Talking to locals can be a bit confusing in El Dorado Hills. They keep referring to different villages around town. The villages are simply neighborhoods but this lends to the character of El Dorado Hills. Originally set up as a master planned community with residential “villages” surrounding shopping malls, a golf course and small commercial centers in each village. As the neighboring Bay Area grew, people started to see El Dorado Hills as a golden little town to settle in and help grow.
With the skyrocketing price of property in nearby Silicon Valley, more businesses and people started to move to El Dorado Hills and a proper town center was built emphasizing local businesses and a walkable-consumer friendly approach. The town is conveniently located along Highway 50 and next to the beautiful Folsom Lake. It’s also less than two hours from San Francisco and right on the way to Eldorado National Forest, making it the perfect place to stop and grab a unique meal or stop off for a romantic weekend on the lake.
The easiest way to El Dorado Hills from San Francisco is via the 101 then following I-80 East and US-50 East until just before Sacramento. Stay on US-50 East and hop off at exit 30B to enter El Dorado Hills.
The route passes by many attractions but one of the best is the headquarters of Jelly Belly, the beloved American candy maker. Stop off at Fairfield for a tour or just to get a great big bag of candy for the road. With free factory tours and a company store stocked with every Jelly Belly product from Tabasco to Harry Potter flavors, you’ll definitely find a treat for anyone.