May 2020

Set in a National Forest for Vacation Bliss


Follow your bliss down Highway 88 to the town of Pioneer! Set in El Dorado National Forest, our Gold Country hamlet is a slice of heaven for those who want to escape the big cities. Or to liberate themselves from the stress in their lives!

Discover a quiet retreat within Amador […]

Set in a National Forest for Vacation Bliss2020-05-29T22:29:34-07:00

Summer Vacation


Have you ever wondered how “Summer Vacation” came to be?

In the United States, summer vacation lasts two to three months. The dates vary depending on the location of the school district but generally follow the same schedules; most schools in the Northeastern United States end in June and start the […]

Summer Vacation2020-05-23T04:27:28-07:00

Beautiful Beaches & Stunning Forests


Lake Tahoe is an easy one hour drive from Pioneer Inn & Suites. Take a day trip to some of the most beautiful beaches that Tahoe has to offer. Return “home” to Pioneer Inn & Suites for a good night’s sleep and soak in the hot […]

Beautiful Beaches & Stunning Forests2020-05-07T04:53:20-07:00

Road Trip to Pioneer, California


Are you planning a road trip in the upcoming months? Traveling through Amador County on scenic Highway 88 is a beautiful choice and the main route between Stockton, California and Minden, Nevada. Perhaps you are lining up your summer vacation and planning a trip to Lake Tahoe. With summer nearly […]

Road Trip to Pioneer, California2020-05-07T04:57:55-07:00

April 2020

Get Outdoors in Amador County


Great Places for Nature Lovers in Amador County

Amador County, California is a great place for nature lovers. Whether you enjoy hiking, boating, or an assortment of other outdoor activities, Amador County is a place where fans of the outdoors can have a great time. Here are just some of the […]

Get Outdoors in Amador County2020-04-26T00:46:01-07:00

Stay in Pioneer. Hike in Tahoe.


Plan to stay at Pioneer Inn & Suites. Take a short (under one hour) drive to Tahoe where you can hike to your heart’s content! Then return to the comfort of your affordable lodging here in Pioneer where you can relax in the hot tub or on your balcony or […]

Stay in Pioneer. Hike in Tahoe.2020-04-26T00:44:20-07:00

Experience Carson Pass! Stay Pioneer!


A Scenic Drive Over Carson Pass

The drive across Carson Pass is filled with scenic views, alpine lakes, and countless places to pull off the highway and explore. From the west side the road climbs gradually along a ridge, hemmed in by thick forest for the first miles. Soon forests give […]

Experience Carson Pass! Stay Pioneer!2020-04-13T22:13:48-07:00

Amador Wine Country Lodging in Pioneer CA


Avoid the high prices and crowds in Napa and Sonoma! Plan an extended stay at Pioneer Inn & Suites to allow enough time to tour these esteemed wineries!

The 40+ wineries comprising the Amador Vintners Association are dedicated to producing premium-quality wines that offer distinctive regional character. This character can […]

Amador Wine Country Lodging in Pioneer CA2020-04-07T03:24:59-07:00

March 2020

The Life of Pioneers


The pioneers were the first people to settle in the frontiers of North America. Many of the pioneers were farmers. Others moved west, wanting to establish a business. There were doctors, blacksmiths, ministers, shop owners, lawyers, veterinarians, and many others. They went to Oregon, Texas, and other areas of the […]

The Life of Pioneers2020-03-23T23:57:00-07:00

When in Amador, visit wineries making wine from the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in the U.S.


The 1869 Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County. It is the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in California. It is also known as the Original Grandpere Vineyard. Only four wineries are able to purchase and make wine from this historic vineyard. These wineries are Andis […]

When in Amador, visit wineries making wine from the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in the U.S.2020-03-10T00:12:50-07:00


Pioneer is a census-designated place in Amador County, California. It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) east-northeast of Pine Grove, at an elevation of 2986 feet (910 m), along State Route 88. The community is in ZIP code 95666 and area code 209. The population was 1,094 at the 2010 census.

Pioneer Station, built approximately 1925, is located in Pioneer however, it was never a Pony Express stop, a popular fallacy. It was a general store selling gas and water and offering camping sites. The old Pioneer Station still stands and is currently a private residence.

A post office opened in Pioneer in 1947.

Pioneer offers beautiful scenery for Route 88 motorists. There are a number of centuries-old tall pine trees and oak trees, as well as lakes for water sports and fishing.

+ The Kirkwood Lake Tract is located near here.
+ Mace Meadow Golf Course – golf and restaurant
+ Scenic Hwy 88 drive
+ Outdoor Activities – boating, fishing

Pioneer Inn & Suites provides accommodations for visitors to the surrounding Gold Country towns of:
Pine Grove, California
West Point, California
Wilseyville, California
Fiddletown, California