A few weeks ago we took a great weekend trip with a fabulous couple to the small town of Murphys. For those of you who have never heard of Murphys, it is a small town in Calaveras County in Northern California. From central California you wind up into the old gold mining towns of the foothills and eventually get to this quaint downtown with lots of cute shops and wine tasting rooms. The great thing about a weekend in Murphys is that everything is affordable, quaint and within walking distance.
We rented the cutest little 2 bed, 2 bath house called the Little Yellow Cottage. It was just down the street from the main strip and next to a park. Plus it was within really close walking distance to all the great shops and tasting rooms, so once we arrived we never had to drive anywhere until it was time to head home. They did have a 2 night minimum though, so we headed up after work on Friday to make use of both nights.
I just had to snag a picture of the clawfoot bathtub in the guest bathroom. How sweet is that! Someone even took the time to paint the side of the tub to match the wall paper. While not my style for our house, it was so cute and perfect for the feel of the cottage.
Another huge plus to the Little Yellow Cottage was this fabulous back yard! We lucked out in having fantastic weather for March and we were able to sit out in the 70+ degree sun soaking it all in.
In the yard were a few cute touches like this little bird house on the fence and a gazebo.
It turns out that Murphys is also super dog friendly. Out in the yard we saw this cute little sign, and if you follow the direction of the arrow there is a nice little dog run along the side of the house. Perfect for a weekend getaway with the boys in tow next time. We were not sure of the situation so all the dogs stayed with puppy sitters this time around.
Such a beautiful day! Now, time to head out to the winery tasting rooms
The first stop on our tour was Zucca Mountain. This was one of the closest tasting rooms to our cottage so a natural first stop. You can click here for a map of tasting rooms and wineries in Murphys for reference. I was a bit afraid to go underground into this tasting room, but once inside it was not nearly as claustrophobic as I feared. The wines were fairly good and they gave us $5 tokens per tasting each that we could combine towards a bottle of wine at the end. What a great deal to get $20 off one bottle right?
After the first tasting room it was time to stop for some food. We decided to get lunch at this cute little restaurant called Alchemy. The food was great! I had the asparagus and chicken quesadilla and must try to make one at home! Plus a nice bloody mary to round out the meal.
After lunch we stopped by the Black Sheep Winery. They have a sparkling raspberry champagne that is amazing! It tastes like a summer’s day and they were having a deal if we bought 2 bottles, so I couldn’t resist. Now I am just waiting for a nice hot day to have a few friends over and enjoy it in our backyard. We stopped by a few more wineries along the way, but I neglected to take pictures at each unfortunately. Some of the ones we really liked were the Sangiovese at La Folia and both the late harvest Zin called Robert’s Cuvee and the Port at Milliaire.
Next up was Twisted Oak winery. My favorite here was the Syrah. Did I mention before how dog friendly Murphys is?
This little cutie named Tessa came in to Twisted Vine and was such a sweet dog. One of the other customers bought her a toy chicken and she was running around having a great time. I love dog friendly areas like this!
As the evening approached we made our way back to Zucca to combine our tokens for a nice bottle of wine by the outdoor fireplaces while listening to live music before grabbing dinner at Firewood. Firewood is a great simple place to grab a meal in Murphys too. It is an order at the window, casual feel with hamburgers, wood fire pizzas and some mexican items.
Murphys is a great little town for a nice weekend trip andy I hope to make it back out there again soon!