When Morgan Gace left her place as CEO of the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce final 12 months, she hadn’t deliberate on beginning a enterprise. Her plans shortly developed, nonetheless, and he or she immediately discovered herself within the place to pursue one thing she all the time wished to do. Gace and her husband determined to create Gold Rush Excursions, a novel tour firm that makes use of Gace’s connections and keenness for supporting small companies whereas giving locals and guests a one-of-a-kind expertise.
The tour firm, based mostly in Angels Camp, affords wine excursions, historic excursions, and journey excursions. With customizable journeys within the tri-county Mom Lode area, the excursions supply particular entry to the perfect of Gold Nation.
All of it started when the Gace household was spending time outdoors of the state.
“We simply stored eager about it…we’re like, you recognize, that is nice. However what we now have in Calaveras is tremendous particular,” she stated.
They returned to Calaveras, and “inside a 24-hour interval had a sequence of occasions that was all however the neon flashing signal,” signaling them to show their dream right into a actuality. Once they noticed the for hire signal on the former Pic-N-Save in Angels Camp, they determined to “go all in.”
Together with her husband working in transportation logistics and Gace’s expertise in small enterprise session, creating an organization that addresses the dearth of transportation and connects guests to Calaveras’ many distinctive companies was a pure course for the enterprising couple.
Gace says in her new function she continues to be connecting folks and small companies very like she did on the Chamber of Commerce, “besides on a vacationer [level] and as a visitor expertise.”
“It is actually enjoyable as a result of I really feel a deep sense of satisfaction and possession, however then additionally a accountability to these small companies that I am bringing visitors (to) that perceive that it is a small, family-owned enterprise. This is not only a place to trash. …You’re getting a seat on the desk. You get to expertise this. And in order that’s actually vital to us on our excursions.”
Gold Rush Tour Firm formally launched in April of this 12 months, providing personal excursions of Calaveras and the encircling space’s most original options, like dozens of Motherlode wineries and vineyards, Arnold’s Hinterhaus distillery, Calaveras Massive Bushes State Park, and Moaning Caverns Journey Park. Although these are a few of the extra fashionable stops on excursions, they may also supply shuttle service to and from lodging. Their door-to-door service is designed to maintain the enjoyable going safely and assist hold intoxicated would-be drivers off of the streets.
Providing personal and chartered journeys of their four-wheel drive-equipped 15-passenger vans, or a experience on the “wine wagon,” Gold Rush Tour Co. offers alternatives for a wide range of outings and occasions. Guests can have a customized boutique expertise similar to an “elevated” tasting and lunch at a vineyard, distinctive views from personal vineyards, or a very customized tour of premiere Mom Lode points of interest, whereas locals may go for a ticket to a pre-set wine tour for a enjoyable night out with mates.
Gace says their wine excursions give an “off the crushed path” expertise that persons are searching for, and that’s distinctive to the Mom Lode.
“What’s enticing about our space is that we’re not the standard Napa and Sonoma, and I feel that is completely okay. I feel that persons are searching for one thing that is actually distinctive and particular… small boutique wineries which have handcrafted wines,” stated Gace.
For family-friendly and multi-generational outings, Gold Rush Tour Co. affords visits to museums and historic websites such because the Angels Camp Museum and Columbia State Park, holiday-themed occasions, and is even planning to steer “haunted” excursions within the fall. Whereas their present choices are centered on wine, journey, and historic excursions, Gace says “All of these are simply scratching the floor of what we are able to actually do.”