You’ll never find a shortage of things to do in Placerville. Eden Vale Inn’s great location in Northern California offers easy access to countless attractions and activities nearby. Whether you are looking for a romantic vacation, weekend getaway, or extended vacation, The Sierra Foothills is the perfect destination for you.

Spend the day with your sweetheart visiting the countless wineries for tastings and tours, visit one of our local fine dining restaurants, or take in the fresh air and extraordinary scenery with countless outdoor activities. Eden Vale Inn is also less than two hours away from South Lake Tahoe and under an hour from Sacramento for even more entertainment! Scroll down to find essential information to help you get out and explore all that Northern California has to offer. Check our availability and book your incredible stay today!

We simply can’t fit all of the things to do in Placerville on one page. Get access to  our free vacation guide now to discover even more activities and things to do in the area! This free resource is invaluable in making sure you have a remarkable experience here.

The Best Things to Do in Placerville and Northern California

Enjoy Local Attractions:

Apple Hill

Apple Hill Harvest

When you stay at Eden Vale Inn, you’re a short distance away from a plethora of activities Apple Hill has to offer. It’s harvest time for apples, wild berries, and pumpkins.  With over 50 ranches and stands to choose from, there is something for everyone. Apple Hill is just a short drive from Eden Vale Inn.

Downtown Placerville

You can find many fun things to do in El Dorado County near our Inn. Whatever activity you are searching for, you can likely find something worthwhile in downtown Placerville. Browse through unique shops and soak up fascinating local history all along Main Street. You can even attend exciting seasonal events here, too!

Indulge in Exquisite Food and Drink:


Eden Vale Inn dining

El Dorado County is home to many small family farms, meaning talented chefs get to use fresh ingredients at local restaurants. Here, you can taste delicious creations from various cafes, bakeries, and fine dining establishments. But you don’t have to leave the property for some of the most delicious food you’ll enjoy during your trip. Eden Vale Inn provides a spectacular gourmet breakfast for you each morning at our California country getaway.

Wine Tasting

Over 100 award-winning wineries are within an hour drive of our Placerville bed and breakfast. These include the renowned Amador County and El Dorado County wineries. Be sure to take part in our special wine tours during your stay!

Explore the Great Outdoors:

Whitewater Rafting

White water rafting near Eden Vale Inn

There is rafting near Eden Vale Inn all summer long! The South Fork American River is the most popular whitewater rafting destination west of the Rockies. Whether it’s your first time on the water or you’re a seasoned veteran, you can find guide companies to make sure you enjoy yourself.

Gold Rush Historical Sites

Just minutes away, in Coloma on the American River, the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park commemorates the original location of the California Gold Rush with historical information and activities. Feel free to take a day trip to other nearby historic towns, like Sutter Creek, Auburn, and Murphys.


Enjoy one of the wonderful, traffic-free sections of the El Dorado Trail. This was formerly an old train bed, so it has a gentle slope. You can rent a bike and pick up any equipment other you may need at the Placerville Bike Shop so you can hit the ground rolling!


Venture out along any of the 25 miles of trails in the nearby Cronan Ranch Park. When it comes to hiking, it doesn’t get any better than the Sierra Foothills. We even have maps at the inn to help guide you on your adventure!

Book Your Stay in Placerville

Eden Vale Inn at night

Our 10-acre country estate in the heart of Gold Country provides top-notch accommodations in a convenient location so you can experience the best of the area. Check our availability and book your stay with us to experience the absolute best things to do in Placerville.

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