The Perfect Weekend in El Dorado County – With Wine Pairings!

When the walls close in our your cubicle and your productivity plummets because you REALLY need to get away for a weekend, ponder on this list of amazing and fun things to do over a weekend in Western El Dorado County. We’re adding wine pairings for an added dimension to all full visualization of the experience. It’s a virtual vacation! Ready? Here goes!

Day 1

Get Amped! Grab some zingy espresso at Totem Coffee in the Courtyard of Placerville’s Cary House Hotel. Pairs best with the mocha and coffee elements of Merlot.

Go Subterranean! Tour the Gold Bug Mine in Placerville for an authentic picture of what it took to literally beat and blast nuggets and flakes of gold out of the ground. Pairs best with an earthy Malbec.

Eat With Your Eyes! Visit the Placerville Farmers’ Market for a sensual riot of fresh farm-grown veggies and other locally crafted items Saturdays 8 to Noon. An excellent pairing with a bright Sangiovese.

Taste the Juice! Savor a wide range of award-winning wines and take the barrel room tour at Crystal Basin Cellars in Camino. The perfect pairing for this stop is their smooth Gold Medal winning Zinfandel that is grown across the street from the winery.

Take a Hike! At Sly Park Lake, it’s a mostly flat 1 mile hike from Hazel Creek Meadow to the beautiful Park Creek Falls. The suggested pairing for this gorgeous natural setting is a Grenache bursting with strawberry fruit.

Time to Boogie! Grab those dancing shoes and get ready to shake your tailfeathers in Coloma. You can party hop between great music options at Marco’s Café and the Coloma Club. Pairs best with a Big Bold Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hit the Pillow! You might want to throw a bit of sack time in here to recover from your amazing day. The lovely New World Port from Madrona Vineyards would be nice sip before bedtime.

Day 2

Rise and Shine!   Brunch on the patio at the Independent in Placerville will kick start your day – be sure to quaff a mimosa or two in order to get your daily ration of Bubbly.

Get Wet! Take an adrenaline-filled guided raft trip with Adventure Connections on the Middle Fork of the American River. Bring sunscreen and enjoy the amazing American River Canyon with a rugged and rustic Barbera.

Get All Historical! Tour the Gold Discovery state park in Coloma. See and touch what started the Westward Expansion on our continent. A fun effort accompanied with a thoughtful and pensive Syrah.

Get On the Train! Enjoy a 90 minute ride on the El Dorado Western Railroad featuring small rolling stock maintained and operated by train buffs. Rides between 11am and 2:30pm on Sundays. A great match with a dense Petite Sirah.

Time for a Cocktail! Grab a Gold Cadillac at Poor Reds in El Dorado. These folks consume the most Galliano in the world each year.   This stop pairs with a cool and lemony Chardonnay.