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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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 »
Maci at Sly Park Recreation Area - Photo Credit: @maci_explores2
Once you reach Pollock Pines on Highway 50, you’re deep into Gold Country. And on a hot summer day, nothing could be more appealing than a dip in a turquoise-blue lake and a hike around it with your four-legged friend. Jenkinson Lake is the centerpiece of 650-acre Sly Park Recreation Area, and it’s gorgeous. 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 »
Photo Credit: @colby_1_kenobi
If pit toilets and DIY tent camping in general aren’t your style, you may find your bliss at one of California’s hundreds of private campgrounds. They range from family-friendly KOAs (Kampgrounds of America), with their swimming pools, playgrounds, camping cabins and dog parks; to luxury “glamping” resorts like AutoCamps in Guerneville and Santa Barbara, where DogTrekkers can overnight in shiny Airstream trailers. And there are many choices in between. more »