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The Eden Vale Inn is an unforgettable romantic retreat in Northern California and has been named one of “America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns". Our Placerville, CA bed and breakfast offers contemporary guest rooms with private luxury baths, acres of Sierra Foothills gardens and a beautiful swimming pond.
Our Sierra Foothills lodging features tasteful and sophisticated décor with all the modern conveniences of a luxury hotel. All our rooms include private garden entrances, romantic gas fireplaces, luxury bathrooms, HD TV’s & DVD-BluRay players, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet. Wander the extensive grounds and experience the intimacy of the beautifully landscaped gardens and pond. Then feed your romantic spirit by sipping wine in front of your fireplace, indulging in a spa treatment, or soaking in your own private couple’s outdoor soaking tub.
This superb Sierra Foothills bed and breakfast setting puts you just minutes from historic Placerville and Coloma, the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, California’s Historic Hwy 49 (the Gold Country Highway), American River white water rafting, the Apple Hill Harvest, Placerville, Coloma and Cameron Park Dining, Shopping, and our award winning Sierra Foothills wineries. The Sierra Foothills Wineries, led by El Dorado County, earned bragging rights this year by winning 51 Gold and Double Gold prizes for their red wines at the 2011 California State Fair, more than Napa and Sonoma combined! Eden Vale Inn personifies the new El Dorado – a place whose richness and abundance is now measured in a lot more than California gold.
Breakfast at our Placerville inn highlights the bounty of the El Dorado region, including produce from Apple Hill, local farms and even our own gardens. Our seasonal menu features California cuisine, including fresh baked scones, blueberry buttermilk pancakes, with local blueberries, juice from locally grown oranges, and flaky quiches made with tomatoes and herbs from the garden. Breakfast is served buffet-style and can be enjoyed out on one of our many patios, decks or sunrooms.
Eden Vale Inn and Spa near Placerville offers several massage therapy options to help you wind down and reinvigorate. Your certified and licensed massage therapist will consult with you to individualize your massage.
$130 for 60-Minutes, $20 each additional 15-minutes *
Deep Tissue Massage
$155 for 60-Minutes Hands-On
Hot Stone Therapy
$145 for 60-Minutes Hands-On
$130 for 60-Minutes Hands-On
You must schedule massages in advance so that we can make an appointment for you and your massage therapist(s). If you choose to make a reservation On-Line, after selecting your room you will have the option to add various extras such as therapies. Or, you can follow-up with a telephone call or email.
Things To Do
El Dorado County is one of the most diverse, exciting and beautiful places you will ever experience. Nestled in the Sierra Foothills, the region provides an incredibly rewarding escape for anyone who enjoys food and wine, nature, outdoor activities, and Gold Country history. It has served as the backdrop for dozens of movies, including The Horse Whisperer, White Mile, The Bodyguard, Out of the Woods, and The Valley of Light.
The spring, summer, and fall seasons in the Gold Country provide for wine tasting, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing, antiquing, gold panning, and exploring the historic towns of Placerville, Coloma, Diamond Springs, Jackson, Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Winter brings a fresh range of new activities. Perhaps the snow sports of the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range will tempt you. Because of the milder winters at our elevation, many activities are available year-round. This includes most of the hiking and biking trails and the local wineries are always open.
El Dorado Wine Country Seasons: The spring, summer, and fall seasons in the California Gold Country provide for El Dorado County and Amador County wine tasting, American River whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing, antiquing, gold panning, and exploring the historic towns of Placerville, Coloma, Diamond Springs, Jackson, Grass Valley and Nevada City. Winter brings a fresh range of new activities such as snow sports at the nearby Lake Tahoe, NV resorts. Yet, because of the milder winters at our Sierra Nevada Foothills elevation, many activities are available year-round including most of the hiking and biking trails. The more than 80 wineries are always open.
El Dorado County and Amador County is home to over 80 family-owned wineries that beckon visitors. As compared to Napa you will find much more intimate service at fraction of the cost. You can choose from a diversity of award winning wines. You'lll love the friendly tasting room staffs idyllic views vineyard and mountain views. Winter is a beautiful time of year to visit El Dorado's wine country. Weather is mild and the tasting rooms are uncrowded, giving you even more opportunities to talk with our winemaking families. Special annual events at the wineries are Passport Weekends (March/April) and Barrel Tasting Weekend (January). Some of our favorites are: DK Cellars, David Girard, Gold Hill, Venezio, Lava Cap, Dillon, Cedarville, Holly Hill, Sierra Vista, Vino Noceto, Windwalker and many more. There a so many good wines we can't list them all.
For more information Sierra Foothills Wine visit these regional websites:
El Dorado County Wines
Amador County Wines
Sacramento Wine Region, 197 Wineries
Historic Main Street in downtown Placerville offers a variety of shops and will no doubt have something for everyone; tiny gift shops, art galleries, antiques shops, clothing stores and hand crafted jewelry to name just a few. Some of the more popular Placerville events have been the Art & Wine Festival, Bell Tower Brewfest, Craft and Antique Fair, Classic Car Show and the Festival of Lights that signals the start of the busy holiday season.
Make sure you especially check out: Placerville Clothing Company, Violets Are Blue Consignment, Placerville Hardware (in business since 1851 - they have everything!), The Bookery, Raven's Tale Books, Winterhill Olive Oil, Tony Matthews Housewares, Placerville Antiques & Collectables, The Lighthouse and Dedrick's Cheese.
El Dorado County is one of the last great places to find family run wineries, orchards and farms. Check out these resources when planning a tour:
El Dorado County Farm Trails
El Dorado County Visitor Authority
Gayle is an avid gardener and has scoped out all the best in gardens and nurseries. Her garden features plants from many of them and she is more than happy to share her gardening successes and challenges. Visit the nearby Gold Hill Olive Oil Company to taste excellent olive oils and to see one of the newest agricultural ventures. For the gardener Gayle recommends visits to:
Lotus Valley Nursery and Gardens
Lotus Bonsai Nursery
Amador Flower Farm
Golden Gecko Garden Center
Many artists have come to this rich fertile area to follow their passion. You can visit several artist collectives that showcase some of the best. A few we recommend:
Gold Country Artists Gallery
El Dorado Arts Council
Whitewater Rafting (April thru October)
Cascading down from the Sierra Nevada runs the West's most popular whitewater river - the South Fork of the American River. An intermediate (Class III) river, the South Fork American River is suitable for kids aged 7 to 75! In nearby Coloma, on the American River is where James Marshall discovered gold. An El Dorado County white water rafting trip combines the river's natural beauty, rich historical background, and exhilarating rapids into one great whitewater vacation experience. Half and full-day trips are available.
For more information on the river and the many good rafting companies see The American River
Hiking, Biking and Horse Trail Riding
Cronan Ranch Regional Trails (hiking and equestrian), Monroe Ridge Trail (hiking), Auburn State Recreation Area (hiking, biking and equestrian), Tahoe Rim Trail and the Western States Trail all offer a multitude of outdoor activities within easy driving range of Eden Vale Inn.
American River Conservancy
Cronan Ranch Trail Map
Dave Moore Nature Area
Henningson Lotus Park
Monroe Ridge Trail
Tahoe Rim Trail
Western States Trail Equestrian
Western States Trail Run
Dave Moore Nature Area is located approximately two miles west of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park at Coloma on Highway 49 along the scenic and popular South Fork American River. One of the main features of the Dave Moore Nature Area is a loop trail about a mile long which goes from the parking lot trail head to the South Fork American River and back again passing through several habitat types.
Explore the spectacular Tahoe Rim Trail as it follows the ridges and mountain tops that circle Lake Tahoe. Winding for 150 miles, the TRT was built to accommodate hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, and to showcase breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, California's High Sierra, and the Great Basin of western Nevada.
Bring your bike to explore on road and off road adventures. Several local bike shops will help you with routes and equipment. Golden Spoke Bike Shop and Gold Country Cycling are some of the best. Check out their websites for touring maps and advice on the local area.
Desolation Wilderness in the El Dorado National Forest is 12 miles long and 8 miles wide and is accessed by 15 named and numbered trailheads. The relatively small 63,960 acre Desolation Wilderness contains many small streams with about 150 alpine and sub-alpine lakes. Many high country destinations, including the Carson Pass area are reasonable day hikes from Eden Vale Inn.
Gold Panning, Mining, and History
Rent a pan or bring your own. There is an area just across the South Fork of the American River from Marshall Gold Discovery State Park where you can settle in and try your luck. If Rodney is around, he is a fixture in the park, you might be lucky enough to get a lesson in gold panning from him. The Gold Bug Mine and Parkin Placerville hosts Hattie's museum, a 362-foot hard rock mine, gift shop, stamp mill, hiking trails and gold panning and makes for a terrific outdoor adventure. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day of history and fun at the park.
Apple Mountain Golf Course
18 holes over 6,450 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
3455 Carson Rd
Camino, CA 95709-9595
Within 2 hours drive of Eden Vale Inn are a number of top notch ski resorts:
Sierra at Tahoe,
Heavenly at Tahoe,
Kirkwood (downhill and cross country)
Royal Gorge (cross country)
The fabulous new Red Hawk Casino is within five miles. Five restaurants are featured some with great views of the Sierras and Foothills.