Thursday, October 31, 2013

Co-op opportunities with Sacramento Magazine and Reno Magazine - Deadline is November 6

At ACT’s board meeting last week, our Marketing Committee presented a plan for advertising for the rest of the year and through 2014. Because of our commitments to frequency in advertising, two publications have extended good offers to our partners.
1.       Sacramento Magazine is planning editorial in their December issue and have offered some steeply discounted rates. Amador Council of Tourism is taking out a ½ page ad in that issue. The December issue hits stands Thanksgiving week. Make your space reservation now; deadline is Nov. 6th.
Here are your rates for the Amador advertising section in Sacramento Magazine:
Full page: $1950- Regular Price $3,900
½ page: $1,275- Regular Price $2,300
¼ page: $525- Regular Price $1,300
Contact is Dennis Rainey, email:
2.       Reno Magazine, published by Reno Gazette Journal, is a new regional market that ACT is committing to. ACT is taking out a full-page in the issue that publishes November 27th. If six partners get involved, we will have two facing pages. Please note ad copy deadline is quite soon, October 21st. There will be other opportunities to reach this market if you cannot respond in a timely enough manner. Cinnamon Hunter is the contact and she is happy to work with you. Contact Maureen Funk for an example of the shared advertising and for more contact information.
3.       Want to get involved as a lodging partner? Advertising partner? Contact us and we will provide some options.

Thank you for your support,

Amador Council of Tourism
115 Valley View Way
PO Box 40
Sutter Creek, CA  95685

Friday, October 25, 2013

Chamber Mixer at the Jackson Casino & Hotel - Thurs Nov 7th

Thursday, November 7th - 7:30am
 at the

Ballroom B of the
Grand Oak Ballroom
at the Hotel
Admission - $5.00
Amador Continental Breakfast will be provided
Door Prize will be provided
Bloody Mary's and Mimosas will be available for $5 each
Bring a raffle item!
Get your business recognized!
Everyone loves the raffle!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ACWN holds fundraiser, needs volunteers!

NOVEMBER TRADE SHOW. ACWN is reaching out to gather a committee to advertise our annual event. We need volunteers to do one or more of the following:
1. Call and get us on the Radio and Local T.V Stations * Do the whole thing, we can write script but cannot physically be there.
2. Get us out to the local media via emails to news papers etc.
3. Put up flyers on bulletin boards
4. Make some signs to post during the day of the event (we will provide verbiage if help is needed)
5. A couple of people to put out signs the day of the event
6. Someone to get balloons and put them up on the gates the day of event 
We welcome any suggestions.
Also We will need help with:
Set up of the Tables on Friday the 8th.
Tear Down of Tables and Clean up of Hall on the 9th
Someone to go gather the signs at the end of the event. 
For more info, contact

Friday, October 11, 2013

Gold Country Visitors Association Brings Two Journalists to Amador County

October 11, 2013 - On Saturday, September 28th, two journalists, Carolyn Jung and Mirei Sato, visited Jackson’s Tailing Wheels Park and were introduced to its history by Keith Sweet, member of the Jackson City Council, and Ed Arata, representative of Amador County Historical Society. Jung and Sato agreed to participate in a Familiarization Tour of the Gold Country, sponsored by Gold Country Visitors Association. The trip was named “A Fork in the Road Tour of California’s Gold Country and Farm to Fork Festival.” Starting Thursday, September 26th, the two journalists toured Folsom, El Dorado County, Amador County, finishing Saturday, September 28th, in Sacramento at the inaugural Farm-to-Fork Festival.

Jody Franklin, Tourism Director of El Dorado County Visitors Authority, brought them from Apple Hill to Cooper Vineyards in Shenandoah Valley. Dick Cooper, owner, and winemaker, Mike Roser, took time out from the grape harvest, to share the history of the area and discuss the region’s terroir. Maureen Funk, Executive Director of Amador Council of Tourism, joined the group to pick up driving responsibilities. Next stop at Wine Tree Farm in Amador City included a blending session, led by Corinne Moore, grape grower and winemaker. Taste Restaurant in Plymouth served dinner to Jung and Sato and The National Hotel in Jackson provided overnight lodging. Next day, Saturday, Ed Arata and Keith Sweet took time from their busy schedules to give an in-depth presentation about the history of the Tailing Wheels, including the recent restoration of Tailing Wheel 4. Mirei Sato commented, “I enjoy learning about new places and making it relevant for my readers, by finding the thread from the past to the present.”  From there, Funk drove the journalists to Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival and joined Sonya Bradley, Chief Marketing Officer of Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, in escorting them through the event.

Gold Country Visitors Association has contracted with a Public Relations consultant to bring reporters to the region. The concept is to establish themed itineraries in a portion of the region, concluding at a signature event for one of the partners, like the Farm-to-Fork Festival in Sacramento. Two more tour dates are scheduled for 2014, and one of those tours will go through Amador County. “Our partnership with Gold Country Visitors Association allows Amador’s small Destination Marketing Organization to get much more coverage than if we tried to do it alone. My partners along Highway 49 are a great resource for me personally, and we all benefit when we work together,” says Funk.

Maureen Funk
Executive Director
Amador Council of Tourism
PO Box 40/115 Valley View Way
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
O: (209) 267-9249 
C: (209) 060-5065

Pictured left to right: Carolyn Jung, Via Magazine; Mirei Sato, US Frontline News; Ed Arata; Keith Sweet (reflection).

ACWN features Amador Vintner's Association - Wed Oct 23

AMADOR COUNTY WOMENS’ NETWORK (ACWN) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday,October 23rd at Cooper Vineyards in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  This month's guest speaker will be Jennifer from the Amador County Vintners Association.  Come join us for lunch in the beautiful surroundings and learn what's going on at the various wineries!   We make it fun to learn about local women in business.  The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Luncheon cost is $16.  Reservations are required Friday before the meeting.  Contact: Debbie LaVielle, 209-267-0577 or (preferably) email: .  Join other local business women as they learn, network and promote their businesses.  For more information on ACWN, visit: