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Experience harvest season in Apple Hill, visit wineries during the crush, attend the Hangtown music festival, or just grab a world-famous apple donut.

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

3 Under-The-Radar Wineries In El Dorado County That Will Delight You

El Dorado County is an easy place for wine lovers to navigate, even for the ones who set foot here for the first time. Most of the popular and familiar wineries are located in the heart of the region with eye-catching signs to direct guests towards them. However, many of the best wineries in El Dorado are relatively obscure, with most of them still being family-run and some by appointment-only. To add to the aura of mystery, they are usually tucked away from the city center. But if you want to taste some exquisite wines while submersing yourself in a truly El Dorado experience, here are some of the under-the-radar wineries you must visit:

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.

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!

4 unique adventures on the road to Lake Tahoe

An average of 40,000 cars travel from Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe through the Sierra Nevada Foothills on scenic Highway 50 every day. But the vast majority have no idea what they are missing less than a mile away from this popular route. If you’re willing to explore, you’ll be rewarded with unique adventures (along with some photos, wine, and even a freshly baked pie!).

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.

4 of the Coolest Bars in El Dorado County

Who doesn’t love a good drink at the bar after a long day of hiking and sightseeing? Fortunately, for those planning to travel to El Dorado County, the area is dotted with amazing bars that offer the perfect blend of a delightful atmosphere, high-quality service, delicious food, and great drinks. Here are some of the most popular bars in the area that you must definitely visit:

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.

El Dorado County fall activities guide

If you’ve never explored El Dorado County in the fall, you’ll want to make sure you do this year. Autumn is the season for great weather, kaleidoscope foliage, apples, and a slew of one-of-a-kind events that appeal to all ages. Whether you come for the food, the scenery, the entertainment, or all the above, you’ll see why it’s easy to fall in love with fall here. Check out some of our favorite fall activities.

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.

Upcoming El Dorado County Events

Community Calendar

November 12, 2019
11:00 am LIVE WEBINAR: Mandatory 1-Hour Harassment Prevention Training for Non-Managers/N
5:00 pm Bingo
6:00 pm Genealogy
November 13, 2019
2:00 pm Boeger Winery Harvest Tours
6:00 pm IHSS Provider Appreciation Dinner
7:00 pm Learn to Square Dance

Bringing the pooch?

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


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