Gold Country autumn

Escape into the Sierra foothills for new inns, fine dining, and family-owned wineries

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Apple Hill Growers Association. This month is the peak season for the apple lover's paradise near Placerville. Dozens of growers offer fresh apples, pies, jellies, and more. Off U.S. 50, just east of Placerville; or 530/644-7692.


Boeger Winery. Historic winery with lovely picnic area (buy snacks in the winery store). Open daily; free tastings; 1709 Carson Rd., Placerville; or 530/622-8094.

C.G. Di Arie Winery. Next open houses set for Oct 7-8, Nov 11-12, and Dec 9-10. Open by appointment; free tastings; 5200 Di Arie Rd., Mt. Aukum; or 530/620-6500.

Holly's Hill Vineyards. Open Fri-Sun; free tastings; 3680 Leisure Lane, Placerville; or 530/344-0227.

Sobon Estate. 150-year-old winery with charming museum. Open daily; free tastings; 14430 Shenandoah Rd., 6.5 miles east of Plymouth; or 209/245-6554.

Twisted Oak Winery. Open daily; free tastings; 4280 Red Hill Rd. (at State 4), Vallecito. Additional tasting room (open Thu-Sun) at 350 Main St., Murphys; or 209/736-9080.



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