Apple Hill Wineries and Sierra Foothills Wineries Wine Club for a Day Map

Madrona Vineyards Tasting Room and David Girard Vineyards Grapes

Madrona Vineyards Tasting Room and David Girard Vineyard Grapes

Sierra Foothills wineries are beautiful get-aways, very near Eden Vale Inn. All of them offer outstanding taste and value. Many of these wineries win awards!  We personally know and visit many of the winery owners in the Sierra Foothills Wine Region. Our guests enjoy the beauty of the rolling hills, and the delicious varieties of wine that the area’s microclimates develop. Spending a day in nearby El Dorado County and Apple Hill wineries is relaxing, beautiful, and perfect for the wine enthusiast. Amador County wineries are just a little farther away, an easy day trip.

Eden Vale Inn Wine Map For a DayOur guests and wineries all love Eden Vale Inn’s Wine Club for a Day program. Included with your stay at no extra cost is your embossed wine map as part of your exclusive welcome packet. The map is a great guide to the area. Present it to the wineries you visit to receive discounts on your purchases – typically 20% to 25%. There is no obligation. This is a great way to taste the wines that received more gold medals in red wine at the prestigious California State Fair Wine Competition than Napa and Sonoma entries combined!

Holly's Hill Vineyards view of vineyard

Holly’s Hill Vineyards

In many ways, the Sierra Foothills wine tasting experience is a welcome change compared to Napa and Sonoma. We have smaller and more intimate wineries. You can enjoy interesting conversations about the wines, grapes, and area with tasting room managers, and often winemakers and owners. We have less traffic, delicious wines, and great value. The views are fantastic with a great day of fresh air. Winter has snow-capped mountains. Spring is lush and green, summer is cool because of the altitude, and autumn has golden colors in the oak foothills.

Eden Vale Inn B&B pond at sunset with wine glassOver 100 award-winning wineries are within a one-hour drive of our Placerville bed and breakfast. We are developing wine tours and packages to go along with our Eden Vale Inn Wine Map of El Dorado County. Please call to inquire:  530-621-0901.

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Articles on Bed and Breakfasts featuring Eden Vale Inn

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Eden Vale Inn breakfast – photo by Tom Bentley of the LA Times

Running a bed and breakfast is a labor of love. At Eden Vale Inn it is always great to see our top rated guest reviews. They tell us that we really are helping our guests to relax and unwind, to have romantic getaways, and to celebrate family weddings and gatherings. We also love to see press articles on beds and breakfast that feature us. The recent LA Times article written by journalist Tom Bentley describes how much he liked Eden Vale Inn when he stayed with us for a wedding.

Articles about our Bed and Breakfast from the Start

Articles about Eden Vale InnFrom the beginning, when we first converted our historic barn into a top class bed and breakfast, we have been written about. We are featured in many newspapers and journals like the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic and other travel guides, Sactown Magazine, and travel blogs like

Eden Vale Inn - Madrone RoomCome stay with us and see for yourself what everyone is raving about! Feel free to contact us with any questions and look at our specials – we have lower winter rates through the first week of May.

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Trails in Placerville CA – Bicycle the East El Dorado Trail!

El Dorado Trail - Young family on country bike rideThe El Dorado Trail is one of the longest trails in Placerville CA – over 35 miles long. Some sections are Class I and paved, making it easy to bicycle for the whole family. Other sections are dirt trails of medium and difficult grade. It has something for everyone! You can look at an online trail map. We share details below.

El Dorado Trail underpass

El Dorado Trail – the east section, in Placerville CA

The El Dorado Trail runs along old railroad lines that used to take lumber from Camino down to Sacramento. The east section goes from Placerville CA uphill toward Apple Hill. It winds through tall ponderosa pines and incense cedars. The west section of the trail goes from Placerville all the way to Sacramento County.

Placerville Bike Shop - Andrew & Jeff Molinare

Placerville Bike Shop – Andrew & Jeff Molinare

Bike Rental Specials with the Placerville Bike Shop

Eden Vale Inn has a 2-for-1 bike rental special with the Placerville Bike Shop for our guests staying 2 or more nights. We recently rode the trail with the help of the friendly family who runs it.

Placerville Bike Shop exteriorThe Placerville bike shop rents multi-purpose bikes for adults and children. They also rent side carts for small children and bike racks. Just ask, and they will loan you a helmet. They are required for children, and we adults always wear them. Safety first!

This week, we rode on the east section, a Class I paved multi-use trail. Matt in the bike shop told us that people love the views of the meadows and oak trees, and its peaceful quiet. There are not a lot of people on the trail, and it is conveniently close to the bike shop. Here are three places to start you ride, and some intersections to be aware of.

Parking Choice #1 – in Downtown Placerville

Ivy House Parking lot in Placerville CA

We chose to pick up the trail close to central downtown. We exited the bike shop, turned right on Broadway, then left at the T on Mosquito Road. We went just ¼ of a mile farther west on what becomes Main Street. We parked in the Ivy House Lot at Clay Street. The lot is across from the Cozmic Café where you can have a light lunch or beverage before or after your ride. Parking in the lot is free for 2 hours, and $1 thereafter for a maximum charge of $6. You can ride your bike out of this lot heading north, and pick up the trail on your right almost immediately.

Trail entrance near Ivy House Lot

El Dorado Trail Entrance near Ivy House Lot on Clay Street

Parking Choice #2 – Mosquito Road Station Lot

We cycled the trail to the Mosquito Road Station lot. You can also start from there. Parking is free and there are many spaces. You can leave your car there until 11pm. A restroom is available. To drive there, turn right out of the bike shop on Broadway. Travel 0.4 miles to the T intersection at Mosquito Road and turn right. Just beyond the overpass is a gravel parking lot on your left at Locust Ave.

You can ride your bike right out of the lot onto the trail heading east. Here is the trail entrance from the lot – just bike across the street and head onward onto the trail.

Trial entrance near Mosquito Lot

Trial entrance at Mosquito Road station parking lot

At this point, you are in the trees! It is a beautiful ride. We went through the round underpass, and along the quiet trail to Jaquier Road. Pay attention at this merge onto the street, below. If you have children with you, you might want to dismount at the “x” you see below, and cross the street at the crosswalk that is there. Adults can continue to the stop sign and ride across the street, continuing forward.

Jaquier Road merge

Jaquier Road merge

You just have to ride on a right shoulder for a minute or so and then you are back on the trail at the large trailhead on Jaquier Road at Camellia Lane.

Parking Choice #3 – Trailhead on Jaquier Road at Camellia Lane

Jaquier Road trailhead - Camellia Ln

Jaquier Road trailhead entrance at Camellia Lane

The Jaquier Road trailhead has a large paved lot with portable restrooms. It is a good place to park if you want to ride from there to the east trail end, another 4.5 miles uphill. There is ample space for horse trailers. Keep in mind that walkers, joggers, dogs and equestrians may be on the trail. Trail etiquette is to greet a horse and its rider, to reassure the horse. Dogs need to be on leash.

We rode a little farther. Then we had a nice rest and looked at our trail map.

El Dorado Trail rest stop

When we turned around and went back, we whizzed downhill at a great speed! This is a great little stretch for a family or a casual ride as part of a busier day.

Feel free to contact us to learn more about Eden Vale Inn bike specials, local trails, and our lodging specials. Happy cycling!

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Top 4 Benefits of Massage – All at Eden Vale Inn

Eden Vale Inn Massage BackRelax and De-Stress

Many of our guests come to us to unwind and release the stress of their busy lives. Massage in our calming spa is a great way to relax and let go. Massage therapists know that when your stress levels go down, your health improves. You sleep better, have more energy, and better circulation. Mentally, massage improves your concentration and reduces anxiety. And a massage can give you a sense of emotional balance, perspective, and clarity that is just wonderful.

Senior couple dancing in nature

Feel Younger and Move More Easily

One of the best benefits of massage is that it helps your body move more easily! Massage helps to exercise and stretch tight or weaker muscles. It increases joint flexibility. Massage reduces that nagging low-back pain. It also helps improve your range of motion and joint flexibility. How nice!

Feel better with reduced pain

The Mayo Clinic explains that massage helps with headaches, fibromyalgia, and nerve pain. It also improves strains and injuries. Why? Every massage therapist will tell you that massage releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Even migraine pain is helped. And depression and anxiety are reduced too.

Couple running at sunset

Be a better athlete

Massage sessions can reduce inflammation, says the Huffington Post. One of the benefits of massage is to help your muscles recover after a hard workout. Massage also helps athletes of any level prepare for workouts as well as recover from them.

Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast Couple's Massage in SpaChoose your massage style

Our gifted and caring Certified Massage Therapists offer several types of massage. Swedish Massage is great for relaxation and de-stressing. Deep Tissue Massage helps to relax your tense muscles where aches and pains are held. Hot Stone Therapy is a delightful experience that helps to melt away your muscle stiffness. Heated stones, placed on key points in the body, also increase circulation and deepen relaxation.

At Eden Vale Inn we offer couples massages romance packages. Combine your soothing massage with a deep couples hot soak. Add champagne and chocolate. Or have herbal tea delivered to your room after your massage. These and other romantic touches help you enjoy each other more.


50K Races in 2015 – Near Eden Vale Inn

5K, 10K, and 50K races in 2015 take place all year long near Eden Vale Inn. There is even a night-time trail run! We offers runners and their supporters special lodging packages by contacting us.

Way 2 Cool 50K endurance run gate

Source – NorCalUltras

50K Races in 2015 – Way Too Cool!

Saturday, March 7, 2015 is the Way Too Cool endurance run of 50K (that’s 31 miles!). This endurance event begins and ends in Cool, California. This race is a very popular 50K for veterans and novices alike. 1,100 runners will compete this year on local trails. The course is on breathtaking trails with amazing views. There is a great volunteer group who staff aid stations all along the way. The Way Too Cool Race is a fun adventure for runners and supporters alike.

Way Too Cool 50K runners along trail

Source – NorCalUltras

The gorgeous Sierra Nevada foothills race has many great features. The Way Too Cool Race is 98% trail, mostly single track. There is no two-way traffic. And yes, you get to run on the Secret Trail – with its spectacular scenery. If you are a fan, there’s improved spectator access this year. Cool, California is near the Endurance Capital of the World, Auburn CA. They share the Auburn Ravine, providing trails of steep grade and stunning views.

Races in Cool, California in May and June

Saturday, May 9, 2015 is the Dirty Secret Trail Run. It is full of challenges. Choose from the Short Course of 5.8 miles and the Long Course of 10.3 miles.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 is the Twilight Trail Adventure Runs.This is a 10K & 5K night-time run! It provides novice and veteran runners a fun, safe experience practicing trail running at night.

Runners Packages at Eden Vale Inn

Eden Vale Inn - Madrone RoomEden Vale Inn has a Runners Package. We offer:eden-vale-inn-liveoak-garden-room-tub

  • Made to order breakfast on race day
  • Therapeutic Sports Massage – 1 hour for $99 (must book ahead)
  • Couple’s deep soaking spa tubs outside your room
  • 10% off on 3-night stays

We are about 15 minutes from Cool, California. Contact us to get your Runners Package! (530) 621-0901.

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4 Best Places for California Gold Rush History

Tin Smith 2015

Kids hammer enthusiastically behind Stacey, the a volunteer at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park who taught them the historic craft of tin smithing.

California Gold Rush history can be experienced in 4 top-notch museums in Coloma and Placerville, California, right near Eden Vale Inn.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

California Gold Rush history is the center of Coloma, California, where James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill. The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park has a great museum, outdoor exhibits, gold panning lessons, tours, and living history days on the second Saturday of the month.

Sutter's Mill at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma CA

Sutter’s Mill at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma CA

Marshall Gold Discovery park is open every day. Tours and gold panning lessons are held several times a day. See Sutter’s Mill, Marshall’s Monument, and the blacksmith ship where volunteers make various iron items in front of your eyes.  On second Saturdays history comes alive! Volunteer docents in period dress show and talk about aspects of pioneer life, such as tin smithing, rope making, candle dipping, and old-fashioned log sawing. The activities are hands-on, and kids especially love doing these activities themselves.

Gold Bug Park and Hattie Museum

Gold Bug Mine collage

In Placerville, the Gold Bug Mine is a real mine that you can explore on self-led tours using headsets. You can also pan for gold there. The two-story Hattie Museum and Interpretive Center has gold rush history exhibits and a gift store. It’s all on 61 acres that have several easy walking trails and picnic areas, including a lovely spot by a stream. Make sure to see the Joshua Hendy Stamp Mill that recreates the large stamp mills used to crush ore. See the Gold Bug Park website for hours and admission.

El Dorado County Historical Society’s Fountain-Tallman Museum

Fountain-Tallman MuseumThe “biggest little museum in the West,” the Fountain-Tallman Museum is in the oldest building on Main Street Placerville CA, #524. This two-story building has exhibits of the California Gold Rush of 1848, through buttons and catalogs of 1895, to a telephone switchboard from 1926. Gold rush exhibits include the Miwok and Chinese workers, and the bible of Snowshow Thompson who brought the mail no matter what.

Open Wed – Sun 11am-4pm. See the website for more details.

El Dorado County Historical Museum

El Dorado County Historical Museum miniature moving mill

This miniature of a mining site has moving trains – just ask the docent to turn it on!

California Gold Rush history is alive on Placerville Drive. Outdoor exhibits include logging transportation and train equipment. The museum itself is connected to real train rides on a historic train in the area – see the website for times. Inside are exhibits and artifacts on the gold rush and later. The museum has a book store, and a research room if you think you might have had family living in the area.

Eden Vale Inn - Madrone RoomWe’re always happy to help our guests learn more about area attractions. See our winter specials at Eden Vale Inn – or feel free to call us at (530) 621-0901.

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Snow Play near Placerville CA – Fun for the Kids!

Snow play near Placerville CA and Eden Vale InnSnow play near Placerville CA is just an hour’s drive for our guests at Eden Vale Inn. Families who stay with us love to take the kids to the SnoParks just up Highway 50. California State parks run these fun, safe places to play in the snow. The closest park is at Echo Lake, #5 on the State Park map.

little smiling girl with white mugGet some hot cider and a hot apple fritter on the way back to Eden Vale Inn at Apple Hill! Boa Vista is one place that is open all year round, selling baked goods, hot cider, and local food items. They even have apple wine tasting!

Happy Family FireplaceWe have the fireplaces going for you at Eden Vale Inn. Call us for our winter specials, 530-621-0901! Or click here for our Eden Vale Inn room specials.

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Best Way to Enjoy Apple Hill and El Dorado County Wineries – at a discount!

Apple Hill wineries and El Dorado County wineries love Eden Vale Inn‘s Wine Club for a Day Map. It’s a great way for our guests to navigate the beautiful Sierra Foothills country roads, and get great discounts on wine purchases – up to 25% off.

Crystal Basin Mike Owen Jack Eden Vale Wine Map for a Day Map

Crystal Basin Cellars loves Eden Vale Inn’s Wine Club for a Day map

Mike Owen, owner of Crystal Basin Cellars, and Jack of its tasting room, at right, love when Eden Vale Inn guests come in for their tastings. You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the barrels. Just like this happy wine crowd who are enjoying delicious vintages.

Illuminare Eden Vale Wine Map for a Day Map

Illuminare Winery in Apple Hill loves Eden Vale Inn’s Wine Club for a Day map

Illuminare Winery also loves the map. It brings in our guests who enjoy the travel to Apple Hill along gorgeous country roads.

Grace Patriot Bea Lindsay Eden Vale Wine Map for a Day Map

Grace Patriot Wines loves Eden Vale Inn’s Wine Club for a Day map

Grace Patriot Wines makes some of the best small batch wines in the area. Sit on their patio and sip their cabernet. You will be surrounded by their cabernet vines! They, like many wineries, have special events. Valentine’s Day they the chocolate fountain will be going all day long – and they will bring out classic vintages.

Eden Vale Inn - Madrone Room

Come enjoy a quiet, beautiful Sierra Foothills getaway at Eden Vale Inn. We’ll give you your own personalized, embossed wine map for a great day. We will give you a gourmet breakfast and you can enjoy our luxurious accommodations.

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Happy New Year from Placerville CA Bed and Breakfast — We’re warm in the winter!

Eden-Vale-Inn-Happy-New-Year photo of Gayle and Mark

Happy New Year
from our Placerville CA bed and breakfast.
Gayle, Mark, Sidney the Dog, Mr. Bushwhack the Cat, and all our staff wish you the best in 2015.

Eden Vale Inn Placerville CA Fireplace

Our Sierra Foothills winter weather is cool and sunny. Air outside is fresh, clean and crisp. The fireplace inside is toasty here at Eden Vale Inn. Come visit and be warm and cozy over your personalized gourmet breakfast. Enjoy our homemade quiches, potatoes, and scones. Everything is made fresh daily at Eden Vale Inn, and many of our ingredients are grown onsite – even in winter!

Eden Vale Inn Placerville CA fire pit

Plan your next getaway to bright winter starlight and our blazing outdoor fire pit. Call us at 530-621-0901 or click for our room specials at Eden Vale Inn. We look forward to seeing you in the next year!

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Top 4 New Years Eve Restaurants near Placerville CA

New Years Eve DinnerThese top 4 New Years Eve restaurants near Placerville CA give you a delicious way to ring in the new year. The Sierra Foothills have excellent dining options near Eden Vale Inn. Four of our favorite restaurants are offering special menus for a fantastic, festive night.

Smith Flat House

Smith-Flat-RibeyeThis Placerville restaurant features fresh ingredients from local farmers, winemakers and other food artisans. The Smith Flat House presents a 6-course New Year’s Eve feast! Courses are seared scallop, cream of parsnip soup, salad of little gems, raspberry sorbet, sweet potato gnocchi. For the finale, prime rib or Pacific halibut. Reservations can be made at 530-621-1003.

The Farm TableFarm-Table-Mussels

Placerville CA’s newest farm-to-fork restaurant in Historic Downtown Placerville presents a special New Year’s Eve Prix Fix Menu. Dishes include lobster and artichoke bisques, red romaine and shaved fennel salad, rabbit pot pie, shrimp étouffée, and soufflé. Call them at 530-295-8140 to reserve seats for their early 5pm seating, or their later 8pm seating.

The Independent Restaurant and BarIndependent skirt steak

The Independent is known for its American Fusion style, combining the best cuisine of the many styles of regional American cooking. Make your reservation now for their special New Year’s Eve dinner: 530-344-7645.

Cafe Mahjaic

cafemahjaic-new-years-eve-dinnerChef John Metropulos makes “food with love.” Enjoy a special 4-course New Years Eve dinner in the historic brick buildings in Lotus, built in 1865! The cuisine is New American, a mixture of all ethnic backgrounds.  All food and breads are made from scratch. Meats and grains are organic, and fresh fish from the ocean. Reservations are recommended – call 530-622-9587.

Eden Vale Inn  - Madrone RoomEnjoy the beauty and romance of the Sierra Foothills when you stay at Eden Vale Inn. We are a top rated romantic bed and breakfast, and your luxurious retreat. Call us for more information, 530-621-0901.

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