June 2019

Historic Landmarks along Highway 88


Listed in order from west to east.

The Trail of the 1844 John C. Frémont Expedition, at the northwest corner of the Calaveras River (postmile SJ 6.09)

Clinton, on Clinton Rd., south of the highway, in Pine Grove—Clinton was the center of a placer mining community during the 1850s and of quartz […]

Historic Landmarks along Highway 882019-06-19T23:45:52-07:00

Black Chasm Cavern National Natural Landmark


Four miles from Pioneer Inn & Suites, Black Chasm was named a National Natural Landmark in 1976 by the National Park Service for its outstanding displays of rare helictite formations. The 50-minute guided walking tour descends a series of stairs and walkways that loop around the formation covered caverns walls. […]

Black Chasm Cavern National Natural Landmark2019-06-19T23:55:11-07:00

Carson Pass – California Highway 88


Guests at Pioneer Inn & Suites frequently make a trip to Carson Pass.

Carson Pass is a mountain pass on the crest of the central Sierra Nevada, in the Eldorado National Forest and Alpine County, eastern California.

The pass is traversed by California State Route 88. It lies […]

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May 2019

Amador Vintners Harvest Wine Festival October 5-6, 2019


It’s not too early to plan a Fall Getaway to the Amador Wine Country. Plan to stay at Pioneer Inn & Suites and enjoy this wonderful wine event!

AFFECTIONATELY CALLED “THE BIG CRUSH” held each year during the first FULL weekend of October.

Each year, we celebrate the grape harvest by inviting […]

Amador Vintners Harvest Wine Festival October 5-6, 20192019-05-19T20:09:36-07:00

Amador Brewing’s 2nd Annual Picnic Friday, July 19, 2019


Staying at Pioneer Inn & Suites gives guests the ability to be centrally located to some of the most amazing and fun events in Amador County. Here is one that we recommend.

In 2018 Amador Brewing teamed up with the Italian Benevolent Society members and had the “Picnic of the Summer” […]

Amador Brewing’s 2nd Annual Picnic Friday, July 19, 20192019-05-19T19:47:38-07:00

Historic Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival August 9 – 11, 2019


Just 15 miles down a country road from Pioneer Inn & Suites is the historic town of Sutter Creek. This August there is an event you are sure to love! Plan to stay with us, swim in the pool, enjoy the pristine forest, and take a trip to Sutter Creek […]

Historic Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival August 9 – 11, 20192019-05-19T19:56:48-07:00

Barbera Festival Saturday September 14, 2019


Stay at Pioneer Inn & Suites this summer and participate in some of the great events in Amador County!

The Barbera Festival is an outdoor wine and food festival like no other, celebrating all things Barbera. Taste American Renditions of the Italian classic varietal, Barbera, from more than 70 wineries coming […]

Barbera Festival Saturday September 14, 20192019-05-19T20:03:47-07:00

April 2019

Amador Wine Country: 40 Impressive Wineries


The 40+ wineries comprising the Amador Vintners Association are dedicated to producing premium-quality wines that offer distinctive regional character. This character can also be seen in each winery’s genuine brand of hospitality! Visit the Amador Wine website to learn more about each of the wineries located on the map below. […]

Amador Wine Country: 40 Impressive Wineries2019-04-24T23:41:14-07:00

Sutter Creek Italian Picnic and Parade May 31, June 1 & 2, 2019


Take a trip over to Sutter Creek for this popular event. Return to Pioneer Inn & Suites for a swim in the pool and relaxing on your forest view deck!

More than 100 years of good Italian fun – Italian Benevolent Society of Amador County, California.

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Sutter Creek Italian Picnic and Parade May 31, June 1 & 2, 20192019-04-24T23:37:13-07:00

Amador Four Fires – May 4, 2019


Amador Four FiresEnjoy this popular event when staying at Pioneer Inn & Suites!

Amador Vintners presents the Amador Four Fires Festival celebrating the four distinctive wine regions that inspire Amador winemakers and winegrowers: Southern France, Italy, Iberia, and “Heritage California”.

Sample over 200 wines from […]

Amador Four Fires – May 4, 20192019-04-24T23:30:38-07:00


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