El Dorado Guidebook

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El Dorado Guidebook

Food scene

Be sure to make reservations usually at least a week in advance. This is a fine dining experience in a laid back environment.
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Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar
9402 Main Street
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Be sure to make reservations usually at least a week in advance. This is a fine dining experience in a laid back environment.
BBQ, locals, and live music…a great spot to grab a bite and mingle with the locals! Known for their “Cadillac” drink.
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Poor Red's Bar-B-Q
6221 Pleasant Valley Rd
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BBQ, locals, and live music…a great spot to grab a bite and mingle with the locals! Known for their “Cadillac” drink.
Patio seating, a great Italian style pizza spot. Thin crust, order a bottle of wine as you watch passer-Byers in the downtown El Dorado nook.
Pizza Norcia
6180 Pleasant Valley Road
Patio seating, a great Italian style pizza spot. Thin crust, order a bottle of wine as you watch passer-Byers in the downtown El Dorado nook.
Chocolate shop with wine pairings.
Annabelle's Chocolate Lounge
6240 Pleasant Valley Road
Chocolate shop with wine pairings.
Enchanted forest Emerson dining experience restaurant with fondue, beer, wine, flatbread pizzas, and more. This is truly a unique venue unlike any other in the area!
Enchanted Forest Dining Experience
372 Main Street
Enchanted forest Emerson dining experience restaurant with fondue, beer, wine, flatbread pizzas, and more. This is truly a unique venue unlike any other in the area!
One of the most, if not the most, delicious BBQ in the area! Order and take out. You won’t be disappointed!
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Hog Wild Bar-B-Que
38 Main Street
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One of the most, if not the most, delicious BBQ in the area! Order and take out. You won’t be disappointed!
Open 363 Days a Year Offering Fresh Fruits, Pies, Ciders, Donuts, Wines, Veggies, Juices & More! We Also Offer Seasonal Events: Pumpkin Patch, Berry Festivals, Egg Hunt, Christmas Trees & More!
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Boa Vista Orchards
2952 Carson Road
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Open 363 Days a Year Offering Fresh Fruits, Pies, Ciders, Donuts, Wines, Veggies, Juices & More! We Also Offer Seasonal Events: Pumpkin Patch, Berry Festivals, Egg Hunt, Christmas Trees & More!
High Hill Ranch serves up the best-selling Apple Pies, Apple Donuts, & Apple Fritters in all of Apple Hill. A prime Apple Hill location for breakfast, lunch & dinner, High Hill Ranch is also host to the largest selection of Apple Hill Outdoor Activities offering a Fishing Pond, Pony Rides, Tractor Hayrides, Field Trips, Wine Tasting, & Apple Hill's Largest Arts & Craft Show. Open Daily in beautiful Placerville, CA August 18th - December 24th! We welcome you to visit the largest, upmost popular Apple Hill Farm today.
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Apple Hill | High Hill Ranch
2901 High Hill Rd
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High Hill Ranch serves up the best-selling Apple Pies, Apple Donuts, & Apple Fritters in all of Apple Hill. A prime Apple Hill location for breakfast, lunch & dinner, High Hill Ranch is also host to the largest selection of Apple Hill Outdoor Activities offering a Fishing Pond, Pony Rides, Tractor Hayrides, Field Trips, Wine Tasting, & Apple Hill's Largest Arts & Craft Show. Open Daily in beautiful Placerville, CA August 18th - December 24th! We welcome you to visit the largest, upmost popular Apple Hill Farm today.
Italian coffee spot on the downtown Diamond Springs strip
Caffè Santoro
Italian coffee spot on the downtown Diamond Springs strip
Great brewery with good food in Diamond Springs
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Solid Ground Brewing
552 Pleasant Valley Rd
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Great brewery with good food in Diamond Springs
Great Italian restaurant locals love, go during one of their live music days.
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The "Little Italian" Place
2530 Pleasant Valley Rd
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Great Italian restaurant locals love, go during one of their live music days.
Go to Sweetie Pies Bakery and Restaurant for their famous homemade Pecan Cinnamon Rolls (You will not regret it!). Sweetie Pies is located in a gorgeous, Victorian home and has fantastic breakfasts. Think omelets, quiches, sandwiches with homemade bread, muffins, and more, all made in generous portions. You’ll know this place is good just by seeing it because it’s so popular among the locals that it is frequently packed! Come early and come hungry; they’ll take care of you at Sweetie Pies. The patio is pet friendly.
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Sweetie Pie's
577 Main Street
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Go to Sweetie Pies Bakery and Restaurant for their famous homemade Pecan Cinnamon Rolls (You will not regret it!). Sweetie Pies is located in a gorgeous, Victorian home and has fantastic breakfasts. Think omelets, quiches, sandwiches with homemade bread, muffins, and more, all made in generous portions. You’ll know this place is good just by seeing it because it’s so popular among the locals that it is frequently packed! Come early and come hungry; they’ll take care of you at Sweetie Pies. The patio is pet friendly.
Start off your adventure at Pachamama Coffee (formerly Totem Coffee Roasters), an artisanal coffee shop and cafe on Historic Main Street. They roast their own coffee, often using organic beans. It’s delicious! Grab a seat inside or enjoy their outdoor courtyard. Don’t forget to buy some beans to take with you. There is a local gluten-free baker who often stocks his baked delights here too.
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Totem Coffee
312 Main St
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Start off your adventure at Pachamama Coffee (formerly Totem Coffee Roasters), an artisanal coffee shop and cafe on Historic Main Street. They roast their own coffee, often using organic beans. It’s delicious! Grab a seat inside or enjoy their outdoor courtyard. Don’t forget to buy some beans to take with you. There is a local gluten-free baker who often stocks his baked delights here too.
Tucked away on Placerville Drive, Annie’s Mimosas is a local favorite and a well-kept secret. It’s a small café with an extensive menu and excellent customer service. The menu features six different benedicts, nine omelets, and more than a dozen mimosas, just to name a few. Chili Verde Enchiladas and the Breakfast Burrito are fan favorites.
Annie’s Mimosas
384 Placerville Drive
Tucked away on Placerville Drive, Annie’s Mimosas is a local favorite and a well-kept secret. It’s a small café with an extensive menu and excellent customer service. The menu features six different benedicts, nine omelets, and more than a dozen mimosas, just to name a few. Chili Verde Enchiladas and the Breakfast Burrito are fan favorites.
June through October 401 Main Street, Placerville (Around the Bell Tower on Historic Main Street) Wednesdays 4 pm–dusk (7:30ish) (All farmers happily accept EBT and MarketMatch.) This market specializes in local fruits and vegetables, sustainable agriculture, and community. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, local vendors and fun for everyone. Call 530-919-5696 or check out the latest info on their Facebook page.
Main Street Farmers' Market
401 Main St
June through October 401 Main Street, Placerville (Around the Bell Tower on Historic Main Street) Wednesdays 4 pm–dusk (7:30ish) (All farmers happily accept EBT and MarketMatch.) This market specializes in local fruits and vegetables, sustainable agriculture, and community. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, local vendors and fun for everyone. Call 530-919-5696 or check out the latest info on their Facebook page.
western themed town center with a village like atmosphere in the heart of Cameron Park, Burke Junction offers a vivacious one stop dining and shopping experience. Located off Hwy 50, on the south side of the Cameron Park exit, Burke Junction, with its 6 restaurants and historic train, serves as a gateway to the diverse attractions available in the Sierra Foothills. Originally built to compliment the legendary frontier adventure town, Sam's Town, the Junction has played an iconic 3 decades long role in the history of El Dorado county. With family friendly seasonal events and weekend train rides on the BUJU Express, Burke Junction stands as a community landmark that draws on the Old West charm of yesteryear. Hospitality and adventure await you at the Junction and we invite you to come "All Aboard for the Good Times." Here you will find an Italian gelato shop, Mexican food, sushi, bar, thrift shopping, boutique shopping, and weekend childrens train ride.
Burke Junction Shopping Center
3300 Coach Lane
western themed town center with a village like atmosphere in the heart of Cameron Park, Burke Junction offers a vivacious one stop dining and shopping experience. Located off Hwy 50, on the south side of the Cameron Park exit, Burke Junction, with its 6 restaurants and historic train, serves as a gateway to the diverse attractions available in the Sierra Foothills. Originally built to compliment the legendary frontier adventure town, Sam's Town, the Junction has played an iconic 3 decades long role in the history of El Dorado county. With family friendly seasonal events and weekend train rides on the BUJU Express, Burke Junction stands as a community landmark that draws on the Old West charm of yesteryear. Hospitality and adventure await you at the Junction and we invite you to come "All Aboard for the Good Times." Here you will find an Italian gelato shop, Mexican food, sushi, bar, thrift shopping, boutique shopping, and weekend childrens train ride.

Wine Tasting

Great winery to visit with beautiful views, wine cave, occasional concerts, and food. Check out their website for special events!
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Helwig Vineyards & Winery
11555 Shenandoah Road
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Casual wine tasting, tastings are free. This is a no-fuss, GREAT wine place. Their Barbera is fantastic, too.
Cooper Vineyards
21365 Shenandoah School Road
Casual wine tasting, tastings are free. This is a no-fuss, GREAT wine place. Their Barbera is fantastic, too.
Fantastic Barbera and white wine, along with a wine cave.
Bella Grace Wine Cave
22715 Upton Road
Fantastic Barbera and white wine, along with a wine cave.
Great modern western style winery with bold, flavorful red wines.
Borjon Winery
11270 Shenandoah Rd
Great modern western style winery with bold, flavorful red wines.
If you like buttery Chardonnay, this place is for you!
Rombauer Vineyards Sierra Foothills
12225 Steiner Road
If you like buttery Chardonnay, this place is for you!
Celebrate the magic of mountain-grown grapes and the beauty that surrounds Lava Cap Winery. Savor the taste of well-balanced wines rich with full flavor and body, vibrant fruit, crisp acidity and soft tannins. Bring a picnic and relax on the deck overlooking their vineyards.
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Lava Cap Winery
2221 Fruitridge Road
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Celebrate the magic of mountain-grown grapes and the beauty that surrounds Lava Cap Winery. Savor the taste of well-balanced wines rich with full flavor and body, vibrant fruit, crisp acidity and soft tannins. Bring a picnic and relax on the deck overlooking their vineyards.
When you’re ready for a breath of fresh air, take a drive to Boeger Winery for wine tasting. Not only do they have a fabulous glass of Barbera but they also have a stunning property popular for country weddings. Enjoy your wine in the picnic area by the pond or take a walk out in the vineyard. When sunset hits, these grounds come alive with vibrant colors and become the perfect photo op to capture your trip. Whether you’ve come to Placerville for the wine, the history, some shopping, or even just the fantastic food, there is something for anyone in this awesome mountain town. Stay for awhile. We hope you enjoy your visit.
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Boeger Winery
1709 Carson Road
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When you’re ready for a breath of fresh air, take a drive to Boeger Winery for wine tasting. Not only do they have a fabulous glass of Barbera but they also have a stunning property popular for country weddings. Enjoy your wine in the picnic area by the pond or take a walk out in the vineyard. When sunset hits, these grounds come alive with vibrant colors and become the perfect photo op to capture your trip. Whether you’ve come to Placerville for the wine, the history, some shopping, or even just the fantastic food, there is something for anyone in this awesome mountain town. Stay for awhile. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Grocery Stores

Local & health food based grocery store, with fresh gluten free options.
Local & health food based grocery store with gluten free options. Great place for grab and go lunch for a picnic too in their deli/bakery.
Fork Lift by Nugget Markets
3333 Coach Ln
Local & health food based grocery store with gluten free options. Great place for grab and go lunch for a picnic too in their deli/bakery.
A small, convenience style store just a couple minutes away. Forgot something? Looking for a quick bottle of wine? Sweet/salty craving? They’ve got you covered.
LogTown Country Market
6142 Crystal Boulevard
A small, convenience style store just a couple minutes away. Forgot something? Looking for a quick bottle of wine? Sweet/salty craving? They’ve got you covered.

Sightseeing

Museum attraction offering audio tours of an 1880s gold mine, with a blacksmith shop & gem mining.
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Gold Bug Park & Mine
2635 Gold Bug Ln
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Museum attraction offering audio tours of an 1880s gold mine, with a blacksmith shop & gem mining.
Open on Sundays, take a train tour in El Dorado on the first and third Sundays of every month. Not one of those days?? The tracks are a great leisurely 5 mile hiking trail too! End your hike at Poor Red’s for lunch!
El Dorado Station, El Dorado Western Railroad
4560 Oriental Street
Open on Sundays, take a train tour in El Dorado on the first and third Sundays of every month. Not one of those days?? The tracks are a great leisurely 5 mile hiking trail too! End your hike at Poor Red’s for lunch!
Eldorado National Forest
100 Forni Rd
Hiking
Historic landmark…plenty of parking, farmers markets in the summer on the weekends. Lots of cute shops, restaurants, museums, etc.
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Downtown Placerville
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Historic landmark…plenty of parking, farmers markets in the summer on the weekends. Lots of cute shops, restaurants, museums, etc.
When you’re ready to explore a little further, drive to the El Dorado County Historical Museum to see how Placerville came to be. If you’re a history buff, you will love all the displays on life during the Gold Rush. We highly recommend taking a tour with a docent because they will make the museum come alive with a whole new level of insight and stories. Everyone at the museum is friendly, very proud to be a part of Placerville, and will probably give you some great insight on where to go during the rest of your stay in Placerville.
El Dorado Historical Museum
104 Placerville Dr
When you’re ready to explore a little further, drive to the El Dorado County Historical Museum to see how Placerville came to be. If you’re a history buff, you will love all the displays on life during the Gold Rush. We highly recommend taking a tour with a docent because they will make the museum come alive with a whole new level of insight and stories. Everyone at the museum is friendly, very proud to be a part of Placerville, and will probably give you some great insight on where to go during the rest of your stay in Placerville.

Things To Do

Great golf course in the picturesque Apple Mountain
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Apple Mountain Golf Resort
3455 Carson Road
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Cute little historic town on your way to Sutter Creek or Jackson. Stop in Dryrown for antique shopping and a quick bite at the cafe.
Drytown
Cute little historic town on your way to Sutter Creek or Jackson. Stop in Dryrown for antique shopping and a quick bite at the cafe.

Shopping

Cute local garden, home decor, lifestyle, & clothing boutique. You’ll find something to cherish, or to gift!
French Quarter Home Decor & Garden
6227 Pleasant Valley Road
Cute local garden, home decor, lifestyle, & clothing boutique. You’ll find something to cherish, or to gift!