Gorgeous hiking trails right near the house, spring decorations with dogwoods in bloom.

General Info about area events and theater groups

The Forest and Lakes






The Sonora Pass

The Sonora Pass



The Towns

Twain Harte

The town of Twain Harte was named for authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte who both lived here at one time. The town tends to shut down in the evening but there are a few nice places to eat and a sports bar. The Rock occasionally has live music on Fridays. The hardware and grocery stores are after all the local hotspots. You may get sushi made daily at the full sized Twain Harte Market or fresh caught fish delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as table top beef and a good beverage selection.

Gold Country:





For the Active:





The Moaning Caverns

Hiking and Fishing

We recommend Best Short Hikes in California, Northern Sierra by Karen and Terry Whitehill and available at There is a copy for your perusal at the house. The National Forest Service at Mi-wuk has maps that you can purchase for surrounding areas.


For Everyone:


Regarding dining in Tuolumne county, the owners of some give up the area as the excellent French Bakery in Sonora said when we asked him about the local bread, "
Sonora, Sonora, and when I came from France I thought Sonoma." There are a few other gems in our area. Notably the 5-star Seven
Sisters Restaurant
at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. In Twain Harte we would
recommend The Rock – casual but good: Sportsman for
home made sausages and breakfast


Our personal favorite is Stevenot outside the town of Murphys about one hour away. There you will find some truly gourmet restaurants and top name music events at Ironstone Vineyards as well as a chance to view the world’s Largest Gold Nugget.


Apple Ranches

Festivals and Music

There are always art and visual events going on in the area at the Sonora Fairgrounds or at Eproson Park in Twain Harte. Some of our favorites include the Blues Festival, the Scottish Highland Festival, and the Sonora Celtic Faire. Annually an oxen driven covered wagon team comes over Sonora Pass. If a ho-down with beans, steak and cowboys is your thing, then this is a must do event.

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