Things to do in Placerville

Here are a few suggestions – from our sister page: Coloma Spring Suites

Summertime – Things to do
Springtime – Things to do – Wildflowers Main Street Fairs Wine-Tasting Day-Trip-to-Plymouth
Wintertime -Things to do American River Music Festival Gold Hill Winery-Hike-Loop
Ski Weekend Itinerary from the Bay Area Placerville Halloween-Hangtown Ball Winery Passport Weekend

Restaurants – Wine Tasting – Apple Hill Map

Red Shach River HikeGold Hill 2

Outdoor Activities Map

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Our recommendation for Wine Tasting:

Crystal Basin – Boeger  –  Jodar   –  Nello Olivo   –  Grace Patriot   –  Gold Hill 


Here are a few recommendations for restaurants. Things change fast in the restaurant business.  Apologizes if there are any inaccuracies in the list.

Heyday Cafe: heydayfront

Family-owned since 2007, the Heyday Cafe is a relaxed, friendly gathering place for locals as well as visitors. They have a well crafted menu raging from Hawaiian ahi poke, lobster bisque, chicken curry Salad and Salmon salad. They have an extensive wine selection. This is a great choice for lunch or dinner. They have another restaurant, “The Independent” at the far east end of Main Street.



is an Upscale Sports Bar restaurant with a good selection

of comfort foot and lovely pictures of Placerville in the dining area.

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Cascada Restaurant & Cantina

Located in a historic building,

 an upscale Mexican restaurant with nice gourmet twist on classic Mexican.


Pizza Bene

Located at the Bell Tower on Main Street,

will fulfill your desire for authentic Italian Pizza.


Smith flatThe Smith Flat House Has a full dinner menu and classic and unique gourmet pizza selections including Fig & Prosciutto or Butternut Squash Pizza:
History is as big a part of the experience as the food. Originally known as the “Three Mile House”, it was built in 1853 over the Blue Lead Mine.
The Smith Flat House still has the old time “Gold Rush” feel. In the basement restaurant you can peer down into the mine shaft which produced several million dollars in gold. They have the best outdoor dining in Placerville, The outdoor patio is open on a seasonal basis.

Camino is the next town East on highway 50.
Crystal Basin Bistro The Bistro is a simple eating spot with a unique and very tasty menu. It is located within walking distance of 3 wine tasting rooms. There are 8 tasting rooms in close proximity in this “Camino Tasting Block.” Look for their wine events with music and dancing.