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 ww.redchairtravels.com. Rooms at Eden Vale Inn can be seen here. We’d love to have you come visit, too.

Gold Panning!

Gold panning at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, CaliforniaThere is an abundance of activities all around us at Eden Vale Inn. Some folks enjoy hiking, biking, rafting, driving our scenic Sierra Foothills country roads, or picnicking by the South Fork American River. Other guests tickle their taste buds at excellent nearby restaurants and Gold Country wineries, or go antiquing on historic Main Street Placerville. Well, add to the list – gold panning!

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is only minutes from Eden Vale Inn, and offers several gold panning lessons every day. Yes, they stock the troughs – with real gold flakes, fools’ gold, and garnets. And yes, you can keep what you find! It’s great entertainment for all ages.

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

Sutter’s Mill, Coloma, California

While you’re at the park, you can enjoy its riverside picnic areas and many other offerings. Look at Sutter’s Mill. Take a historic tour of the park. Visit the blacksmith shop. Go on a short hike to the Marshall Monument to look down at where gold was first discovered in 1848. Or drive to the Monument, and look at James Marshall’s cabin on the way. The 3-mile long Monroe Ridge Trail has stunning views, and the pretty, riverside trail is great for easy strolling.

In the center of the park, the museum is kept cool, and historic films are available on request at no extra charge. Make sure to visit the Mercantile, a quaint and well-appointed store. It’s chock full of historic items and books, as well as toys, jewelry, art, and clothing in both modern and 1850’s styles. If you know how to pan already, the Mercantile will sell you a gold pan and point you to the river beach where you can try your luck the old-fashioned way!

Gold Panning on the South Fork American River, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, CaliforniaLet us know if you’d like to explore Marshall Gold Park, and we can provide you with more information and suggestions. You too might end up shouting, “Eureka, I found gold in California!”