Sonora, Calif., the county seat of Tuolumne County, has a charming downtown full of antiques shops, clothing boutiques and restaurants. Start the weekend by heading to the Sonora Farmers Market on Saturday morning. The market, at Theall and Stewart streets, sells not only fresh fruits and veggies, but also pastries, crepes and locally roasted coffee.
Gunn House Hotel (286 S. Washington St.;  532-3421, rooms from $84 to $125 a night) is an easy walk to shopping and dining. It features a stone and river rock swimming pool and complimentary breakfast in the parlor. As a fun touch, each room has a teddy bear on the bed.
Stick to Sonora's main drag, Washington Street, for the best places to eat. You can't go wrong at Diamondback Grill (93 S. Washington St.;  532-6661), where there are at least nine half-pound burgers from which to choose (about $9.95). Make sure to try the garlic fries or sweet potato fries ($7.75) with buttermilk-parsley dressing. Also noteworthy is the upscale comfort food at Talulah's (13 S. Washington St.;  532-7278), where the $15 ravioli sampler is a must. It features spinach Gorgonzola, butternut squash, cheese, crab, wild mushroom and beef ravioli served with polenta and marinara and alfredo sauces. For drinks, check out the cocktail bar at Emberz (177 S. Washington St.;  532-2272), where concoctions such as birthday cake martinis and basil margaritas are served. Most specialty drinks are $7.