My most recent adventure was to Columbia State Park in California. This adorable town is a living gold rush town! While this town is an actual State Park, it’s also a fully functioning town with residents that never closes. During my visit, we toured the Old structures that were home to candy shops, bars, and boutiques, being greeted by merchants wearing the full 1850’s attire.
My lunch was from the local bar and grill in town, it was amazing! Grilled cheese with bacon and tomato washed down with a cold Sarsaparilla was perfect! After lunch, I visited the old school house, it contained old style desks and outhouses could be seen around the area. The school house is right across the way from the cemetary, which is quite interesting.
My final visits were to the blacksmith shop, which is fully functioning, the old time photographer and finally the gold panning shop, where you can actually pan for gold!
At certain times of the year you can attend Ghost Tours of the town and even enjoy a parade during certain holidays. The town is pet friendly, but encourages you to clean up after your pet.
Columbia is a little over an hour away from Central California, making it the perfect weekend get a way. I am hoping to go back to visit the beautiful bed and breakfast! Stay tuned and I’ll share pictures of that adventure!
If you’re looking to purchase a home in this area, this is just another great reason to do so!