Visiting Murphys

Once called “Queen of the Sierra,” the town of Murphys is a forever charming Gold Country hamlet that shipped over $15 million in gold between 1850 and 1860.

Daniel and John Murphy settled the area in 1848, at the start of the great California gold rush. Shrewd traders and smart businessmen both, the brothers made their fortune supplying the legions of gold mines flocking to the area, and legend has it that they were millionaires by the time they turned 25.

A great number of annual special events bring newcomers to Murphys, who fall in love with the surrounding area and friendly folk.

Take the time to enjoy strolling along Main Street and visiting with the locals. Main Street is lined with elm trees, cobblestone sidewalks and beautifully preserved historic buildings. Browse and shop in unique gift and clothing boutiques as well as fine art galleries. Murphys is home to 22 winery tasting rooms, 18 restaurants and a myriad of unique gift shops, clothing boutiques and galleries.


Amador Artist Open Studios Sept. 21 and 22, 2013, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Come September, enjoy a get-away weekend in Amador County combining a glimpse into artists’ lives with picturesque scenery and small-town charm.  Experience the richness and variety of the county’s artistic talent while driving along winding roads, over streams and through vineyards and forests.

For the sixth year, the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) is sponsoring the Artists Open Studios tour.  Visit 14 different locations featuring 27 artists.  Participating will be painters, photographers, fiber artists, and jewelers along with artists working in ceramics, gourds, collage, sculpture and more.  At this FREE tour you will be able to enjoy demonstrations, inquire about an artist’s work, collect unique masterpieces and even get a chance to WIN a piece of artwork at the Artists’ Raffle.  

At Rollingwood Clubhouse in Jackson artworks donated by each artist for the raffle will be on display. Tickets will be available for $1 each or 6 for $5.  Each item has its own box in which to place your tickets.  The drawing will take place at 4 PM on September 22; you need not be present to win.  All proceeds support the Amador County Artists Association’s Scholarship Program and Annual Student Art Show.  

For maps and more information, call 209-296-1779, 209-295-4667 or visit