Calaveras Grape Stomp, Bear Valley and more...

The Calaveras Grape Stomp is happening this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 5, in Murphys, Ca. Autumn is here, bringing many things - balmy weather, fresh produce, and,  yes, relaxing under shady trees sampling premium wine while watching hundreds of  crazy people stomp, smash, laugh, and liquidate 3,900 pounds of real wine-grapes. 

Yep, it’s time for the 20th Anniversary of the Calaveras Grape Stomp!  Produced by the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, the Calaveras Grape Stomp, held in conjunction with the Gold Rush Street Faire, is a unique, fun-filled day for the whole family.  Proceeds from the Calaveras Grape Stomp support local community groups. This year, the CWA and the Calaveras Grape Stomp are proud to be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Stomp.  Just think of it - twenty years.  All those  grapes … all those feet ... all that  juice.

Make your plans now to have some great food, award-winning wine, unique … uh, entertainment, and a massive Street Faire, all in the picturesque and historic Gold Rush town of Murphys, CA, Oct. 5, 2013.   It’s the 20th Anniversary, and it’s going to be great!  For more information, call (209) 754-0127 or visit


Gold Country Visitors loves Bear Valley!

Bear Valley is the home of great skiing in the winter, and great camping in the summer. After the snow melts into the valley rivers, Bear Valley shows its stuff. With biking, hiking, and off-road trails and roads located on public lands and off highway routes, the depths of picturesque wonder run deep in this backcountry. There are thousands of acres of water nearby to enjoy fishing, kayaking, swimming, paddleboarding and more.

Bear Valley Village is northern California’s most centrally located mountain resort community. It’s conveniently accessible via the all-weather historic Ebbetts Pass Highway 4 corridor. Bear Valley Village is home to a variety of services, shops, restaurants and a wide range of accommodations. Surrounded by two of California’s largest federally designated wilderness areas, outdoor activities in Bear Valley are abundant. Winters provide skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Hiking, fishing, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, camping and a variety of cultural events make for perfect summer companion activities.

Bear Valley boasts a ski area located on Highway 4 between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite about three hours southeast of Sacramento. It is about one hour from Angels Camp and provides ten lifts and access to 67 runs covering 1,280 acres that are skiable. The Bear Valley Cross Country and Snowshoe Trails System consist of 35 trails covering 3,000 acres of terrain. The base village includes a hotel, spa, cabins, and some dining and shopping options.

Check out Bear Valley Cross Country & Adventure Company -- a year-round mountain resort located at 7,100’ elevation in Bear Valley, California. Featuring one of the largest cross country ski areas in California with 35 trails for 65 kilometers of groomed track and skating lanes, rental and retail shop, lessons, trailside lunch café, sledding hills open daily and tubing hills open weekends/holidays during the winter. Featuring over 100 miles of USFS single track and trails for mountain biking, excellent, high mountain road biking, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing on 4 nearby lakes during the summer. Located on all-weather Highway 4 (Ebbetts Pass) which is a designated National Scenic Byway; situated between the Mokelumne and Carson Iceberg Wilderness areas.

For more information, call (209) 753-2834 or visit them at