The 5 most popular things our bed and breakfast guests like to do while visiting El Dorado County.

Coming to El Dorado County for an event like a wedding is why most people stay with us at Villa Florentina, but after that they come for the following reasons:

1. The River

We are just a short walk to one of the most picturesque and popular rafting and kayaking rivers in the world. Starting at Chili Bar dam just 5 miles up stream from us and 12 miles down stream to Folsom Lake, the South Fork of the American river is the heart of the Coloma Lotus valley. Up stream, there are challenging rapids like meat grinder, racehorse bend, Maya, 1st, 2nd and 3rd threats and ends with the popular photographed rapid trouble maker. The river slows down in the Coloma Lotus valley and becomes popular for swimmers, waders, gold panners and the growing in popularity inner tube floater. Coloma to the 49 bridge or Hensington Lotus park is becoming known as the tube run, and on hot summer days you’ll see large groups of people linked together floating down stream, splashing and laughing. Shortly after Cronan Ranch the excitement picks up again with rapids like Fowlers rock, upper and lower haystack canyons, the popular photo rapid Satan’s cesspool, bouncing rock and hospital bar. There are a number of reputable rafting companies that can take you safely down the river. We recommend talking to Norm and Phil at Whitewater excitement. They are organized, have good equipment and professionally trained staff. They also have a great camp ground and put on a hearty meal. Check them out at, another you may want to check out is
2. The Wine

El Dorado county is quickly becoming a choice destination for quality wines. I’ve heard people say, “It’s like Napa Valley 20 years ago” and “This is the Sonoma valley of the Sierra’s”. Dominic ?, a local wine artisan and grower consult, says, “El Dorado county’s soil and climate is ideal for growing grapes.” Just minutes from us you’ll find David Girard winery Gold Hill wines, Everhart, and Jose Cave wines. Ask us about a shuttle service or wine tours.

3. History

If you have any interest in California history you have to come to Coloma and Placerville. Just a few hundred yards from Villa Florentina is the Marshall Gold Discovery site. The epicenter of the California gold rush. Marshall Gold Discovery State Park has historical buildings, a museum and docents ready to tell you the story of the California Gold rush. Even if our guests don’t come for the history, few escape the draw to know more and end up exploring Historic Coloma, Historic downtown Placerville Gold Bug mine and one of the most popular activities is to go on the “ghost tour” in Placerville.

4. The Snow

Even though though it’s still more then an hour drive to Sierra at Tahoe (, we have a number of people that want to break up their trip to the slopes and stop to stay with us. El Dorado County has some of the best skiing in the world and miles of terrain to explore. After a long day of skiing, they love going into Historic Placerville or find a quite place to relax like Villa Florentina. Our hosts Patsy and Dave know how to make our guests feel welcome and warm.

5. Hiking

Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail are just a short drive up HWY 50, and there are people that come from literally all over the world to explore the area. But, you can find great hikes just by walking out the front gate of Villa Florentina. Monroe Ridge is in the adjacent Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. Mount Murphy which over looks the American River and boasts large fields of poppies in the spring is just a few minutes walk from Villa Florentina. Just down the road on hwy 49, you can find the trail that goes to Salmon Falls and Folsom Lake which will connect you to numerous other trails. Nearby Auburn State Park has many trials that follow the middle fork of the American River and can take you all the way to Carson City, Nevada. It also has a popular climbing are known as, the Quary.

We feel fortunate to live in such a wonderful area with such a rich history. We hope you’ll come visit us and discover El Dorado County.

Adam Anderson
Owner Villa Florentina

For more information, check out the El Dorado Visitor’s Authority at