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Two-Day itinerary to the Gold Country’s Folsom & El Dorado County

Immerse yourself in the charm of Historic Folsom, unwind with a movie night at Palladio, then saddle up for a scenic horseback ride and wine tasting among the Sierra Foothills vineyards.

Nestled near the picturesque Sierra Foothills of California lies Folsom, a charming city offering a blend of history, outdoor adventures, and cultural experiences. If you’re looking to immerse yourself California’s Gold Country for a memorable two-day getaway, we’ve crafted the perfect itinerary for you. Get ready to saddle up, enjoy the thrill of the rodeo, savor exquisite wines, and explore scenic vineyard trails.

Day 1: Arriving in Folsom

Morning: Arriving in Folsom

Upon your arrival in Folsom, check into your comfortable accommodation at one of the city’s welcoming hotels. Relax and unwind, knowing that an exciting adventure awaits you. Don’t forget to book your stay at to get a free e-gift card to one of our participating businesses.

Afternoon: Folsom Exploration

Take some time to explore the historic charm of Folsom. Visit the Folsom History Museum to delve into the city’s rich past, or stroll along the beautiful shores of Lake Natoma. Enjoy lunch in Historic Folsom at one of the local eateries and enjoy an afternoon of shopping.

Sutter Street
Stutter Street in Historic Folsom
Aerial View of Lake Natoma with people on kayaks
Lake Natoma

Evening: Fun at Palladio

Spend a delightful evening at Palladio in Folsom! Take a leisurely walk around the beautiful outdoor area, filled with twinkling lights and great shops. Grab dinner at one of the many restaurants, ranging from fancy to casual. Afterward, catch a movie in the comfy theater. Treat yourself to dessert or a cocktail for the perfect end to your night out. Palladio has everything you need for a memorable evening in Folsom!

Palladio 16 Cinemas
Palladio 16 Cinemas
Two friends enjoying pints of beer at a Bier Garten
Whole Foods Market Bier Garten at Palladio

Day 2: Horseback Riding and Wine Tasting

Morning: Saluti Horse Adventures

Rise and shine for a day of adventure at Saluti Horse Adventures, located less than an hour east of Folsom in Somerset. Embark on a scenic trail ride through the vineyards of Saluti Cellars winery. Whether you’re a novice rider or an experienced equestrian, there’s a trail ride suitable for every skill level. Explore forested trails or venture to the river for a longer ride, soaking in the beauty of the Sierra Foothills. Be Sure to book your adventure in advance.

Group of people trail riding on horseback through Gold Country Vineyard
Group horseback riding through Columnes River

Afternoon: Trail and Taste Experience

After your exhilarating ride, indulge in a one-hour wine tasting at Saluti Cellars. Sample a variety of exquisite wines, from robust reds to crisp whites, all crafted with care from locally grown grapes. Savor the flavors of the region as you relax and unwind in the charming surroundings of the winery.

Saluti Cellars Pond
Saluti Wine

From the excitement of Palladio’s vibrant shopping and dining scene to the tranquility of horseback riding through the vineyards, this two-day itinerary offers the perfect blend of excitement and relaxation. Come discover why Folsom is a hidden gem in the heart of California’s Gold Country.

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