The Red Chair Visits Eden Vale Inn, Placerville CA

Red Chair at Eden Vale Inn B&B Placerville CAThe Red Chair recently enjoyed the luxury and beauty of Eden Vale Inn, and nearby Coloma CA 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.

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Ol’ Red was mighty glad it did 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.

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Red Chair headed uphill, east toward the famed Apple Hill region. 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, and full of wonderful food and drink, Red Chair had another fantastic night at Eden Vale Inn. 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.

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

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

They stay free at Eden Vale Inn 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 this harvest time. Come share in the fun.

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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.

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Enjoy the Romance of Apple Hill

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

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

Fire Report 2014

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

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.

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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.

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

The Apple Hill region 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!

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Since there is so much fun to choose from in Apple Hill, we have created this guide to help your family design your best visit. Pick and choose from these Top Ten Reasons to Bring Your Kids (or Grandkids!) 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 August 23, 2014!

Luxurious Placerville CA B&B Special

Dog Days of Summer Flash Special!

Come stay at our luxurious Placerville CA B&B. This weekend only, get a great special rate at Eden Vale Inn. We are offering, for Saturday, August 23, 2014 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 Eden Vale Inn breakfast!

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

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


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

Great Mid-Week Specials at Placerville CA B&B and Apple Hill Golf

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Great Placerville CA B&B and Golfing Specials

Our luxurious Sierra Foothills bed and breakfast, Eden Vale Inn, is close to the cool, beautiful Apple Mountain Golf Resort. Stay with us 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.

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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! 

American River Music Festival 8th Year in Lotus and Coloma, California

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaIf you love amazingly good live music, and love to discover performers, come to Lotus and Coloma September 12-14, 2014. In its 8th year, the American River Music Festival has a diverse music line-up with fresh, new music. Some of the 33 shows feature artists who are “tried and true” like Laura Love and Greg Brown. Many other superbly talented acts are just waiting for you to fall in love with them — the three sisters of Baskery, the Whitewater Ramble band, and many more. Matt Semonsen, festival coordinator, works hard all year to share what he loves: “My personal joy is listening to really interesting, fun, danceable music that I’ve never heard before.”

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaAnd they do it big! The entire town becomes a music festival. The main stage is along the river in Lotus, with shade and grass for barefoot dancing. Great music, food and beverages, fun kids’ activities, and a refreshing swimming hole at the South Fork American River make this a fine main location. Adding to it, the whole Coloma-Lotus community helps with the superbly organized festival by presenting small performances at local cafes and restaurants, hosting musicians, and providing a whitewater rafting trip on Saturday morning. The hospitality in town is fantastic, and most of the people you will see staffing the Festival are local volunteers who also love the great music all weekend.

How to describe the music? Well, people get creative. How about “Brontosaurus Funk,” “High Octane Dance Grass,” or Matt’s favorite term this year, “RokJamBluRoots!” All of it is live, fresh, and friendly, on the big stage and the smaller venues all through town, morning, day and night. Saturday has a jammy, rocking funky sound, and Sunday has more of a folk, grass, country sound. A little something for everyone. Click here to listen to the playlist: 2014 American River Music Festival Performers.

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaGood news – the Festival provides shuttles between the musical venues both day and night, making it easy to get to your choice of performers and musical workshops. Our guests at Eden Vale Inn love that they can just drive a few miles, park, and enjoy the whole day without having to drive around town. If you do like to stretch your legs, many locations are a pleasant walk away from each other, along or across the river.

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaIf you can, come early! The Friday night kickoff is one of the festival’s most loved events: the Musician Showcase. Ten performers compete for judges, and the two winners get to perform on the Main Stage on the weekend. Competitors come from the local Sierra Foothills Gold Country area, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles. Go and root for your favorites, and get a great preview of the music to come on the weekend.

American River Music Festival - Coloma Lotus CaliforniaThere are several opportunities over the weekend to make music as well as listen to it. Jump in the “Join-Ins” and play a ukulele, practice harmony, and belt out the words to well-known cover songs at the Saturday night Sing-Along Dance!

American River Music Festival tickets can be bought for one day or for the whole weekend. Contact us to discuss your options, and come get your Brontosaurus Funk on!

Ghost and Wine Tours of Placerville, Coloma, and More!

Eden Vale Inn B&B partners with Gold Rush Tales Ghost and Wine ToursLinda Bottjer, founder of Gold Rush Tales, has put her passion for history, tours, and wine to good use! She and her team lead tours in  Placerville, Coloma, Apple Hill, and other parts of El Dorado County and the Sierra Foothills. Whether your interest is history, food, wine, horse rides, or combinations of those, they have something for you. They even offer “Bark and Boo” tours where you can bring your dogs! Eden Vale Inn is dog-friendly, so we love that one!

Gold Rush Tales’ specialty is a fabulous ghost tour of historic Placerville, once know as “Hangtown.” The tour guides fill the one-hour easy stroll down Main Street with funny, entertaining, and well researched historical stories of the town… and spine-tingling stories of people who didn’t survive the Gold Rush but have been seen and felt ever since.

Placerville Hangtown Ghost Tours, California - gold rush minersWhy Placerville? Almost 30 people were strung up in Hangtown over almost 40 years, until in 1883 the State of California ordered them to stop. There were even “gallows kits” that were popular at the time. “1850 was a big year for deaths,” explained Linda, and some of the ghosts still populate the town. Learn about miners and criminals who linger, the little girl Catherine who has also stayed around, some odd spirits over Hangtown Creek, or perhaps see Great Aunt Blanche! Some nights, say tour-goers, there is a great deal of “orb” and other energetic activity. Your tour ends with your photo and follow-up email showing you if any activity was captured with your image. Spooky!

Placerville Soda Works, California 594 Main StreetWhile the ghost stories give a pleasurable tingle, the tour has a positive feel. Overall, “we’re here to celebrate the history of the area, and the ingenuity of the people who survived,” explained Linda. Their tours are a great way to learn about the town, too. For instance, the tour starts (or ends, depending on the schedule) at 594 Main Street. This is the Soda Works building – where, yes, water from a local springs was served with fruit juice. Who knew? You’ll also learn history of the County Museum, Court House, the oldest hardware store west of the Mississippi, and spirits near them all. Placerville is loaded with quirky, funny and some scary entities, and the “Ghost Tours of Placerville” is held year-round.

If it’s wine you want, go on a “Grapes and Graves” tour in Placerville or Coloma. Wanna be ghost-free? Gold Rush Tales also lead groups to Apple Hill, and can design a custom outing for you anywhere in Northern California’s Gold Country.

Eden Vale Inn has partnered with Gold Rush Tours. Contact us to learn more about our packages. You can soak away your ghost-given goosebumps in our wonderful Japanese soaking tubs, and tell us your stories over our delicious breakfast. Enjoy!Eden Vale Inn B&B soaking tub