Category: Hanford House Inn Blog

Daffodil Hill news!

Posted on 10th March, by Paul in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off

Now for a spot of good news…Daffodil Hill is scheduled to open Friday, March 17th.  10:00 a.m.  Weather permitting.  Please check McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill on Facebook or by calling the recording at 209-296-7048.  The address is 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, CA 95689.  Hope to see you there!

Element is a Morning Meal Worth Waking Up For in Sutter Creek

Posted on 1st October, by Paul in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off

Spring in Full Swing

Posted on 20th May, by Paul in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off

Wow, we are just now catching our breath after the exciting AMGEN Tour of California raced through Sutter Creek! World class cyclists were pushing 30 mph through downtown on their way to Lake Tahoe. The town looked beautiful and everyone had a great time. The weather has been absolutely perfect in the foothills, clear sunny days and cool nights. Have you made plans to come to Amador County? We have many fun events just around the corner. Book your room now, we are filling up fast!




Trash to Treasures

May 28, 2016. What will you find? Booths filled with goodies. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Join us for our 14th Annual Street Fair with antiques, collectibles, jewelry, garden stuff, and lots of wonderful junk! This fun Annual Sutter Creek event has vendors selling old and new treasures up and …

Spring events, fun for all!

Posted on 19th April, by Paul in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off

The wildflowers are blooming, the days are getting longer, and Sutter Creek has loads of fun events to keep you entertained this Spring season. Weekends are filling up fast at the inn, so make your reservations now!
April 28th to May 1st, The colorful Kit Carson Mountain Men will rendezvous for their living history Days of 49 Wagon Train re-enactment through the Gold Country, where everyone is invited to visit with horse-men and women at stops and encampments along the way. All public events are free.
An authentic wagon train of 15 horse-drawn covered wagons will start their journey from the encampment at Amador County Fairgrounds through Plymouth, Drytown, Amador City and Sutter Creek, to Jackson for a celebration of California’s pioneer heritage.

The public is invited to join the wagon train nightly for barbecue dinners and casual entertainment, such as singing by the …

Daffodil Hill

Posted on 25th February, by robert in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off


Daffodil Hill will open its gates for our 76th season on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, weather

permitting.  We will remain open (again, weather permitting) until fewer than 25% of our

daffodil blooms remain.

Our hours of operation are 10 am to 4 pm, seven days a week.  For safety reasons, we must

close the Hill when it rains or snows and our dirt paths are slippery.  Daffodil Hill does not have

a website, so visitors are encouraged to call our recorded phone message at (209) 296-7048 or

check our Facebook page for updates on conditions at Daffodil Hill.  In addition, our friends at

the Amador County Chamber of Commerce are happy to answer your questions about the Hill

at (209) 223-0350.

There is no admission fee for Daffodil Hill and no charge for parking.  Picnic tables are available

on a first-come, first-serve basis, …

New Years in Sutter Creek

Posted on 20th December, by robert in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off

As December comes to a close the new year is just around the corner and most of us are met with a mixed feelings… excited for what’s to come, yet dazed that 2015 is almost over. It’s this time that we look back on the year and all the ups and downs that went with it and make our resolutions for the new year to come. 2015 has been a wonderful year for the Hanford House, Element, Sutter Creek, and the wine region in general. The HH team welcomes the the new experiences and the new guests 2016 will bring and can’t wait to continue delivering the utmost care to all our guests.

If you are in Sutter Creek this New Years Eve, The Cellar at Hotel Sutter on Main Street is having a New Years Eve celebration with a …

Sutter Creek Parade of Lights

Posted on 30th November, by robert in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off

Tis the Season! As the days get shorter (and colder) it’s the perfect time to bundle up and explore Sutter Creek and get into the holiday festivities… We welcome the crisp air with open arms, it’s a perfect excuse to bundle up in our favorite sweaters and drink excessive amounts of hot chocolate (or wine, your choice) near the fire. Many think things die down come winter in the Gold Country, but really a new list of activities have just begun.

Located just over an hour away from Sutter Creek, is Kirkwood, a well-known High Sierra resort. Many opt to do a day trip up to the slopes or use Sutter Creek as a pit stop on their way to the mountain. Come December 12th the streets of Sutter Creek will be alive in color and twinkling lights for the Parade of …

Fall Foliage in the High Sierra

Posted on 18th October, by robert in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off

People say we don’t have seasons in California… But Gold Country is a different story. Travel up highway 88 and experience a fall foliage that can easily compare with the picturesque images of fall on the east coast. You’ll see vibrant aspens and cottonwoods speckling the hillside as you drive up highway 88. Some coveted spots to stop are Hope Valley, Woodfords Canyon, and Monitor Pass. These are just a few of the many beautiful spots in upcountry to experience fall foliage. We recommend having an early morning breakfast at Element, then grabbing some picnic supplies and heading up highway 88 for the day to explore. If you feel like being a bit more adventurous there are many hiking spots to explore as well. Don’t forget your camera!

Comedy Night in Volcano

Posted on 15th October, by robert in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off


If you haven’t made the 20 minute journey from Sutter Creek to the small yet picturesque town of Volcano, then Sunday, October 25th should be a day to mark on your calendar.

Start with a visit to Kneading Dough Bakery for delicious afternoon treats, walk along the peaceful streets to watch the fall leaves change colors, enjoy a superb dinner of crispy duck wings or a juicy lamb burger at The Union Inn + Pub, and then settle in for a night of guaranteed laughs…


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Amador Branch welcomes comedian Jeff Applebaum at the Volcano Armory Hall.

After 20+ years in California, this New York City native is finally learning to speak English. Jeff’s clean comedy examines his particular life experiences, which include being the only white kid on his Little League team in Queens, moving to Long …

9th Annual Sutter Creek Chili Cook Off and Car Show

Posted on 11th October, by robert in Hanford House Inn Blog. Comments Off

If you are looking for a fun and family friendly event, come on down for the 9th Annual Sutter Creek Chili Cook Off and Car Show! On Sunday October 11th Main St will be filled with chili and salsa tastings, classic cars, vendors, live music, and even a beer garden. The Chili and Salsa tasting will be from 11am to 3pm. For just $6 for adults (and $3 for kids) you will be provided with a cup, spoon, napkin, ballot and of course unlimited tastings. Entering the Chili Competition is free, although it does require a $25 refundable deposit that will be refunded as long as the team shows up, cleans up, and brings 5 or more gallons of chili, please visit for more information on entering your award winning chili. The car show, which is free to the …