June 26, 2017

A different way to see the sights in Calaveras County…

Posted : May 29, 2012

Enjoy the tail end of Spring in Calaveras with this perfect one-day itinerary.  You’ll enjoy the ride.

Ditch your car for the day and hop on a SPYDER Roadster for a fun way to see the sights. Motherlode Motor Sports in Angels Camp offers rentals by the hour, day or week.

Once you’ve got your ride, explore the area’s historical sites. Calaveras County is home to more State Historical Markers than any other county and there are placards in just about every town with stories into the past. Don’t miss the Old Timers Museum in Murphys, the Angels Camp Museum and the Historical Society Museum in downtown San Andreas.

Not into history? Spring is the best time of year to wander around the country roads hunting for wildflowers.

On your tour make a stop in San Andreas at The Pickle Patch, the most popular lunch shop in the County. Craziest menu item worth a try? The veggie-friendly Peter Piper Pickle. This hot spot is only open during the week, so if your timing is off, head to the Vista Grille at La Contenta Golf Club instead.

After plenty of pickles, take the Roadster to the farm. Not just any farm, an Alpaca farm. RanchoNC Alpacas is a working ranch in Valley Springs that welcomes visitors. Learn about these loveable animals that produce one of the finest fibers in the world and see what it takes to work the ranch.

From farm to fame, make your way back to Angels Camp to check out the Frog Hop of Fame on Main Street before heading to dinner. The plaques that line the sidewalk immortalize the winners of the annual Jumping Frog Jubilee International Frog Jump Competition, including some World Record holders. Maybe you’ll get one next year?

On the Frog Hop of Fame, you’ll find Sidewinders. Sit down for their made from scratch tacos, burritos and bocadillos.  And don’t forget to grab an ice cold brew.  Their beer selection is the best in town.

Then, make your way to Scott’s Yogurt Factory for a sweet treat to end the evening. Open later for those before bed sugar cravings, the Yogurt Factory fulfills just about any flavor combination you might be in the mood for. Chocolate yogurt topped with Nerds and fresh kiwi? Gross, but no problem.

Area Lodging: Bring your dog to Angels Inn, stay close to everything at the Best Western Cedar Inn, or cozy up at Cooper House Bed & Breakfast.

Have more time in the area? Here are a few other suggestions…

Ride through the vineyards. Book a trail ride with Horse and Barrel which takes you through rolling acres of vineyards. Also a historic mining area, the tour leads you through a history of the area’s deep roots to the California Gold Rush.

Find Whale Rock. Yup, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Somewhere along Hwy. 4 (ok, close to Bear Valley) you’ll find a giant rock that’s shaped and painted like a whale. It’s not so obvious, so keep a close eye out for it. Hint, hint.

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