that specialize in Zinfandel and Barbera and many many others. The wineries are accessible, casual and friendly. Start at this link to start your visit. Located in the Shenandoah Valley about 35 minutes from the house.
Amador Vintners Association
9310 Pacific St
Amador County has many, many delicious undiscovered wineries that specialize in Zinfandel and Barbera and many many others. The wineries are accessible, casual and friendly. Start at this link to start your visit. Located in the Shenandoah Valley about 35 minutes from the house.
The most charming Gold Country town in the area, located just 30 minutes from the house, near Jackson. Eateries, shops, a fantastic cheese shop, antique stores, wine tasting and a couple of art galleries of local artists.
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Sutter Creek
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The most charming Gold Country town in the area, located just 30 minutes from the house, near Jackson. Eateries, shops, a fantastic cheese shop, antique stores, wine tasting and a couple of art galleries of local artists.
Tiny, charming Gold Rush town located just 20 minutes from the house. Very scenic. Grab a bite at the Volcano Union Inn and take a stroll around the tiny town.
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Volcano
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Tiny, charming Gold Rush town located just 20 minutes from the house. Very scenic. Grab a bite at the Volcano Union Inn and take a stroll around the tiny town.
This gorgeous valley located an hour east from the house is beautiful in summer and fall. We make a trip every fall to see the aspens in full color! Great place to fish or take photos.
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Hope Valley
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This gorgeous valley located an hour east from the house is beautiful in summer and fall. We make a trip every fall to see the aspens in full color! Great place to fish or take photos.
Charming little town off Hwy 89. Near the Carson River. Several restaurants and a couple of tiny art galleries. Great for fishing and bear watching.
Markleeville
Charming little town off Hwy 89. Near the Carson River. Several restaurants and a couple of tiny art galleries. Great for fishing and bear watching.
Wineries
There are upwards of 50 wineries in the Shenandoah Valley region that are gaining recognition for their exceptional wines. The area is particularly known for the Zinfandel & Barbera varietals. The wineries are low key, approachable and friendly. Well worth a visit! Here are some of our favorites.
Matthew Gibson Winery Tasting Room
85 Main St
Toogood Estate Winery
7280 Fairplay Road
Fun tasting room in Sutter Creek. They frequently have live music and wine paired dinners.
Feist Wines
15 Eureka St
Fun tasting room in Sutter Creek. They frequently have live music and wine paired dinners.
Our favorite wines in the area if you enjoy big bold fruity reds. Location is beautiful and a fun tasting room.
Karmere Vineyards & Winery
11970 Shenandoah Rd
Our favorite wines in the area if you enjoy big bold fruity reds. Location is beautiful and a fun tasting room.
Cooper Vineyards
21365 Shenandoah School Road
Drytown Cellars
16030 CA-49
Legendre Cellars
16953 Mary Ln
Super fun tasting room in Sutter Creek with local farmer turned vintner.
Leoni Farms Wine
67 Main St
Super fun tasting room in Sutter Creek with local farmer turned vintner.