Guidebook for Placerville

Deborah
Guidebook for Placerville

Food Scene

Their coffee is something you should experience in your lifetime! The food is delicious, especially the locally made bagels and house-made donuts of the day. Great atmosphere, good music, nice schwag. Go anytime, whenever you can. grab a cup and set out to explore downtown Pville or stay and experience the eclectic vibes of this little gem. Open am, pm and into the evenings.
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Totem Coffee
312 Main St
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Their coffee is something you should experience in your lifetime! The food is delicious, especially the locally made bagels and house-made donuts of the day. Great atmosphere, good music, nice schwag. Go anytime, whenever you can. grab a cup and set out to explore downtown Pville or stay and experience the eclectic vibes of this little gem. Open am, pm and into the evenings.
Our favorite Lo-Col coffee shop and cafe. It's a 5 minute walk from our house. They serve Temple coffee (Sacramento roaster), vegetarian and gluten free meals and treats. Also have gelato for those hot summer days. Cozy atmosphere. Games in the back seating area and sometimes live music, good people watching on the porch. Located in Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. Open 8-4 W-Sn
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The Argonaut
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Our favorite Lo-Col coffee shop and cafe. It's a 5 minute walk from our house. They serve Temple coffee (Sacramento roaster), vegetarian and gluten free meals and treats. Also have gelato for those hot summer days. Cozy atmosphere. Games in the back seating area and sometimes live music, good people watching on the porch. Located in Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. Open 8-4 W-Sn
Perpetual local hot spot/fine dining in a relaxed, family atmosphere, historic site, prix fixe menu options along with full entree selection, Extensive wine list, moody soup of the day. Be sure to make a reservation. Dinner Th-Sn
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Cafe Mahjaic
1006 Lotus Road
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Perpetual local hot spot/fine dining in a relaxed, family atmosphere, historic site, prix fixe menu options along with full entree selection, Extensive wine list, moody soup of the day. Be sure to make a reservation. Dinner Th-Sn
Great food, friendly service, decor make you feel like you're in an old mine shaft. Family friendly, great brunch.
The Divide Restaurant
6037 Front St
Great food, friendly service, decor make you feel like you're in an old mine shaft. Family friendly, great brunch.
Happy hour, great sushi, helpful/Friendly wait staff! Nice outside patio. Mikuni is a Sacramento sushi legend.
Mikuni | Folsom
185 Placerville Rd
Happy hour, great sushi, helpful/Friendly wait staff! Nice outside patio. Mikuni is a Sacramento sushi legend.
Really can't say enough about Aji. Delicious fusion menu, full bar, outgoing/knowledgeable staff. Patio and indoor booth seating. Two Happy Hours early & late evening.
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Aji Japanese Bistro
4361 Town Center Boulevard
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Really can't say enough about Aji. Delicious fusion menu, full bar, outgoing/knowledgeable staff. Patio and indoor booth seating. Two Happy Hours early & late evening.
So much good in one bustling hot spot! Family friendly, great patio seating, locally sourced food, family owned, extensive beer and wine selection, rotating menu offerings, Dinner for 2 specials of the week.
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Selland's Market-Cafe El Dorado Hills
4370 Town Center Boulevard
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So much good in one bustling hot spot! Family friendly, great patio seating, locally sourced food, family owned, extensive beer and wine selection, rotating menu offerings, Dinner for 2 specials of the week.
Local hot spot, live music, electric atmosphere, good food, arrive early for dinner, usually has large crowds
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Marco's Café
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Local hot spot, live music, electric atmosphere, good food, arrive early for dinner, usually has large crowds
Two entrees steal the show: the burgers and the fish & chips. Great salads, a bit of a sports bar atmosphere.
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Jack Russell Brewery Restaurant
209 Main St
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Two entrees steal the show: the burgers and the fish & chips. Great salads, a bit of a sports bar atmosphere.
Great breakfast and lunch, baked goods. Arrive early and still might have a wait. It's worth the iconic Pville breakfast experience.
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Sweetie Pie's
577 Main Street
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Great breakfast and lunch, baked goods. Arrive early and still might have a wait. It's worth the iconic Pville breakfast experience.
Locally made meats and other items. Lunch and Dinner. Great atmosphere. Recommend checking out the seating upstairs. Brunch on Sundays only.
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The Farm Table Restaurant
311 Main St
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Locally made meats and other items. Lunch and Dinner. Great atmosphere. Recommend checking out the seating upstairs. Brunch on Sundays only.
Unusual and delicious sandwich creations. Walk up and order at counter. Dine in or to go. Limited seating inside. Tables outside. Awesome truffle tater tots!
Timmy's BROWN BAG
451 Main St
Unusual and delicious sandwich creations. Walk up and order at counter. Dine in or to go. Limited seating inside. Tables outside. Awesome truffle tater tots!
Small bar, great drinks. Bloodymary bar during weekend brunch. Nice patio seating.
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Independent Restaurant & Bar
629 Main Street
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Small bar, great drinks. Bloodymary bar during weekend brunch. Nice patio seating.
Great wine selection, locally sourced ingredients, local favorite.
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Heyday Café
325 Main Street
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Great wine selection, locally sourced ingredients, local favorite.
In-N-Out Burger
3055 Forni Rd
Excellent to go Deli counter. Delicious burgers, sandwiches, breakfast burritos on the go. Family owned inside the gas station convenience store.
Take A Bite of Coloma Deli
7215 CA-49
Excellent to go Deli counter. Delicious burgers, sandwiches, breakfast burritos on the go. Family owned inside the gas station convenience store.
Good place to pick up a sandwich or dine in with a cold beverage. Air conditioned, local hangout.
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River Shack Deli & Pub
7170 CA-49
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Good place to pick up a sandwich or dine in with a cold beverage. Air conditioned, local hangout.
Excellent Thai food cooked up in an establishment that has a kitchen that's larger than it's dining area. Great for take-out. Two smaller tables inside and a couple tables outside. Not for large groups to dine in.
Thai Noodle Express
Excellent Thai food cooked up in an establishment that has a kitchen that's larger than it's dining area. Great for take-out. Two smaller tables inside and a couple tables outside. Not for large groups to dine in.
The largest farmers market near Coloma. Provides an array of fresh local produce, meats, bread, sweets, prepared foods. Located under a bridge so it's nice and shaded in the summer and good for rainy days too. If you are a fan of farmers markets this is one you should not miss. Sundays 8-12
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Midtown Farmers Market
1050 20th Street
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The largest farmers market near Coloma. Provides an array of fresh local produce, meats, bread, sweets, prepared foods. Located under a bridge so it's nice and shaded in the summer and good for rainy days too. If you are a fan of farmers markets this is one you should not miss. Sundays 8-12
Rain or shine, this market runs year round. Great variety offered, beautiful produce. Meet the local foothill farmers.Sat 8-12pm
PlacerGROWN Farmers' Market
150 Auburn Folsom Rd
Rain or shine, this market runs year round. Great variety offered, beautiful produce. Meet the local foothill farmers.Sat 8-12pm
Saturdays 8-12pm. Nice local selection, friendly vendors. Good location for getting breakfast in town and then hitting the market.
El Dorado County Certified Farmer Market Association
1560 CA-49
Saturdays 8-12pm. Nice local selection, friendly vendors. Good location for getting breakfast in town and then hitting the market.

Essentials

Placerville Food Co-op
535 Placerville Dr
Fork Lift by Nugget Markets
3333 Coach Ln
Whole Foods Market
270 Palladio Parkway
Need sunscreen, hats, river accessories, a lifejacket (aka PFD--Personal Floatation Device). PFDs must be worn when floating on a tube, kayaking or rafting. They also sell kayaks. No raft or inner tube rentals in town. Catch the Coloma Shuttle at the store to various river locations.
River Store
1032 Lotus Rd
Need sunscreen, hats, river accessories, a lifejacket (aka PFD--Personal Floatation Device). PFDs must be worn when floating on a tube, kayaking or rafting. They also sell kayaks. No raft or inner tube rentals in town. Catch the Coloma Shuttle at the store to various river locations.
They are located diagonally from our house across the street on hwy 49. Pick up any last minute essentials (ie food/ beer/ coolers/picnic necessities, river essentials, etc.) Expect a mark up in price for convenience--welcome to country life.
Sutter Center Market
378 CA-49
They are located diagonally from our house across the street on hwy 49. Pick up any last minute essentials (ie food/ beer/ coolers/picnic necessities, river essentials, etc.) Expect a mark up in price for convenience--welcome to country life.

Parks & Nature

Hike the Monroe trail and your reward is a stunning view of Coloma and Trouble Maker rapid on the South Fork of the American River. You can drive to the Marshall Monument overlook but you must hike to the best scenic view. Or leave from our house and take the loop trail, 3 miles round trip! Sacred Washoe ginding stone rock, gold panning, historic houses/buildings, relaxing spots by river, public kayak/raft put-in.
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
310 Back Street
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Hike the Monroe trail and your reward is a stunning view of Coloma and Trouble Maker rapid on the South Fork of the American River. You can drive to the Marshall Monument overlook but you must hike to the best scenic view. Or leave from our house and take the loop trail, 3 miles round trip! Sacred Washoe ginding stone rock, gold panning, historic houses/buildings, relaxing spots by river, public kayak/raft put-in.
Extensive network of hiking trails. hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, paragliding, dogs on leash. Not a lot of shade in the summer. Access to river, picnicking.
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Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park
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Extensive network of hiking trails. hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, paragliding, dogs on leash. Not a lot of shade in the summer. Access to river, picnicking.
Best trail for families with young children, wheelchair accessible to the river and for most of the trail. Dogs on leash friendly.
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Dave Moore Nature Area
California 49
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Best trail for families with young children, wheelchair accessible to the river and for most of the trail. Dogs on leash friendly.
Large grass field right next to river with paved loop for waling/running, sunbathing, beach lounging, wading, great for picnics, playground across the street.
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Henningsen Lotus Park
950 Lotus Rd
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Large grass field right next to river with paved loop for waling/running, sunbathing, beach lounging, wading, great for picnics, playground across the street.
Great loop trail for running, hiking, dogs on leash, bird watching, peaceful views of river, mountain biking.
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Magnolia Ranch Trailhead
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Great loop trail for running, hiking, dogs on leash, bird watching, peaceful views of river, mountain biking.
Auburn Lake Trails
1400 American River Trail

Sightseeing

There is so much to rave about in Nevada City. This quaint town has it all; great food, live theater, Three Rivers Brewery, Treat ice cream shop--locally made, window shopping, live music, eclectic, big arts scene, Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
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Nevada City
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There is so much to rave about in Nevada City. This quaint town has it all; great food, live theater, Three Rivers Brewery, Treat ice cream shop--locally made, window shopping, live music, eclectic, big arts scene, Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
The year round Auburn Farmer's Market is a must. Saturdays 8-12 rain or shine. As you drive to Auburn, you'll cross over the confluence of the north and middle forks of the American river and have a view of California's tallest bridge (Auburn-foresthill bridge) and the 4th tallest in the nation. Auburn is another charming small town. Lots of restaurants, historic buildings, beautiful public parks, community garden, nice areas to stroll around.
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Auburn
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The year round Auburn Farmer's Market is a must. Saturdays 8-12 rain or shine. As you drive to Auburn, you'll cross over the confluence of the north and middle forks of the American river and have a view of California's tallest bridge (Auburn-foresthill bridge) and the 4th tallest in the nation. Auburn is another charming small town. Lots of restaurants, historic buildings, beautiful public parks, community garden, nice areas to stroll around.
Historic gold mine. Mind boggling network of deep mine shafts, historic house and garden, tours, peaceful
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Empire Mine State Park
10791 E Empire St
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Historic gold mine. Mind boggling network of deep mine shafts, historic house and garden, tours, peaceful

Entertainment & Activities

Highly recommended local whitewater rafting company. family owned, book advanced reservations.
All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting
1026 Lotus Road
Highly recommended local whitewater rafting company. family owned, book advanced reservations.
Great local company. Reserve in advance.
OARS American River Outpost
7330 River Park Dr
Great local company. Reserve in advance.
Great local company. Reserve trip in advance.
ARTA American River Trips
5660 Petersen Ln
Great local company. Reserve trip in advance.
White water rafting trips. reserve in advance.
Mother Lode River Center
6280 CA-49
White water rafting trips. reserve in advance.

Arts & Culture

Visit the State Capital. Great restaurants, night life, live music, college town, walkable/bike friendly downtown, charming historic neighborhoods, shopping, theater, museums (The Crocker, California State Railroad, Oldtown Sacramento). Fairytale town.
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Sacramento
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Visit the State Capital. Great restaurants, night life, live music, college town, walkable/bike friendly downtown, charming historic neighborhoods, shopping, theater, museums (The Crocker, California State Railroad, Oldtown Sacramento). Fairytale town.
Cozmic is a coffee house/cafe but also has beer on tap, live music, poetry readings, dancing, and a lot of local artwork on the walls.
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Cozmic Café
594 Main Street
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Cozmic is a coffee house/cafe but also has beer on tap, live music, poetry readings, dancing, and a lot of local artwork on the walls.
newly built, beautiful theater located on the Folsom Lake Community College campus. Nationally touring theater groups, off-broadway, symphony, and more.
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Harris Center
10 College Pkwy
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newly built, beautiful theater located on the Folsom Lake Community College campus. Nationally touring theater groups, off-broadway, symphony, and more.

Drinks & Nightlife

wide selection of beer on tap and bottled, also has great food. Good for families and nightlife.
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Placerville Public House
414 Main St
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wide selection of beer on tap and bottled, also has great food. Good for families and nightlife.
Not a winery but large selection of wine usually has live music
The Wine Smith
346 Main Street
Not a winery but large selection of wine usually has live music
Jose Wine Caves
6220 Prospectors Rd
David Girard Vineyards
741 Cold Springs Road
Hart 2 Hart Vineyards & Winery
5821 California 49
Madrona Vineyards - Apple Hill #6
2560 High Hill Road
Great food selection, pairings also.
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Crystal Basin Cellars
3550 Carson Road
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Great food selection, pairings also.
Great local beer, food trucks, food stands, tons of outside seating, picnic tables, games, live music.
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Jack Russell Farm Brewery
2380 Larsen Drive
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Great local beer, food trucks, food stands, tons of outside seating, picnic tables, games, live music.