El Dorado County is open for travel, and we’re eager to welcome you back! You may notice a few differences, including new social and safety protocols like social distancing and recommended mask-wearing. And, like a new haircut, they’re small changes that make take some time to get used to. Underneath the new look is the same welcoming place you know and love!

El Dorado County is open for travel | June 12, 2020

Where to begin? We’ve got a few recommendations to get you started.

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Wineries – Most wineries are encouraging reservations but will take walk-ins if they have space. While no longer required for wine tasting, seated wine flights are a fun and unique tasting experience (we highly recommend trying one!).

Boa Vista Orchards – Get your apple everything fix at Boa Vista, which features everything from fresh apples to homemade apple fritters, donuts, and pies.

Camino Ridge Blueberry U-Pick – Opening June 20 for all the delicious berries you can pick!  

Summer in Placerville - Photo: Bill Robinson

Photo courtesy of Bill Robinson

Placerville

Gold Bug Mine – The mine is not open, but the park is, which means you’re welcome to come and picnic or walk the nature trails throughout the park’s 61 acres.   

Smith Flat House – Built in 1853 on top of a gold mine, Smith Flat House is now open for lunch or dinner outside, along with live music Wednesday evenings.  Enjoy a safe and respectful dining experience on their amazing patio under a star-filled sky.

Historic Main Street businesses – Stroll along Placerville’s historic Main Street shopping district, where unique shops are open, including Placerville Hardware, art galleries, Dedrick’s Cheese, coffee shops, restaurants, and more. 
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Pleasant Valley

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coloma river at sunset

Coloma Valley

Wineries

Eat + Drink

  • Argonaut Café – Delicious farm-to-fork cuisine in an unsuspecting historic building in Marshall Gold Discovery State Park
  • Cool Beerwerks – Located in Cool, this craft brewery has interesting craft brews that pair well with their Hawaiian-Japanese fusion cuisine
  • Sierra Rizing Bakery – Enjoy small-batch local artisan-roasted coffees, fresh bakery goods, and more.

Explore

  • Cronin Ranch Trails – Go take a hike (or a bike ride) along the American River. Trails and parking are open.
  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Park – Trails, parking, and restrooms are open. Most buildings at the park are also open and the Gold Discovery guided walking tour is now available. Gold panning will be available by the weekend.
  • Georgetown – Don’t miss the shops, art gallery, and iconic Georgetown Hotel

 

El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills Town Center – Most restaurants and shops in the center are now open, including Milestone, Mimosa House, Folsom Bike, and more. 

Spring activities guide | Views from C.G. Di Arie Winery

Fair Play

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Stay

Make it a real getaway with an overnight stay at one of the charming hotels and bed and breakfast inns in El Dorado County, including

Farmers Markets

Seasonal farmers markets are now open, including:

  • Placerville Main Street – Wednesday evenings and Saturdays
  • El Dorado Hills – Sundays
  • South Lake Tahoe – Tuesdays

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