Friday, February 16, 2018

Daffodil Hill to Open for 77th Season

Daffodil Hill will soon open its gates for its 77th season, weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to call the recorded phone message at (209) 296-7048 to see if Daffodil Hill is open that day. Daffodil Hill is located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, CA. 95689 and is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Sorry, no pets are allowed on the grounds, but they are welcome to stay in your vehicle while you visit.

Each spring Daffodil Hill explodes with thousands of blooms, attracting visitors from around the world. Approximately 6 acres of the Daffodil Hill ranch is dedicated to the daffodils. As many as 300 varieties and 500,000 annual blooms (if the weather cooperates) are there for your pleasure. Visitors are welcome to walk through this beautiful display of nature or just sit on a bench and soak in the wonderful experience of the Daffodils. This is a perfect setting for photos of all kinds. Visit mid-week if possible as it can be busy on the weekends.

Daffodil Hill is in a beautiful alpine setting at an elevation of over 3,000 feet. With pine trees, an old barn, wagon wheels, and rusting mining equipment and farming tools, it appeals to anyone with a love of nature. Flowers are everywhere, with peafowl, chickens, pigeons, rabbits and lambs making themselves at home. 

Nature sets the schedule for public viewing. Daffodil Hill opens in the Spring when 25 percent of the flowers are in bloom and closes when only 25 percent remain. Daffodil Hill is open only at this time of year, after that it goes back to a working ranch. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy some of the concessions there. After your visit to Daffodil Hill, come back down to Sutter Creek for shopping, wine tasting, dining and more history.

There is no admission charge or parking fee to visit the family ranch, but there are many yellow teakettles and pots around so that anyone, if they desire, may donate to keep this precious, family run, tradition alive.  This is a rare opportunity to experience History and Nature together in one of Amador County’s best treasures.

Directions to Daffodil Hill

Daffodil Hill is approximately 12 miles from Sutter Creek.
Sutter Creek is located on Old Highway 49 in Amador County, accessible from Sacramento via Highway 16 (Jackson Rd.) or from Stockton via Highway 99 (Highway 88 turnoff).
From Sutter Creek, turn East on Gopher Flat Road. Drive for approximately 3 miles and turn left at the third stop sign which is Shake Ridge Road.  Drive about 9 miles on Shake Ridge Road to Rams Horn Grade.  You have arrived!

  Sorry, No pets allowed on grounds of Daffodil Hill


At the time the 36-acre ranch was purchased in 1887, the early days of the Gold Rush, it served as a way-station for teamsters hauling timber from the Sierras down to the Kennedy and Argonaut Mines, and for east bound travelers heading for the Comstock Lode on the Amador-Nevada Wagon Road (Highway 88) and others traveling the road from Kit Carson Pass. The McLaughlin’s continued the way-station operation, renting rooms, and serving meals (breakfast for 25 cents) to the travelers and providing feed and shelter for their animals.  For many years the loft of the ranch barn that still stands today, was used for “Saturday Night” dances for guests and neighbors. The owners Arthur and his wife, Lizzie, began to plant the first daffodil bulbs in their spare time. The bulbs have since been lovingly nurtured.

Not a commercial enterprise, nor formally publicized or promoted, the ranch has been owned by the same family since it was acquired in 1887 by wagon pioneers Arthur McLaughlin and Elizabeth “Lizzie” van Vorst-McLaughlin. For the last twenty years, the McLaughlins have continued to plant up to 6,000 new bulbs a year.

The hill is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, in some years, inclement weather closes the farm. Admission and parking are free, the only charges may be from local youth groups raising funds in concession stands across the road. (209) 296-7048 for information. 

Plymouth Foothills Rotary: Plymouth Flea Market Vendor Registration

The Plymouth Foothills Rotary organization is again sponsoring the Plymouth Flea Market.  Now in its 27th year, it will be held on Main Street in Plymouth on Saturday, May 5.

We are now taking registrations for 10 X 12 ft spaces which cost only $35. More information and registration can be found at

Roaring Camp Mining Co.: Announcing Elton's Big Load of Pay Dirt!

When the leaves start to turn and the frost starts to show, we all know it's time to get our stock piles in for the winter. Prep the house for winter, stack the cords of firewood for heat, and now... order up Elton's Big Load of Pay Dirt so you can look for gold all winter long.
Our Founder Elton would always tell us stories about the big vault of Roaring Camp Mining Company.

“The Dirt”

We have spent literally all season moving over 40 feet of over burden to get down to the pay dirt level on the tertiary river bed in camp. Screened that pay down to -2.5 inches and piled it up ready for you, your family, or club to process.

The Gold we are finding is great!
We currently deliver in 2 cubic yard or 4 cubic yard deliveries for free if you are in a 60 mile radius of Jackson, Ca.

Get your winter stock pile today while the supply lasts! Once the stock pile is gone we are out till next year!

This is perfect for a club looking to put on a common operation event or a person looking for material to run at home.
Thank you,
Your Roaring Camp Family

Friday, February 9, 2018

Amador Council of Tourism Update - Feb 9, 2018

Happy February, Tourism Friends-

Attached (below) you will find a flyer regarding the next insert in San Francisco Chronicle. The next one is called Gold Country and covers six counties. As you may know the SF Chronicle insert called Amador published last Sunday and the response has been very powerful. The online component of sfgate amplifies the print component.

Space reservation is March 2nd and publish date is the 11th. Your ad helps to tell more of the story than the editorial will. Also we are emphasizing the following in our editorial:
Family travel, dog-friendly spots, events, and outdoor recreation. If your ads reflect this message, their impact will increase for the readers.

Also, save the date! Thursday, March 29th, 5 pm to 8pm, at Bella Grace Tasting Room on Main Street in Sutter Creek, you are invited to an event, Get To Know Amador. Network with your industry- lodging, wine, brew, dining, destination, volunteer- and kick off a year-long celebration of 15 years of inviting visitors to Amador by Amador Council of Tourism. Details to come.

We will be sending out a survey soon with questions to help us focus our efforts on bringing more visitors to the county when you need them. I hope you will take a few minutes to tell us what you need when the survey arrives in your Inbox.

If you want to tell me something specific, please email me at or phone me at 209-969-5065. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your support,

Maureen Funk
Amador Council of Tourism
PO Box 40/460 Sutter Hill Road, Ste. D
Sutter Creek CA 95685
Phone: 209-267-9249

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Motherlode Pride: Celebration of LBGTQ: Love is Love - Fri Feb 16

You are invited to join Motherlode Pride
in a celebration of LBGTQ Love is Love
Friday Feb 16 from 4-5:30pm
Rosebud's Cafe, 26 Main Street, Jackson

Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks provided.
(Replaces our meeting at Hein & Co.)

RSVP to Marla at (209) 256-3750 or

Friday, February 2, 2018

Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Feb 8

Hello, tourism supporters-
Amador Council of Tourism’s Board meeting is Thursday, February 8th, 9 am, at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s conference room.

San Francisco Chronicle will publish an insert this Sunday all about Amador County, and the online articles leaked out have been wonderful. We endorse the print media because the online component,, has loyal readers that love to learn more about our area. I expect we will get a bump in visitation. Another insert is planned with broader coverage of four Gold Country Counties- El Dorado, Amador, Tuolomne, and Mariposa. That one publishes March 11.  Details coming soon.

I will be representing Amador at Visit California’s Outlook Forum in mid-February and then at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show in Santa Clara. Visit California is rolling out articles and video and Amador is featured. ‘California 101’ is a how-to guide on visiting the state, and one of the segments is a road trip through Gold Country. The film crew stopped at Hanford House, Helwig Winery and Yorba Wines. These sites were selected by Visit California and I am sure we will all benefit.

Additionally, we hosted Adventure Travel bloggers for a few hours in late September. The articles are publishing now to an Adventure Travel audience and we have received visits from other outdoor writers as a result.

If you cannot attend the meeting next week and want to amplify your business’s marketing strategy with Amador Council of Tourism, please contact me by email or cell, or 209-969-5065.

If you have suggestions for marketing Amador and have resources for us, please let us know.

Thank you for your support,

Maureen Funk
Amador Council of Tourism
PO Box 40/460 Sutter Hill Road, Ste. D
Sutter Creek CA 95685
Phone: 209-267-9249