9 Best Northern California Winter Activities near Placerville

Gold Country is the perfect place to cross off those items on the winter bucket list and enjoy a variety of seasonal activities. Make lasting memories with an unforgettable getaway and experience a unique way to enjoy the season with nine of our favorite Northern California winter activities near Placerville.

two women hiking in the mountains near Placerville

1. Take a Hike Around the Sierra Foothills

Even though it may be winter, the weather here is still fairly temperate, and as long as you pack some warmer clothes you will be all set for outdoor adventures in the surrounding Sierra foothills. There are some excellent hiking trails nearby and they provide a great opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy the serene natural beauty of the area. Make sure and ask about trail recommendations when you check in and we’ll be glad to give you some of our favorites!

wine glasses by the fire in winter in Placerville

2. Savor Winter Wine Tastings

There’s no better way to celebrate the season than with a nice glass of wine. Ring in the new year with a trip down the El Dorado Wine Trail! With over 70 wineries and tasting rooms dotting the trail, you’re bound to find something to love just from exploring around. For a more focused visit, you can check out the official trail map and location directory to help create a custom walking plan, that way you don’t have to miss a thing!

a woman shopping in downtown Placerville

3. Explore Local Shops in Downtown Placerville

Discover local treasures and gifts for family and friends in downtown Placerville. Support local businesses and have fun at the same time with a range of shops catering to a variety of interests. From sports stores to handmade crafts, there’s a little something here for everyone. The decorations and festive atmosphere add to the shopping experience for a memorable time, far more comfortable than buying presents in a crowded mall.

couple skiing in Northern California Sierras

4. Go Skiing at Famous Lake Tahoe Ski Areas

World-class skiing isn’t far away from Eden Vale. Stay local and simplify your stay with lodging here at the inn and Sierra-at-Tahoe, easily one of the area’s best resorts, only a 45 min drive away. They have skiing for all skill levels and plenty of powder for an amazing time in the Northern California mountains. Read more in our blog on how to plan the perfect ski trip to Lake Tahoe.

a woman cross-country skiing in Lake Tahoe

5. Try Cross-Country Skiing in the Tahoe National Forests

Strap on a different kind of ski for a unique experience in the Tahoe National Forest and explore the natural beauty and serene evergreen trees as far as the eye can see. We have some great cross-country skiing trails nearby that we highly recommend to both beginners and enthusiasts alike. It’s a great way to see more of the surrounding area as well as get the blood pumping too!

a woman snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe forest

6. Have a Magical Snowshoeing Experience

Experience the gorgeous South Tahoe backcountry on snowshoes and explore places not everyone will get a chance to see. Check out a convenient and well-made map on the official Tahoe South website that shows all the trails in the area, that way you can plan out the perfect snowshoeing experience whether you’re an expert or this is your first time!

a man snowmobiling in Lake Tahoe

7. Embrace Adventure & Go Snowmobiling

In the mood for something more thrilling? Rent a snowmobile, hop on, and shred through powder with ease. Take them out for a ride on a variety of different trails that give way to stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. Experience alpine adventures with the lake below and have an unforgettable time in Tahoe.

people ice skating near Placerville CA

8. Have a Romantic Ice Skating Date

Have your very own romantic movie moment with a dreamy trip to a nearby skating rink. Make it the perfect date and remember to take plenty of pictures! For specific recommendations on local ice rinks and the dates they’re opened, ask your innkeepers upon arrival.

Fireplace with glasses of wine in Placerville

9. Book a Trip to Eden Vale Inn

Skip the ski lodge and stay in a more intimate setting with better perks, like complimentary gourmet breakfasts to fuel your fun and private outdoor tubs to soothe those sore muscles afterwards. We are close by a wide variety of seasonal activities and there is lots to see during the holidays in and around Placerville. At the end of a long day out on the town, you can come back to a comfy room at our Northern California bed and breakfast with king and queen beds, private decks with outdoor soaking tubs, and gas fireplaces perfect for a cozy winter ambiance. We want every part of your trip to be as comfortable and fun as possible and are happy to provide recommendations for local activities as well as ongoing events and happenings. We hope to see you soon!

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