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Friday, July 30, 2010

Look what our friends at Zia's Gelato have in store : and they are just steps away from out Bed and Breakfast in Placerville!

 Great Music Every Weekend!

Zia's musical showcase for the weekends of
July 30th & 31st and August 6th & 7th will be as follows:

Starting this FRIDAY, JULY 30th,
from 7 to 9 PM,
Michael Connor will be playing in Zia's living room.
This guitarist/vocalist/storyteller will entrance you with his beautiful guitar work, and his heart touching renditions of great vocal classics.

from 10:30 AM to 1 PM,
Tamra Godey will be playing in the courtyard
Tamra's smooth, soothing sounds and amazingly heartfelt vocals will be an amazing start to your day!!

from 6:30 to 9 PM,
The Vespertine Project will be playing in Zia's living room.
 Be Bop and Modal Jazz talents The Vespertine Project...great things bloom at night! Join Jonny on guitar, John on stand up bass, and Phil on drums as they bring back a by-gone era from the 40's and 50's....late night jazz clubs, imaginative riffs, and talent in the vein of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis.

from 7 to 9 PM,
Tamra Godey will return to play in Zia's living room.

from 11 AM to 1:30 PM,
All On Seven will be playing outback in the courtyard!
Alternative-Country duo based out of Sacramento, consisting of singers/songwriters Evan Palmer and Kayla Schureman. The duo performs a combination of original and cover songs with both sharing vocal and guitar duties.

from 3 PM to 6 PM,
Aftershock will be playing outback in the courtyard!
High-energy music mixed with "up-tempo" funk, hip-hop, R & B, Blues and a little bit of rock. From the very first song, "AfterShock" sets the table for an evening of dancing and high energy fun.
Visit our Facebook page for more details. =)

312 Main Street Suite 101
Placerville, CA 95667
530.642.ZIAS (9427)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Placerville's Gold Bug Park

Heading out to one of our favorite spots this morning...Gold Bug Mine, right here in Placerville.

From their website: "As you enter the 352' drift of this historic hard rock mine, you will feel the cool air brush against your face.
Bring a picnic lunch. Take a relaxing hike. Check out the gold rush museum and tour the Hendy Stamp Mill. Visit Hattie's Gift shop for snacks and souvenirs.
Gold Bug Park promises to be a wonderful experience for you and your family."  There are actually two mines to visit there....Gold Bug and the Priest Mine (by appt.) and a very cool stamp mill. "The Joshua Hendy Stamp Mill, is enclosed in a stamp mill building and provides a full explanation of the gold extraction process from the ore. The mill, on its original site, is easily viewed from various points in the building.
A working scale model graphically demonstrates the ore reduction process.
The mill is patterned after a design by Joshua Hendy Ironworks of Sunnyvale, CA. Hendy was a prominent iron worker in San Francisco CA, creating artistic ironwork balcony railings and street lamp fixtures. When the 1906 earthquake hit San Francisco, he moved his business down to Sunnyvale where the old factory remains along the railroad track. Hendy Iron Works was purchased by Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1947."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Placerville Waymarking

Within a short walk of our Placerville bed and breakfast you will find this cool marker.  And waymarking is a great website to find others!  "Established on banks of “Hangtown” Creek as rich mining camp in spring of 1848. Millions in gold were taken from its ravines and hills. Supply center for surrounding mining camps and transportation terminus for famous Comstock Lode. John M. Studebaker, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, Phillip Armour, and Edwin Markham were among well-known men who contributed to Placerville’s early history. Also, “Snowshoe” John A. Thompson who carried from 60 to 80 pounds of mail on skies from Placerville over the Sierra to Carson Valley during winter months."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Twitter in Placerville at our bed and breakfast

‎15% off midweek for new bookings when you say you saw it on Twitter or Facebook!

Check our reviews...we are the place to stay in Placerville, CA bed and breakfast or hotel!

"We are not "meal at breakfast" people but the food was wonderful" - ... "The rooms are comfortable, decor inviting" - ... "Exceptional service and outstanding dining" - ... "I was blown away by the food" - ... "We had a great time, Rita & Steph are wonderfull hosts" ... "Comfy beds too!" -

Geocache in Placerville

I love innkeeping, but I also am addicted to geocaches, geocaching, and all things caches related. So I thought I would give you a list to all the caches you can find under my name on

To Boldly Go....  this was my first puzzle cache
Caching iz cool   nope, it is sneakier than an LPC
Gold Bug Park   my first Earthcache here in the only gold mine owned by a city
Somewhere Over the ... think donuts...
Walk Softly   nice place to rest
Care-ful   Stop, before you look
Big Whistle Blow  near the old railline
Historic Victorian Homes  by the Albert Shafsky House B&B
Archer  at a favorite winery
In Memory of Clem  in San Luis Obispo for Rit'a brother
Happy Anniversary Geocaching  another favorite winery
Vineyard View   another favorite winery

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Guests of our Placerville bed and breakfast

We couldn't have found a better place to stay than the Albert Shafsky House. The Victorian house is quite charming. We were treated like royalty. Rita and Stephanie were incredible hosts. The breakfasts were out of this world. Rita is an outstanding cook. We felt like we were in a 5 star hotel yet with a very homey feeling. The house is in walking distance of downtown Placerville which was very nice. They have some great places for dinner. We will certainly be back for another very relaxing weekend. We will be recommending this B & B to anyone looking for that special place to go. 

Monday, July 05, 2010

Geocaching near Placerville

Had a great time a few weeks ago and saw some wonderful falls....

Waterfall City

Guest reviews make us smile!

The Shafsky house is so adorable and cozy. When you stay there, you feel like you are staying with family. :) Rita and Stephanie (the innkeepers) are there to advise of the touristy area, history, and meals you but only if you want the advice. Otherwise, you never even see them. It is perfectly located to Placerville and all it has to offer within walking distance. We were totally impressed with the room itself. They have thought of everything to make you feel relaxed...robes, slipper socks, remote controlled climate, chocolates, q-tips, REAL toilet paper as opposed to that paper you find in other hotels, environmentally friendly bath products and don't get me started on the bed!!!!!! It is like sleeping on a cloud! You melt into the super soft mattress and when you touch the sheets, it is like even better than velvet. I had never experienced sheets this soft. And the best part is that they sell them there! This is a MUST B&B if you are planning a trip to the gold country!

Summer time in Placerville

Hey, You out there. What are your plans for the summer? How about spending some time in Placerville at the Albert Shafsky House B&B? We have some wonderful wineries to visit, delicious restaurants to try, and for the adventurous there is rafting the white water on the American River. Let's make it happen!

Friday, July 02, 2010

A review from a guest...

This was such a pleasurable experience!!! My boyfriend and I loved Albert Shafsky B&B! We had the best breakfasts of our lives! The hospitality is incredible, and I had food allergies that they easily accomodated! I was blown away by the food. The antiques were adorable, the rooms were quaint and beautiful, and the fire roaring was a nice touch! Lovely tea always, couches, music, etc. Great robes and socks! So many nice touches! If you're in Placerville, you would be remiss not to stay here!!!

Big Meadow trail to Dardenelles Lake-Hike Saturday, July 10th 7:30 am - 3 pm

Big Meadow trail to Dardenelles Lake-Hike
Saturday, July 10th 7:30 am - 3 pm
Join ARC volunteer Kay Osborn for this intermediate hike of 8 miles. The initial trail ascends up to Big Meadow Creek then opens up to a large grassy meadow (we're hoping for wildflowers). The trail then climbs a forested slope, with open patches of mule ears and sage. At the top, you'll enjoy views of a volcanic ridge in the west. The trail then descends as it passes 3 creeks, stands of willows & aspens, and ends in a short climb over granite to Dardanelles Lake. This beautiful, shallow lake is bordered by steep granite cliffs to the south. Fit 10+ welcome. Rain cancels. Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members (meeting location: Placerville area). Sign-ups required. 530-621-1224 or

 Please leave dogs home during these ARC events.

Their Mission
The American River Conservancy serves our community by protecting and enhancing natural habitats where wildlife can flourish.  Through education and recreation we promote a broad ethic of stewardship, ensuring healthy ecosystems now and for the future.