1859 National Hotel in Jamestown, California - Sierra Foothills Gold and Wine Country
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What to do while staying at the National Hotel? The choice is yours!

Welcome to Jamestown, California - Historic Gold Rush towm in the Sierra Foothills of California

Many area Attractions and Events await you at the historic National Hotel, in Jamestown. Whether you want to hike, fish boat, tour our wine country or try some of Northern California's best golf courses, this is the place to be!

Of course the main attraction for many people is Yosemite Park, along with 1897 Railtown State Park, also known as "The Movie Railroad", Calaveras Big Trees, Columbia Gold Rush State Park


CALENDAR OF EVENTS  For detailed information about Tuolumne County events, please click on the following web site: http://www.tcvb.com

 


Yosemite National Park  One of the "wonders" of the World....need we say more? Visit www.yosemite.org

RAILTOWN - JAMESTOWN  Located in Jamestown, California, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is home to one of America’s last authentic, operating railroad roundhouses. Known as “The Movie Railroad,” Railtown’s locomotives and cars have appeared in over 300 film and TV productions, including Back to the Future 3, High Noon, Petticoat Junction, and Little House on the Prairie. Roundhouse tours, grounds and gift shop are open daily. Steam trains operate on weekends through most of the year.

PAN FOR GOLD  Gold is the reason that much of California exists. Jamestown is in the heart of the Gold Country - geologists state that 85-90% of the gold is still in the ground. You can search for gold on your own, or with one of our local guides to help. Want to visit an underground mine? We have that also. Gold panning, sniping, tours, instruction are to be found here in Jamestown.

COLUMBIA STATE PARK  The town's old Gold Rush-era business district has been preserved, with shops, and restaurants. Visitors have the chance to time-travel to the 1850s, imagining life when gold miners rubbed shoulders with businessmen and the other residents in Columbia. Visitors can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday. There are opportunities to ride a 100 year-old stagecoach, hire a "fine steed" for a horseback ride through the "diggins," pan for gold, or tour an active gold mine. www.columbiacalifornia.com

SKI Great snow in the Sierra Mtns make Jamestown a winter destination for skiing, snowboarding and sledding. Easy driving to the many ski resorts such as Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge, make the National Hotel a great place to stay for winter fun.

GOLF  Great golf courses abound in the Sierra foothills. The variety of landscapes and views, with varied degrees of challenge, have something to offer all levels of golfers. There are six championship golf courses in the area, including: Mountain Springs Golf Club, Greenhorn Creek, Pine Mt. Lake, Forest Meadows and Saddlecreek Golf Resort, which is home to the Northern California PGA. And 9 hole courses, Phoenix Lake and Twain Harte.

WINERIES  The Gold Country has become known as the "other wine country". This is Zinfandel country, although other wonderful reds and whites are produced throughout this area. Today, these Gold Country wines are winning top awards in major wine tasting competitions. Try a bicycle tour through our wine country.

THEATER  Three live professional theatres co-exist in Tuolumne County and perform on a regular basis. From Broadway musicals to cutting edge drama, the quality and selections of productions is unsurpassed. Check out our Night on the Town theater package!

WATER SPORTS  We have both large and small lakes that are ideal for those who want to water ski, fish, sail, canoe or houseboat. Boating in the Gold Country can be enjoyed throughout the four seasons. Area lakes include New Melones, Pinecrest, Lake Tulloch, Lake Don Pedro and more! Other water sports include guided rafting trips, kayaking, and water skiing. Rentals of all types can be found within a short drive from Jamestown.

FISHING  Fish by the stream, on the lake shore, from a boat or even at the trout farm - Tuolumne County has it all!
Try all inclusive guided fly fishing excursions with Tim Bermingham . 18 ft. jet boat, 16' McKenzie drift boat and wading excursions. Call Tim at 209.984.4007

Need more ideas?  Walking/Hiking among the Giant Sequoias in Calaveras Big Trees State Park can be a memorable experience. Or, walk or rappel into the caverns of Moaning Caves; go horseback riding in the Foothills or in the High Sierras. All of these activities can be arranged on short notice.

History Jamestown and the Gold Country region is rich in history, including original towns with restored buildings, walking tours of historical districts, quality museums, original jails, and of course, many antique shops.


Ride the famous Railtown  1897 train!
Pan for gold in the famous  Motherlode Gold Country!
Take a stagecoach ride in the historic gold rush town of Columbia
Winter Sports abound in the Sierra Foothills
Golf on a championship golf course
Explore award-winning wineries in California's Gold country
Enjoy an evening at one of the area's three live theatres

Experience a guided rafting trip
A Jamestown sunset

We are listed in the travel publication Weekend Adventures
in San Francisco & Northern California

Weekend Adventures in San Francisco and northern California

1859 Historic National Hotel ~ Reservations:(800) 894-3446
Proprietor Stephen Willey, Your Host since 1974
18183 Main Street • P.O. Box 502 • Jamestown, CA 95327
Phone: (209) 984-3446 • Fax:(209) 694-4864
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Member of Small Elegant Hotels
Member of the California Bed & Breakfast Association

Original Site Design by GG Gruel

So many activities and things to do in the Gold Country and Yosemite area of Calif. We have it all!! You may visit the Railtown 1897 Historic Park, also known as the movie railroad. As an operating steam railroad, this historic steam train takes tourists for rides, whenever it is not in use making Hollywood films. Go to Columbia Gold Rush Park, or Columbia State Park, which still has gold mines, stagecoach rides and authentic gold rush shops. You can go to Calaveras Big Trees Park and hike, rock climb or stroll in a pristine area that is home to some of the largest redwood trees in the World. Of course, there is Yosemite National Park, which is only 45 minutes from our historic hotel. We have water activities that include: fishing, boating, world class white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing, all of which are found on Lake Tulloch, Lake Don Pedro, Pinecrest Lake, Melones Lake, Stanislaus River, Tuolumne River, and many more smaller streams and lakes. Do you trout fish, or fly fish? We have fly fishing guides, also. Moaning Caverns, as well as many unnamed Gold Country caves in the area, offer lots of spelunking and caving. Mining is historical here in Jamestown in the heart of the Gold Country. Information on gold panning, sniping, gold tours, or other related information can be found in our historic town. Also, our museums all have related information on gold diggins and ghost towns. Stage 3 theater and SRT or Sierra Repertory Theatre, each offer live, professional quality entertainment. Visit Black Oak Casino for top notch entertainment and gambling. Come to our wine country, and taste wines from some of the oldest vineyards in California, for, our foothill wines provide some of the best wine tasting in Ca. Did we mention that we have some of the finest gourmet dining in this area? Or, that we have an extensive wine list? Come to Jamestown. Come to the 1859 Historic National Hotel and enjoy Historic Elegance, along with spectacular wild flowers and breathtaking beauty in the Gold Country.