After the Storm, a Pleasant Drive

Real Estate Agent
After a few days of high winds, and extremely ugly weather here in Sacramento, the sun and blue skies peeking through the kitchen window this morning, were a welcome sight.  It was a pleasant opportunity for my grandson Baron and I to find a seat in the car and go for a little drive. 

There was no particular destination in mind, but somehow, we found our way to the little Gold Rush town of Fiddletown.

Cradled in the rolling hills of Amador County, Fiddletown is a restful place, that allows a few steps back in time.  The sleepy little 1850s settlement is barely changed from earlier decades.

With the gold discovery in 1848, Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley became a key element to the California winemaking history.  Vineyards and wineries sprang up almost immediately to cater to the young and single men, who had come to the area seeking their fortune.  In recent years, Amador County has increasingly become known as a premier grape and wine region.

One of my longtime favorites of these, Shenandoah Vineyards, has a delicious Orange Muscat, which serves as a pleasant dessert wine.  In addition to an after dinner treat, I use this wine, sold in ½ bottles, as an important ingredient to a favorite recipe, Orange Muscat Chicken. 

However, today we weren't visiting wineries, so that special wine will need to wait on the vineyard shelf, and the recipe will need to wait for another day!

The top photos was taken today, but the collage is from a previous year.  I hope you are enjoying a pleasant weekend!

Fiddletown California

Fiddletown - Shenandoah Valley California

I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on these photos, 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 you will contact me by email or by visiting my website - Thank You!

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Comments (28)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love hearing about your trips with your grandson and definitely enjoy seeing the photos from the trip!

Jan 31, 2021 04:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good Sunday morning, Myrl... your photos make me want to jump into your car with you and take that drive through all these beautiful places.

Jan 31, 2021 05:15 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - gorgeous images as always. It is so much fun to head out on an adventure with no planned destination in mind. To do it with Baron just makes it so much better. 

Jan 31, 2021 06:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds like a fantastic outing, and the area looks beautiful and picturesque!

Jan 31, 2021 06:47 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful outing, and the chicken Marsala/Muscat recipe is great.  This is something I have not made in a while.  I love the wagon wheels.  A

Jan 31, 2021 07:00 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Nice pictures of  the gold  rush town.  We have been to a mining town in AZ and a couple of gold towns in Alaska and they had so much charm

Jan 31, 2021 07:46 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Myrl and that sounds like a great drive to take with your grandson.  You  need to go back sometime for wine.


Jan 31, 2021 07:51 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - It's wonderful that you and Baron are enjoying the past while living in the present. What a rich education your grandson is receiving, just because of you! May your journeys continue for the enrichment of learning about how the past weaved into American culture. He's a special young man and so are you!

Jan 31, 2021 08:01 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning and thank you for sharing your beautiful post with us Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jan 31, 2021 08:55 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Myrl,
I love that you and Baron are enjoying such adventures together.  These will be special memories for both of you! 

Jan 31, 2021 09:03 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Sounds like time well spent with your grandson, stepping back in time.  

Jan 31, 2021 10:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Thanks everyone, for your comments and kind words.  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Jan 31, 2021 12:42 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing your photographs.

Today and Monday are snow days in Maryland.

Jan 31, 2021 03:29 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That sounds like a nice little outing after a blustery couple of days Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jan 31, 2021 07:25 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Myrl.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Feb 01, 2021 07:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Myrl, what a beautiful area, and sure you and Baron had a wonderful drive!  

Feb 03, 2021 08:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Feb 05, 2021 04:44 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Enjoy your special memories with you grandson they are so precious. Have a great week ahead.

Mar 08, 2021 02:36 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I love a good pleasant drive especially during Covid times you can't really go anywhere- Love and light and all the best

Mar 12, 2021 02:02 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl, sounds like you had such a pleasant and lovely time.  Love the photos.  You capture the feeling of the setting and site and I felt as I looked at your photos, that I was right there.  So nice of you to share your recipe.

Mar 27, 2021 08:44 PM