The beauty of the Golden K constantly reminds me of how fortunate I am to be a full time resident of Tuolumne County. Many people travel from their homes to vacation in an area like these Sierra Foothills. Some come for a week or two. Others have vacation homes that provide an escape from the grind of living in big city or suburbia. Vacation homes that have become treasured family retreats sometimes for generations.
The foothills offer an abundance of nature and outdoor activities making it easy to spread out and explore without crowds and traffic. The streams, lakes, and hiking trails are never too crowded and never too far. The historic old towns such as Jamestown, Sonora, and Columbia offer shops and restaurants where the lines are never long and the small town community spirit is always present.
Imagine waking up at [enter your dream home here] and going for an early morning walk in the crisp and clear morning air. Then it’s off to old town Sonora for breakfast. After breakfast Pinecrest Lake is only 40 minutes up the hill. There you can fish, hike, or just relax on the beach. On your way back home you might stop at Indiginy Apple Reserve to do some hard cider tasting and play corn hole or basketball in the picnic area which is never crowded and always welcoming. After a brief rest back home it’s off to Twain Harte for dinner at The Rock of Twain Harte. Still want more to do? Take a 10 minute drive down the hill to The Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne for a show, bowling or gambling.
Version two: after arriving back home from Indiginy Apple Reserve the rest of the afternoon and evening is spent relaxing and enjoying your home. Next up: a BBQ and cool drinks topped off watching a beautiful sunset from your deck. What a great way to put an exclamation point on a day in the foothills.
A Lifetime In the Sierra Foothills
No traffic, no crowds and nothing too far apart makes it easy to accomplish all of that in a day. Or better yet, take your time and take a deeper dive. Experience all of the above over the course of a summer or better, a lifetime in the Sierra Foothills.
I’ve chosen the latter. Holly and I made the move from Suburbia to the foothills four years ago. The move was not to vacation in the foothills but to live here. Living our lives at a slower pace in a smaller community.
So now we spend our days in and around our home we call the Golden K. Our home base in the middle of the splendor of the foothills. Our home where a vacation-like day trip always ends up at home and a romantic vision of life at 3100 feet.