El Dorado County
El Dorado County
has always been known for warm hospitality, four-legged friends included.
Look for the paw-print logo popping up in merchant windows everywhere to identify many dog-friendly businesses and experience some pooch-pleasing fun.
Whitewater rafting, hiking
, picnicking, gold panning, fishing and camping
fill the spring and summer months in El Dorado County. The beautiful Sierra's welcome winter visitors with pure snow-sporting pleasure. Stay in one of many hotels or bed and breakfast inns. Choose from the area's dog-friendly wineries
or unique dining
experiences in El Dorado County.
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Glamping - Photo Credit: AutoCamp
Vintage travel-trailers, “glamping” tents and luxury yurts are part of an outdoorsy trend that is spreading all up and down California. For those who want to be close to nature but not have to wrestle with tent poles or bunk on the ground, it’s a concept that works. A top player is Auto Camp Airstream Parks, which operates three properties in downtown Santa Barbara; Guerneville in Sonoma County; and Midpines, not far from Yosemite National Park. more »
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 »
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Photo Credit: @leave_only_pawprints
Named for the mythical city of gold, El Dorado County epitomizes California Gold Country. Its county seat, Placerville, is named for the alluvial deposits in the American River where many a miner struck it rich. The town of Placerville also makes for an interesting visit with its dog-welcoming restaurants, shops and a historic and dog-friendly hotel, Cary House, right in the middle of the action. Read more about El Dorado County in last week’s Highway 50 Gold Country issue. more »
A Doggone Good Time at Apple Hill
Photo Credit: @mel.chacon5
September and October in El Dorado County means apples—lots and lots of apples and all the good things, from cider to pie, that go with them. But any time is a good time to visit some of the 50-plus family-owned farms, ranches and wineries operated by Apple Hill Growers. more »
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 »