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In celebration of California Restaurant Month in January, Fork in the Road will showcase some hidden culinary gems in El Dorado County with special offers and delectable deals. 

From the Foothills to the Alpine

El Dorado County is one of the most diverse, beautiful places you’ll ever visit. Sierra scenery is nothing short of spectacular, spanning across more than 1800 square miles with elevations ranging from just a few feet to more than 10,000 feet above sea level. The 1848 discovery of gold in Coloma touched off the largest gold rush in history. Today we are much more than rustic mining towns and historic sites. We are a year-round vacation destination overflowing with outdoor adventure, a welcoming wine and agricultural scene, enriching family activities, and a proud Gold Rush history.

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Inside El Dorado County

Hard cider is not hard to find in El Dorado County

Did you know that hard cider was America’s most popular alcoholic beverage during the colonial era? Or that Johnny Appleseed’s enthusiasm for planting apple trees was because he wanted to make hard cider? Or that British sailors during the 1600-1700s kept cider on board their ships, knowing that it tasted better with age, possibly preventing scurvy outbreaks?

Top 6 Thanksgiving family activities in El Dorado County

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family, friends, copious amounts of food, and perhaps a football game or two. For folks looking for something beyond that, or families seeking activities that don’t involve shopping or television, you’re in luck, for there are plenty of interesting, fun, and educational things to do in El Dorado County this holiday.

Restaurants serving Thanksgiving Dinner in El Dorado County

Want to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but without all the hassle of cooking and cleaning? Thankfully, many restaurants throughout El Dorado County will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving a variety of traditional and non-traditional delicacies.

Discover the hidden gems and locations featured in the latest El Dorado County video

The secret is out: El Dorado County is chock-full of hidden gems, and quite a few of them were featured in the latest video. Looking to experience them for yourself? Check out the below locations and links for more details.

Tis the season: three Apple Hill™ Christmas tree farms to visit

One of the best things to do in Apple Hill™ this time of year is to go Christmas tree hunting. Instead of buying your tree at a local lot, finding your Christmas tree becomes a family event. El Dorado County families come from all over the Sacramento area armed with warm clothes and hot chocolate to find the perfect Christmas tree to bring home. With 16 different Christmas tree farms in the area, there are a lot of trees to choose from!

5 reasons to ski Lake Tahoe this winter

Is Lake Tahoe on your ski and snowboard bucket list? It should be. Combine terrific snow (and a lot of it), jaw-dropping views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks, the variety of ski resorts to choose from, and the great values, and you can understand why you need to plan that Tahoe winter vacation stat.

Regifting no more – 6 unique gift ideas from El Dorado County

Don’t be that person who becomes known for generic gifts (that usually end up at a White Elephant gift exchange). We can help. We’ve assembled a variety of home-grown inspiration for everyone on your gift list.

Planning a trip to Apple Hill℠? Read this first.

It’s almost time for the Apple Hill℠ ranches to open. Whether you’re a first-timer to the ranches or have been going there for years, you’ll find these tips from Ann Wofford of Wofford Acres Vineyards useful.

Here are Ann’s top five tips to having a memorable time and getting the best service, and one essential tip if you ONLY visit in the Fall…

For the foodie: restaurants you have to try in El Dorado County

If you love food, El Dorado County is the place to be. From Mom and Pop restaurants to amazing breweries to organic bistros, there is something for every taste. If you’re planning your next night out, allow us to make a few dining recommendations!

Upcoming El Dorado County Events

Community Calendar

January 17, 2019
7:30 am Ag Council
11:00 am Newcomers Luncheon
6:30 pm Dining for Women
7:00 pm Learn to Square Dance
January 18, 2019
Haunted Hangtown Ghost Tours
5:00 pm Cronan Moonlight Hikes (And One Supermoon)

Bringing the pooch?

El Dorado County is a great place to travel with your dog.


Dog-friendly lodging | Dog-friendly things to do

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