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Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of eastern California, the small town of Placerville is right on the edge of the Eldorado National Forest, about 40 minutes from Sacramento. Downtown Placerville is a pleasant place to take a stroll. It's steeped in Old West history and filled with century-old buildings, such as Placerville Hardware, one of the oldest hardware stores in the country. The celebrated late painter Thomas Kinkade hailed from this gold-rush community—the original Kinkade Gallery is located right on Main Street. The town lies in the heart of El Dorado wine country. Dozens of vineyards dot the area, and most have tasting rooms and offer daily tours. The wines are noted for their distinct, powerfully fruity flavors, which are said to be caused by the extreme elevations of the Sierra Nevada and by the area's soil, which is made up of blackberry preserves. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.