The Dunbar House Inn and Event Property, like our sister property, the award-winning Victoria Inn, represents the height of excellence in Murphys’ lodging and accommodations.

White glove service and the relentless pursuit of excellence are consistent throughout the Cedar, Sequoia, Ponderosa, Poplar, Blue Oak and Sugar Pine suites. Amenities range from king or queen-size beds, French doors leading to secluded patios and porches, overstuffed furniture and wingback chairs, in-room Jacuzzis, separate showers, and clawfoot tubs, English towel warmers, hair dryers, tables, writing desks, in-room coffee and tea service, WiFi, Smart flat screen televisions, radios, DVD/CD players and more. Guests are treated to an included sumptuous full breakfast every morning, with full 24/7 access to the dining area’s coffee and tea services and a selection of readily available fresh bakery goods and fruit.  

If you’re going to be traveling to Murphys to visit any of the high class, festive and fun autumn 2019 events this September and early October, we hope you’ll treat yourself to a bit of luxury as you enjoy the incredible classic motor cars at the Concours d’Elegance in late September or the fantastic wines and frivolity at the Calaveras Grape Stomp, Harvest Festival and Gold Rush Street Faire in early October.

If you’re interested in participating in some incredibly fun and quirky cosplay events, head on over to the blog section on our sister property’s website, the Victoria Inn, and read about some of the more eccentric and esoteric parties that happen in Murphys around Halloween.

Regardless of where you stay, either at the Dunbar House Inn and Event Property, or our sister property, the Victoria Inn, either one will offer an inimitable and memorable bed and breakfast experience this fall, providing a wonderful home-away-from-home as you enjoy a slew of dazzling, fun, mainstream, to very quirky-and-festive costumed events that seem to happen every weekend from September through to early November here in Murphys. 

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Concours d’Elegance: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you have a love for classic cars and good wine, head on over to the 23rd Annual Concours d’Elegance at Ironstone Vineyards on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Over 300 antique and classic car owners participate, including vintage trailers, house cars, trucks, motorcycles, racecars, and even classic wooden boats. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the event ends at 4:30 p.m.

Although it’s a great place for antique and classic car enthusiasts, the Concours d’Elegance is actually a fundraiser to support youth agricultural programs. Their motto is, “Driven to Support Youth in Agriculture.” Over the years, the Concours d’ Elegance has raised funds for programs like FFA, 4-H, Guide Dog Programs, and Horse Classic.

So not only will you get to see a great collection of stunning, restored and fully functional classic cars, some of which are over 100 years old, your money goes to a good cause, too.

For more information, visit

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Calaveras Grape Stomp, Harvest Festival and Gold Rush Street Faire. Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re staying at the Dunbar House Inn and Event Property the weekend of October 4-6, 2019, the 26th Annual Calaveras Grape Stomp Harvest Festival and Gold Rush Street Faire either is or should be the top things to do on your agenda. It’s held right at Murphys Community Park and on Murphys’ Main Street on Saturday, October 5, 2019, so it’s pretty much an all-day town-wide festival that attracts an estimated 5,000 oenophiles to our beautiful little Sierra Foothills wine country town.

Teams gather from all over the state to compete in the Grape Stomp competition. Dressed up in themed, funky costumes, the teams have two positions: the stomper and the swabber. Whoever crushes the most grapes to get the most grape juice wins.

The Gold Rush Street Faire, which runs simultaneously with the Grape Stomp competition, is from 9:00-5:00 and admission is free. Local wines, BBQ and wood-fire pizza will be sold at the park along with food booths and beer booths at the street fair. Live music, photo booth fun, kids activities and more! Be sure to also sample the local wine (bottled, not stomped) and dance to the abundance of live music playing throughout the day.

New silent auction items have been added to the lineup this year including a trip to Honolulu, outdoor adventure packages and winery experiences. This annual fundraising event provides scholarships to high school students, benefits Feeney Park, the Wine Information Center and other community organizations. 

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Mark Twain Wild West Fest in Angels Camp: Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Get the true Gold Rush experience in the Gold Country at the Mark Twain Wild West Fest in downtown Angels Camp on Saturday, October 19, 2019. The Mark Twain Wild West Fest celebrates Angels Camp’s historical connection to American author Mark Twain and California’s Gold Rush. A prominent area during that time, downtown Angels Camp’s architecture still rings true to that era with original buildings lining the streets.

With 3 stages of non-stop music, comedy, and entertainment, this is not an event you want to miss. From roving street performers to gun-slinging cowboys, outlaws, and shoot-out reenactments, plus honky-tonk piano players and saloon girls, it’s a rootin’ tootin’ good time. There’s also plenty of booths and Main Street shops to scope out some awesome souvenirs.

You can even enter a drawing to win a genuine golden nugget. Now how’s that for a souvenir? (Taking into account you’re the lucky winner).

Plus, Angels Camp is just a short drive from Murphys, so you won’t have to travel far to check out this Gold Country affair. And, just so you know, Wild West period attire and costumes are strongly encouraged.

For more information, visit or check out the Mark Twain Wild West Fest Facebook page.


If your stay in Calaveras County this fall involves attending any of this awesome autumn affairs, festivals and parties, rooms sell out quickly, so be sure to book your room at the Dunbar House and Event Property, our sister property, The Victoria Inn, or any one of our incredible vacation rentals through V Vacation Rentals. For reservations, call (209) 728-2897.

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