Out and About in Coloma and Auburn County California
Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation, outdoor adventures or great food and wine, Enchanted April Inn in Coloma County California has so much to offer. Just 40 minutes from the California State Capital in Sacramento and 2 hours from San Francisco, the region provides something for everyone. Nestled in the Sierra Foothills this area is one of the most historic, beautiful and diverse in Northern California. Come explore this unforgettable region and its wonderful restaurants, wineries, historic towns, scenic parks, hiking and rafting. Our central California location allows guests to make easy day trips to explore nearby towns like Coloma, Placerville, Auburn, Lake Tahoe, Nevada City, Grass Valley, Plymouth, Jackson, Sutter Creek, Apple Hill, and more.
El Dorado Dining & Wine Tasting - Guests will appreciate a full range of down home or gourmet dining experiences. Wine lovers can experience the Sierra Nevada, "the other wine country", with dozens of area wineries offering elegant tasting rooms. Spend a day winding through country roads and stop to enjoy a picnic lunch in a Sierra Nevada Vineyard, or in a local El Dorado County café. You are sure to find that special place where memories are made and savored.
Gold Country Outdoor Adventures – Our inn near the American River offers nature lovers a full range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and more. There are also numerous Gold Rush era towns to explore including the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park where gold was first discovered just a few minutes from the Inn.
El Dorado, Placer and Amador County Wineries & Breweries
Just Minutes from Enchanted April Inn:
Hart 2 Hart Vineyard – Pilot Hill http://hart2hartvineyards.com/
Cool Beerwerks – Cool http://coolbeerco.com/home
Rome Valley Vineyards – Garden Valley http://www.romevalley.com
Jose’ Wine Caves –Garden Valley http://www.josewinecaves.com/
David Girard Vineyards - http://events.dgvwines.com/
Gold Hill Vineyards & Brewery - http://www.goldhillvineyard.com/
More local wineries:
El Dorado County Wines http://eldoradowines.org/
Amador County Wines http://www.amadorwine.com/new/pages/home.cgi
Placer County Wineries & Wine Trail http://www.placerwine.com/
Historic Gold Rush Towns:
Explore delightful historic towns dating back to the 1849 Gold Rush.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park - Birthplace of the Gold Rush. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=484
Coloma & Lotus – Rafting on the American River
http://www.coloma.com/ or http://www.theamericanriver.com/rivers/south-fork-american-river/
Apple Hill (Camino) You pick apples & fruits are available at many farms & ranches. www.applehill.com
Grass Valley http://www.downtowngrassvalley.com/
Nevada City http://www.nevadacitychamber.com/
Sutter Creek http://www.suttercreek.org/
El Dorado County Farm Trails - http://www.edc-farmtrails.org/
American River White Water Rafting:
Just a few minutes away from the Inn, whitewater rafting outfitters offer excursions on Class 1 to 4 rapids on the nearby American River:
Wet River Trips – http://www.raftwet.com/
Mother Lode - http://www.malode.com/
Sierra Nevada Mountain Trails and Hikes:
Hikers, bikers and riders bringing their own horses can enjoy hundreds of miles of magnificent trails including trails used for the famed 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and Tevis Cup race. http://www.coolhorsetrails.com/
Our Favorite Hikes:
Cronan Ranch Regional Trails (hiking and equestrian). Pilot Hill. River access. http://www.coloma.com/recreation/riverside-parks/cronan-ranch-trails-park/
Dave Moore Nature Area (handicapped accessible) A shady loop trail about a mile. River access. Picnic spot! http://www.coloma.com/recreation/riverside-parks/
American River Conservancy - hikes and family events. http://www.arconservancy.org
Fishing on the American River:
The great fishing here is one of the river's better-kept secrets.
Red Hawk Casino - http://www.redhawkcasino.com/
Apple Mountain Golf Course: http://www.applemountaingolfresort.com/
After an unforgettable day return to Enchanted April Inn in Coloma for an evening of restful repose.
Dreams really do come true!
Little did I know that Enchanted April Inn was the perfect location for our 3 days of exciting adventures. The Inn is located close to some really interesting towns, and there are plenty of wineries along the way to explore. Great restaurants and lovely country drives were just a small part of what we experienced. My wife loved the shopping and I got to taste some great micro-brews too. At the end of each day we sat on the porch rockers and just took in the scenery. Perfect!
We recently spent an early spring weekend here- though both of us couples lived less than an hour away; we found this inn to be very comfortable and relaxing. The furnishings are lovely, and there is obvious attention to detail, from the comfortable chairs and luxurious linens, to the table settings. Elke was an attentive innkeeper and helpful without being obtrusive. We stayed here as a jumping off point to do some local wine tasting. The surrounding area is some of the most beautiful in the Sierra foothills, beautiful rolling hills a, horse farms, and small towns. Oh, and the place is spotless!
It's a lovely large "Country Farm House" with a feeling of quiet English taste but the best part are the horses. They accommodate horses and out your window in the morning are the white fences and grazing beauties. The owner is a wonderful hostess. Never in the way, but you want for nothing. I was there with a group of riders and we did wonderful day trips to fabulous trails. We went in April (coincidence) and although it was an unusually rainy couple of days, we got some fabulous rides in by the American River and it was lovely to come home to wine, hot tea and a welcome smile.
Enchanted April is a beautiful, charming and relaxing B&B. We were so relaxed by the beauty surrounding the Inn. We were treated wonderfully by Elke. Having coffee overlooking the pond and the beautiful gardens was heaven. We especially enjoyed the Jacuzzi tub after a day of wine tasting and shopping.
Gorgeous property, wonderful host Elke, impeccably clean, quiet and relaxing. Stayed here just one night...will be back for two next time, as this is a perfect spot to stay to explore the gold country or paddle the south fork. Nearby are several good restaurants to choose from: upon Elke's suggestion, we chose Sierra Nevada House and enjoyed the outdoor seating and live music on Friday night. Try the two seater hot tub and enjoy the starlit sky...
Maureen P. San Fernando