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

Holly's Hill Vineyards view of vineyard

Holly’s Hill Vineyards

Sierra Foothills wineries are beautiful get-aways, very close to Eden Vale Inn. Many of the area wineries are award-winning. All of them offer outstanding taste and value. 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 Day

We are pleased to offer our guests our new 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!

Madrona Vineyards Tasting Room and David Girard Vineyards Grapes

Madrona Vineyards Tasting Room and David Girard Vineyard Grapes

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. Autumn has golden colors in the oak foothills. Summer is cool because of the altitude, and spring is lush and green.

Eden Vale Inn B&B pond at sunset with wine glass

Over 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.


Placerville CA’s Newest Restaurant: Farm Table!

Farm Table Sign and Interior Placerville CA restaurantBrand new! The Farm Table is now one of Placerville, CA’s best casual restaurants, on historic Main Street Placerville. Superb cooking with local ingredients. The Taylor family farm, at nearby Apple Hill, CA, provides the freshest local vegetables and herbs. Farm Table serves hand-crafted meats in sandwiches and salads, and delicious vegetarian dishes too.

Farm Table Charcuterie Platter

For years Kara and Zach Taylor have sold hand-made sausages from their own recipes at local farmers’ markets. Now they serve delicious farm-to-table lunches, dinners, and take-away choices right on Main Street Placerville. Perfect for meat-lovers and vegetarians alike.

Farm Table Sign Daily Offerings Placerville CA restaurantBuck Davis is Head Chef and Baker. Very friendly! He uses his own recipes, even for breads, like his homemade pretzel roll and special focaccia. We had a treat with the vegetarian option – their ratatouille on polenta was fantastic! The polenta was deliciously fluffy, with a satisfying crunchy crust from its quick searing. Zach in the kitchen stirs it for 45 minutes, with a fantastic light result. It came with roasted red pepper sauce providing a deliciously smoky flavor. (Note – they do dredge their polenta in breadcrumbs. Makes for a terrific texture, but it’s not gluten-free. Ask for gluten-free options.) The local, organic vegetables were cooked to perfection: zucchini, squash, and peppers.

They always have a vegetarian platter of roasted vegetables, and charcuterie platters with meats, cheeses, and “pickled things.” Other dishes are served daily and nightly.

The soup was also splendid – a red kuri squash soup. It was beautifully swirled with homemade crème fraîche and sprinkled with fresh thyme for the perfect flavor accent.

Farm Table Sign Beers on Tap Placerville CA restaurant

What to drink? How about microbrews on tap? A variety of beer and ale in bottles? Or wine – including Smokey Ridge wines, from their family farm. Fun non-alcoholic drinks include pumpkin pie soda and organic pear sparkling juice.

Buck bakes the Farm Table’s delicious desserts – house made cakes, cookies tarts and torts. They change all the time. You might see a cookie with bacon in it!

FarmTableFrontAreaThe restaurant on Main Street is charming. It is a light and open space, with seating downstairs and up. There’s plenty of free parking on the street and in the public parking lot just a few doors down. Tell them Eden Vale Inn sent you. They know us – we serve their handcrafted sausages at our breakfasts!

The Red Chair Visits Eden Vale Inn B&B, Placerville, CA

Red Chair at Eden Vale Inn B&B Placerville CAThe Red Chair recently enjoyed the luxury and beauty of Eden Vale Inn B&B, and nearby Coloma and Placerville CA. Red is touring superb bed and breakfasts from coast to coast. After a good night’s sleep, deep soak, and fantastic breakfast at Eden Vale Inn, it went looking for history and good times in Downtown Placerville.

Red Chair at Placerville Entryway 2

Ol’ Red was mighty glad it does not have a neck when it visited “Old Hangtown.” But, the weather being fine, it decided to be brave and see what there was to learn about the California Gold Rush on Historic Main Street, Placerville, CA.

Red Chair at ElDoCo Courthouse
Red Chair was relieved to see that there is in fact justice in Placerville, El Dorado County, California. It took a rest on the courthouse stairs, soaking up the sun.

Red Chair at Placerville Hist Museum The Red Chair loved the fascinating exhibits at the Placerville Historical Museum, in Main Street’s oldest building.

Inside, Red saw what might have been its great-great cousin: a historic cobbler’s chair.
Red Chair at Dedrick's Cheese Placerville and DaisyAfter all that history, Red Chair was ready for a snack. Dedrick’s Cheese, locally owned and featuring locally made cheeses, breads, and sweets, was a wonderful place to get some picnic supplies. Red spent some time gossiping with Daisy the Cow who sees everything that goes on in Placerville.

Red Chair at Mill View Ranch Apple Hill 2

Red Chair headed uphill, east toward the famed Apple Hill. It saw beautiful rolling hills, vineyards, and tree-lined roads. A breath of fresh air. Mill View Ranch sold it the tallest apple pie it ever had seen, and fresh apple cider. A table in the shade made the picnic perfect.

Red Chair at David Girard Vineyards a little tipsy

Heading back toward Eden Vale Inn, Red Chair stopped by David Girard Vineyards for some wine tasting. It picked up a couple of bottles for the chairs back home. Delicious! There was one more adventure on the way back toward Eden Vale Inn.

Red Chair at Marshall Monument Coloma CARed Chair got up close and personal with Marshall’s Monument, at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, in Coloma, CA. This was the site of the gold discovery that spurred the California Gold Rush.

Red Chair at Marshall Monument - closeupSatisfied with a day filled with beauty and history – full of wonderful food and drink –  Red Chair had another fantastic night at Eden Vale Inn B&B. Tomorrow, its adventures continue at B&Bs across the land.

All of Red Chair’s travels can be seen at Rooms at Eden Vale Inn can be seen here. We’d love to have you come visit, too.

Apple Hill, Placerville CA – Kids Stay Free at Eden Vale Inn B&B!

Apple Hill, Placerville, CA, is a great place for kids.

They stay free at Eden Vale Inn B&B this fall!

From pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, to kids’ baking classes, to weekend festivals, our online guide to kids’ activities at Apple Hill will inspire your whole family! Great activities for kids and families are happening all over Apple Hill right now, in this time of harvest. Come share in the fun.

Apple Hill Placerville CA kids picking apples and pumpkins

Kids Stay Free

To help you bring kids and grandkids to the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in the crisp autumn season, we are offering a special:

Special: In October and November 2014, children stay free!
Details: Children stay free when they are in the same room as the adults, up to the occupancy limit of the room.

Call us to book your family room: (530) 621-0901.

Man and woman clanging wine glasses at sunset

Enjoy the Romance of Apple Hill

Apple Hill is also a great place for romance. Visit the wineries, view autumn sunsets, drive beautiful country roads with your special someone. Apple Hill has concerts and events that are great for couples – ask us about them.

It is a busy time, and we book fast! We recommend coming for our mid-week-discounts, or in November if you can.

Fire Report

After three inches of rain, the King Fire is almost entirely out. Eden Vale Inn and Apple Hill were not affected by the fire. We greatly appreciate all the firefighters who came to the area and protected so many homes and lives, and who continue to work mopping up from all their efforts.


King Fire Update: All is Fine at Eden Vale Inn B&B

Many prior guests have asked how we are doing at Eden Vale Inn regarding the King Fire. We are safe, and our guests are enjoying their time at our Placerville bed and breakfast.

Fall photos of Eden Vale Inn and Apple Hill, Placerville CAThe fire is about 25 miles away at the higher elevations in the National Forest. We have not had much smoke as the winds carry most of it away from us. The fire has not spread much in the past few days and containment seems near. More rain predicted later this week will hopefully mark the end of the fire. We have seen outstanding firefighter response, with crews coming from different states to help.

Eden Vale Inn Placerville CA Fall Sunset Pond
Beautiful fall is here with us at Eden Vale Inn. We are very happy that popular nearby Apple Hill has also stayed safe, and is a great place to visit this harvest time.  For more information, check out our new Apple Hill Webpage.

Eden Vale Inn Placerville CA deck chairs wine viewOur weekends book out pretty fast in the fall, so we recommend coming for our mid-week room specials. Also, come in November if you can. November is that sweet season when fall colors are at their peak, the harvest of apples, pumpkins and grapes is in, crowds have dispersed, autumn rains moisten the foothills, and late summer warmth mixes with the crispness of fall.

We hope to see you soon. Feel free to give us a call at (530) 621-0190.


Top 10 Reasons to Bring Your Kids to Apple Hill in Placerville, CA

Apple Hill is the best family getaway. Kids of all ages have a great time at Apple Hill! From petting farms, to riding trains and ponies, to picking your own pumpkins and apples, there is no end of fun. Apple Hill is right next to Placerville, CA, just a short drive from Eden Vale Inn. It’s an area of over 50 ranches and farms, all run by families who love their work and truly care about their visitors. They offer kids play areas, baking classes, face painting, nature trails, and great activities and tours!

NOTE: Currently the King Fire is burning east of Apple Hill. At this time, Apple Hill is not affected and is open for business! We will keep an eye on the situation and provide updates as necessary.

Apple Hill Placerville CA kids picking apples pumpkins riding pony

Since there is so much fun to choose from in Apple Hill, we have created a guide to help your family design your best visit. Pick and choose from these Top Ten Reasons to Bring Your Kids (or Grand kids!) to Apple Hill. (The numbers refer to the Apple Hill Growers Association map that is available at Eden Vale Inn at no charge. Or, you can view it here.)

Little girl (3 years old) stroking a goat on farm.Petting Farms! What can be more adorable than your little ones petting little farm animals – make sure to bring your camera! Visit Apple Ridge Farms #20, Denver Dan’s Apple Patch #14, and Kids Inc. #5.

Rides! It’s a thrill, especially for a child, to ride a horse, pony, and train. Abel’s Acres #38 has lots of kids activities including lead-line horse and pony rides. Bluestone Meadow #56 has a tractor train, you have to see this one! Denver Dan’s Apple Patch #14 offers pony rides and High Hill Ranch #1 offers both pony and hay rides. If you are in the mood for a full engine-pulled train for all ages, head to El Dorado Orchards or Hillside Tree Farm.

Little boy in wagon in Pumpkin patchU-pick! Kids love to pick their fruit and holiday pumpkins themselves. For pumpkin patches, head to Apple Ridge Farms #20, Cardanini’s Pumpkin Patch #42, Kids Inc. #5, Mill View Ranch #23, and O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch #18. Mill View Ranch #23 has a huge decorated pumpkin patch with a live, goofy, scarecrow that the kids love.

For berries and apples as well as pumpkins, visit Harris Tree Farm #84, Pine O’Mine #41 and Sun Mountain Farm #28. If you and your kids love apples, apples, apples, there are over 30 varieties waiting for you to pick’em at Denver Dan’s Apple Patch #14.

Prepare to be aMAZEd! Harvest is a great time for mazes – a safe way for your kids to use their noggin’s to get from Point A to Point B. Abel’s Acres #38 has a new fenced maze. Apple Ridge Farms #20 has a hay bale maze. Cardanini’s Pumpkin Patch #42 has one corn maze, and Kids Inc. #5 has 2 fun corn mazes!

Mother And Child on Nature TrailNature trails. Let your kids enjoy the fresh air and rolling hills of those welcoming farms that offer special trips on their lands. Some places require advance appointments, which we can set up for you. Farms with nature trails open all the time include Apple Ridge Farms #20, Harris Tree Farm #84 Kids Inc. #5, and O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch #18. Grandpa’s Cellar #17 has a nature trail that is decorated as a Haunted Trail in the last week of October!

Outdoor Play! If you have young kids, they can have a wonderful play time at Abel’s Acres #38. Their Kid’s Corral for ages 5 and under is very safe and very fun! Other kids play areas are at Fudge Factory Farm #40, Larson Apple Barn & Bakeshop #9, and Pine O’Mine #41. Rainbow Orchards #10 has a hay bale hop, and half the time the adults join the kids! For a big play environment, head over to Kids Town at Mill View Ranch #23. It’s an old-west style miniature town with has 18 buildings and playgrounds where the kids can play for hours.

Kids Inc Teenage Helper with Kids Baking Classes

Get Creative – Cooking and Crafts. Kids get such a sense of pride making an apple turnover at Apple Pantry Farm, an apple pie at Denver Dan’s Apple Patch #14, a tamale or hand pie at Grandpa’s Cellar #17, and a “Candy Creature” at the Fudge Factory Farm #40. Apple Hill gets their inner artist going – kids can make an apple wreath at Denver Dan’s Apple Patch #14, a ceramic bowl at Grandpa’s Cellar #17, and decorate mini-pumpkins at Kids Inc. #5.

Fun activities. Orchard Bingo and more at Grandpa’s Cellar #17. Face painting at Able’s Acres and Denver Dan’s. Bluestone Meadow #56 has a puppet theatre, and a pumpkin trebuchet. What the heck is a trebuchet? It’s also called a “pumpkin chucker,” so you see why the kids get a kick out of it!

Quality Time Fishing pond little boyCatch a fish! Anglers know that fishing is a great way to bond with children. And you can do it right in Apple Hill! High Hill Ranch #1 stocks a fishing pond. Rent a pole and buy bait from them, or bring your own. No fishing license needed.

The Back Story. Let a farmer teach your children where our food comes from. Farmers and ranchers in Apple Hill are part of the “farm to fork” food model that is increasingly popular in Sacramento, California, and across the world. Learn at the Apple Hill Museum how the original local farmers created their association that brings enjoyment to so many, at the Larsen Apple Barn & Bakeshop #9. At Denver Dan’s Apple Patch #14 and Grandpa’s Cellar #17, your kids (and you!) can have fun learning about food growing and harvesting. See the tools and learn how they are used. The educational tours require an appointment, which we are happy to make for our guests.

Contact us for more information, and to help you set up your perfect family visit to Eden Vale Inn and Apple Hill. If you can come mid-week, you get special room rates and extra kids activities available!

Want to have a romantic getaway to Apple Hill in Placerville? Find out more about fun adult activities.

One of the Best Restaurants in Placerville, CA – The Smith Flat House

Best Restaurant in Placerville - the Smith House Flat

The Smith Flat House, 3 miles from downtown Placerville, CA, is one of the best restaurants we recommend to our Placerville B&B guests. Their locally sourced food, Italian with a Mediterranean spin, is truly excellent. We can’t even pick out some dishes as our favorites, because all their dishes are delicious! On top of that, the history and ambiance of this top Placerville restaurant makes this is a unique, one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Best Restaurant in Placerville, CA - The Smith House FlatFirst, let’s tell you about this excellent restaurant’s food. The Smith Flat House has fantastic entrees, pasta dishes, and salads, and a great variety of brick oven pizzas. Every week the chef prepares a game special and a sustainable seafood special. The dishes are so good because the ingredients are local and seasonal. The owners, John and Catherine Conforti and Jason Spencer, support local food artisans with the “farm to fork” model that is so popular in the region now.

The Smith Flat House - Placerville Restaurant

They always choose the freshest and highest quality ingredients to make their delicious dishes. They get produce from local, organic farms, and they use local cheeses, honey, and olive oils. Our fantastic El Dorado County wines are the only ones they pour, and they serve beers from nearby breweries. Each month they have a wine-maker and beer-maker dinner – ask us what highlights they will have at the time of your visit to Eden Vale Inn B&B.

What’s coming up on the menu? Autumn food choices will feature apple, pear, roasted and mashed root vegetables including turnip, parsnip, and carrots. There will be lots of mushrooms and other fall crops on the menu, as well as their fabulous roasted beet salad.

Ambiance of a Placerville Best Restaurant

Now, here is a fascinating story – what makes this Placerville, CA restaurant even better is the Smith Flat House’s incredible history. The original building was built by gold miners in the 1830s! The Confortis took apart the original building, board by board. They saved and re-used the old windows, siding, and doors. They got creative with the material – some siding became counters! They also kept the old barn that is a lovely backdrop to the  open-air Courtyard, one of their great dining locations for lunch or dinner.

Inside the restaurant are two dining rooms. The larger one, the Cellar, is a unique historic venue because it has the original gold rush bar that miners used. Yes, you will be enjoying delicious dining at the entrance to the gold mine! You might see its entrance from your seat – safely blocked off, of course! This fabulous restaurant was once a gold mine, on top of an ancient river bed, where water still flows.

The Powder Room is the other dining room. It has granite stone walls, where back in the day, explosives were stored for the gold mining operations. Now, you’ll experience an explosion of fantastic flavors in a unique setting. We don’t know of any other place that has such a one-of-a-kind dining room.

So whether you enjoy lunch or dinner, on the dog-friendly outdoor Courtyard or inside the historic dining rooms, make this Placerville, CA restaurant one of your dining choices. Ask us about their monthly wine-maker and beer-maker dinners, and their special musical performances. Tell them Eden Vale Inn, your romantic Placerville, CA bed and breakfast, sent you!

Luxurious Placerville CA B&B Flash Special for Sat, August 23, 2014!

Luxurious Placerville CA B&B Special

Dog Days of Summer Flash Special!

Come stay at our luxurious Placerville CA B&B at a great rate. We are offering, for Saturday, August 23 only, a special room rate of $250 (plus tax) for the Juniper, Live Oak, Cottonwood, and Cypress Rooms. And this includes Gayle’s delicious garden breakfast!

Even better, stay a second night (Friday or Sunday) for just $200 (plus tax)!

Placerville CA B&B Eden Vale Inn outdoor kitchen

We’re expecting lovely weather – temperatures are forecast to be in the 80′s, warm and comfortable. Our B&B guests are welcome to eat in nearby Placerville CA, or to grill and cook in our own outdoor kitchen. Enjoy the grounds, and swim in our refreshing pond!


Call us now while this special rate lasts:
(530) 621-0901.

Great Mid-Week B&B and Golf Specials in Placerville, CA

Apple Mountain Golf Resort - near Eden Vale Inn B&B, Placerville CA

Great Lodging and Golfing Specials

Our luxurious Sierra Foothills bed and breakfast is close to the cool, beautiful Apple Mountain Golf Resort. Stay at our Placerville, CA bed and breakfast midweek at a great rate! Plus, you can golf all day, with extras, for just $45! Call 530-621-0901 and let us help plan your midweek get-away.

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Theater! Music! Dance! Art!

Let them entertain you! While Eden Vale Inn B&B is nestled in the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills, many performances and art walks are literally minutes away from us, every month of the year. Here are three areas full of performers.

Classical and other music near Eden Vale Inn B&BThe Harris Center / Three Stages.   For world-class dance, music, and performances, the new, top-notch Harris Center is only 20 minutes away from Eden Vale Inn and has it all. It hosts an excellent variety of shows. The 2014 season features large productions like the Blue Man Group, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Alladin. Music performers come from around the world. Music includes rock and roll, country musicians like Roseanne Cash, and musical groups from around the world. If you like classical music, you’ll enjoy the choral and orchestral performances including Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Dance performances near Eden Vale Inn B&BMovement fans are in for a treat as well. Be amazed by acrobats from China, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, Ballet Folklórico de México, and more. The theater also puts on talks, small plays, and recitals. If you visit Eden Vale Inn during winter, you can be treated to a Cowboy Christmas, an Irish Christmas, a Pops’ Chorale, and of course the Nutcracker – performed by the Moscow Classical Ballet.

Downtown Placerville, California 3d Saturday Art Walk, near Eden Vale Inn B&BAlso nearby is Historic Downtown Placerville. Many of their restaurants, wine bars, and brewpubs have live weekend music during the summer months, and through the year. Main Street becomes a center for the arts every third Saturday for its Art Walks, some of which are pedestrian festivals. Placerville’s Imagination Theater 2014 lineup includes a dramatic “Snow White,” and a musical performance of “Oliver!”

Old Coloma Theatre melodrama, near Eden Vale Inn B&BColoma and Lotus. For the closest, most interactive, super-live theater, try the Olde Coloma Theatre. It is one of the few places in the nation to see melodrama. The audience is literally given foil balls to throw at the villain who at the end of each show exclaims, “Curses, foiled again!” The original plays have no “fourth wall” and witty heckling is encouraged. Seriously, the actors want you to talk back during the show! Where else does that happen? Loads of fun. If you want to listen to live music, Coloma and Lotus eateries offer many choices in the summertime, and the towns host September’s superb American River Music Festival.

Eden Vale Inn B&B Breakfast

Come to Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast for a relaxing getaway in beautiful nature. And know that terrific entertainment and dining options are just down the road – contact us for more information.

We always love to hear about your outings over our fabulous breakfasts!