Posted September 2006
Murphys: History, Wine, Shops, and Art
Fall – in Love with Wine Country
(MURPHYS, CA) – The town of Murphys unfolds like a surprise
around a bend on Highway 4. It is not unlike the nugget of gold
that sits heavily in the bottom of your mining pan after you
have lazily allowed the cool river water and all its other gifts
to flow past your hands and eyes.
Born in the wild days of gold rush fever, Murphys has maintained
its connection with its rich past, and has established a new
and thriving identity – one that celebrates all the Sierra’s
have to offer. This vibrant town boasts art galleries and live
theatre, eclectic shops, fine restaurants, charming hotels
wine tasting rooms, and a multitude of outstanding wineries,
agri-tourism, and outdoor recreational opportunities all just
a short drive away.
Most of the almost 20 wineries in the area are boutique operations,
many with convenient tasting
rooms right on Murphys main street. Others like Ironstone are destinations
Give yourself a day or two to wander down the historic
main street, reading all the placards on the old stone buildings –
still in operation. Quaint shops line both sides of the street
and little cafes and restaurants offer wares and dishes too tempting
to pass up.
If you start at the east end of town, you will know when you
have reached the west end. A donkey by the name of Clarissa greets
strollers who pass her paddock with a questioning sniff to see
if any treats, or a scratch will be offered.
Murphys has a year round population of about 2,000 and is located
in the central Sierra Nevada foothills between Lake Tahoe and
Yosemite National Park, in Calaveras County, California.
If you are visiting, weekend accommodations are easy to procure,
except on the weekends that Ironstone
Vineyards is having a concert or event. Several thousand
people make the trek from Sacramento, Tahoe-Reno, and the Bay
Area to attend these popular activities, as well as the upcoming