Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Winetasting in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley - Part II, Food and Lodging

In my last post, I talked about wineries in the Shenandoah Valley.  In this post, I will discuss food and lodging options.  Not much has changed since I last visited the area in 2007.  (See Rick's Tips from August 2007.)  A few restaurants have closed and a couple of new ones have opened.  The lodging situation seems unchanged.

The consensus best restaurant in the area remains Taste in Plymouth.  This is the only restaurant serving sophisticated meals in the region.  We have eaten there twice and enjoyed both our meals.  The wine list features many wines from Amador County as well as wines from elsewhere in California and outside of the U.S.  Dinner is served Thursday to Monday and lunch is now available on Saturday.

A couple of steps down but still good is Susan's Place Wine Bar and Eatery in Sutter Creek.  This casual restaurant features Mediterranean influenced cuisine.  In 2007, we had a pretty good dinner at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City but did not get there on this trip.  A local shop owner said the Twisted Fork in Sutter Creek is also quite good.

There's not much food in the Shenandoah Valley so plan on picnicking during your visit.  You can pick up good supplies for your picnic at Andrae's Bakery in Amador City or Amador Vintage Market in Plymouth. 

If you find yourself in the small town of Volcano, you might want to check out the Union Pub as it is owned by the same folks that own Taste.  

All of these places have limited hours so be sure to check their hours of operation before you visit.

As for lodging, the best choices are bed and breakfasts.  I recommend staying in Sutter Creek  as it is the most interesting of the towns in the area.  We stayed at The Foxes Inn and had a very nice, large room with a good choice of breakfast foods.  There are other good B & B's to choose from.  A list is available on the Sutter Creek Business Association's website.

If you would like to take a private tour from the Bay Area to Amador County's wine country, please contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or

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