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Monday, May 30, 2011

With school out, you might want to visit this site...

The Okei Memorial was placed to honor the first Japanese woman to die in America.  This lovely spot in the corner of Gold Trail School's parking lot is a peaceful place to rest and reflect for a moment.  Okei Ito was just 19 when she passed away in 1871 and was buried on the Verrkamp ranch.  She was a part of a group of 20 Japanese who migrated to Gold Hill from Wakamatsu, Japan after being on the losing side of their civil war.  Here they planet mulberry trees and began the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony.

The site is about a 10 minute drive from our Placerville Bed and Breakfast in El Dorado County.

There is also a geocache placed near the site.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hangtown Car Show on Main Street today 9-3pm

Look what is happening now downtown....going to be a lovely day...

Come join us on Historic Main Street to see a beautiful collection of cars, great shops and good fun as we remember the cars of the past. And remember to bring your sunglasses to block the shine from the cars!
Main Street will be closed during the car show which will feature 200 pre-1972 cars parked by the curbs. The show is free for spectators and begins at 9 am and goes through 3 pm. There will be music, a food booth with hot dogs, soda and water and a booth with T-shirts and memorabilia. Stroll through the cars on Main Street and explore the food and shopping that is available at the wonderful Historic Main Street restaurants and shops

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Coloma Blues Live is back! June 4th, 2011

Welcome Blues Fans!
The 6th Annual Coloma Blues Live!
Music Festival is on June 4, 2011 at Henningsen-Lotus Park, Lotus, CA!

This a general admission event, festival-goers are asked to bring blankets and low-profile chairs (up to 30” with a seat height of no more than 10”). Handicap/high-back chairs have designated area; umbrellas are OK only in this area and only on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring personal bottled water, sunscreen, hat, and spray bottles.


Parking near Lotus Park is limited. Shuttles will be available; follow parking signs. Festival parking is $5 (cash please) — with free shuttles available; follow parking signs. Parking is also available at Marshall Gold State Historic Park at their normal rates; a shuttle will run between the concert and the State Park. Gates open at 10 AM, music starts at 11 AM. We reserve the right to refuse entry. No refunds, no exchanges, rain or shine. Artists subject to change. Handicap accessible — call (530) 295-3496 for information.
Please do not bring food, alcohol, cans, bottles, containers, coolers, cameras with removable lenses, recording devices, or digital video cameras into the event. Still cameras are OK We reserve the right to not allow any cameras into the park whether they have removable lenses or not. No pets, except service animals.
Handicap parking is available at the main Henningsen-Lotus Park parking lot — all other festival goers will be directed to alternate parking area(s). Please follow the signs on Lotus Road and Hwy 49.

Friday, May 06, 2011

The Albert Shafsky House B&B and are Giving Away 2,500 Bed and Breakfast Nights for Mother's Day

American Historic Inns and created a Mother’s Day Flower Hunt on their Web site and will be giving away $375,000 in free nights at participating bed and breakfasts and country inns throughout the United States, Canada and U.S. territories. The hunt has already begun and continues through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011. You don’t have to be a mother or even a woman to win a free night at a bed and breakfast or country inn. Just search the individual inn listings at to find an icon with a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers. Click on the bouquet and fill out the information to be eligible to receive a Free-Night Certificate.

The Free-Night Certificate normally retails for $19.95 on their Web site  ...  and entitles the bearer to a free second night at a participating B&B when a first night is purchased. There are 1400 inns currently participating in giving away the free night which is valued at $60 to $650 depending on the accommodations selected. Detailed listings of participating inns in the United States, Canada and U.S. territories can be found by browsing the Web site. The online directory has inn descriptions written by travel writers and offers articles and in-depth travel features. Finding the flower bouquet on the Web site provides the opportunity to win a Free-Night Certificate. To find out more and to learn about other special promotions be sure to like on facebook.

This Free-Night program was started more than 22 years ago and has been featured in
Amazon’s bestselling bed and breakfast directory, Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns, 22nd Edition. The book includes the Free-Night Certificate that is good for any inn listed in the guide and also those designated on the Web site as a participating inn. The directory is an easy-to-use reference and state maps locate each inn. There are more than 300 illustrations and an index with Inns of Interest, listing lodging in lighthouses, former schools, castles and rail cars as well as many other inns with special significance.
This program continues to be fondly embraced by more than 2 million guests who have received a copy of the bed and breakfast book with the Free-Night Certificate. It is a popular gift for most any occasion or holiday, and a perfect Mother’s Day present. Take advantage of this thoughtful way to show appreciation and pamper the mother in your life.

Want a getaway? The Free-Night offer makes it very affordable and stress-free. Playing and winning the Mother’s Day Flower Hunt is an added bonus. Browse the inn descriptions on the Web site to see where you might like to stay. Find the Mother’s Day Bouquet and win a free night! Not feeling lucky? Then buy a Free-Night Certificate and pamper yourself at a bed and breakfast. Need a gift for Father’s Day, college graduations and summer weddings? Buy a Free-Night Certificate and give more than a present, give a memorable getaway that will be fondly remembered long after the holiday or special occasion has past.

How to Play The $375,000 Mother's Day Flower Hunt

1. Like on Facebook
2. Search for inns on and find a bouquet
3. Click the bouquet and complete the form
4. Print your free-night certificate

PS: Mother's Day Hunt will be up till May 15!!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ahh Spring!

So nice to finally be having awesome weather again!  Looks like this weekend will be a great one to go out and taste wine, enjoy a picnic in a vineyard, explore Marshall Gold Discovery Park, go geocaching, walk the dog, work in the yard, or a combination of all of the above!

How will you spend your weekend?