Located in the Historic District of Placerville, the Albert Shafsky House Bed and Breakfast is just a short stroll from Main Street. Find art galleries, antique shops, historic buildings, specialty stores and several excellent dining establishments as you meander through this town so rich in Old West History.
Visit Placerville Hardware, the Bell Tower, Pearson’s Soda Works, the old Court House, the Ziesz Brewery Ruins and the Fountain Tallman Soda Works which is now a Museum.
Placerville is well-known for having a colorful Gold Rush past. It started in Coloma in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold flecks in a sawmill and carries on through today as Hangtown remains the hub of the Mother Lode. Named after the Placer Gold deposits found in its river beds and hills in the late 1840’s, Placerville’s rich mining history and lore includes the infamous Hangman’s Tree.
Just a few minutes from the inn you will find Gold Bug Park where you can try your hand at panning for gold, view the Stamp Mill and visit a hard-rock mine shaft. Just eight miles away you can visit Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma where gold was first found in California at Sutter’s Mill on the South Fork of the American River.
White Water Rafting
Cascading down from the Sierra Nevada's is the West Coast's most popular whitewater river - the South Fork of the American River. An intermediate (Class III) river, the South Fork American River is suitable for kids 7 to 75. Numerous professional companies offer trips ranging from half-day journeys or longer two-day adventures. The South Fork winds its way through the heart of the Mother Lode as it runs past abandoned mines, tailings, flumes and other reminders of the Gold Rush era. The Middle Fork’s Class IV rapids, including the famous Tunnel Chute, takes you past stunning scenery and incredible wildlife. Once a well-inhabited canyon with two mining camps and over 10,000 people, today the Middle Fork American River Canyon is a place of solitude and remote beauty.
All Outdoors Rafting
O.A.R.S. American River Rafting
Apple Hill Season
Fall in Northern California is not truly fall until it is Apple Hill season in Camino. A bounty of privately-owned farms, set among the rolling foothills, showcase old family recipes of homemade fritters, ciders, apple wines, and hand-crafts. Sample apple cider donuts at Rainbow Orchards, the crisp cider at High Hill Ranch, and the late-summer peach pie at Hooverville Orchards.
El Dorado County has many award-winning wineries in the North County, Fair Play and Shenendoah Valley, and are just minutes away. With nearly fifty vineyards sprouting up in the Sierra Foothills you could spend a week and not taste all of the latest varietals. Many of the El Dorado Wineries have lovely picnic spots and views.
Rita and Steph’s favorite picks: the Barbera at Boeger, the Old World Port at Madrona, the view and the Zin at Mount Aukum and the Redbird Canyon Red at Wofford Acres Vineyards.
Several golf courses nearby offer both beginners and skilled veterans a challenge on the links. Apple Mountain Golf Resort in Camino and Bass Lake Golf Course in El Dorado Hills both offer beautiful Alpine settings for your day on the greens.
Looking for more relaxing pursuits? Contact us to set up a spa treatment.
Whatever your reason for getting away, make the Albert Shafsky House Bed and Breakfast in Placerville CA, your destination of choice.
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