There's Gold in Them Thar Hills!

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

California is known for the gold discovery, which acted as catalyst for hoards of pioneers and wagon trains finding their way into this state, after James Marshall discovered the golden ore at Sutter’s Mill in 1849.  However, there is another golden treasure in the hills of the California Mother Lode.  Each year at this time, Amador County comes alive with an explosion of yellow Daffodils. 


Daffodil Hill by Myrl Jeffcoat


It all happens at Daffodil Hill, cradled in the quaint little Mother Lode town of "Volcano."

The 4 acre farm has been in the McLaughlin family since 1887.  During the past two decades, the family has planted 6,000 new bulbs each year, continuing the family tradition and legacy.  Over 300,000 bulbs are estimated to now populate the farm.

Opening and Closing date for Daffodil Hill varies from year to year, depending on the blooming season.  But usual showing of the blossoms is mid March to Mid April. 

Available driving instructions state Daffodil Hill is anywhere from 39 to 50 miles from Sacramento.  There are several meandering routes, which will take you there.  

I usually travel highway 16 out of Sacramento, which journeys trough Sloughhouse.  I turn toward Amador City, and Sutter Creek on Highway 49.  And turn left on Church Street directly off highway 49 in Sutter Creek. 

You can visit the Amador County Chamber of Commerce website page devoted to Daffodil Hill for more information!


I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on this photo, so you may feel free to use, or distribute as you wish.  However, should you need a Real Estate Professional in the Greater Sacramento area, I hope that you will contact me by email or by visiting my website - Thank You!


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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Those daffodils Myrl and especially your photo are exquisite. Thanks for bringing a little more of your neck of the woods to us.

Mar 26, 2012 03:00 PM #1
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Myrl, there are a lot  of history in California, your photo looks beautiful with the colorful flowers surrounded by trees.

Mar 26, 2012 03:07 PM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Very Pretty.  This is one way to keep the old alive and well.

Mar 26, 2012 03:38 PM #3
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Myrl, it looks like everything's blooming at Daffodil Hill - look at those beautiful red buds - a great backdrop for the daffodils.  

Mar 26, 2012 05:08 PM #4
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams

Myrl ... I've been pondering a road trip for the weekend ... I think you just gave me an answer to "where am I going?"  Thanks!

Mar 26, 2012 06:00 PM #5
Jim Patton
Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

Myrl - thanks for reminding me about Daffodil Hill.  I haven't been there in years.  I think it might be time for a road trip.

Mar 26, 2012 06:13 PM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Gary - You're very welcome.  It seemed that nothing was in bloom, and then all of a sudden everything was in bloom:-)

Kwee - Yes, California is very rich in history.  Ironically, I have been in this area nearly all my life, but I seem to be rediscovering it through the lens of a camera!

William - So true!  The Daffodil Hill tradition has been a work in progress for over a 100 years.  Each year it seems to get better and better!

Mar 26, 2012 07:27 PM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Juli - The threads on which make up the Daffodil Hill tapestry are colorful and sweet.  You should smell the air up there.  Especially when there is a small breeze/

Jack - Yes, by all means, take the short journey from Stockton over to Daffodil Hill.  It's perfect this time of year. 

Jim - Like Jack, you are also very close to Daffodil Hill.  Now is the window of opportunity to visit that other kind of California Gold.

Mar 26, 2012 07:31 PM #8
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Myrl, A wonderful photo that captures Daffodil Hill. Your description really brings it to life and even the wonderful frangrance in the air. Love it!
Mar 26, 2012 08:13 PM #9
Marianne Infusino
ReMax Accomplished - Franklin Lakes, NJ
RE/MAX - 201 - Areas
Wow, it must be beautiful! Great photo.... Daffodils just make you want to smile!
Mar 26, 2012 11:19 PM #10
Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

WOW that is just gorgeous Myrl, can only imagine it 'live'! Look at that pink tree! Life is good in Volcano.

Mar 27, 2012 05:46 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing your beautiful spring photograph.  Over the weekend, we enjoyed fields of daffodils at Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware.

Mar 27, 2012 06:57 AM #12
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Myrl - The daffodils may be the draw but those trees in the background make the picture absolutely stunning ..... beautiful simply beautiful

Mar 27, 2012 08:41 PM #13
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

The Daffadils are pretty, but I like the purplish looking trees. What are those called? :-)

Mar 28, 2012 03:22 PM #14
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Myrl - that is a gorgeous picture; if I had a group I would feature it for you! Certainly deserves a feature so I will suggest it. I would love to see Daffodil Hill.

Mar 29, 2012 06:07 AM #15
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Very beautiful and great pictures Myrl all those blooms and the hill reminds me of Granny's home back in the day

Mar 29, 2012 06:13 AM #16
Maria Morton
BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Myrl, your photo of Daffodil Hill is one I could stare at for hours. The colors of the flowers and trees in bloom are so vibrant!

Mar 30, 2012 09:57 PM #17
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