Are you and your loved one in need of a vacation? Have you been trying to plan but aren’t sure where to start? Murphy’s, California’s cozy yet adventurous atmosphere, is the perfect place to start! Whether you’re hoping for a trip to take you both out of your comfort zone and try new things or just to relax and de-stress from the normalities of life, there’s an opportunity for every occasion. This list of 5 fun things to do in California for couples will give you the ideas and inspiration needed to plan your next getaway.
1. Romantic Landscape at Ironstone Vineyards
If you’re a couple who loves variety, you’ll want to make Ironstone Vineyards a top priority. This fantastic establishment offers visitors the choice to indulge in their tasting room, gift shop, jewelry shop, and deli, explore the music room, heritage museum, and wine caves, and walk around the beautiful lake and amphitheater on the grounds. Imagine spending the day tasting elite local wines paired with delicious foods in the sweet company of the one you love, followed by exploring the natural beauty of the Sierra Foothills in all its colorful seasonal glamor. Ironstone Vineyards is a destination you don’t want to miss!
2. Stroll Downtown Murphys
No matter what time of year, the cozy town of Murphys offers visitors and locals a surplus of charm and assured ease. And when you add in the classic aesthetic of autumn, Murphys turns into the picturesque scenery you read about in books and see in movies. You and your partner will fall in love all over again as you stroll the timeless streets, wander into art galleries and eclectic shops, and explore the beauty of the landscape. And if you need a food and ice cream recommendation to top off your day, we highly suggest enjoying gourmet food at Grounds and indulging in artisan ice cream, sorbets, cookies, and ice cream cakes at JoMa’s ice cream shop.
3. Hike to the Giants
When people think about California, there are some staple “features” that probably come to mind. Maybe you think of the fame and fortune in L.A., the excitement and splendor of Disneyland Park, or perhaps like many, you think of the awesomeness and beauty of seeing giant sequoias. But not everyone wants to deal with the crowds and popularity of visiting Redwood National Park or Yosemite. That’s why we know you will love hiking the Calaveras North Grove Trail. If you take the North Grove loop trail (1.7 miles long), you will see over 100 giant sequoias. Calaveras Big Trees State Park offers you the same remarkable look at these famous trees and their surrounding beauty without the congestion of other popular locations.
4. Sip, Stomp, Enjoy
Looking for something a bit more amped up? Look no further than the annual Grape Stomp! Every year since 1993, Murphy’s brings the community together to enjoy watching or participating in the Grape Stomp competition composed of 120 teams. But that’s not all this annual event offers. There will be an abundance of wine to taste by the glass or the bottle, food vendors cooking up delicious, locally sourced cuisine, entertainment from fan-favorite bands and other acts, and an auction! So whether you’re thinking of participating or just showing up to enjoy the atmosphere, the Calaveras Grape Stomp and Street Faire is a great way to add some fun to your getaway and get to know the area.
5. Romantic Stay at Dunbar House Inn
Last but most certainly not least is your home-away-from-home at Dunbar House Inn. We know you’ll love the intimate and comfortable ambiance when you stay with us. As one of our guests stated, “It can’t get any better than this! This is heavenly!” Enticing enough? To add to the appeal, we suggest booking a stay in our Sequoia Room, a perfect location to add romance and relaxation to your trip. This room has a king-size bed, ensuite bath with a large soaking tub, imported marble surroundings, a double sink vanity, and secluded outdoor seating under the porch. We hope you’ll take advantage of this chance to get away with your loved one, have some fun and new experiences, and refocus your relationship on what really matters: your love for each other.
So, as we move into the fall season, book a luxurious stay with us at Dunbar House Inn so you can experience one of these 5 fun things to do in California for couples. You can book direct or call us, and we’ll help you to reserve your stay without hassle.