As the weather starts warming up, we can finally get outdoors and enjoy everything that Auburn has to offer. Whether you are into hiking, biking, casual outdoor dining, or fun experiences for the whole family, here are some options to get out and explore:
Auburn’s Parks and Recreation
Established in 1948, the Auburn Parks and Recreation department has since added on or expanded a variety of popular facilities including the Ashley Memorial Dog Park, the Sierra Pool, and lots of acres of ball fields. To get residents utilizing the parks more regularly, the City also hosts events such as Party in the Park, Pioneer Days, and the Auburn Community Festival.
Tours and Wineries
Cruise through the shops and restaurants of Old Town, learn how to brew beer at the Knee Deep Brewing Co., or visit the Placer County Historical Museum to get a peek into Auburn’s rich past.
Some of the highlights of Old Town (“Where History Captures Your Heart”) include the Auburn Coffee Company and Art Gallery, Marquis Inc. jewelry shop, the Auburn Alehouse, Bootlegger’s Tavern and Grill, and Apothecary 321. However, Old Town also is within walking distance or an integral part to special events coming up such as the Foothills Brewfest (May 5), the Auburn Chili Cookhouse (June 16), and The Pepper Festival (June 23).
Auburn also plays host to several wineries in the area, such as Vina Castellano, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, and the Mt. Vernon Winery. Tucked up in the Sierra foothills, the Mt. Vernon Winery’s tasting room is a restored 1950’s milk house surrounded by elegant gardens amongst the vineyards. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine.
Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating
According to TripAdvisor, some of the best restaurants in Auburn with outdoor seating include Dingus McGee’s, Awful Annie’s, and Ikeda’s.
Located right off of I-80, Awful Annie’s is the place to go for breakfast and then a couple doors down Ikeda’s is great spot to head over for lunch. Awful Annie’s has one of the biggest breakfast menus I’ve ever seen along with a full-size bar and plenty of seating for any size party. Although they are known best for their pies and locally-sourced fruits and nuts in its farmer’s market-like atmosphere, Ikeda’s also has a small restaurant attached with delicious turkey burgers, fries, and a must-try marionberry milkshake.
If you are in the mood for award-winning steaks and seafood, consider spending your evening at Dingus McGee’s (also providing 180-degree views of Gold Country). The legend goes that Dingus McGee was a famous Old West rascal who had an inkling for adventure and delicious food and made his way to the Auburn area. Dingus McGee’s loves sharing his lore, and they also have an expansive wine list.
Places to Hike, Bike, and Explore
Spanning more than 42,300 acres, the Auburn State Recreation Area outdoor activities abound whether you’re into hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, camping, horseback riding, or gold panning. Accessible from Route 49, this heavily forested area in the heart of the Gold Country is perfect for trail running and enjoying the great outdoors along the banks of the American River.
The Hidden Falls Regional Park also provides a haven for bikers and equestrians with its 30 miles of multiple-use trails that take visitors through a series of nicely maintained bridges, creeks, grassy trails, and swimming holes. Plus, two observation decks that allow people to get up close and personal to the 30-foot waterfalls. However, this place gets busy on the weekends so if you can sneak out midweek then you have a better chance of finding parking.
As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do in Auburn this spring. So get out there and enjoy all that Northern California has to offer!
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