Visit the Gold Country: Adventures in Apline & Calaveras Counties

Filled with bustling historic Gold Rush towns, elegant and respected wineries and 61 miles of incredible scenic beauty along the Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway. Outdoor enthusiasts will find abundant whitewater rafting, fishing, golfing, hiking, biking, snow sports to accompany the following list of hot-spots in Angels Camp, Murphys, Bear Valley, Arnold, Copperopolis, Vallecito, Mokelumne Hill and Markleeville.

 

Activities

Calaveras Big Trees State Park – Visit two groves of giant sequoia trees while hiking or biking. Open year-round, camping and cabins open March – November. 

Mercer, California and Moaning Caverns – Cave & zip line adventures in Calaveras County! 

Kirkwood and Bear Valley Mountains – Summer or winter, all things downhill in Alpine County!

Bear Valley Cross Country & Adventure Company - Summer: bike, kayak, SUP, fishing, camping, bouldering, tennis, oh my! Winter: Snowshoeing, fat tire biking, sledding, tubing and cross country skiing in Alpine County

Lake Alpine - Summer activities and adventure abound in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Stanislaus National Forest. Backpack, hike, mountain bike, or cruise any number of ATV and 4WD routes and trails. Swim or rent a canoe, kayak or boat on the lake best known for Rainbow trout fishing in Bear Valley, CA. 

The East Fork of the Carson River (alpine) – This popular Alpine Countyfishing area hosts a pure strain of cutthroat trout and scattered hot springs for an extra special trip. Kayaking and rafting is great in Spring run-off.

 

Dining

The Lucky Penny Public House – Generous portions and amazing flavors grace this small plate cuisine. Enjoy live weekend entertainment and great brews on tap at your go-to spot in Murphys, CA. 

Doke SushiOnly the freshest fish and meats make up delicious and exciting dishes; non fish lovers will find a variety of cooked dishes. Reservations are recommended, in Murphys, CA. 

Stonefly - Delicious food in the heart of Markleeville, dinner served Friday through Sunday. Beautifully plated dishes that change weekly and seasonally.

Creekside Restaurant at The Lodge in Bear Valley -  Enjoy a fantastic seasonal menu inspired by Chef Bob Mason who chooses fresh, seasonal ingredients and provides wine pairing suggestions for every dish. Leave room for a delectable dessert prepared by Pastry Chef Adrianne Trim. Open for dinner in the winter and summer seasons and always available for your group or event.

 

Wine/Brew

Val du Vino Winery - Tucked amongst old oak trees, discover the only working winery on Main Street in Murphys, CA. 

Murphys Pourhouse A unique craft beer taproom offering a wide variety of the rotating craft beers from around the world. 

 

Spa

Jillian Day Spa & Salon – Customized facial treatments, tradition and contemporary massage, nail care and enhancements. Total hair care including color correction, straightening and extensions for all your pampering needs in Murphys, CA. http://www.jilliandayspa.com/

 

Lodging

Victoria Inn – A luxury Bed and Breakfast in downtown Murphys. A great hotel alternative for a romantic get-away. The innovative V Restaurant, Bar & Bistro is on site and offers an elegant setting for private events.

Murphy's Historic Hotel – Occupying a converted stagecoach stop dating from 1856, this historic inn is in downtown Murphys. Cozy with 9 rooms adorned in traditional décor and antiques. Unplug; all rooms have shared bathrooms and none have TVs or WiFi. Straightforward rooms in an adjoining modern lodge come with private bathrooms, TVs and free WiFi if needed. Unwind in their on-site restaurant and saloon bar.

 

Shopping

Independent Mercantile and ND&X – Artisan made goods and a very cool destination shop in Murphys, CA. An earthy blend of handmade body care products, clothing, toys, gifts and unique jewelry with a studio right in the shop.

Markleeville Art & Soul Gallery – Full service art gallery of fine art, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass, wood and fabric art.