For many, winter is a time to hunker down into hibernation mode. Not for us in Murphys! And to prove it, here are our 6 best winter activities near Murphys, CA. Our little historical town comes alive with an array of sports, activities, and events for everyone to enjoy. You can “come alive” alongside us and break the hibernation cycle by planning a winter getaway to Calaveras County and partaking in one of these activities.


1. Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Start the winter strong by visiting Bear Valley Mountain Resort. The resort consists of 67 different runs and 11 lifts to keep you entertained all day on the slopes. Bear Valley is a great place for all levels of winter athletes; whether you’re eager to learn for the first time or can weave your way through snow-covered trees, there’s most certainly a run for you.

2. Cross-Country Skiers & Snowshoers

How does a sprawling 3,000 acres with 70+ kilometers of groomed paths sound to you? Bear Valley Cross Country has hundreds of miles of groomed or ungroomed trails and roads for you to explore. This beautiful expanse of trails sits between Stanislaus National Forest and Calaveras Big Trees State Park. You’re sure to be offered priceless tree-bordered views while enjoying an exciting workout and creating new memories.

3. Shop Local Boutiques

Whether you’re a parent with kids, a lady who loves a good shopping spree, or someone with a bit of a green thumb, shopping at these local boutiques in Murphys is a surefire way to add excitement to your winter vacay. You’ll want to pop into Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed for parents with young ones. This children’s boutique sells an adorable variety of unique and high-quality items for your little one. For the ladies, swing by Susanna’s Life & Style. This gorgeous shop provides women with carefully selected jewels, accessories, and high-quality apparel. And last but certainly not least is a stroll-worthy location, Moss and Rust. This house plant and lifestyle shop offers a variety of hard-to-find plants and shrubs alongside unique decor and pots for all your planting needs.


4. Presidents Day Wine Weekend

Do you consider yourself to be a wine connoisseur? Or perhaps more of a wine enthusiast? Calaveras County is quickly becoming a new and improved Napa Valley with dozens of local and award-winning wineries. To experience the art of wine-making and wine-tasting, Presidents Day Wine Weekend allows you to taste wine at over 22 local wineries and tasting rooms. This two-day event starts with an abundance of wine, live music, food samples, and the chance to shop special offers on wine bottles, and ends with more yummy food, strolling carolers, special holiday discounts, and a lesson on food and wine pairing with free recipes! This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss.

5. Red Barn Museum

Only some people who visit Calaveras County know how extensively people lived off the land throughout decades of history. But it’s never too late to learn! The Red Barn Museum used to be an old dairy barn for the old County Hospital but now serves as a rich reminder of the agriculture, mining, logging, and ranching that took place for many years in the past. Actual mining carts, farm wagons, and more were donated to the museum and are on display to help take you back in time to envision the life of the first settlers in Calaveras County.

6. Relaxing Stay at The Victorian Inn

Where you choose to stay during any vacation can make or break your trip. However, when you rent a Queen or King Suite in our beautiful inn, it is guaranteed to be the cherry-on-top to your winter getaway. We are located on historic Main Street in downtown Murphys, within walking distance of all the town’s exciting festivities. You’ll experience charming old-world decor and luxurious amenities when you stay with us. It’s a perfect spot to rest and relax after enjoying our 6 best winter activities near Murphys, CA. Book your stay now!

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