July 24, 2017

Calaveras Clears the Air About Smoke From the Rim Fire

Posted : September 20, 2013


Welcome to Calaveras County signFive Fun Ways to Enjoy Fall in Calaveras

With all the negative and misleading headlines about unhealthy air quality levels and smoke smothering Gold Country in the past few weeks, we thought it was time to clear the air, about the air, here in Calaveras.

The historic Rim Fire, which has burned more than 400 square miles of land in Tuolumne County, in and around Yosemite’s backcountry, is nearly contained. That means here in neighboring Calaveras, the smoke cloud has lifted, and our brilliant blue skies are back. Just in time too. Fall in Calaveras can’t be beat. So hop in the car soon and take us up on these five fun ways to enjoy fall in Calaveras…

Experience some of the best area events of the year. Like classic cars? Ironstone Vineyards’ Concours d’ Elegance brings more than 300+ antique and classic cars to its scenic winery the last weekend in September. Then you’ve got the infamous Calaveras Grape Stomp in Murphys and West Point’s Lumberjack Day, which both fall on the first Saturday of October every year (yes, you can sneak  in both of them in the same day), followed by the Calaveras International Film Festival and Angels Camp’s Gold Rush Day mid-October. Basically, there’s something fun going on every weekend throughout the fall. Check out our current events calendar for what’s happening right now, and our annual events list to see what’s coming up.


Take in 61-miles of spectacular fall color. That’s what you’ll get when you make the gorgeous drive from Arnold to Markleeville along the Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway late September through early November. Insider tip: Right before you get to Arnold on Hwy. 4, don’t miss your chance to grab a hot cider and apple doughnut at Red Apple Ranch for the drive.

Have the trails all to yourself. Are you one of those people that loves the serenity and peace that you get when you’re enjoying the great outdoors, but hate it when your favorite trails are crowded with people? Check out the Arnold Rim Trail this time of year, or even the South Grove Trail in Big Trees State Park and you’re bound to have the trails and the trees all to yourself.


Stock up your wine rack. Sure, you can go wine tasting all year. But there’s something about heading to Calaveras Wine Country in the fall that makes it extra special. Maybe it’s the leaves crunching under your feet as you make your way from tasting room to tasting along Historic Murphys’ cobbled sidewalks. Or, perhaps it’s the intimate moments you can only find here like catching the winemaker at Val du Vino Winery just as he’s about to press down his fermenting grapes for this year’s vintage. Whatever it is, we bet you’ll be able to find a few bottles (or a case) of tasty wine to help fill up your wine rack. Download the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance wineries and tasting rooms map here: cwa-brochure-2013-sm.pdf

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping. We don’t want to think about it either, but the holidays will be here before you know it. Why not make a weekend out of exploring the one-of-a-kind boutiques and art galleries that are nestled throughout Calaveras’ charming historic towns as you search for the perfect gifts…ahead of schedule! Here’s a rundown of some of our best shopping spots.

Looking for more ideas on what to do when you come to Calaveras and suggestions on where to stay?  Check out our fall-specific itineraries.

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  1. Great ideas!! Thanks!