If you haven’t seen it yet, VIA Magazine, the AAA travel magazine, recently ran an article as part of their 2012 Summer Road Trip series called, “Murphys, Calif.: Sierra Escape.”
Author Jason Turbow teases the reader with tidbits about Big Trees State Park, Moaning Cavern and reels them in with the local flavors they can find on a trip to Calaveras. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
A shade under three hours east of San Francisco, Murphys also benefits from its proximity to wondrous scenery. At Calaveras Big Trees State Park, miles of hiking trails wind through groves of giant sequoias. Natural caves dot the area and several offer tours, including Moaning Cavern, where adventurous visitors can bypass the stairs and rappel in.
Still, the local flavors are the biggest draw—and not just in the winemakers’ cellars. Marisolio Tasting Bar showcases 30 audacious olive oils, including black truffle and blood orange. At the Spice Tin, you can peruse 175 spices and herbs, from adobo to zhug. One Leaf Trading Company complements a vast array of whole-leaf teas with a cornucopia of brewing supplies.
“There’s a great new culture here,” says Karen Henderson, whose cupcake shop, Lila & Sage, opened in 2011. “A little bit of city life has moved to the country, but people are still very approachable.”