Musings on Food, Fun & Real Estate in the Mother Lode
My Tuolumne Top Ten
Selling Real Estate, I often talk to people who are thinking of relocating to Tuolumne County. Since I’m still a “newbie”, having moved here in 2005, I’m often asked, “Are you glad you moved here; would you do it again?” My answer is always YES & YES.
There are many things I love about living in Tuolumne County but my Top Ten are:
#1 The People: I noticed it right away. The people in Tuolumne County are quick to smile and always take the time for a friendly hello. And when someone is in need you’ve never seen a community rally together more quickly. Yes, the folks in Tuolumne County are there for each other.
#2 The Drivers: I know, this is really a sub-category of People but the Drivers here are so polite that after almost 4 years I’m still amazed. Granted, I did move here from the L.A. area where the even nicest people can turn crazy as soon as they get behind the wheel. Not so in Tuolumne County. Here, drivers not only stop for pedestrians, but also other cars. Even when they don’t have to!
#3 The Farmers Market: It is just about ready to open for the season and I can’t wait. The perfect way to start a Saturday morning is with a cup of Mother Lode Coffee at the market and to leisurely peruse the stands for the freshest and best looking fruits and veggies.
#4 The Restaurants: Villa de Oro, Azzo’s, Seven Sisters, Bon Appetite, Diamond Back, The Ahwahnee just to name a few. We have EXCELLENT restaurants in Tuolumne County.
#5 Yosemite: Stunning. And, did I mention the Ahwahnee?
#6 The Grocery Stores: Call me crazy but I love to go grocery shopping and we’ve got some great stores. It’s fun to shop gourmet at the Twain Harte & Tuolumne Markets. Cost-U-Less is always a great value and the thrill of what’s new (& cheap) at the Grocery Outlet can’t be beat. Everyday shopping? Save Mart or Safeway (love the new remodel) are perfect.
#7 The Boutiques: The Princess Shop, Polka Dot, Back Space, and more. They make it easy to shop local.
#8 The Lakes: New Melones, Don Pedro, Pinecrest. For boating, wakeboarding or just sunbathing, there’s no better place to be on a hot summer day.
#9 The DMV: I know this one is weird but I truly believe we have the most amazing DMV in the world. It is clean, the lines are relatively short and the employees are, you guessed it, FRIENDLY. I’ve never walked out of our DMV without saying “wow”.
#10 The Air: It smells so crisp and fresh. I’ve been living here almost 4 years and yet every morning I still step out to my backyard with my cup of coffee, take a deep breath and feel lucky to be living in such a wonderful place.
What do you love about Tuolumne County? I’d love to hear.