This part of Northern California, with its old-world architecture and idyllic views, is the perfect blend of a laid-back atmosphere with ample opportunities for exciting outdoor activities. And that’s what makes it a great vacation destination all year round, no matter the season and even if you only have one day.
Here are some of the fun things you can do in El Dorado County, even with only a day in hand:
1. Explore Its Culinary Delights
El Dorado County is a treasure trove of good food and even better drinks. The region is dotted with restaurants and cafes that have delicious offerings on their menus. Get your breakfast, lunch, and dinner fix at places like Early Toast Mimosa House, Sweetie Pie’s or The Farm Table Restaurant. Many of these places in El Dorado County serve fresh, organic foods and drinks that they make using locally sourced ingredients. You can also hit up one of the many bars in the area.
2. Step into its Gold Rush history
There are many places in and around El Dorado County that are a testament to its Gold Rush past. You can visit the very spot where it all began: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, which is located less than 10 miles from Placerville. There are places like the Gold Bug Mine that take you back in time and allow you to experience life like it was during the Gold Rush days. You can also take gold panning lessons and try your luck at one of their panning troughs!
3. Go hiking to exercise your muscles and breathe in the beauty of nature
El Dorado County is a hikers’ paradise. There are dozens of hiking trails up the rolling Sierra foothills, around serene lakes, through lush forests, along brooks and creeks, and even on the vast granite expanses of the high mountains. Here hiking is truly a four-season activity. While most people like to hike the trails in spring and summer, you can do so even during fall and winter when the trails take on a breathtaking appearance. If hiking is not your thing, you can also go mountain biking in Lake Tahoe. Trust us; you’ll love it.
4. Experience the luxury of El Dorado Wine Country
El Dorado County is a must-visit for wine lovers. Unassuming estates hidden behind verdant, green vineyards, underrated wineries located next to picturesque lakes, and educational tasting sessions that are an experience in themselves – El Dorado wine country is as diverse and unique as the place itself. It is home to 70 wineries that produce distinctive and delicious wines that will delight even the most discerning oenophile.