Ione and its home county of Amador are two of the hidden jewels of California’s Gold Country, rich with history and culture. While the area got its start thanks to the Gold Rush, Amador’s culture quickly grew to incorporate other passions and traditions. Some of California’s earliest wineries took root in the county to slake the thirst of the area’s gold prospectors. While these wineries disappeared as the Gold Rush declined and Prohibition was passed, that passion for winemaking was reignited during the renewed interest in domestic wines in the 1960s.
Thanks to its past as a part of Gold Country and its present as a home to more than 40 wineries, Amador County has become a prime destination for thousands of tourists wanting to experience the county’s unique culture and take in the gorgeous scenery of the California foothills.
Since the Clark’s Corner restaurant first opened in 2011, it has been a fortunate beneficiary of Ione’s warm and friendly local community, as well as the area’s tourism industry. However, as we found our place in the community, we discovered a desire to give back to community of Ione and the many businesses that call it home. We want to give the Ione locals more opportunities to come together as a family, and also create more awareness of Ione in California and the rest of the country.
We are in the initial stages of a plan to bring our vision for Ione to fruition. This plan will feature a public awareness campaign to bring increased tourism to the region, as well and production of more special events targeted at both residents and visitors.
This page will be updated in the coming weeks and months as more details become available. We look forward to playing our part in Ione’s and Amador County’s bright future.