Breakfast at Eden Vale Inn B&B, PLacerville, CA

This time Barbara really “knocked it out of the park” with her Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast!  She is the Innsitter here at Eden Vale Inn B&B in Placerville, and It was amazing to watch her work.  She served it with Blueberry Maple Syrup and fresh cut fruit from local gardens in the Sierra Foothills, which besides the melons, had three kinds of berries, kiwi and bananas.  Our guests were full and happy as they drove away, saying, “we will be back again!”. 

Hiking near Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast El Dorado County near Placerville

Coloma-Lotus News and Information
Monday, March 16, 2009
South Fork American River Trail Nears Completion

Imagine being able to travel on foot, bicycle or horse from the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area all the way to the rural beauty of the South Fork American River in the Coloma-Lotus Valley. Imagine doing so on a trail dedicated to recreation and the enjoyment of oak woodlands, conifer, chaparral, and the riverside.

That long-held hope is now on its way to being a reality. The final land parcel that completes the 20-mile route (see a PDF map) was sold by a couple who decided to protect its natural habitat for the public to enjoy. Funds that purchased it were provided by the State Wildlife Conservation Board, the State Resources Agency’s River Parkways Grant Program, and over 400 private donors. All this, plus the work that had been done on the rest of the trail route, was coordinated by the American River Conservancy (ARC).

The 20-mile trail has been 20 years in the making. Its completion is a source of great excitement for those who have been hoping and working for it since 1989, as well as the many who have come along since then and enjoy the prospect of traveling so far in the richness of nature in their own back yards.

Funds are still needed to bring the trail into reality. The ARC estimates it will cost $175K to complete trail construction and provide a few pedestrian bridges at stream crossings and interpretive signage at the trailheads. The official ribbon cutting is planned for the late spring of 2010. Contributions to the South Fork American River Trail Campaign can be sent to: The American River Conservancy, P.O. Box 562, Coloma, CA. 95613. For further information regarding trail project donations, please contact: David Morrill, ARC Marketing and Development Director at (530) 621-1224.

The completion of the South Fork American River Trail brings an even greater dream closer to reality. With regional coordination, it could become a key segment within a larger regional trail that would span the approximately 50 miles from downtown Sacramento (Sutter’s Fort) to Coloma (Sutter’s Mill). Parcel by parcel, this dream is moving to reality.

Great Blue Heron, Birdwatching Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast Placerville

A Great Blue Heron was fishing in the pond today at Eden Vale Inn B&B near Placerville in the Sierra Foothills.  Fall is still to be found as many of the native oaks have not yet dropped their leaves.   I went hiking today at Wildman near Chile Bar on the South Fork of the American River maybe 7 miles above Coloma.  This December 5th was a beautiful day, cool even cold but the sun was out.  A great day to scarmble down the mountain through the Blue Oaks to the American River in the Sierra Foothills winter.  And, free of snow.

Thanksgiving 2009, Eden Vale Inn Placerville

Today was a beautiful day in the Sierra Foothills of El Dorado County.  At Eden Vale Inn near Placerville we cooked our turkey and vegetables in the wood fired oven.   While the turkey was baking we sat out by the pond in the warm sun and drank some Primitivo wine from Iverson’s Vineyard and Winery in Fairplay

Mark’s brother in law Jeff had brined the turkey for about 36 hours using a Williams and Sonoma mix.  They plan to make their own brine next year.  The brine makes the turkey moist.

Mark built a fire in the oven last night and rebuilt it this morning.  Temperature was over 900 degrees after sweeping the fire and ash out.   We had cooked several turkey’s previously at around 550 degrees with good success.  First we seared in the juices, 900 degrees did this in a few minutes.  To mitigate the high temperature we placed the turkey near the front of the oven and spun him around 180 degrees every 20 minutes or so.  The turkey came out great as well as the vegetables and curry bread.  Our family really enjoyed the day.  This turkey was not for our full house of guests.  They were all off at their respective family gatherings.

Gayle and Jeff, left, ready at the oven, bird right after 5 minutes of browning.  Then we covered it with foil.

Perfect Weekend – Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast, Placerville

A couple came from the San Francisco Bay Area last weekend to tour the El Dorado Wine country including Fair Play for the first time.  They had been to the Amador Wine County many times.  There favorites in Fair Play on the Saturday round were: Iverson Vineyards and Winery, Oakstone Winery, and Cedarville Vineyard.   They took some fabulous photos a few of which appear here.  More can be seen on Trip Advisor: Perfect Weekend – Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast, Placerville

“My wife and I are always looking for interesting getaways to the more remote wine regions of California. This was our first venture to El Dorado wine country. It was a great weekend in large part due to the amazing experience of the Eden Vale Inn. I can’t say enough about this place. Hard to believe it used to be a barn! Mark and Gail really have a talent and passion – the architectural design, the exquisite furnishings, the garden and grounds, the attention to detail everywhere, the helpful advice, the wonderful breakfast. Everything about this place is focused on making sure guests have a wonderful, memorable experience. We did. And we can’t wait to return.”  Steveone03