Next time you find yourself in the Greater Sacramento area, set aside time for exploring the old gold mining town of Auburn, California. It’s so historical, that it’s even registered as a California Historical Landmark! When gold was first found there, in 1848, it quickly became flooded with many hopefuls making the short wagon ride from Sacramento. Years later, the Central Pacific Railroad made Auburn one of its stops, allowing more travel to the town. While the gold may be gone, Auburn still has other treasures to left to uncover.
Where to Stay
If you have a day or two to hang around town, check out the selection of bed and breakfasts available, like The Flower Inn. Located about 10 minutes outside of Auburn, you’ll find the well-restored 1905 farmhouse filled with local art, antiques, and cozy charm. We’ll take our homemade breakfast in the Hibiscus Cottage. Please and Thanks.
The Enchanted April Inn is another great place to stay. You’ll find this country estate seven miles out of Auburn in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Also check out Christmas Tree Vineyard Lodge for someother housing options. If anything just to see what the place looks like. The name is enticing on its own.
Where to Explore
Fun Fact: Auburn City was declared the Endurance Capital of the World in 2003. Which is incredibly accurate considering it’s home to some incredibly challenging events. If you’d perfer something a bit more tame, feel the wind on your face as you travel back in time on Highway 49 via motorcycle or convertible. The Foresthill Bridge is not to be missed!
Parks are ample with trails for exploring and enjoying via horseback, mountain bike, or foot. When you’re ready to hit the water, don’t be foolish and miss the whitewater rafting. Auburn has three of the Nation’s finest whitewater rafting runs. Looking for something a bit more tame? Rent yourself a boat, drop the anchor, and sunbath at Lake Clementine!
If you prefer to explore indoors, then you’ll want to check out the shopping options of Old Town and Downtown Auburn. There’re plenty of mom and pop shops selling unique items to take back to your corner of the world. Perhaps we’re a bit partial, but these antique shops look like they have some treasures in them!
The town’s golden history is on display at the Bernhard Museum, one of the oldest buildings in the county! Back in 1851, it was the town hotel! Here are a few other museums that are worth your time. If you’re into interesting architecture, look for the brick, Auburn City Hall. The brick building is one of the most photographed things in town. Even the town fire house is picturesque. Look for the red and white steeple!
Where to Eat
Katrina’s Cafe is a great place to grab breakfast. Just remember, this cash only cafe is on everyone else’s mind, too. Seating is limited, and if you arrive past 8:00AM, expect to wait a bit.
When you are thinking you want something light for your afternoon hike, hit up Awful Annie’s to grab a sandwich and some fruit for energy. If you’d rather skip the hike and diving head first into some dessert, order their famous bread pudding with brandy sauce. Feeling thirsty? The locals declared their Bloody Mary the best in town. If tomato juice isn’t your thing, order a sarsaparilla- served in a boot.
It’s dinner time and you’re making reservations at Monkey Cat, named after the legendary creature. They’ll tell you more at your table while you glance over the wine list and steak choices.
Feeling thirsty? Grab yourself a tall brew of the good stuff at Auburn Ale House. Serving up craft beer and food seven days a week, Auburn is a must for Mike anytime he comes to town. Can’t say we blame him, especially because there’s a spooky history at Auburn Brewery. It’s actually linked to the most infamous crime ever committed in the city back in 1904.
If you are feeling like a local, hit up the Foothills Farmers’ Market for some produce to have an impromptu picnic!
There’s a little something for everyone in Auburn, thrill seekers, foodies, and folks who really just want to chill out in the mountains. If you put Auburn on your list of places to visit, let us know what you think!
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