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Wine tasting? Head for the Hills! Murphy’s, in Calaveras County that is!

If you like to go wine tasting without the pushing and shoving and high tasting prices then you should head for the hills!  I’m referring to the Gold Country, specifically Murphys, in Calaveras County.

There are over 23 wineries in the Calaveras County.  Some you might recognize, like Twisted Oak Winery whose specialty is Rhone varietals, and Ironstone Vineyards which amongst the many things to see there, is a heritage museum and a deli for a snack.

                             The Twisted Oak Tree

But, you need to check out some wineries that you aren’t so familiar with, such as Black Sheep Winery, Frog’s Tooth Winery, and Lavender Ridge all of which have tasting rooms on Main Street in Murphys.  A number of other wineries offer their tasting rooms on Main Street as well, so you can walk from one to the other.  You should of course explore the foothills and other wineries by car.  

Heading to Murphys makes the perfect weekend getaway.  In the Fall see the foliage.

                       Fall Foliage in the Vineyard                                                           Autumn Grape Leaves

In the Winter you are close to the snow, the spring brings out the poppys and apple blossoms, the summer is perfect for camping, hiking and fishing.  Calaveras County offers much more such as golfing, spas, museums, caverns, panning for gold, etc.  

There are many quaint inns and bed and breakfasts for you to lodge at.  One place you should try is the Cottages at LaHonda Park

                                           Angels Creek at the Cottages at LaHonda Park

They offer individual cottages on 6 acres of land with a swimming pool, picnic area and Angels Creek winding through the wooded grounds.

If you go to these places make sure to mention that sent you and have a great time!