March 30, 2015

Introduction to Amador City + shop; things to do

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country 


A Little Background
With a population of under 200, this is the smallest incorporated city in the state.  Basically it is a quiet crook in the road lined with a collection of interesting antiques shops, boutiques, and food shops situated inside atmospheric historical buildings—some with their original brick walls and iron doors.

Main Street in Amador City, California


Bellflower Home and Garden Store  10787 Water St., (209) 267-1985. 

Crammed to the rafters with a mix of charming and garish garden items, this store sprawls through two buildings and an adjoining yard.  You’re bound to find something you didn’t know you needed. 

Bellflower Home and Garden Store in Amador City, California

●Little City Studio & Gallery  14180 Main St. (Old Hwy. 49), (209) 267-9257.  F-Sun 10-5. 

Located inside a building featuring the original brick walls, this is a working textile studio and gallery.  It features woven and hand-knitted items, fabric collage, and quilts, plus art, jewelry, and more--all made by local artists and craftspeople.  Rugs and scarves can be made to order.  New and gently worn clothing are also available.  It is a big bonus that prices are reasonable.

Little City Studio & Gallery in Amador City, California

Victorian Closet  (209) 267-5250. 

On the other side of the vintage brick wall dividing this very old building, this charming shop is filled with vintage laces, dresses, buttons and bows, and even doll wardrobe cases in perfect condition. 

Victorian Closet in Amador City, California

●Meyer’s Antiques
  In Pig Turd Alley/Main St. 

In this well-located, well-curated shop, you’ll find vintage slot machines, arcade games, game-related antiques such as ivory chips, saloon items, and more. 

Meyer's Antiques in Pig Turd Alley in Amador City, California

More things to do in Amador City.

More things to do in nearby Sutter Creek. 

More things to do in Gold Rush Country.

More ideas for exploring Northern California. 

images ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


  1. Oh! I want to go there! But I'd better drive (I'll want to buy everything!)

    1. Susan, it would be difficult to get here any other way!

  2. Interesting how a tiny town can build such a vibrant business community on its heritage roots. Though occasionally I found such places in the US and Canada a tad too quaint, bordering on kitschy...

    1. This town feels very authentic--an old historic town brought into comfortable contemporary life.

  3. I really need to do a Gold Rush road trip and enjoy this area. The California Volkssport Association is having their May walking conference in Sonora, and this could be on the way to/from.

  4. Nice to see a small town thrive. Too many of those gold rush towns are now ghost towns.

    1. In California, a lot of them are doing well,

  5. Any town with an alley named Pig Turd is a town worth visiting! Chuckling!

  6. So fun to see that places like this still exist and I imagine it feels rather like taking a step into the past. Browsing through the shops, boutiques and specialty food stores would be a lot of fun and a terrific way to spend a few hours.

  7. Amador City looks like a very interesting place to visit. It's a bit surprising to think this is with a population of only 200.

  8. I love Gold Rush country. After spending some time in El Dorado County in and around Placerville, I'm especially eager to try other such historic town such as Amador. Looks like a lot of fun.

  9. How vibrant looking for a town of 200. You have captured the town's essence well.

  10. Amador city looks like a fun stop to browse and take a step back into the past.