Winter recreation opportunities abound within a short driving distance of Murphys. Downhill skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts head for Bear Valley Mountain Resort, featuring 67 runs served by 11 lifts. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers can enjoy 35 miles of groomed track and trail at Bear Valley Cross Country, or hundreds of miles of groomed and ungroomed backcountry roads and trails on the Stanislaus National Forest and Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
Holiday Open House – On the first Friday of December, downtown Murphys stay open late, and serve up hot cider, cocoa and other treats to sidewalk strollers. Santa always pays a visit, and there are carolers and other street entertainers adding to the festive atmosphere. The next day, visit local wineries during their annual Holiday Open House, and enjoy special treats, live music, strolling carolers, special discounts, and food and wine pairing with free recipes. And of course, visits from Santa Claus!
President’s Day Wine Weekend – Local wineries host their annual New Wine Release Weekend over the President’s Day holiday weekend, including live music, hors d’oeuvres, discounts, free drawings, new releases and barrel tasting. George Washington and Abe Lincoln usually make an appearance as well!