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9 Breathtaking attractions in Placer County

One of the best things about the houses for sale in Lincoln, CA, Roseville, CA, and their neighboring Placer County communities are the wide range of nearby recreational destinations to explore and discover.

Here are nine attractions and activities that definitely belong in your to-do list when you own a home here:

Christmas tree farms
Looking for the perfect, fresh-cut Christmas tree is an annual holiday tradition for many families that call Placer County home. Some of the best tree farms in the area are Little Bear Tree Farm in Alta Village, Pine Valley Ranch in Auburn, and Guthrie Tree Farm and Snowy Peaks Tree Farm in Foresthill.

Claude Chana Gold Panner Monument
Located at the entrance of Old Town Auburn, this massive, 45-ton statue commemorates California’s Gold Rush era – particularly the prospector who started it all, Claude Chana. Interestingly, this sculpture was the work of a local dentist – crafted in between appointments at his clinic across town.

Horton Iris Garden
This thriving iris farm in Loomis, CA is an excellent way to unwind amid beautiful natural blossoms – some of which you can even buy and bring home. About 1,200 varieties of irises are planted here, so there is plenty to see and learn in just one visit.

Lincoln Wine Festival
Discover the distinct flavors of wine varietals proudly produced in Placer County. The Annual Lincoln Wine Festival happens around late April, showcasing excellent wines, delicious food, craft and specialty items for sale, and live musical performances.

Mountain Mandarin Festival
Auburn’s Mountain Mandarin Festival is one of the most refreshing events in Placer County. Every November, Mandarin orange growers showcase their freshest and sweetest produce, alongside events like Mandarin-based recipe cooking competitions, professional chef demos, and activities like Mandarin peel-and-eat contests guarantee a great time for everyone.

Old Town Auburn Walking Tours
Want to see and learn more about landmarks like the Historic Auburn Firehouse and Bell? Go on a self-guided walking tour around Old Town Auburn for an educational weekend getaway. Four museums are found just blocks apart from each other. You can also dine and shop to your heart’s content with 15 restaurants and 40 boutique stores around the area.

Pumpkin patches
In addition to Christmas tree farms, pumpkin patches are a popular agritourism attraction in Placer County. Places like the Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Farm in Granite Bay and The Flower Farm Pumpkin Patch in Loomis make excellent destinations for an all-ages weekend getaway – offering a wide range of activities from horse and tractor rides, to petting zoos.

Roseville Telephone Museum
Boasting an extensive collection of antique telephones and communications technology memorabilia, this Roseville museum is an engaging place to learn one of society’s most important innovations. The museum has passionate docents who are always eager to share their knowledge about telephone history.

Squaw Valley Scenic Tram Rides
See Placer County’s rolling landscapes like never before. Hop on an aerial tram at Squaw Valley for a 10-minute aerial ride. You’ll spend 10 unforgettable minutes suspended 2,000 feet high above ground and surrounded by sweeping views of snowy and wooded mountainscapes. At the end of the trip, you’ll get plenty of shopping and dining spots, as well as an ice skating rink at High Camp.

The Gillis Group specializes in helping clients buy and sell owner occupied homes and rental properties in age 55+ retirement communities in Rosevile, Rocklin, Lincoln and throughout Placer County. They work for the Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Real Estate brokerage that is located in the heart of Sun City Lincoln Hills ( To learn more, please call 916.303.6420 or 916.316.0815 or email stevegillis106(at)gmail(dotted)com