Walking Tours of Historic Main Street

The El Dorado County Historical Society is conducting guided tours of Historic Main Street by reservation. Groups can schedule a tour by contacting Marilyn Ferguson at (530) 626-0773 Wednesday through Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm. Tours can be booked for any day or time, and you will be contacted to confirm your tour date/time prior to your tour occurring.

The tour usually begins at the Fountain & Tallman Museum, 524 Main Street and lasts about 60 to 90 minutes. The tour guides are dressed in period costume and describe historic locations on Main Street between Cedar Ravine and Sacramento Street. Although the tour is free, donations to the Fountain & Tallman Museum are encouraged at a suggested rate of $2 per adult or $5 per family.

Haunted Hangtown Ghost Tours

Our ghost walks will give you a vivid history of haunted, historic Placerville a.k.a “old Hangtown”. We will share with you, through extensive research, the history as well as the haunted myths, lore, and legends. Oh, but our ghost hunts?

We will engage with our visitors in a real paranormal investigation using some of the latest equipment. What are we looking for? With your help, we will search for the fantastic, not the fantasy.

You see, the paranormal evidence that we will gather has a history. The spirits that live throughout the Gold Country, the Mother Lode and beyond have a grand history. We want to hear and tell the stories of days long gone by and learn of the people who lived them. Those people have names. They have stories. Our mission is to seek, not only paranormal evidence, but to find the stories and document them. Book your Haunted Hangtown Ghost Tour today!

Drone Photo 5 Miraflores Winery, El Dorado County

Miraflores Winery Tours

Miraflores Winery is honored to have been voted the region’s best winery, and to have received numerous awards from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. So how is it that they’re able to make such prestigious wines? Sign up for one of their tours to learn all about what goes into making their award-winning wines.

Tours are currently available Tuesday-Friday, and can accommodate up to 8 people. Please note that you will be charged upon reserving the tour, but may cancel for a refund up to 24 hours prior to the tour. Each tour comes with light snacks. Custom tours are available, and all tours are also available in Spanish. Email Miraflores to reserve your tour!

Living History Day Marshall Gold State Park Coloma El Dorado County

Gold Discovery Tours

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is pleased to offer visitors guided walking tours! The Gold Discovery Tour tells the story and visits the sites of the Coloma Valley before the discovery of gold by James Marshall. Learn about the events leading up to the discovery, the history of the California Gold Rush, and the town of Coloma.

Tours are offered at least twice a day, 11am and 1pm, weather permitting. Tour cost is $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child. There are no tours on event days including Coloma Gold Rush Live and Christmas in Coloma. Visitors are encouraged to come enjoy those events!

David Girard Vineyards exterior | El Dorado County

David Girard Vineyards Tours

More than twenty years ago, David Girard looked out at the stunning landscape rising 1400′ from the South Fork American River Valley and saw not only beauty but also great potential. In the heart of Gold Country — indeed, one mile from where gold was first discovered in 1848 — he envisioned an estate vineyard producing grapes of great distinction. David Girard Vineyards thrives by serving meticulously crafted wines in a gorgeous, historical setting on 85 total acres. The winery is renowned in the region and beyond for providing a serene, pleasurable destination for both its dedicated followers as well as first-time guests.

Enjoy a guided ATV tour of our organically farmed hillside vineyards and the winemaking facility. You’ll learn about the history, the connection to the Gold Rush, how the grapes are grown and the wine is made. Upon return, a private wine and cheese pairing awaits you. You will learn how the flavors of the cheese enhance the nuances of the wine, and how to select what cheese to go with what varietals. Book your Tour by calling the Tasting Room at 530.295.1833 or emailing David Girard Vineyards  Tours are limited to eight people.