Mokelumne Hill

It's worth heading off Highway 49 into historic downtown Mokelumne Hill. Known to locals as "Moke Hill," this sleepy Gold Rush town was once the county seat of Calaveras County and is situated next to the breathtakingly beautiful Mokelumne River.

Mokelumne Hill is the western-most Gold Rush era town in Calaveras County and boasts a charming, historic Main Street which is accessed off the highway. Undulating streets with charming, period architecture and beautiful views lend old-time appeal to a stroll around town. The town’s few amenities are charming, like the Historical Society, which also serves as the library. Find a new favorite author from among their books for sale on the porch and pay in a depository box by the front door – an honor-system trust that’s adorable and totally Moke Hill.

Mokelumne Hill: The Hotel Léger

Mokelumne Hill: Whitewater Grill & Saloon, Hotel Léger | Rick E Martin

The Whitewater Grill & Saloon, Hotel Léger | Rick E Martin

The Hotel Léger is one of only two continuously operating Gold Rush era hotels in Calaveras County. At the heart of the town’s culture it serves as friendly, local gathering place and watering hole, restaurant, hotel and event-center and most-famous haunted building on the west side of the county. Those with the interest and courage are encouraged to pick up a ghost-hunting kit from the front desk for an impromptu ghost-hunt. The Whitewater Grill and Saloon is the premiere restaurant and saloon in town and well-worth a visit for creative cocktails and surprisingly inexpensive fine-dining.

Mokelumne Hill: Arts Culture

Hotel Leger taken from Petroglyphe Gallery | Lisa Boulton

Hotel Leger taken from Petroglyphe Gallery | Lisa Boulton

The culture here is casually arty. As the home of Petroglyphe Gallery, Acme Arts and an annual writing retreat, Moke Hill attracts the creative among us. The newly established Acme Art – Moke Hill offers welcoming classes for all ability levels where friendliness is the local currency. And stopping in at Renegade Winery’s tasting room rounds off the visit nicely.

Mokelumne Hill: historic architecture | Lisa Boulton

Mokelumne Hill’s historic architecture | Lisa Boulton

You’ll want to spend time to enjoy the Gold Rush era architecture in its hues of faded russet, blue and green. If you’re an avid photographer you might get some of your best Gold Country shots here. It’s hard to tear yourself away once you get started. More of a nature lover? Then you’ll want to drive a short distance to the Mokelumne River, on the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail with endless hiking and beautiful views.

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