Placerville, California

Placerville, California

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Strike Gold With El Dorado County Wines

Lava Cap Winery - Photo Credit: @gullys_travels
Lava Cap Winery - Photo Credit: @gullys_travels

Although sprawling El Dorado County has quite a few craft breweries, it’s better known for its wine, apples and other fresh produce. The EDC Wine Trail features more than a dozen wineries on both sides of Highway 50 that welcome dogs and provide scenic rural vistas in the process. more »

Up the Hill in Placerville With Your Furry Sidekick

Lucy hoping for a bite at Jack Russell Brewery. <br/> Photo Credit: @tbutcherskitchen
Lucy hoping for a bite at Jack Russell Brewery.
Photo Credit: @tbutcherskitchen

The El Dorado County seat was named for the alluvial deposits that drew prospectors here during the Gold Rush. It’s nickname, “Hangtown,” relates to the lawlessness of the times. Today, however, it’s one of the most picturesque, bustling and dog-friendly of Gold Country towns. more »

A Cluster of Winery Finds In Gold Country

Boogie at Fenton Herriott Vineyards. Photo Credit: @hi_ericabrown
Boogie at Fenton Herriott Vineyards. Photo Credit: @hi_ericabrown

Wine grapes were introduced to the Sierra Nevada foothills during the Gold Rush years, when miners were thirsty for refreshment and farmers eager to provide. Today, the Sierra Foothills AVA (American Viticultural Area) stretches from Yuba County in the north to Mariposa County in the south, with five smaller AVAs under the umbrella designation. Two of them, El Dorado and Fair Play, are in El Dorado County, within easy striking distance of Sacramento, gateway to the Gold Country wine country. more »

Gold Country Getaways

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Kennedy Meadows in Sonora. Rachael Moore (CC)
On Highway 49 you’ll find a string of Gold Rush-era towns delightfully uncrowded at this time of year. While Sutter Creek and Jackson are well known bed-and-breakfast havens, DogTrekkers in search of cottage accommodations will strike gold with private vacation rentals such as the family-friendly Sutter Creek Cottage, situated right on Sutter Creek and just two blocks from Main Street’s half-mile-long strip of antiques stores, boutiques, tasting rooms and restaurants, many of them dog friendly. more »

King Fire Update: El Dorado County Businesses Are Open

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Apples ready to pick on Apple Hill. (CC) Scott Schrantz
El Dorado County Visitors Authority is helping to get the word out that their towns and businesses are open for business during the King Fire that is currently burning in parts of the county. “Visitors need to know that the Farms & Ranches of the Apple Hill® have blue skies and sunshine the majority of the time. It is such a wonderful time of year and it shouldn’t be missed.” said Jody Franklin Executive Director of Tourism for the El Dorado County Visitors Authority.  more »

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