James Marshall's cabin, Coloma, California
James Marshall’s cabin, Coloma, California

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!