Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve probably seen REI’s new campaign #optoutside The Coloma Valley embraces this wholeheartedly. Here’s an idea, pack up your gear on Friday morning and #optoutside in Coloma. From Cronan Ranch and Magnolia Ranch for hiking, biking and horse-riding to a more leisurely stroll in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park for the annual Holiday Houses Tour there is something for everyone. An even better idea is to stay at one of the many locations in Coloma from tent camping, bed and breakfasts and VRBO’s for the whole family! Spend your Saturday and #shoplocal at one the many fine retailers from winery boutiques, local hidden gems and the annual Coloma Grange Holiday Market with local handmade treasures. If shopping doesn’t suit your fancy spend another day outside. If you can brave the cold waters there are still guaranteed releases on the South Fork American River on saturdays!
Celebrate an old fashioned Christmas in Coloma with the Historic Holiday Houses, on Saturday and Sunday, November 29th & 30th from 10-4 at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
Thirteen of the park’s buildings will be open for a Historic Holiday House Tour.
Docents at each house will tell the history of the building and the houses
will be beautifully decorated for an “old fashioned Christmas” to get you in the holiday mood. You’ll also enjoy wreath making, refreshments, cookie decorating, wagon rides, music, a snow pile (weather permitting), a cozy bonfire to warm you and of course SANTA! The Gold Rush Mercantile Shop next to the museum will be open to take you back to 1849, as it offers many unusual souvenirs and gifts.
The Gold Trail Grange Hall (in the middle of the park) will offer the wares of 16 quality vendors in a Holiday Market. Here you’ll find a variety of unique locally made arts and crafts, one-of-a-kind gifts, baked goods, a hot lunch bistro, caramel apples, popcorn, cider, cocoa, and blended drinks. Food will also be available in the park at the Argonaut Café.
With something fun for everyone, you can bring your whole family. Your holiday guests are sure to enjoy visiting the crown jewel of California State Parks on the banks of the beautiful South Fork of the American River in Coloma.
Parking is $8 per car and a wristband to tour the houses will be $7 per person (5 and under children are free.) Groups of 4 are $25 and $3.50 for each additional person (beyond 4). A great way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving with your holiday guests!
Tis the Season to be…wait, it’s only the mid-November! Well, the holidays are upon us nonetheless! This year you don’t even need to leave the Coloma-Lotus Valley to start your shopping and get in the holiday spirit, not to mention the opportunity to SHOP LOCALLY!
Check out these great upcoming events:
Saturday Nov. 16th will mark two great events at some of our local wineries. Hart 2 Hart Vineyards (formerly Venezio) will be hosting their 1st Annual Christmas Faire from 11:30-5:30 with a variety of local artisans, crafts, goods, food & wine! Just down the road, David Girard Vineyards is having their Holiday Fair from 9-5 with assorted goods, crafts, arts, local flair and great wine specials! Please visit their websites for more information and details:
Thank you for thinking globally, but shopping locally! Don’t forget the Historic Holiday Houses and Christmas in COloma are coming up soon too! Until next time…Cheers!