July 28, 2014

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

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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 […]

Calaveras Wines Win Big Awards

Murphys Wine Tasting

Our Handy List Shows You Which Calaveras Wineries are the Big Award Winners Those of us who have spent any amount of time in Calaveras tend to rave about our local wine scene. It’s affordable, approachable, innovative and beautiful and don’t get us started on how great the wines are. But even those of us […]

Make Mothers Day a Mothers Weekend!

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Champagne, Locomotives and Wild Animals!  A Mothers Day Weekend to Remember, May 10 and 11 Mothers Day is May 11 this year, and brunch on Sunday with mom is always a great way to celebrate her day. We have some fine choices for the mid day meal here in Calaveras, and we thought we’d give […]

Event Spotlight: Twisted Folk Concert Series

Twisted Folk Concert Series

Last fall, after their second season of outdoor concerts in Vallecito, Twisted Oak Winery was awarded the 2013 Innovations in Tourism Award for Best Event Series.   We caught up with winery owner Jeff Stai recently to ask about Twisted Oak’s foray into live entertainment and what’s on deck for this year. Back when Jeff […]

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