Top Summer Activities in Northern California

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a summer trip to the countryside at Eden Vale Inn. Refresh your spirit and experience everything there is to do here in Placerville and the surrounding area with our guide for the best summer activities in Northern California! There is a little something for everyone here in this gorgeous part of the state and we highly recommend checking out some nearby activities for a truly memorable vacation.

Couple kayaking - A top summer activity in Northern California

Make a Splash with Aquatic Adventures

Have a whitewater rafting expedition on the South Fork American River and make sure to wear some clothes that you don’t mind getting wet! Featuring rapids for all skill levels, it’s the perfect way to cool off during the hot summer. For a more relaxing day on the water, you can rent a tube, or bring your own, and float to your heart’s content while soaking up the summer sun. Take a trip to nearby Lake Tahoe and lounge on the beach, or rent a boat and head out on the water for a lovely summer outing. Some of the smaller lakes around the inn, like Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Clementine, are ideal for canoeing, kayaking, and even paddleboarding! End a wonderful day watching the sunset on the water and take in the vibrant hues of red and gold as the first stars twinkle into existence.

Couple hiking in Northern California

Explore the Natural Beauty of Placerville

Enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer and hike the El Dorado Trail with over 12 miles of paved trails and beautiful views. It’s a great way to see more of the area surrounding Eden Vale. Dutch Creek Falls is a somewhat more strenuous hike but is more than worth the climb and boasts stunning waterfalls at the trail’s conclusion, the perfect spot for taking fantastic photos to bring home with you! Another way to add some variety to your stay is to hop on a horse and see the world from a new vantage point! Sheridan Creek Equestrian Center offers expertly guided tours for all skill levels and comes highly recommended for our guests.

a farmer's market in Northern California

Support Local Farmers and Artisans

Head down to one of the local farmer’s markets and check out a varied selection of organic fruits, vegetables, and crafts from local artisans. Main Street Farmer’s Market and the El Dorado County Certified Farmer’s Market are both great places to go and you can hopefully find something unique to take home, or at least something delicious! While you’re in town make sure and explore some of the many wonderful book stores, art galleries, antique stores, boutique gift shops, and more!

Outdoor Fire Pit with S'mores - a favorite summer activity in Northern CA

Relax Under the Stars

At the end of a long day out in the summer sun, you can return to a cozy room here at Eden Vale Inn and relax away from the demands of modern life. Sit out by the pond and roast marshmallows over the fire pit for some succulent s’mores and unmatched ambiance under the stars. Since we are so far away from any major cities, there’s no better place to do some stargazing and see the whole night sky filled with them. Retire to a comfy king or queen bed and enjoy luxurious amenities such as private outdoor soaking tubs in every room, gas fireplaces, and enhancements that can be added to any stay like Swedish massages or a bottle of Champagne waiting on arrival. Make the most of your getaway at our Placerville, CA B&B, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the countryside for an unforgettable summer.

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