Things to Do in Murphys

Murphys is located in the central Sierra Nevada foothills between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, in Calaveras County, California. Rich in goldrush history, Murphys today is a vibrant, thriving community of approximately 2,000 residents, alive with art galleries and live theater, eclectic shops, fine restaurants, charming hotels and B&B’s, and a multitude of outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities all just a short drive away.

Wine Tasting

There are many, many wineries in and around Murphys, and luckily most of them have tasting rooms right on Main Street. Two of our favorites include Vina Moda and Villa Vallecito Vineyards.


There are lots of great places to eat, and a wide variety of options included. Our favorites include Murphys Grille (try the prawns), V Bistro & Bar, and Grounds. But if you happen to be in the mood for Mexican, Sushi, or Irish pub fare, Main Street has that too.


Of course there are lots of other shops to pick from in Murphys, including many boutiques, antiques, bakeries, ice cream, and an olive oil/balsamic shop (a new favorite).

If you aren’t already staying there, check out the historic saloon and hotel in the middle of town. The rooms have been renovated upstairs, but downstairs still holds the classic feel of an old west saloon from the gold rush era. In its early years, guests included Mark Twain, Susan B. Anthony, John Wayne, and President Ulysses S. Grant.

The little park just up the street from our venue is a great place to sit and relax for a moment. You can find a playground and restrooms, and our favorite spot to read is next to the creek.


The beautiful Calaveras Big Trees State Park is just a 15 minute drive going north on Hwy 4. And surrounding Murphys are the Mercer Caverns, California Caverns, and Moaning Caverns, which offer tours and (for Moaning Caverns and the more adventurous among you) zip lining.