Hiking, Whitewater Rafting in the Sierra Foothills

Hiking, Whitewater Rafting in the Sierra Foothills


Jan 2017

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Placerville is the County seat of El Dorado County, and the center of California's 1849 gold rush. Placerville was originally called "Hangtown" because of the swift justice reserved for jumpers of gold claims (called 'placers'). El Dorado County is California's second-largest wine producing area after Napa, and its #1 destination for summer and winter outdoor enthusiasts. Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, is a 50 minute drive. Guided whitewater rafting, with rapids from categories 1 through 5, are 20 minutes away.

Upstairs are the master bedroom with king size bed, a bathroom with tub, a shower/steam room, and a WC. Downstairs are a bedroom with bath and a fully equipped office. Also a kitchen, breakfast nook, dining room, living room and family/tv room. Next to the kitchen is the laundry room; beyond is a self-contained apartment with a bedroom (king size bed,) a sofa-bed for two in the living-room, bathroom/WC and a kitchenette. A queen-size air mattress is also available.

Off the kitchen is a patio with a pool 30ft x 15ft (10m x 4m), a hot tub for 4, a barbecue, and a table that sits 10. Fishing poles and a 3-person Zodiac boat with electric motor are available for fishing in a nearby lake.


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More about us

  1. We're a retired couple who often travel with one other couple

  2. We're both retired Foreign Service Officers who served in Europe and Africa

  3. Our house is in the country but close to the city of Placerville. We sit on top of hill, at 3,000 ft. of altitude. The architects designed an open house with floor-to-ceiling views of the mountains

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Where is it?


Downtown Placerville is 15 minutes by car. Placerville was founded during the California gold rush of 1849 and still maintains some of its "Gold Rush" atmosphere. Main Street looks like a cowboy movie set, but now consists of antique stores, art galleries, small shops and restaurants offering a variety of American, oriental and Mexican cuisines.

Our house sits on 5+ acres (2,5 hectares) of land, on the edge of El Dorado National Forest, the epicenter of California's skiing, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and other outdoor activities. El Dorado County is also known for its red wines, with over 50 wineries within 20 kilometers of our house. Nearby Rubicon Trail and Desolation Wilderness are world-renowned hiking and mountain biking areas. Lake Tahoe, and the casinos of Nevada, are ninety minutes away. San Francisco and Yosemite National Park are 2.5 hours away. The American River has Categories 1 through 5 whitewater rafting. Rafting tours are available every day. Nearby Calaveras Big Trees Park offers giant sequoias, lava fields, and abandoned gold mining towns. Placerville guarantees 100% sunshine every day of summer, making it easy to plan your days.

Buzzy restaurants
The Thai Place, Tortilla Flats, Heyday
Cool bars
None to speak of, except the Red Hawk Casino for gamblers
Cozy cafés
Too many to name
Retail therapy
Main St., nearby El Dorado Hills and Roseville
Bit of culture
Abandoned gold mines, National parks, and mining towns.
Walks in the park
Dozens to choose from: from very difficult to easy
Spot of exercise
Walking around our property and along the American River
Day tripping
San Francisco, Yosemite, Reno, South Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, Mendocino Coast

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