The El Dorado wine region is one of the most diverse wine designations in California, and Passport weekend is the best way to experience the unique character and flavors of the wines found here. During two weekends in April, you can explore over 20 different wineries, from Apple Hill™ to charming historic towns. Winemakers and wineries roll out their red carpet, which means access to limited bottlings, rare varietals, live music, special wine offers, and more.
Waterfall and wildflower hikes
There’s no better way to appreciate the wonders of spring than to take a hike in El Dorado County. Think majestic waterfalls, abundant wildflowers, and jaw-dropping vistas. Here are a few to get you started:
- Cascade Falls– This is one of the best short hikes you can do in the Emerald Bay area. It is only 1.5 miles round trip to the top of the falls with great views of Cascade Lake and, of course, Lake Tahoe! The waterfall is about 200 feet and is very impressive.
- Bassi Falls– This short hike is in the Eldorado National Forest off Ice House Road. It’s approximately 1.2 miles roundtrip from the parking lot to the 100_ foot waterfall.
- Park Creek Waterfall– The Park Creek Waterfall can be found at Sly Park at Hazel Creek Meadow and is approximately two miles roundtrip.
El Dorado County is home to the South Fork of the American River, the West Coast’s most popular whitewater spot, offering a variety of intermediate (Class III) adventures a stone’s throw from where the Gold Rush began. Spring rafting trips, which range in distance and ability, are an excellent opportunity to get on the river and save since there are plenty of early season rafting specials available through the end of May.
Spring skiing and riding
Some would argue that spring is the best time to enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe. California sunshine, longer days, and mild weather make for terrific snow conditions and the perfect opportunity to perfect your goggle tan. Throw in a slew of spring events (like Spring Loaded in South Lake Tahoe, Boarding for Breast Cancer at Sierra-at-Tahoe, and the Freeride World Qualifier at Kirkwood), and suddenly it becomes a party! And with the Tahoe ski resorts remaining open through April, you’ve got ample time to get in your turns… and fun.