JUST FOR US
What better way to welcome spring than a country escape? Start your thaw with an intimate weekend for the LGBT community, among friends, historic towns, and rolling vineyards. Hike, sip, cook, and eat your way through Amador County alongside our favorite chefs, artisans, and wine makers in their kitchens, vineyards, and barrel rooms. We're keeping the weekend close-knit with just 75 people so you get the chance to connect. If you've never enjoyed Amador, know you'll be well taken care of, well fed, and leaving with more friends than you came in with.
OUr invitation to you
When I started working for a small winery here in Amador three years ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect. So much of Amador feels like a step back in time. I probably made assumptions about what that meant about the population and culture. Then I met the people of Amador County. Colleagues turned into friends, acquaintances turned into confidants, and, without exception, my husband and I were welcomed with open arms.
If the locals weren’t enough to make this area a great place to live, then the myriad of things to experience put it over the top. Getting to taste fantastic wines with the people who made it while they tell their stories. Sharing amazing food with the farmers who grow it and the chefs who prepare it. And the scenery... grasslands that turn into rolling hills dotted with Manzanita and mighty Oaks, green and lush in the winter and spring, gold and majestic in the summer and fall.
This past May I got to marry my husband in the middle of a vineyard, surrounded by the people Amador. It helped me realize, "I want to share this wonderful place with more of my community." So I brought together friends and colleagues I both admire and trust to create the kind of weekend I would want to experience. Something more than a glimpse but rather an immersion into life with the locals. But most of all, I wanted people to come, have fun and, of course, drink lots of wine!
Looking forward to seeing you in March,
Jack Gorman (and Kyle Peppers)
How do you feel about active relaxation?
The best word to capture the weekend is 'immersion.' We wanted everyone to leave the weekend knowing Amador. And the best way to know anywhere is to know its people. Whether you choose hiking a vineyard with a world-renowned grape grower, getting dirty with a farmer, blending wine with a wine maker, or learning how to pair food and wine from an acclaimed restauranteur and sommelier, you will leave with new experiences and a personal connection with Amador.
7:00pm - Welcome Reception and tapas-style dinner (with wine, naturally).
8:30pm - Amazing Entertainment
10:30 - Cocktails in the Cellar (don't worry, it's a real thing)
10:30am to 1:30
(each morning option includes wine tasting and lunch -- we take our food seriously in the country)
Your Choices - Look here for full activity descriptions
- How To: Food & Wine Pairing - Sold Out
- Italian Turf Wars
- Ommm on the Range
- ABC - Anything but Chardonnay
- Secrets of the Foothills - Sold Out
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Your Choices - Look here for full activity descriptions
- How To: Food & Wine Pairing
- Wine & Cheese Pairing - Sold Out
- Vineyard Hike through Shake Ridge Ranch
- Barberians Unite!
- Really Old Vineyard Tour & Tasting - Sold Out
7:30pm to ??
Beer vs Wine Dinner - Amador Brewing vs. Everyone
- Amador Brewing competes with the wines of Amador over a 5-Course Chef's Beer vs. Wine Dinner by James Beard recognized Chefs Mark & Tracey Berkner of Restaurant Taste
YOU JUST GET HERE, WE'LL HANDLE THE REST
As we've mentioned, this really is a close-knit weekend. With just 75 spaces, we are creating a weekend for everyone involved to really connect -- with each other, services, activities, and the people of Amador.
With your Ticket to Come OUT to Amador, we promise:
- You won't leave thirsty.
- We'll provide all the wine throughout the weekend
- You won't leave hungry.*
- Friday Evening - A Tapas-style Dinner reception
- Saturday Chef prepared Lunch with wine
- Saturday afternoon snack (paired with wine, of course)
- Saturday Evening - 5-Course Chef's Beer vs. Wine Dinner by James Beard recognized Chefs Mark & Tracey Berkner of Restaurant Taste
- Sunday Good-bye Graze Brunch
- You won't leave bored.
- Friday night entertainment
- Saturday Morning & Afternoon Activities
- Plenty of locals on hand to make sure you have fun
- You can relax.
- We'll provide all transportation between host hotels and all activities
*Our host hotels will provide breakfast each morning for their guests, creating an all-inclusive weekend.
OUr host hotels HAVE STARTED TO FILL-UP SO WE'RE ADDING MORE.
As our host hotels are quickly filling up, we're reaching out to other accommodations in the area. We'll be adding to this list as we collect more specials for our participants. Of course, if you are looking for recommendations, feel free to drop us a line.
Hanford House Inn - FULL
Savor a special bed and breakfast experience in historic Sutter Creek, the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Dine from Element restaurant's global inspired breakfast menu. Stay at the Hanford House Inn for the quintessential luxury B&B vacation. Use code "Out in Amador" to receive special rates when you complete your booking.
Hotel Sutter- FULL
The Hotel Sutter is one of the host hotels for the Coming Out weekend and will be hosting the opening reception at the Hotel Sutter on Friday January 20, 2017. Call to reserve your room today to get a discounted rate for the first 5 bookings. Mention “Come Out 17” when you make your reservation.
Rest - FULL
Opened in February 2016, this sixteen room, boutique hotel is a restoration of two dilapidated buildings on Main Street Plymouth into contemporary lodging with a nod to the heritage of the region. Each room, with its own charm and comfort, are simply decorated and thoughtfully filled with numerous amenities. Use code "AmadorOUT" for special weekend rates.