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Somerset is a small, rural town set in the Sierra Nevada foothills historic "gold country" region of northern California. It is also part of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley wine country - about a dozen wineries set within peaceful rolling hills that are covered with grapevines. The town of Somerset is reached via County Road E16, east of scenic Highway 49. It's a good area for backroads exploration with wine tasting, lots of small gold rush towns to explore, antique shops and country restaurants to enjoy. It is near the El Dorado National Forest, which offers hiking and camping among tall, shady pines. This is a good choice if you're looking for a place to enjoy nature without crowds. There are dozens of gorgeous small mountain lakes in the region that are great for fishing and boating, rivers for rafting and panning for gold. The Somerset area has something for everyone, except the ocean. It's filled with rivers and waterfalls, history, lush forest, small towns with bed & breakfasts, antique shops, wineries and great restaurants. The nearby city of Placerville is another interesting day trip with lots of shopping, art galleries, a historic "Old Town" and restaurants.

Surrounding areas: Placerville, California (8.3 mi), Pollock Pines, California (9.5 mi), Cold Springs, California (11.9 mi), Pioneer, California (16.1 mi), Georgetown, California (19.7 mi), Sutter Creek, California (25.9 mi), Foresthill, California (26.7 mi)

Somerset Vacation Rentals

Somerset Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Placerville Inn6850 Greenleaf DrPlacerville, CA8.3 mi.(530) 622-9100
Shenandoah Inn17674 VLG DrPlymouth, CA14.3 mi.(209) 245-4491
Sutter Creek Days Inn271 Hanford St Hwy 49Sutter Creek, CA18.7 mi.(209) 267-9177
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites4360 Town Center BlvdEl Dorado Hills, CA20.7 mi.(866) 833-8773
Best Western Amador Inn200 S Hwy 49Jackson, CA21.2 mi.(209) 223-0211
Holiday Inn Express Hotel101 Clinton RdJackson, CA21.6 mi.(209) 257-1500
Folsom Courtyard2575 Iron Point RdFolsom, CA23.4 mi.(916) 984-7624
Residence Inn Sacramento Folsom2555 Iron Point RdFolsom, CA23.5 mi.(916) 983-7289
Ione Hotel25 W Main StIone, CA24.4 mi.(209) 274-6082
Ashton Place885 Halidon WayFolsom, CA24.5 mi.(916) 984-8400
Pinnacle At Blue Ravine1005 Blue Ravine RdFolsom, CA24.6 mi.(916) 984-8077
Overlook At Blue Ravine1200 Creekside DrFolsom, CA25.3 mi.(916) 983-8338
Oakwood Worldwide At Folsom Ranch1000 Folsom RNCH DrFolsom, CA26.5 mi.(800) 483-1335
Oakwood Worldwide At Lake Ridge2400 Natoma Sta DrFolsom, CA26.5 mi.(800) 483-1335
Lake Natoma Inn702 Gold Lake DrFolsom, CA26.7 mi.(916) 351-1500
Hilton Garden Inn Folsom221 Iron Point RdFolsom, CA27.2 mi.(916) 353-1717
Larkspur Landing Home Suite Hotel121 Iron Point RdFolsom, CA27.2 mi.(916) 355-1616
Holiday Inn Auburn120 Grass Valley HwyAuburn, CA27.4 mi.(530) 887-8787
Best Western Golden Key Motel13450 Lincoln WayAuburn, CA27.8 mi.(530) 885-8611
Comfort Inn Central1875 Auburn Ravine RdAuburn, CA27.8 mi.(530) 885-1800
Oakwood Worldwide At Shaliko5051 El Don DrRocklin, CA29.8 mi.(800) 483-1335
Bed & Breakfast
Grey Gables Bed & BreakfastSutter Creek, CA18.7 mi.(209) 267-1039

Somerset Weather & Climate

The foothills region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in Northeastern California, enjoys warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Many people are surprised to find such a marked change of seasons at this elevation, but leaves change and temperatures drop as the rainy season begins in fall. This area receives lots of rain November through March and it begins to taper off in spring. Snow is possible, but rare. Summers are hot and dry with sunshine almost every day. Fog is sometimes a problem in winter, although not as common as in the lower elevations. Thunderstorms are rare, but can happen any time of the year. As you move higher into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the seasons are even more distinct and snow can become quite deep in winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 54°F 39°F 7.45 in. -
February 56°F 39°F 7.22 in. -
March 59°F 40°F 6.36 in. -
April 65°F 44°F 3.19 in. -
May 73°F 50°F 1.27 in. -
June 83°F 57°F 0.54 in. -
July 91°F 64°F 0.21 in. -
August 90°F 63°F 0.16 in. -
September 84°F 60°F 0.86 in. -
October 74°F 52°F 2.34 in. -
November 59°F 42°F 5.59 in. -
December 54°F 38°F 5.58 in. -

Somerset Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located about 33 miles west of Somerset in Sacramento, California, the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located approximately 38 miles west of Somerset in Sacramento, California, the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located roughly 40 miles east of Somerset in South Lake Tahoe, California, and finally Lincoln Regional Karl Harder Field (LHM) located around 40 miles northwest of Somerset in Lincoln, California.

Somerset Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA42.6 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA43.9 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA47.8 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV76.8 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV79.1 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA86.4 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworld USASacramentoCA43.9 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA69.7 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV79.1 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA86.4 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA111.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Apple Mountain Golf ResortCaminoCA5.7 mi.
Sierra Golf CoursePlacervilleCA8.3 mi.
Mace Meadow Golf & Country ClubPioneerCA16.1 mi.
El Dorado Hills Golf CourseEl Dorado HillsCA20.7 mi.
Castle Oaks Golf ClubIoneCA24.5 mi.
Empire Ranch Golf ClubFolsomCA26.2 mi.
Folsom Lake Golf CourseFolsomCA26.2 mi.
Course at Raspberry HillAuburnCA27.2 mi.
DarkHorseAuburnCA27.2 mi.
DarkHorse Golf ClubAuburnCA27.2 mi.
Ridge Golf CourseAuburnCA27.2 mi.
Indian Creek Country ClubLoomisCA29.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA32.3 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA33.3 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA37.1 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA41.5 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA42.7 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA45.0 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA46.7 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA49.6 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA49.6 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA52.0 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA54.2 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA54.2 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV56.6 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV76.8 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA106.0 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA115.9 mi.
State Parks
Gold Discovery Site State ParkCA15.3 mi. 
Mormon Island Wetlands State ParkCA23.1 mi. 
Negro Bar State ParkCA26.8 mi. 
Calaveras Big Trees State ParkCA34.1 mi. 
Emerald Bay State ParkCA38.2 mi. 
D L Bliss State ParkCA39.4 mi. 
Crocker Art MuseumSacramentoCA43.9 mi.(Art)
Golden State MuseumSacramentoCA43.9 mi.(History)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV51.4 mi.(History)
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA54.2 mi.(History)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV54.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA43.9 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA47.8 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA93.0 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA103.9 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA111.8 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA111.8 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA111.8 mi.

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