November 26, 2014

Member's Corner | Calaveras County California

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To Hotel Hell and Back – Following up with the Murphys Historic Hotel

Hotel Hell courtesy Fox TV

The Murphys Historic Hotel, now even more famous for its appearance on Hotel Hell this summer, was awarded the 2014 Innovations in Tourism Award for Best Lodging.  We took this opportunity to sit down with the three owners Brian Goss, Joel Lacitignola and Kevin Clerico and find out what’s changed since the show and their […]

On Tour in The Spice Tin

The Spice Tin

Winner of the 2014 Innovations in Tourism Award This year’s award for most innovative tourism business in Calaveras County went to The Spice Tin in Murphys.  Owners Jan and Patty Schulz, longtime educators in Calaveras County, are enjoying a second career providing a unique sensory experience at their retail location at Algiers and Main in […]

Murphys Day of the Dead Celebrates Lives of Loved Ones

Murphys Day of the Dead

Murphys Businesses Honor the Dead in the Land of Skulls on Dia de los Muertos Murphys merchants and tasting rooms will be celebrating the Fifth Annual Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, on November 1st, 2014, from 11-7 pm. Participating businesses and vendors will be offering authentic cultural art, food, sugar skulls, […]

Tourism Employee Incentive Exchange

Employee reward

Here’s a scenario that plays out countless times in any tourist destination -  You’re at a restaurant or perhaps your hotel, and you ask your server for a local recommendation.   Sometimes their answer can turn you on to a new experience that you wouldn’t otherwise have found on your own.  Granted, the response is […]

Calaveras County Sees Bright Future for Tourism


Exciting new developments in two corners of Calaveras County point toward prosperity for two companies vital to the county’s recreational tourism. Earlier this month Angels Camp businessman Darrin Mills took over ownership of the Marina at New Melones Lake, which provides dock space for boat owners as well as rentals of all types of lake-going […]

Mineral Wines – New Member Feature


Brett Keller has been a busy guy this summer.  A bit more than a year after launching his wine label, Mineral Wines, Keller is deep in the trenches of business ownership – traveling the country with his wines during the week, trying to be back at the tasting room on weekends,  staying on top of […]

Welcome Larry Cornish to the CVB Board

Larry Cornish

In July this year, two new board members were elected to the CVB, Doralee Rees of the Hotel Leger, and Larry Cornish of Mark Twain Medical Center.  This month’s Q&A turns the spotlight on Larry Cornish.  It was childhood vacations that first brought him to the foothills, and like many, he ended up falling in […]

Welcome Doralee Rees to the CVB Board

Hotel Leger Backyard Blues and BBQ Show

Earlier this summer, the CVB Board of Directors elected Doralee Rees (pictured above), as one of its newest members.  She just celebrated her first year as owner of the Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill.  We caught up with her recently – read below. It was barely two years ago that Doralee Rees and David Albert were […]

Member Spotlight – A Passion for Wellness: Elements and Skin Care by Tami

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When Tami Taurian and Maura Grant partnered their businesses, they were pursuing a vision to provide a new level of wellness service in Calaveras County.   Tami and Maura are two of the CVB’s newest members, and we wanted to get some insight into their Murphys day spa.  Maura is a holistic massage therapist and […]

Gold Country Wines Featured at California Travel Show


Image: Dragone Vineyard near Murphys, courtesy Jason B Smith The 2014 CalTravel Summit has just wrapped up in Los Angeles and this year Calaveras’ wine industry made a special appearance thanks to our association with the Gold Country Visitors Association (GCVA).  Recognized as the premier conference for tourism professionals, the annual event draws travel media […]

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