The SpacePerched above Old Town Placerville, Stage Coach rides, restaurants, shops. Only a short walk to Old Town, were are a 10 minute drive to Apple Hill Farm or Gold Country Wineries! This super welcoming private Suite is part of a large home that sits above Main Street and was the the talk of the town when it was built in the 50s. It is it's own separate space with a private entrance. You will think you have landed in a secret garden with quiet seclusion although you only have a short walk to shops and restaurant of downtown.
The bedroom is large and comfortable with garden views, a double sleigh bed, closet, personal temperature control, ceiling fan, cozy fireplace, polished shining wood floors and plenty of storage. Wireless is available but no TV. A separate space has a built in executive desk with coffee and tea service which also offers a small refrigerator. You can take your morning cup and sit under the umbrella in the garden during warm weather or by the 'fire' in the winter, and wake up slowly.
The bathroom is all your own. It has a deep soak jacuzzi with a Euro hand held shower, classical tile flooring, plenty of towels, and even a towel warmer.
At certain times I am able to make the full house available to accommodate additional guests and allow open access to the kitchen. This needs to be negotiated prior to arrival. There is a lot of flexibility so if you would like something more than your own little private garden accommodation, just inquire and we will make every effort host your needs.
Historic Placerville sprang into being with the largest human migration in world history: the Gold Rush of 1849. It was a rough wild place back then. There are many reminders of that history everywhere you look but now you'll also find hundreds of Gold Country Award Winning Wineries, excellent restaurants, and quaint Shops (don't miss Placerville Hardware - oldest west of the Mississippi), history, wildlife (of all kinds) and just the breathtaking beauty of the Sierras (we are 45 minutes from skiing at Sierra at Tahoe and closer yet for snowshoeing. As a backcountry enthusiast, I will gladly share my favorite places to go.
There are wonderful places to eat in Placerville and you can walk to all of them all. For dinner I particularly like The Independent (best all around), Hey Day ( fun and excellent fare with a wonderful wine list), Cascada (very good upscale Mexican/full bar). Breakfast: the best Italian style espresso is at with light breakfast fare and gelato), Cuppa Coffee and More has the most friendly staff, light breakfast & a good selection of gluten free wonders. Sweetie Pie's is an all time favorite of Placervillians for breakfast.
Close by attractions include:
Apple Hill Farms ( open at harvest - late August- Dec)
Red Hawk Casino
Hiking: Desolation Wilderness and Carson Pass are favorites Skiing: 45 minutes to Sierra at Tahoe
River Rafting South and Middle Fort of the American River
Passport Weekend (wineries put on the 'dog')
Christmas in Placerville and the Lighting of the Christmas tree
Christmas Tree Farms
The Brew Fest in October
Daffodil Hill and Bluebird Iris Farms
FINDING YOUR HIDEAWAY: When you walk up the step (you'll see the photo in the album), from the street, and go past the birdhouses, along the walkway, you will enter a courtyard and the gate to your private garden will be straight ahead.Enter through the French door, the key will be on the table as you enter. If the day is warm, I will leave the air conditioner on but the nights cool down, so you can turn it off and leave the windows and door open for a fresh breeze (there is also an overhead fan). The neighborhood is safe and you will be secure enough to leave the door open, if you like. For cozy winter nights you will find the fireplace welcoming you inside and a wintery garden view from bed.
What could be a better place to start an adventure, whether hiking the Sierras, exploring history, wineries, apple farms, getting into the holiday spirit or meeting up with friend or family, than your own personal and cozy little place that is all yours, not a hotel but living authentic history and beautiful Placerville life. Guest AccessThis is variable depending upon the privacy you desire. For some it will be your own private space, including your own entrance, fenced garden and patio, with no connection directly to the main house. For others who may want a link to the house for additional guests options or kitchen access, and with communication exchanged between us, the whole house can be made available. This is a very flexible place. You will love it whichever way you choose. Interaction with GuestsI am not aways available to interact with my guests although I love to say 'Hello' and introduce them to their own private little 'cottage' and, although I dislike good-byes, to be able to meet you for a farewell hug. Many weekends during the summer sailing period, I may be sailing and gone for part or all of the weekend. I will gladly give you introduction to my wonderful neighbors or downtown merchants who will gladly be your Placerville 'alter' hosts. We love that you choose to be here. Even if I am not here to welcome you personally (my loss) the entire town is here for you. Come. The NeighborhoodWe are all praying for an El Niño this winter and the summer has been strange enough to think it might actually be on the way. If you are up for the beauty of the nearby wine country, you have hundreds of wineries to choose from. Some provide solitude, solace and a place to think while others, reverie and fun (you may want to venture out and meet Jack at Helwig) but all are astounding beautiful this time of year. Also, Apple Hill is a fall favorite but lots of people flock there on weekends in the fall only 8 miles away, and will still be in full swing. All farms open, offering the orchard country experience. Then, of course, there are the shops, coffee houses and restaurants of the old town within walking distance - not to be missed. You have a short time and too much to do. My philosophy is that less is always better - it may take two trips. Getting AroundYou will be walking distance to the old down town, shops, coffee houses, antiquing, and restaurants. Apple Hill is all around us to the East, we sit in the middle of the mostly unknown wineries where the vintner might actually be the one to pour your tasting and at no charge! (this won't last forever) Then a 45 minute drive away you will be skiing at Sierra at Tahoe in the winter months or hiking and exploring Desolation Wilderness (trail experience for all level of hikers) Other Things to NoteFinding the Secret Garden can be tricky if you don't follow these directions: