Cary House
Historic Cary House Hotel
300 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
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Recreation: Rest. Relax. Revitalize.

Experience the history of the gold rush in the heart of Placerville Historic Main Street

Watch Experience El Dorado:

Below is a list of activities to enjoy. For more fun in the foothills:

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park -- Coloma, CA.

James Marshall’s cabin, museum and gift shop, Sutter’s Mill, original gold discovery site, two historic churches, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, cemetery, the Noteware-Thomas House, hiking trails. Bring the family and a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day in the historic park that is located near the beautiful South Fork of the American River.

Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Factory Memorial -- Gold Hill, CA.

Dedicated on June 7, 1969 by then Governor Ronald Reagan and several Japanese Officials, this unassuming small monument has drawn visitors from around the world. Visitors who are curious about the history of a young Japanese girl called Okei who died in 1871 at just 19 years old and who is buried on a hillside nearby on private land.

Gold Panning at the South Fork of the American River -- Coloma, CA.

Rent a pan or bring your own. There is an area just across the river from Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where you can settle in and try your luck. If Rodney is around, he is a fixture in the park, you might be lucky enough to get a lesson in gold panning from him.

Whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River, Coloma, CA.

The South Fork of the American River has been referred to as the best rafting in the country. The guides are well trained and provide every safety possible if you choose to participate in one of the most exciting outdoor adventures available anywhere.

Adventure Connection: 530-626-7385

All Outdoors Rafting: 925-932-8993 (10% discount- Cary House Hotel Guests)

American River Recreation: 530-622-6802

Other Rafting Companies:

Gold Bug Mine and Park -- Placerville, CA.

Hattie’s museum, the 362-foot hard rock mine, gift shop, stamp mill, hiking trails and gold panning make for a terrific outdoor adventure for the whole family. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day of history and fun at the park.

Wine Tasting

There are over fifty wineries throughout the county in the areas of Gold Hill, Apple Hill, Camino, Pleasant Valley and Fair Play. Enjoy Barbera, Zinfandel, Shiraz, and many other fine varieties as well as the great hospitality extended by our vintners. There is also a group of wineries in the Apple Hill area known as the Apple Hill Wine Trail.

Apple Hill

Over fifty farms and ranches provide farm fresh fruit and vegetables, baked and canned goods, and crafts and entertainment. Apples are their claim to fame but there is much more to see and do in the beautiful El Dorado countryside. Their high season is from early September to December but some farms are open year round.


Sierra At Tahoe, Twin Bridges and Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe offer world class skiing, snowboarding and winter sports in a world-renowned location. Read more...

Crystal Basin Recreation Area -- Eldorado National Forest

Eldorado National Forest - Contact the El Dorado Information Center at 530.647.5415 for information or go the their website at

Sly Park Recreation Area

For information call the El Dorado Irrigation District -- Park: 530.644.2545, for reservations call 530.644.2792 or visit

Christmas Trees

Many farms and varieties of trees to choose from. Over 30 farms throughout the county and many of the farms have saws and all have care instructions.

Micro Breweries

Three to choose from or visit them all in the areas of Gold Hill, Apple Hill and Placerville.

Gold Hill Brewery --

Jack Russell Brewing Company --

Placerville Brewing Company --

Golf Courses

The mild climate on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada range makes golf a favorite year-round sport. There are several courses to choose from in the area. -- Golf course listings.

Olive Oil

El Dorado County is home to two world-class olive oil companies, Gold Hill Olive Oil Company and Winterhill. Come out to El Dorado County to relax, taste and enjoy.

Wagon Train

Come Ride with California & Nevada’s Oldest, Authentic and Historic Wagon Train. Visit or call 530.644.3761.

Gaming in the Foothills

Red Hawk Casino blends a full complement of gaming excitement with the natural beauty of Northern California. Red Hawk features approximately 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games, six restaurants, four bars, and lighted, covered parking. Red Hawk Casino is Eldorado County’s newest entertainment destination and is located near Placerville, Calif., off the Red Hawk Parkway exit of Highway 50, just 20 minutes east of Sacramento.

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