by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator
It is a rare but necessary occasion in all women’s lives when they can find the time to get together with the best of friends; sharing new adventures, hikes, drinks, and laughter. If you’re planning a girl’s trip or would like to, we would love to inspire you to take the trip of a lifetime to California’s beautiful Tuolumne County.
Everyone knows that location is everything, and Tuolumne County is exactly where you want to stay when it comes to California dreaming and adventure seeking! Tuolumne County makes up over 50% of Yosemite National Park! And let me tell ya, there’s nothing like a 4-mile round trip hike to a beautiful waterfall (Wapama Falls in Hetch Hetchy at Yosemite NP) and an endless amount of conversation topics to solve all of the world’s problems with your best friends.
Wine and Cider Tasting
Locally made wine and cider make for a great reason to hit the town by day! Main Street in Jamestown has two wonderful tasting rooms of Gianelli Vineyards and Inner Sanctum Cellars! On your way back from Yosemite National Park? There’s a tasting room in Groveland! Yosemite Cellars has great wine and amazing vibes just waiting to be sipped! Indigeny Hard Cider Reserve is in Sonora and offers locally made cider and spirits tasting! Take a tour to see how the legendary cider is made then enjoy picnicking in their lovely apple orchard or wander along several trails that wrap around the gorgeous facility!
Tuolumne County is one of the most popular regional theatre destinations in Northern California, and there is more than one way to experience it! Enjoy professional award-winning theatre in the ambiance of the fully renovated historic 121-year-old Theatre, only at the Fallon House in Columbia State Historic Park! (One of two locations) This cultured theatre hosts musicals, comedies, dramas and are all produced year-round by Sierra Repertory Theatre.
Paint a Masterpiece
Sometimes all you need is your best friends, a few bottles of wine… And paint! Located in Historic Downtown Sonora, Brush and Cork will supply you and your friends with all the materials needed for a fun night of painting seasonal inspired pieces! Paint easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions with your personal artist guide, to create a featured piece of art, that starts on a pre-drawn canvas. No experience necessary for a good time like this!
Yoga in the Mountains
If you thought a yoga studio was relaxing, you will love yoga in our High Sierra! Mountain Om Yoga frequently hosts yoga retreats in calming local settings. Recently, these inspiring women hosted a series of classes at Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station, where they taught classes in a beautiful mountain meadow. There is so much to choose from with options like: a day hike and yoga session at an Emigrant Wilderness lake, a yoga retreat night of camping beneath the Stanislaus National Forest sky, or a yoga session followed by horseback riding in the wilderness. Check out their calendar of scheduled classes to see where your next adventure could take you!
Go for an ionic detoxing foot soak or spend some time in the sauna at Amala Detox and Tea Lounge in Historic Downtown Sonora. They specialize in tea for ailments, ionic detox foot soaks and readings, infrared sauna and esthetician services. Top your relaxing afternoon off with exploring the downtown shops and art galleries. Combine upbeat, high end boutiques with antique thrifting gems and you’ve got the downtown Sonora shopping aesthetic! Immerse yourself in the free spirit of California and waltz through our amazing art galleries filled with pieces by local artists. (While downtown be sure to stop by the Tuolumne County Visitors Center for more local tips from our friendly team!)