Keeping the romance alive is important in any relationship. Having regular date nights can help. It’s why we created our list of 7 date night ideas in Murphys, CA. It can be as simple as dressing up and heading out together to a restaurant or wine tasting room. Or you may prefer grabbing a great pair of walking shoes and hitting a nature trail. While others may enjoy strolling hand-in-hand downtown checking out the local shops or even catching a show.

You can even take your date night up a notch and extend it into a romantic getaway. The Dunbar House is an historic Victorian home that offers modern luxurious amenities while maintaining the old-world charm. A stay at our inn coupled with one or more of our date night ideas are sure to please.

I’ll do date night wherever as long as we’re together.
— Unknown


Truly, date nights are more about connecting with each other than the activity you choose. Deciding to dress to the nines and spending the evening with your sweetheart conversing over a delicious dinner can be just the thing you need. Our list of top restaurants in Murphys, CA will give you a great start in choosing the right place. You may prefer to go a little more casual and take in the latest homemade creation at JoMa’s Artisan Ice Cream where you’re treated like family in a relaxed atmosphere.


If you love the romance of fine wine, Murphys has an abundance of wineries at your disposal. Visiting the wineries in the area could take several days! Pick and choose from our guide to wineries in Murphys. If you’re not as interested in the vineyards, simply walk down Main Street and experience several wine tasting rooms. The options are almost endless.

Hiking and Biking

Getting out in nature, stretching your legs, and taking in the views is a sure way to relax and unwind together. If you’d prefer a short trek through nature, the Upper Natural Bridge Trail and Columbia College Fitness Trail are great options. They both loop out and back and are under two miles. If you’d like something a little more vigorous, try the Arnold Rim and River Canyon Trails. Both are over five miles and include either a waterfall or a river on the trail. The Outbound provides a list of top hiking trails near Murphys so you can choose the trail that’s the best fit for the two of you.

Mercer Caverns Adventure

1665 Sheep Ranch Rd, Murphys, CA 95247
Phone: (209) 728-2101

The Mercer Caverns are “a subterranean wonderland.” A tour of the caverns is a great option if you like to explore. They have a rich history and provide an exceptional view of the limestone formations growing underground. Although the tour is fairly short, there are several steps to take with various stops along the way. So, it’s best to put your flip-flops away and grab some comfortable non-slip shoes. As far as what to wear, consider that the underground temperature stays pretty steady at 55° with a fairly high humidity factor. Don’t forget to stop at the Visitor Center to pick up a souvenir.

Picnic in the Park

Murphys Community Club and Park
505 Algiers Street, Murphys, CA 95247
Phone: (209) 728-8183

A romantic picnic in the park is another great date night idea. Spread out a soft blanket and reconnect while enjoying a delicious lunch and a glass of wine. People watching is also a fun and often humorous past-time. Make it a even more fun by making up stories about all that you see. When lunch is done, pack up and stretch your legs with a leisurely walk around the park.

Stroll Down Main Street

Art on Main
466B Main Street, Murphys, CA 95247
Phone: (209) 728-1888

If it’s a stroll you’re wanting, then take your sweetheart’s hand and head down Main Street to take in all the creativity. This contemporary art gallery displays original art and fine art reproductions of over 30 local artists. The gallery is open every day in the summer from 11 am until 4 pm beginning in June (closed on Tuesdays). Add to your collection or buy a gift for a friend.

Catch a Show

Murphys Creek Theater
580 S. Algiers Street, Downtown Murphy, CA 95247
Phone: (209) 728-8422

The Murphys Creek Theater provides year-round live theater performances. If you enjoy performing arts, this is an excellent choice for your date night. Their 2022 season includes 5 new shows and several special performances. You’ll definitely want to book in advance for these shows.


Take our list of 7 date night ideas in Murphys, CA and pair it with a stay at the Dunbar House. A romantic getaway with several special dates throughout your stay is sure to keep those romantic fires burning. Our private guest rooms have all the amenities you’ll need plus the aroma of a scrumptious breakfast awakens you each morning of your stay. Check availability today.

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