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Discovering a Luxurious Hideaway in The California Gold Country

by Wayne and Judy Bayliff on 24/02/13 at 6:33 pm

The California Gold Country in El Dorado County is a unique place to spend a romantic weekend or family vacation. This is a recommendation on where to stay while you are there.

Gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California in 1848 and inquisitive tourists have been exploring the old mining towns of California ever since. Today, striking it rich in the gold country means finding luxury vacation accommodations at reasonable prices. We staked our claim at the Eden Vale Inn B&B, and this is why…


We drove from San Francisco to the Eden Vale Inn in about two hours.

The Eden Vale Inn is located in the heart of the Gold Country in Placerville, California. It affords a superb base camp for tourists interested in gold history and exploring the many sites of beautiful El Dorado County.

The Inn is just minutes away from the Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma, the location of Sutter’s Mill.

The Inn is a quiet retreat nestled in the foothills and surrounded by acres and acres of picturesque landscapes and gardens.

Entering the long wooded driveway, our instincts told us we were headed for a splendid retreat. What we did not know was the level of quality and comfort that awaited us beyond the trees.

Entering Eden

The driveway ends in a circle, just a few feet from the countrified entrance to the main building.

As we stepped from the car, we were summarily greeted by the Inn’s inquisitive cat. He lingered just long enough to satisfy his curiosity and was off to resume his place in the sun.

A warm welcome

Innkeepers Mark and Gayle Hamlin welcomed us from the wooden doorway of the hay barn – now converted into a chic auberge for discerning guests.

After unloading our luggage, we were treated to a tour of the well-appointed public spaces and the strategically positioned guest facilities on the estate.

The innkeepers are justifiably proud of the evolution and utter transformation of their property from laboring farm to country elegant B&B. They have created a very comfortable vacation getaway.

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A Bromley

Feb 24th, 2013

Looks and sounds like my kind of place. This is a wonderful review and hopefully I can spend a few days there in the future. Thank you. It is now on my list of places to go. I have quite a bucket list developing.

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