Murphys Travel Guide

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Murphys Things to Do

  • Downtown Murphys

    Strolling the streets of downtown Murphys, one can enjoy the atmosphere of a 19th century Gold Rush town, still well-preserved.

  • Taste Calaveras Wines

    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.

  • Museum wall covered with plaques

    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...


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Murphys Restaurants

  • Good Pizza and Salad

    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...

  • You can't eat here anymore!

    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...

  • Great Inexpensive Food

    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,...


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    More than tourist tat: An interesting collection

    by ranger49 Updated May 17, 2010

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    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.

    448 Main St. Outdoor wear. 495 - Plumbing Supplies 458 -Aria Bakery 416 - Bookshop

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    Calaveras Big Trees State Park

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 16, 2004

    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.

    Giant sequoia trees More of the big trees The trunks of the sequoias A dead seqouia tree A cold mountain stream
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Road Trip
    • National/State Park

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