Exploring El Dorado has so many options it is hard to think of all there is to do. Obvious ideas include wine tasting and visiting Apple Hill (Camino, CA). We are located in Merryman’s Valley, the southern tip of the USGS Camino Map, where our Chardonnay and red wine grapes thrive happily. With Apple Hill not five minutes from our Placerville Bed and Breakfast and the closest B&B to both the Fair Play and Carson Road (El Dorado Appellation) wine districts, these activities are a cinch to do but don’t miss the delectable Pleasant Valley wineries.
The El Dorado Hiking Trail has a trail head two miles from the Fleming Jones Homestead B&B with a nice parking area as well that leads either down to Placerville or up to Camino Heights.
Shopping and Downtown
Downtown Placerville has fabulous shopping and restaurants. So many activities go on there that it is best to check the Placerville website to see what fun things you can plan on doing and don’t miss the Fountain and Tallman Museum which was donated to the county for a museum by Fleming Jones’ granddaughter, Fay.
Wrapping up some history activities, the main museum is located 10 minutes away at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, where you can find neat things including Snowshoe Thompson’s skis and Studebaker’s wheelbarrow. There are ghost tours of downtown Placerville as well as close day trips to Sutter Creek or an easy 12 mile drive to the Marshall Gold Discovery Park in Coloma. Check out events like the Living History Days. For those who are interested in gold panning, the Placerville Hardware store – the oldest Hardware store west of the Mississippi - sells the necessary equipment and you can learn more about it at the Gold Bug Park which the Fleming Jones Homestead B&B owns One Share of.
Summer visitors might want to cool off at Jenkinson’s Lake (also known as Sly Park) which is a short drive from us. At the Eastern end of the lake is parking at the Hazel Creek Meadow and the Fleming Meadow trail system is a great place to hike. Of course, Fleming Meadow is named after Fleming Jones and the Hazel Creek Mine (up river along the Hazel Creek) was the mine that Fleming’s granddaughter, Fay Jones Rupley Gunby Cannon extracted gold and other ore totaling about $2 million dollars in 1947 and 1948. Excited about gems and minerals and you don’t want to do the work? Come delight in shopping for them daily downtown Placerville at the Gem and Mineral Shop on Main Street or come to the annual El Dorado Mineral and Gem Show which has activities for the young and young at heart! Other cooling activities include white water river rafting and boat rentals at Folsom Lake or go up the hill and breathe in the pine scented air and enjoy a picnic lunch at the Jones Fork Campground a little southwest of Ice House Reservoir where Fleming Jones and family lived and summered their cattle. A little further from us (an hour away) is South Lake Tahoe and numerous adventures await there!
Don’t miss the El Dorado Western Railroad which leaves the El Dorado Station on the first and third Sundays and from the Shingle Springs Depot on the second and fourth Sundays. Check for train schedules. Train buffs should not miss the California Railroad Museum in Old Town Sacramento either!
There is gold in them thar hills! Surrounded by placer (surface) claims, we regularly find gold flakes on the property – just ask Robin! Not surprisingly since we are in the Placerville District, Mother Lode Belt, El Dorado County placer gold occurrences. With screens and pans, you are welcome to whittle away time in search for a bit of the famous California gold. and who knows what else you might find from crystals to Muscovite.
Summer and clear evenings are perfect for visiting our free observatory. For the many other events happening locally, visit Eldorado.com and WineandDineGoldCountry.com for things going on when you come visit! We have golfing, fishing and so much more – including Alpaca farms!