Coloma has begun to downshift into the “slower” whitewater weekend mode but there are plenty of reasons to jump in your car after work Friday and enjoy the weekend at the river with guaranteed water flows Saturdays and Sundays after Labor Day. Coloma has a variety of places to stay from elegant bed and breakfasts to camping on the river and places for a 5 star dining experience to grabbing a burrito on the go. Join river lovers September 12th and 13th for the beloved Friends of the River Annual Gear Swap The next weekend Saturday the 19th partner with the American River Conservancy for the Great Sierra River Clean-up. After the River Clean-up head over the American River Music Festival September 19th-20th.
The downshift in the whitewater season means that the grape harvest in the valley is in full swing. Now is the time to check out the vineyards and wineries as they are bringing in grapes daily. The equipment is in full use and the smell of fermenting grapes is intoxicating. If you’re lucky, you can stop by one of the wineries and catch them in “crush” mode and you might get a chance to be part of the process. Cheers!