Your Any Season Getaway

three women talking in the pool in the middle of the woods
the reverie retreat in winter with the woods covered in snow

Local and Nearby Activities

Chili Bar Park on the South Fork of the American River is a 15-minute drive away and has a great beach and swimming area. There are multiple lakes within a short drive for paddle boarding, swimming, and canoeing or kayaking. River rafting trips take off from Lotus/Coloma which is about 20 minutes away.

Off Road: There are plenty of mountain bike trails and we can help connect you to a mountain bike tour company that will show you the hidden back roads and trails. The area is also home to the famous Rubicon Trail for back road jeeps and other off-road vehicles.

We are located in the heart of Gold Country with lots of historical interest surrounding the Gold Rush, a world-class wine region, and a blossoming craft brewery scene.

Lovely and serene location. We fished at the pond, hiked down to the American River, visited an orchard, and tasted wine all in one day.

Jia S.

HIKING

(Each of our units has a book of hikes in our local area)

Summer/Fall:

Hidden Falls Regional Park

Lyons Creek – probably about 7,000 feet in elevation so a good hike to do when it’s hot.

Wright’s Lake

Winter/Spring:

Magnolia Ranch trailhead – this is BLM land and there are a lot of trailheads in the same area.

There are some waterfall hikes outlined here.

GOLD RUSH HISTORY

The town of Coloma, where gold was discovered, is about a 15-20 minute drive from us. Here is more info about the state park and activities.

Near Placerville you can tour a historic gold mine – Gold Bug Mine.

And here is more info about historic towns in El Dorado County.

WINERIES

Below are a few of our favorite wineries. You can find more information on our blog, or feel free to reach out for more recommendations.

Coloma-Lotus Area:

David Girard Vineyards – They are offering complimentary tastings to our guests, along with a 20% discount on wine purchases.  When you call to make a reservation, ask for Rod, the Tasting Room Manager, and mention Reverie Retreat.

Apple Hill/Camino:

Madrona Vineyards at 3,000 feet elevation so it’s fun to try wines that are grown at higher elevations in El Dorado County.  It’s cooler, so the wines are going to be very different from the wineries at lower elevations.

Via Romano has award-winning, small-production wines centered on Italian varietals, and the tasting experience is one of the best in the area. 

Pleasant Valley area:

Holly’s Hill Vineyards – Their wines are made exclusively from Rhone varietals, and the setting is beautiful.

Fairplay Appellation – this is our favorite region, but it’s the furthest away:

Gwinllan Estate has several outstanding red varietals, as well as a very nice Chardonnay. We are especially excited about their sparkling wine – their Blanc de Blanc California Champagne won Best in Class Premium Sparkling Wine at the Orange County Fair.

MV Winery specializes in big reds, but also have some nice blends and a great rose. The owners are always pouring in the tasting room so it’s fun to get to talk to them. We love all of their wines – you really can’t go wrong here.

Skinner Vineyards wines are regularly on the SF Chronicle’s Top 100 wine list and for good reason. But one of the best reasons to visit is their incredible views.

RESTAURANTS

As far as restaurants go, below are a few that we like. Keep in mind that we are out in the country, so even the closest restaurant is a 15-minute drive away, and they are all small operations so check for opening days/hours before you go. These are organized by distance from Reverie Retreat:

Placerville/Apple Hill: 

Smith Flat House

Hey Day Cafe

WATER ACTIVITIES

Stumpy Meadows Reservoir is a 30-minute drive away with very few visitors – it is a very peaceful and quiet place great for swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. No rentals at the lake, though, so you need to bring your own equipment, which you can rent here during the rafting season. 

Chili Bar at the American River is a 10-15 minute drive from us with picnic tables, a beach, and bathrooms, and in Coloma there are two parks by the river with lots of places to hang out next to the water.

White water rafting companies are headquartered in the Coloma/Lotus area, about a 15-minute drive from Reverie Retreat. They have half- and full-day trips. You need to make advance reservations. Here are two companies we recommend (but really, all of the companies in Coloma have good reputations):

All Outdoors

Whitewater Connection

All the rafting companies have trips on several California rivers so for your planning purposes, the closest river to us is the South Fork of the American, although the Middle Fork is pretty close too. You should choose a trip on one of those rivers so you don’t have to drive too far to put in.