There’s a very good reason that Northern California is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the country. Towering mountains, roaring rivers, and lush vineyards abound in this beautiful region, providing endless opportunities to get out and explore with your sweetheart. From hiking and mountain biking to wine tours and whitewater rafting, you two will find plenty of fun things to do in Placerville, CA! Before you go, make sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete list of shops, restaurants, and area attractions!

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Here Are the Best Things to Do in Placerville, CA


A couple holding hands while they go hiking

There are miles and miles of picturesque hiking trails throughout the Northern California countryside, and they are all just waiting to be explored! Hike to a thundering waterfall, venture inside a deep cavern, or check out one of the many state parks. Here are some of the best hiking trails in the area:

Whitewater Rafting

If adventure is what you seek, you are sure to find it on the South Fork of the American River. Known as the most popular whitewater rafting destination west of the Rockies, you are in for a wild ride on these raging rapids. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, there are whitewater experiences for every skill level here. And, when you book your Whitewater Rafting Package through Eden Vale Inn, we will organize your rafting adventure at a 10-15% discount!

Other Outdoor Adventures

With great year-round weather, Placerville is a paradise for outdoor recreation. Cast your fishing line into the sparkling blue water at Sly Park Lake, play a round of golf in the foothills, cycle down the famed El Dorado Trail, or enjoy a leisurely kayaking trip through one of the many beautiful lakes, reservoirs, or rivers. The possibilities are endless!

Visit a Winery

Bartender pouring white wine for tastings at David Girard Vineyards

You can’t take a trip to the wine country without sampling some award-winning pinots and cabernets for yourself. A winery tour should be at the top of your list of things to do in Placerville! Sign up for a tasting and learn all about the wine-making process. Then, take a romantic stroll through the vineyards and enjoy the incredible views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains! Here are just a few incredible wineries in and around Placerville:


If you’re craving an authentic farm-to-table meal, you have come to the right place. El Dorado County is home to several small family farms, and these fresh ingredients are reflected on the menus of our Placerville, CA, restaurants. Here, you can taste delicious creations from various cafes, bakeries, and fine dining establishments. But, you don’t have to leave the property to enjoy 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.


Are you on the hunt for clothing, gear, or unique gifts and souvenirs? There are tons of shops and outdoor retailers in downtown Placerville. Check out the many shops on Main Street or visit one of the local sports stores to get equipment for all of your adventures. Whatever you are searching for, you’ll find it here!

Learn About Gold Rush History

People exploring the displays at the Fountain & Tallman Museum in Placerville

Did you know that Placerville was named after the placer gold deposits that were found here in the 1800s? With a rich and fascinating past, this town is filled with many incredible museums and sites. Learn all about Placerville, CA, history through the exciting displays at the Fountain & Tallman Museum or the El Dorado County Historical Museum. Then, take a tour of Gold Bug Park and Mine to get a firsthand glimpse into California Gold Rush history. Afterward, make sure to stop into Hattie’s Gift Shop for special treasures and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

Attend an Annual Event

No matter what time of year you visit, there is always a reason to celebrate in Placerville, CA! If you’re visiting in spring, you must browse the incredible artwork at the Placerville Art Walk. Then, come back in summer and sip your way through some of the region’s best beers and wines at the Placerville Brewfest. During harvest season, Apple Hill offers a variety of fun activities for you and your sweetheart to enjoy. Mark your calendar for all of the upcoming events in Placerville, CA, and come celebrate with us!

Book Your Stay at Eden Vale Inn

Large king sized bed with luxury linens in a finely appointed guest room

Now that you know about all of the best things to do in Placerville, it’s time to start planning your trip! Named one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns, Eden Vale Inn offers the ideal accommodations for a memorable stay. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, our enchanting bed and breakfast is just minutes from the many sights and area attractions. After a fun-filled day, come relax and unwind in the comfort of your private guest room. Each room is fully equipped with luxurious amenities, including in-room fireplaces, spa-like bathrooms, and intimate patios or decks with breathtaking views.

Just a short walk to the main building, our Gray Pine room has everything you could ever want or need while on vacation. Lounge on the large covered deck with a glass of wine, or take a soak in your private couples spa tub. The vistas of the surrounding Sierra Nevada foothills are second-to-none! So, what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your Northern California getaway today. We can’t wait to welcome you!

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