Explore Hidden Gold Country In Mariposa

May 14, 2012 12:48 PM

credit: mariposahotel.us

Reporting Brian Hackney

Step back into gold rush times to discover a wonderful Bay Area getaway destination. Explore ghost towns, charming inns, and a working gold stamp mill as we explore historic and rural Mariposa County, gateway to Yosemite.

Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau
Mariposa, CA
(209) 742-4567

The tourism bureau is your go-to guide for a memorable journey to Yosemite, and exploring the rest of Mariposa County. Their website offers tons of information, from activity suggestions to local hotel deals. Before you hit the road, hit the bureau’s site and stock up on helpful tips.

Mariposa County Courthouse
5088 Bullion Street
Mariposa, CA 95338

Said to be the oldest courthouse west of the Rockies, this historic spot is a fun stop on your way through Mariposa.

Hotel Jeffery
5001 Main Street
Coulterville, CA 95311
(209) 878-3471

How often do you have the opportunity to stay in the same room once used by a president? The Hotel Jeffery has entertained many famous guests including Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, John Muir and others. The Hotel Jeffery has long been known as a haunted hotel with many different ghosts still roaming the halls and rooms. There is said to be 17 ghosts, most of which are not malevolent. Ghost detecting kits are available but need to be reserved in advance. Need a drink to calm your nerves? The Magnolia Saloon which a part of the Hotel Jeffery, is the oldest working saloon in California, complete with the original “bat wing” doors and is one of only a few saloons to still have them.

California State Mining and Mineral Museum
Highway 49S 1 1/2 half miles south of town
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 742-7625
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There is still gold in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum. This is where explorers John C. Fremont and Kit Carson found the rich Mariposa Vein and opened the first mill to crush ore and extract gold in California. Discover for yourself California’s mineral wealth, colorful history and geologic diversity as you view the official mineral collection of the state of California. Perfect for families and especially kids, take a trip back in time as you walk through our mine tunnel and see how gold was mined in the mid-1800s.

Silver Fox Vineyards
4683 Morningstar Lane
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-4800

Silver Fox Vineyards, established in 1989, is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Karen and Marvin Silver. Silver Fox makes premium hand-crafted wines, including special blends for the famed Ahwahnee Hotel. Karen and Marvin personally farm their 2 1/2 acres of vineyards, giving this winery a very personal touch. Make an appointment, and swing by for a taste of this emerging wine region.

Mariposa Hotel Inn
5029 Hwy 140
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-7500

The Mariposa Hotel Inn has been in continuous operation since 1901. This charming bed and breakfast is where the Eye on the Bay crew spent a night while filming. The newly-renovated hotel is situated right in the center of the historic village, just down the street from a selection of fine restaurants, family-style dining and fun shopping.

Tin Lizzie Inn
In Fish Camp two miles from the Southern entrance to Yosemite National Park
(559) 641-7731

This small, elegant Victorian Bed & Breakfast offers all guests the chance to drive an original Model T Ford. Located in Fish Camp, just two miles from the Southern entrance to Yosemite National Park and one hour North of Fresno, the Tin Lizzie Inn offers all the original decor of a Victorian Home but with the comforts of the 21st Century. Choose from the romantic honeymoon suite or cottage, each with private patio’s and their own special charm.

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