A Surprise in Sutter Creek

posted by Sharon August 28, 2012 17 Comments

On our last trip to Lake Tahoe, we decided to try a different path for the day-long journey, veering slightly off track to spend a day in gold country. We booked a hotel in the tiny town of Sutter Creek, which is named after the man who discovered gold there and triggered the gold rush in 1849.

We arrived just in time to glimpse the main street bathed in the golden tones of the setting sun. Dining on seafood and fine local wine, we relaxed that evening and looked forward to strolling down the street the next day and maybe visiting a few shops.

In the morning, we rounded the corner to town, walking from our hotel, and this is what we found.

Main Street was transformed into a car show, full of life and vintage vehicles and fun.

Everyone talked to everyone. No one was a stranger in Sutter Creek that day. Folks persuaded us to enter in and vote for our favorites. My husband snapped this photo of me with my choice.

I am enamored with this truck.

We chatted with proud car owners, we sat inside sweet rides, we wandered in shops, we stayed for hours. We enjoyed the day thoroughly.

We can plan and research and map our trips — and our lives — yet sometimes we turn up in a place that offers rewards beyond what we imagined. That happened to us one day in the little gold rush town of Sutter Creek.

How about you? Have you ever stumbled on a fun place you had no idea would be there?

 

 

 

 

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Communal Global, and Texture Tuesdays. Photos were processed using Kim Klassen’s textures History, Pumpkin Grunge, and Let Go.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments

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kelleyn August 28, 2012 at 5:06 am

What a charming town! They are becoming fewer and fewer!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin August 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

Wow, those cars are so cool!

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Linda Makiej Photography August 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

Beautiful….

…very lovely work!!

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Stephanie August 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

I don’t think I could choose a favorite – they are all great. Your town photo is beautiful with those warm tones.

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Pat August 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Great shots. That is a really pretty truck!

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theartfuldiva August 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

great idea and well executed too! I love old cars.

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Sisterlisa August 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I always enjoy a good car show. What a quaint town!

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Mama Zen August 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Love these shots!

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Cathy Mendola August 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

What a great ‘find’! Love vintage cars but really LOVE vintage trucks. Great photos of them all.

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Emily B August 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm

So fun. Isn’t it something to be able to step back into time like that? I was recently in a 13th century town in France… love those moments.

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Marilyn August 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

How fun. I remember some of these cars…..the Pontiac, the Corvair and someone I knew had a 98 Oldsmobile. Those were the days!

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carolloethen August 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Great great photos.. I love antique cars!

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jade August 29, 2012 at 2:44 am

How fun!! I love antique cars and that truck is really great! Great photos of the town too!

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Curt Odegaard August 30, 2012 at 4:57 am

I loved that trip and those cars. We had a great time!

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meanderingsteph August 31, 2012 at 3:33 am

wow….awesome little town and a wonderful surprise…I love stumbling upon things like that! Great shots.

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lindyloumacinitaly August 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Calling by from thisorthatthursday, what fabulous old cars.

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Jen September 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

What a quaint little place to happen upon! Love your photos!

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