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    by Karnubawax Updated Dec 13, 2006

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    Railtown 1897 is a great little stop in Jamestown. It's a great place for railroad buffs, obviously, but is also a fun and educational trip for kids and adults.

    Admission to the grounds is free, but if you want to really explore it and get some great stories about the many movies and TV shows that have utilized the trains, you have to take the roundhouse tour ($2 adults, $1 kids). This one hour tour goes through the roundhouse (duh) and lets you get up close to some of the engines. The roundhouse is off limits unless you go on the tour.

    On weekends between April and October, they dust off one of the old steam trains and offer 40-minute, 6 mile rides through the Gold Country, all the while hearing stories from the railroad's "working" past and "acting" past (you get to ride past the water tower from "Petticoat Junction," for example). The ride costs $8 for adults, $3 for kids, 5 & under free. They also have various "theme trains" throughout the year. Check their website.

    Now, I went on the day before Thanksgiving, so everything was pretty much shut down. There was no one available to do roundhouse tours, so the only thing to do was tour the grounds. I walked around tentatively poking here and there, until some foreign folks asked the lone worker on duty if they could walk across the roundhouse bridge. Since he said yes, and since that led to the "restricted" area, we all just figured that, as long as we didn't mess anything up we could walk around at will. And so we did.

    There are some great old cars to look at (my favorite was the old California Zephyr car), though you couldn't climb up into them. But hey, it was free.

    Railtown 1897 is a good hour or two stop on the Highway 49 trip, but if the trains are running you might want to spend longer.

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    • Theme Park Trips
    • Historical Travel

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    by Karnubawax Updated Dec 11, 2006

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    Here’s the scoop is a great place to stop for a quick bite to eat, or for one of it’s many sweet treats made on the premises. The place is built out of an old saloon, and it's a cozy place just to hang out with a cup of coffee and talk to some old-timers.

    I was starving for a light lunch and found out that they made their own pasties. What are pasties you ask? Pasties (pronounced like fast-eez) are a Cornish delicacy that gained a foothold in the foothills a long time ago. They are little savory pies – with a rich, flaky crust – that usually have some meat and potatoes in them. I had a peppered turkey pasty that was very rich and yummy. And get this… the pasty plus a salad and drink came to only $6.65 including tax!

    It was just what I was looking for; a light lunch with left plenty of room for a big dinner at one of Jamestown’s great restaurants!

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    by Karnubawax Updated Nov 29, 2006

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    This is a real find. I felt like splurging this night and I found just the place to do it!

    The Willow was built in the 1850's and houses the fantastic steakhouse and a boisterous bar, which contains the original mirror (it even has bullet holes in it!). The dining room is cozy - a welcome contrast to the hootin' and hollerin' bar - the service is great and the food will have you tellin' all your friends about it!

    Favorite Dish: I decided to throw caution to the wind and ordered the steak and king crab special. For $24.95 I got an excellent steak and a gigantic plate of crab (easily over a pound of meat), along with baked potato, vegetables, and bread with fondue. I put on a salad and a couple of beers and the tab came up to $35, which I consider to be a lot to spend on dinner but was actually a really good value - considering how good and plentiful the food was!

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    by KevinMichael Written Oct 1, 2004

    We were given a free breakfast for staying overnight at the Jamestown Hotel (B&B).

    Nice atmosphere and a nice American style traditional breakfast.

    Favorite Dish: the Breakfast.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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