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Jackson California, the county seat of Amador County, is a lively town filled with interesting things to do and see for family vacationers and leisure travelers. While staying at Jackson Lodge, make sure to learn about the rich culture of this historical gold mining town by taking a stroll through the old Victorian-era Downtown district and browsing around the antique and curio shops as well as Amador county museums. Explore all of what Jackson has to offer by visiting Amador County, Kirkwood, Sutter Creek and the Jackson Rancheria. For upcoming events going on in the area visit our city guide blog for more information.

Amador County

Wineries & Vineyards

Amador County lies within Gold Country Gold Country at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the central and northeastern part of the state. Referred to as “The Heart of the Mother Lode,” Amador and its surrounding counties are famous for the gold mines and mineral deposits which prompted the California Gold Rush.

With many of the county’s Zinfandel vines being more than 125 years old, the surrounding wineries including Sutter Ridge Winery & Avio Vineyards, have been able to produce the most intense Zinfandel flavor, which have made them famous around the world. For the most respected in Amador County lodging, the Jackson Lodge is beyond compare.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Ski Resort

Kirkwood is a diverse mountain recreational area lying within the Eldorado National Forest in Alpine County, California. Featuring everything from cross-country skiing, tubing hills, ice fishing, snowmobiling, swimming and tobogganing, this forest town offers countless hours of wilderness fun.

During the winter months Kirkwood is also home to some of the finest skiing in Central & Northern California. One of the homes of the North American Ski Training Center, this premier ski school offers multi-day clinics for intermediate through expert skiers taught by professional alpine and backcountry skiers.

Kirkwood’s cross-country trail network is one of the most extensive in the region and one of the most beautiful in the world. Here you’ll find a variety of scenic, superbly maintained trails for all skill levels and abilities. The entire network is double-tracked with skating lanes, suitable for all styles of Nordic skiing.

For the best lodging near Kirkwood, the Jackson Lodge is the ideal choice.

Sutter Creek

Gold Mines

Sutter Creek is one of the most historically famous cities in the world. Known as the “Jewel of the Mother Lode” – ‘mother lode’ being a term associated with the mining of gold and silver referring to a principal vein, or zone of veins, of ore – the city is named after John Sutter, who in 1848 ignited the California Gold Rush when a member of his work crew discovered the precious metal while building a sawmill.

Today Sutter Creek is a tourist town. Sutter Gold Mine offers a comprehensive look into the mining process and its historical progression from simple panning to hydraulic mining. One-hour underground tours venturing deep into the heart of the Mother Lode are available, as well as one-hour walking tours offering additional mining experience. Stop by, put on a hard-hat and step aboard a shuttle journeying deep underground where you’ll see beautiful crystals and learn how to distinguish real gold from pyrite (“Fools Gold”) in the quartz of the Comet Vein.

Located just a quick 10 minute drive from this historic town, the Jackson Lodge is Sutter Creek lodging at its most convenient. For more Sutter Gold Mine information call 866-762-2837 or 209-736-2708.

Jackson Rancheria


Jackson Rancheria Casino is a thrilling gaming mecca whose action is as fast and bright as lightning. With 48 Gaming Tables and 1500 Slot & Video Poker Machines that never stop, they have all the gambling action Central and Northern California can handle. They even have 15 Poker Tables featuring Texas Hold’em for you hidden or skilled rounders out there looking to show people how it’s done.

Whether you prefer Blackjack’s odds, Let it Ride’s thrills or the additional wagering of Pai Gow Plus, Jackson Casino is where you want to play. Give a spin to the most popular Progressive and Video Poker Games, take your chances in their new Poker Room or for you serious players out there, their High-Limit Room is available to handle your action. No matter how you prefer to place your bets the casino has them covered.

Jackson Rancheria Casino also features a variety of the finest and your favorite foods. Whether you’re in the mood for world-class cuisine, a late night snack or just a fine hot brewed coffee, all of your tastes can be satisfied. Concerts, weddings, meetings or just some good old family fun, there’s virtually nothing their casino can’t do.

The Jackson Lodge is located less than 3 miles away, making us the most convenient of all the hotels near Jackson Casino. For more casino information, call 800-822-WINN or 209-223-1677.