We made a trip to the American River because of my husband's board meeting and fund raiser for Friends of the River (a non profit focused on protecting and restoring California Rivers). Since it was his trip, he made all of the arrangements. I didn't know anything about the inn that he chose, but knew that camping and rafting was the norm for the area, so I didn't have high expectations.
I was certainly surprised by the Eden Vale Inn. It is a nugget of gold in gold country.
The grounds are serene and beautiful, from the wide range of plant and tree species, to the myriad of calming water features and art, to a fire pit under the stars, to the small pond with many bird species (and a few trout and frogs). The grounds also had a covered outdoor kitchen (including a pizza oven, microwave, fridge, cooking utensils, large dining table, etc.) so that you can make lunch or heat up leftovers from a great meal at Cafe Luna.
The inn itself is thoughtfully appointed for a contemporary couple's R&R. It is warm and inviting without the drippy sweetness of some inns. The main building is a rebuilt barn that maintains it's architectural integrity and has space that is relaxing and peaceful. We liked that the kitchen wasn't tucked away out of sight... the smells from Mark and Gayle's cooking were a nice addition to the atmosphere and it made the very helpful inn keepers more accessible. While the inn was fully booked when we were there, we always found ample choices for places to hang out by ourselves in the inn or outdoors. In the mornings, the breakfasts were an excellent start to a day of relaxation or rafting on the river.
Our guest room was small, but ample, especially given the outdoor porch and public spaces that were so inviting. The room itself was beautifully appointed with very comfortable beds and linens, a large and modern bath, outdoor soaking tub, sophisticated lighting, reasonable storage space, a fireplace, and entertainment (TV, Ipod station for music, free wifi and phone calls). note: ATT Wireless connectivity was weak.
On Saturday, while my husband was at his board meeting, the Inn was a great place to hang out... DO plan to stay at the inn and enjoy the facilities for at least part of your stay. I got a few hours of work done in the morning (sat in the dining room at a table, used the wifi, and didn't see a sole but Gayle, who stopped by to be sure I had a cold diet coke). After that, I had a great facial at the pretty little spa (which also offers his and hers massage!). Then I sat out in the shaded chaise lounge next to the pond - with no one else around - to play my guitar for a while and read a book while watching the birds, enjoying the view of the hills, and listening to horses whinnying from across the fields. It was one of the most relaxing days I have had for quite some time!
Mark and Gayle were extremely helpful, welcoming, and relaxed. They were there to answer questions, make recommendations on dining locations, talk about the history of the area and inn, and more. They and the staff were available when needed and at the same time were completely invisible when we weren't looking for them.
I've already recommended Eden Vale to my friends, now I am highly recommending it to you! You won't be disappointed! We're calling this weekend to set up our next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eden Vale Inn is an unbeatable romantic getaway in northern California, situated in the heart of Gold Country, right outside of Placerville. Our luxury bed and breakfast offers seven unique and comfortable rooms, decorated with modern appointments, gas fireplaces with cozy seating areas, spa-like bathrooms, private outdoor spa tubs, serene views and garden or deck access. The swimming pond and extensive grounds include gardens that invite wandering, sitting, reflection and reading, an outdoor fire pit, guest kitchen and scenic wedding area. Gourmet breakfast is served each morning and can be enjoyed outside, overlooking our gorgeous wine country setting. Many local attractions and activities are available in the area: fine dining, shopping in Old Town Placerville, over 100 Sierra Foothill wineries within an hour's drive, white water rafting on the American River, and California history at the nearby Marshall Gold Discovery Park. We can accommodate pets - call for more information! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eden Vale Inn b&b
- Eden Vale Hotel Placerville