p.1 #1 · Advice needed on small towns near the bay area, ca
I have some visitors from overseas that would like to visit a small picturesque town near the bay area. A couple hours drive is fine. Basically looking for a cozy village/town atmosphere with a few characteristic shops, pubs etc. Think small european towns (except I cant fly to europe now). Any advice appreciated.
p.1 #5 · Advice needed on small towns near the bay area, ca
Perhaps farther away than desired, there are a number of small towns of the Gold Rush era along Highway 49 and in the nearby Sierra foothills. Jamestown and Sonora are close to the Highway 120 entrance to Yosemite should you be heading that way as well. The old downtown areas of these two small towns (and many others as well) retain a lot of the gold era feel and architecture even when some of the surrounding areas may have been built up some in more recent times.
Monterey and Carmel have some of the oldest remaining structures dating back to the earliest European colonization and missionary efforts. Which is kind of a sideways reminder that in European terms, pretty much everything in California is relatively "new." There are some remnants from the Spanish/Mexican colonial efforts but it was the Gold Rush beginning in 1848 and really taking off in 1849 that really spurred immigration into California.