El Dorado County

El Dorado: It conjures an enigmatic idea of fortune. It was, after all, here where the first of California’s gold was discovered. Today, the meaning is taken in a different context: the rich soils produce some exceptional wines, and the natural beauty, both of the rolling hills and soothing waterways, beckons visitors to indulge.

Fly Into

SMF Sacramento International Airport 
(Sacramento, CA)


60mins To El Dorado County, California
Where is

El Dorado County

  • United States
  • California

When To Go

When to Go

Opportunities for rafting, camping and gold panning can be enjoyed during the spring and summer, while snow sports are the preferred activity of choice during the wintertime.
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  • Sierra Foothills AVA
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Did you Know?

El Dorado County borders against the southern shores of Lake Tahoe, so be sure to check out this landmark during your visit.


Historic Cary House

Gold Rush themed suites help guests feel like they have been transported back in time as they walk the halls of this legendary hotel that has seen icons like Mark Twain and Elvis Presley visit. A few steps from the front door is historic Placerville.

Bed & Breakfast / Inn
The Albert Shafsky House

If you're searching for a charming bed and breakfast with lots to see and do, you've found it! This lovely Queen Anne Victorian Inn is steps away from historic downtown Placerville and prides itself on its sinfully soft 52,000 thread count sheets.


Aji Japanese Bistro

Atmosphere is comfortable, clean, well-decorated and classy. The menu is priced well and the staff is very attentive. This is a great place to go for a date night, a casual meal, night out with friends, or a business dinner.

Hog Wild Bar-B-Que

For anyone who can appreciate smoked perfection and great service, this is the best rib joint in the greater Sacramento Area.

Things To Do

Hangtown Gold Bug Park

Rocks, gold, mines & blacksmithing, a variety of tours, and just minutes off Highway 50. The self guided tours of the underground mine with audio set are very informative and fun. Great for kids. Great place to visit whether youre a local or just passing

Marshall Gold Discovery State Park

This little town is overflowing with gold rush history: they have an Indian grinding rock, a blacksmith shop, a dilapidated jail, and a museum.The docent-led tour is informative and fun There are several trails, including one to the James Marshall monumen


Sierra Vista Winery & Vineyard

This family-run winery takes great pride in its many varieties of wine, hospitality, and location in the Sierra Foothills. At any time of the year, you can enjoy a bottle of their wine from the comforts of the property’s shady picnic areas.

diVittorio Vineyard

This tasting room is in a little complex off the Carson exit on 50. Nice and simple, DiVittorio is worth going to, even without the traditional rustic views, for their many varietals and ports.

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