SPRING IS IN THE AIR....
Some scenes from my drive into the hotel this morning ...
hills finally (!) turning green, creeks running and ponds filling up, ducks swimming and herons hunting fish and frogs in those ponds...
several dozen wild turkeys in a field, the males desperately spreading their tail feathers in an effort to attract the females, the females busy looking for bugs...
the scent of skunks on the move looking for a mate (and those caught on the road not moving so much)...
and daffodils -- lots and lots of daffodils finally getting enough water to push their blooms out of the ground.
Thank you, rain gods! It’s not enough, but we’ll take it!
AND SPEAKING OF DAFFODILS...
DAFFODIL HILL just outside of Volcano is scheduled to open to the public starting on March 15th, from 10 am to 4 pm. You can see 300,000 (or so) daffodils blooming on a private ranch that opens to the public for only a few weeks in the spring. Access to the hill is always subject to weather conditions (they won’t be open if it’s raining, snowing or too muddy), so be sure to call the ranch to make sure before you go: 209-296-7048
Even better, join us in Amador City on March 15th from 10 am to 4 pm for our own DAFFODIL FESTIVAL! Over the past 2 years, our little city’s merchants and residents have planted 15,000 daffodil bulbs around town, and they’ll be in their prime for our festival which will feature produce vendors, daffodil bouquets for sale, special food tastings and live music.
It will be ST. PATRICK’S DAY all weekend long at the Imperial Hotel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 14th, 15th and 16th. Corned beef and cabbage along with the regular dinner menu will be available starting at 5 pm followed by an evening of authentic Irish music presented by local musicians. Reservations recommended: (209)267-9172
THE MUSIC LINE-UP
Friday 3/14 - Sharkey’s Choice
Well-known Amador County musician Tom Sharkey on guitar and ukulele will pair up with Rob Kerwin on fiddle to play traditional Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs.
Saturday 3/15 - Raggle Taggles
Denise Lack on penny whistle and flute, Jonathan Lack on cello, fiddle and concertina, and John Hoffman on octave mandolin have been playing Irish music in the Sierra foothills with each other and others for around 15 years. The addition of Gil Vanover on guitar adds a driving rhythm and tasteful licks to the mix. Their music covers a range of traditional vocal and instrumental tunes and songs from slow, plaintive ballads to hornpipes, jigs and driving reels. The Raggle Taggles offer a mature mix of traditional Irish music modeled on bands like Solas and Altan.
Sunday 3/16 - Troubadour Hal Gamble
Hal is our neighbor in Amador City who plays the guitar and sings for us most Wednesdays during Happy Hour at the hotel. He’ll be playing and singing all the old Irish favorites -- join in if you like!
The patio in front of the hotel is nearing completion (yea!), and we’re looking forward to serving Easter and Mother’s Day brunch on it if the weather allows. Be sure to reserve a space -- outdoor tables fill up fast.
March 28th: a Winemaker’s Dinner at the hotel with Gordon Binz of Binz Wines - watch for the menu in an email coming your way soon.
April 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th: El Dorado County wineries’ Passport Weekends.
April 25th: a Winemaker’s Dinner here at the hotel with Corinne Moore of Wine Tree Farm, our very own Amador City winemaker.
June 20th: another annual tradition -- the Imperial Hotel wine dinner featuring the top award winners from the Amador County Fair Wine Competition.
COMING THIS SUMMER IN AMADOR CITY
Banjo Banjo! an all-day celebration of the banjo with workshops, performances and jammin’! Five different venues in town featuring different styles of banjo music with great musicians. Come listen, learn, play if you want to! June 14th, 10-4, or “‘til the cows come home”
Dancin’ in the Street - back for a second summer, live bands playing good old rock and roll, country and old time music in front of the Imperial Hotel; Saturdays 6 - 9 pm starting June 21st and continuing for 6 weeks. Check out the line-up of bands at www.amador-city.com
Ukulele Madness on August 9th. It might be a flashmob, it might be a festival, it might be the most fun you’ve ever had! More info to come!
We’ll be continuing our Thirty Third Room Package through April. Make an advance reservation for three consecutive nights in the same room and the third night is just $30. Such a deal! (Subject to availability and not available on holidays. May not be combined with other discounts.)
Take advantage of our Room and Dinner Package: stay in Room 3 or 4 in the historic hotel Tuesday through Thursday and enjoy a 3-course dinner for two for only $150 plus tax. Add a second week night for just $80.
And our Winemaker’s Dinner Package will be available for the March 28th and April 25th Wine Dinners. Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine for two and spend the night in our hotel for $245 plus tax.
Here is that list of other websites to check for fun things to do here in Amador County: www.touramador.com, www.amadorwine.com; www.amador-city.com, www.suttercreek.org, www.suttercreektheater.com, www.amadorcountychamber.com, www.amadorarts.org - just follow the links!
As always, we appreciate your patronage and friendship, and we hope to see you soon!
Mary Ann & Jim McCamant