As most of the nation retires its summer clothes and fall jackets for winter coats and insulated boots, California is rolling out the red carpets for arguably their most beautiful time of year and the best location to vacation this winter. Winter in the golden state is filled with sunny days, cooler (but not cold) temperatures, and the occasional rain shower. So what should you be filling your vacation days with during your stay? We’re happy to help with this list of things to do in California in December.

A Day of Self-Care

Whether you want to wind down from the stress of a busy school year or just relax amidst the chaos of the holidays, there’s a plethora of self-care opportunities in Calaveras County to indulge in. Start with a deep stretch and empowering workout at Good Karma Yoga Studio, followed by a relaxing few hours at Jillian Day Spa or Elements Day Spa for a massage. Nourishing the body is always necessary on the self-care to-do’s, and luckily, Calaveras is filled to the brim with award-winning cafés and restaurants for a special treat or a filling meal. End the day right with a tasting at one of our local wineries and stroll through the abundance of art galleries throughout the county.

Fun For The Family

The holidays are happily associated with classical movies, plays, music, and more! This special time of year offers sentimentality and entertainment for all ages. Whether it’s “The Nutcracker” ballet performance, Tree Lighting in Copperopolis Town Square, Breakfast with Santa for your little ones, or just making the most of your winter vacation, everyone has a tidbit to enjoy. Hoping for something a bit more adventurous? We recommend taking the family to the ancient underground world of Mercer Caverns. The cave tour takes about 45-minutes but will leave you wishing you could explore more. You can even take your young ones panning for gems or challenge yourself to some ax-throwing!

A ballet dancer on stage in a white tutu


Murphy’s via Dunbar

One of the most important aspects of any trip is finding the perfect place to stay. A prime home-away-from-home should feel comfortable and convenient and leave you with an ache to come back as soon as possible. When you choose to stay at Dunbar House Inn, you can be sure we’ll check off all the boxes. Our elegant Victorian B&B is a beautiful, peaceful place to make timeless memories with your loved ones. And better yet, we’re located right in the heart of Murphy’s. During the holiday season, you can expect an abundance of colorful twinkling lights strung over the streets and around locally owned businesses. No matter the time of year, Murphy’s is sure to take you back in time while making you feel right at home.

Although many people may associate California with endless summer, you can be sure that your holiday or winter vacation can still give you the nostalgia and comfort associated with the season…just maybe not as cold. But don’t take our word alone. Book your stay at Dunbar House Inn now so you can experience these top 3 things to do in California in December.


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