September 20, 2014

Read cool insider tips on what to do and where to go in Calaveras County, California.

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Hermitfest 2014


Pilgrimage to the Hermitage Hermit Valley and the north fork of the Mokelumne River Outdoor concerts are among the highlights of the summer season here in the hills, and now that August has nearly passed, the concert season is winding down. Yet there’s one more special show that you may not want to miss, and it’s a perfect way […]

Backroads and Byways Part 2 – Two Wheeled Options


Looking West from Avery-Sheep Ranch Road The Rough and Rowdy Tour  – Explore the winding canyon roads and the timber towns of northern Calaveras County on this two wheeled adventure! Starting out from your base camp at Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, head northeast on Hwy 26 along the north fork of the Mokelumne River […]

Calaveras Backroads and Byways – Some of Our Best Little Secrets


One of the joys of traveling in the Calaveras foothills is exploring the county’s many backroads. The Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway is our most well-known tour over the spectacular high Sierras, which follows State Highway 4 from Angels Camp to Markleeville.  But there are several short backroad day trips within the county that you […]

The Late Summer Hit List

Sierra Nevada logging jamboree

There’s still so much more summer ahead of us, especially for those of you lucky enough not to have school – or jobs – on the calendar. Nevertheless, it’s still tough to fit in all the great summer activities that Calaveras has to offer, so we thought we’d offer up a little summer hit list of […]

The Insider’s Guide to Foothill & Upcountry Lakes

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The rising temps of summer in the hills are made all the sweeter when you know just where to find your perfect weekend by one of our many lakes – from boating to camping to quiet mountain dips.  Beat the heat  – and the crowds this summer with our insider’s guide on where to sleep, […]

6 Top Tips for Fourth of July in the Foothills

July 4 Parade Ebbetts Pass

Now that we’ve launched into summer, you might be dreaming of a long weekend getaway, hanging with family and friends, soaking up the charm of small town Americana.  Well your timing is right, because July 4th weekend in Calaveras is among the best times of year to be here. From charming old-fashioned Independence Day festivals […]

Fridays in June Are a Taster’s Delight

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With the weather heating up, summer fruits and vegetables are beginning to ripen and you’re probably on your second or third barbecue already.  Here in the foothills, it’s time for another season of farmers markets and fun outdoor food and wine events.   Image: Angels Camp Farmers Market June’s first Friday (the 6th) marks the […]

Gone Is the Hairspray – Are Dreadlocks Here to Stay?


There was a time Angels Camp was a venue for a major summer concert series produced by the legendary Bill Graham, known as Mountain Aire.  It brought popular rock and roll acts of the 70s and 80s to the Calaveras County Fairgrounds and transformed the grassy hillsides into a multi-day rock festival of big hair […]

Calaveras Big Trees – Celebrates New Visitor Center

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

In the year when the California State Parks System celebrates its sesquicentennial, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California, celebrates the grand opening of its new Visitor Center and Museum. The California Department of Parks and Recreation in collaboration with the Calaveras Big Trees Association will be combining the […]

Frog Jump Essentials – Your Ticket to the Fair

Angels Camp Fair Ready

What if you had all the classic elements of Americana, historic small towns, western lore and wine country packaged into one huge weekend?  If the first word that comes to mind is “Awesome!”  then we’ve got something special for you.   You may have heard oblique references to the springtime spectacle known to locals as […]

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