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California Gold Country road trip

Highway 49 has brilliant spring wildflowers, green, green hills, and a burgeoning crop of restaurants and wineries

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A night in Eden

A night in Eden

Gold Country hotels tend toward doilies and antique dolls. Not Eden Vale Inn, outside Placerville, where Mark Hamlin and Gayle Erbe-Hamlin have shaped a 7-room inn that blends rustic (the timbered main house) and urbane (stylish guest rooms with high-def TVs). Breakfasts are lavish, and this month, the 4 acres of gardens should be at their peak. From $199;


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