Murphys Things to Do
I was surprised to see so many vineyards in this area. Visiting "wineries and tasting rooms" sems a popular weekend activity with some of my American friends and relations. There were many such opportunities on Main Street where I counted 10 or more. We did not stop there for a taste but instead bought a bottle to take home to drink with a meal.more
I was heading for the Old Timers Museum housed in the Traver Building. Built in 1856 it is the oldest stone building in town and because of its solid structure and iron shuttered windows was one of the few that survived the fire of 1859 that destroted most of the businesses on Main St.The Museum was closed - it only opens Friday to Saturday - but I...more
right off the highway and walking distance to town. pool and location within murphysmore
Wonderful staff, exceptionally clean, free computers in lobby, recliner, microwave & mini...more
We did not actually stay here but we stepped inside for a little look round and admired some of the...more
This little cafe/restaurant opens onto the busy Main Street and from across the road it doesn't look anything special. But we ended up here and shared excellent pizza cooked, as we like them, in a woodfire oven, and good fresh salads.Very reasonable too!(You can see the cafe on the right of the picture - I waited ages for a lull in the traffic but...more
When I researched some of the places we might visit and restaurants where we might eat on our California trip this restaurant "498" was high on my list after reading several favourable Reviews.But 6 months can be a long time in the catering trade and, sadly, we found it had closed some weeks before our visit.The information board still stands there...more
Firewood is a neat place in centrewal Murphy's that serves really good, inexpensive food from a small but highly varied menu. Essentially, the choices include three basic categories: pizza, tacos and other Mexican-style food, and hamburger/barbecue food. We haven't tried everything, but we have liked all that we have had. The fish tacos are superb,...more
More than tourist tat: An interesting collection
Main St offers an interesting variety of shops over and above the tourist goods that so oiften predominate in interesting , historical towns.
Everyday requirements for home and garden can be found alongside art galleries and antiques, quality clothing, books and crafts, specialist bakers and a deli, jewellers and wine tasting lounges - and lots more.
The well stocked book shop also has a small second hand section and sells a good range of cards and post cards.
Family weekly shopping - there is a good supermarket of reasonable size called Sierra Hills Market.
We stopped in for some essentials on our way "home" It is just out of town on E. Hwy 4.
Murphys Off The Beaten Path
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
The word "big" does not do justice to the huge, majestic Sequoias in this park. Of course, we've all heard of the famous Sequoia National Park. But this lesser-known state park has an impressive grove of these awesome trees, and is not over-crowded. Well worth a visit. There is a short, easy hike around the largest trees. Also, the park offers some longer, more demanding hikes. If you love the outdoors, it's worth a visit.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
- National/State Park