Ranch Location, Weather and Maps
Dog & Pony Ranch is located near Sacramento in the Gold Country, the Highway 49 foothills where gold was discovered in Northern California. Amador County is rich with historical sites and small town charm, along with the new "gold" of the area: vineyards and wineries! See the local info section for recommendations of the many fun things to do nearby (dining, wineries, caving, rafting, golfing, skiing, gold panning, live music and theater, etc).
The property has the best of both worlds offering peaceful seclusion on 60 private fenced acres, while being close to the conveniences of town:
- 2 miles off Highway 88
- 5 miles to Pine Grove
- 8 miles to Jackson
- 12 miles to Sutter Creek
- Also close to Amador County towns of Volcano, Pioneer, Plymouth, Martell and Ione
- 1 hour to Kirkwood Ski Resort
- 1 hour to Sacramento
- 2-3 hours to the San Francisco / San Jose Bay Area for easy getaways
The house is situated in the middle of the 60 rolling acres on a hilltop providing stunning sunset views to the west. It overlooks the Sacramento valley with views all the way to Mt Diablo in the East Bay on clear days. Neighboring vineyards add to the wonderful views.
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PRIVATE: registered guests ONLY, with no drop-ins allowed (unfortunately an issue we've had). Property has a LOCKED ENTRY GATE and current combo provided to approved guests before arrival.
Weather and Forecasts
At 2200' elevation, the house is above the central valley fog but below the heavy Sierra snows. We occasionally get a dusting of snow like in the photo that usually melts by the afternoon, but we're just a short drive up to the snow pack for a fun winter play day (we wanted to live "near" but not "in" the snow which we think is the best of both worlds!).
The weather is similar to Sacramento, with temperatures typically warmer in the summer (yes, we have A/C) and cooler/wetter in the winter than most of the SF Bay Area. Spring and fall are typically very pleasant with temps similar to the San Jose area.