A Local's Guide To El Dorado Hills Town Center
Updated: Jun 29
For those who may be new to El Dorado Hills, California, or who are visiting for the first time, the El Dorado Hills Town Center should be on your list of places to go. The EDH Town Center offers locals and tourists a beautiful all-in-one location for shopping, dining, entertainment, and local events.
Town Center is easy to find and offers plenty of parking. It was built to emulate a traditional downtown, including a main street for leisurely strolling, a lakeside dining area, and quality accommodations. The Town Center buildings are each unique architectural statements. Each one was designed by a different architect to evoke a distinct feeling.
There is also an amazing history behind Town Center that many locals and visitors aren’t aware of. While many believe that Town Center is relatively new, its story actually began in the summer of 1979.
EDH Town Center History
El Dorado Hills Town Center was first conceived in 1979 by Anthony “Tony” Mansour. Originally from Jerusalem, Palestine, Mr. Mansour came to the United States in 1958. He began a career in real estate after attending college in southern California and then formed The Mansour Company.
In June of 1979, Mr. Mansour was approached by a friend who wanted to know if he was interested in buying approximately eight thousand acres of land in the northern California foothills. Upon visiting the site for the first time, Anthony immediately fell in love with the area and wrote a check that same day.
Mr. Mansour’s original vision for the land was to build a world-class planned golf community. He spent the next decade working with local officials to develop the land. This included expanding the existing water and wastewater treatment plants, extending transmission lines, and bringing natural gas to the area.
In addition to the planned golf community, Mr. Mansour had also envisioned a downtown area for El Dorado Hills. Finally, in 1997, the EDH Town Center was officially born with the opening of two gas stations, a post office, and McDonald's.
In 2012, Mr. Mansour partnered with a man named Kevin Nagle to further develop the Town Center project. Shortly afterward, Town Center became the official downtown of El Dorado Hills. It continues to grow and thrive each year.
El Dorado Hills Shopping, Dining, & Accomodations
El Dorado Hills Town Center offers a wide range of fun and unique shops for visitors to explore and browse through. Local favorites include:
Face In A Book: A neighborhood bookstore that offers books on every subject for readers of all ages. They also host regular community events designed to increase the community’s connection and passion for reading.
Nugget Market: Nugget Markets are a northern California favorite with a dozen locations all over the Bay Area and Greater Sacramento Area. They specialize in offering high-quality organic produce, freshly prepared foods, and artisan baked goods.
Gold Country Run & Sport: An independent and locally owned business dedicated to local runners. Gold Country strives to promote and celebrate active and healthy lifestyles in the local El Dorado Hills community.
Milestone Restaurant & Cocktail Bar: This is a brunch favorite for locals. People also like to belly up to the bar for a meal, since the bartenders are known for being friendly and attentive.
Holiday Inn Express: This hotel is within walking distance of Town Center's stores and restaurants. In 2018, the hotel's then-owner invested $2 million in the renovation of its guest rooms and public areas.
Beyond the local favorites, there’s a little something for just about everyone at Town Center. It’s always worth coming back now and again to see what’s new and what’s changed.
Who doesn’t love a good meal? And at EDH Town Center, there are well over a dozen restaurants that serve cuisine from all over the world.
There are American-style bistros, wood-fired pizza, and classic steakhouses for those interested in traditional continental dining. For those interested in international flavors, Town Center offers Thai, Japanese, Mongolian Barbeque, and Indian restaurants.
Diners looking for fresh and healthy options aren’t left wanting either. Many of Town Center’s restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan options as well.
If you want something sweet, you can’t go wrong with frozen yogurt or ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery.
During the warm summer months, outdoor dining offers a particularly enjoyable experience. Lakeside views are in high demand year-round, so it’s always a good idea to make a reservation whenever possible.
Town Center Events
Events are held at Town Center throughout the year. Locals and visitors alike can participate in a wide range of family-friendly events and activities.
A sampling of upcoming events includes:
Farmer’s Market: Held every Sunday on the eastern end of Town Center Blvd. It begins in mid-May and runs through the end of October. Hours are from 8 AM to 1 PM.
Art, Beer, & Wine Festival: Presented by the EDH Chamber of Commerce, the festival features over eighty artists and more than twenty-five local wineries and craft breweries. Admission is free.
Thursday Night Concerts: For music fans, the Thursday Night Concert Series is held in Town Center’s Steven Young Amphitheater. Concert nights start in mid-June and run through mid-September.
Fall and Winter are not left out either. Town Center holds an annual Halloween Spooktacular event on October 31st. In November and December, parents are welcome to bring their children by for Santa photos and carriage rides.
El Dorado Hills Community
Above all, the El Dorado Hills Town Center is for and about the community. In fact, the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is located right in the heart of the Town Center.
Town Center continues to grow each year, but the focus on creating a rich, engaging, and friendly atmosphere is never forgotten.
As a part of the local community here in El Dorado Hills, we here at GoldKey Storage can’t say enough good things about having such an amazing destination right in our own backyard. We may be a bit biased, but as we’ve grown our own business, we’ve seen Town Center grow right along with us.
For those interested in visiting EDH Town Center, it is located about twenty miles east of Sacramento. It’s easy to find and located a short distance off of Highway 50.
From U.S. 50, take exit 30 south onto Latrobe Road. Stay on Latrobe for a third of a mile. Get into one of the left two lanes and take a left on Town Center Blvd.