Calaveras Holiday Shopping Guide: 2017

Enjoy charming, small town shopping using the 2017 Calaveras Holiday Shopping Guide to find hidden hygge throughout the county, making your Calaveras gift choosing experience an even more enjoyable, new holiday tradition for you and your loved ones.

The Spice Tin in Murphys CA

The Spice Tin, Murphys | Menka Belgal

To bring a little more hygge into your holiday shopping experience this year, we invite you to explore our community during Calaveras’ most hygge time of year–during Calaveras’ holiday open house and Festival of Wines season. With a spirit of giving and generosity, enjoy warm beverages and fresh baked goods on the house; as well as lighted parades, special discounts, festive libations, and a chance to say hello to Santa and Mrs. Claus this holiday season. With your holiday shopping guide in hand, click the link above, to find the best dates for discounted shopping in an even more festive atmosphere, filled with the spirit of holiday hygge.

Want assistance finding the right shops for your loved ones? Give us a call 7 days a week at 1-800-225-3764 for personalized recommendations, or dive into the shopping guide below.

Alongside our county’s sensory delights and natural attractions is a unique collection of retail shops featuring a wide variety of gifts – from handmade local crafts to everything you need for your next outdoor adventure set amongst gorgeous gold rush architecture in our historic downtown districts.

This unusual combination of attributes, makes for some of the most charming, and festive holiday shopping available in small-town America. With the holiday season upon us, we’ve rounded up some suggestions to help you make your holiday shopping experience, more relaxing and pleasurable than ever.

Heading to a specific town? Follow these links: Murphys Shopping | Angels Camp Shopping | Arnold Shopping | Copperopolis Shopping | Valley Springs Shopping | San Andreas Shopping | Mokelumne Hill Shopping

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Holiday Shopping Guide: MURPHYS

Eclectic shops, history and award-winning wine and eateries  in a charming family and dog-friendly downtown environment

Historic Main Street, Murphys California | Jenny Martin

Murphys historic Main Street | Jenny Martin

Holiday Shopping - Murphys Map

Murphys is the first stop in our Calaveras Holiday Shopping Guide: There’s a reason Frommer’s called Murphys one of the top ten small towns in America. Murphys is a town made for shopping, with its pedestrian filled streets and gastronomical boutiques. Whether you’re looking for gifts for kids, four-legged friends, bikers, vintage and antique collectors, or something for that special someone in your life – Murphys has something for everyone.

Visit the independent local bookstore, Sustenance Books for great reads for all ages–as well as crafts and gifts.  Find flavors from around the world at The Spice Tin, taste unique olive oils and balsamic vinegars at Marisolio Tasting Bar, and satisfy your sweet tooth at Nelson’s Candy Kitchen and Lila and Sage Cupcakes. Kitchen stocking stuffers abound at Creative Cookware, and of course, Main Street is lined with wine tasting rooms and restaurants to help diversify the browsing experience. Looking for something for the little ones in your life? You won’t want to miss My Little Apple, located just off Main Street, a sustainable children’s boutique featuring vintage and locally made books and gifts for little ones and mamas alike, as well as name brand children’s clothing on consignment.

Creative Cookware Murphys California

Creative Cookware, Murphys

Discover more local artisan and hand made treasures, with a trip to Moon Alley Candles. Their candles (made locally) look more like functional works of art and are renowned for their unique colors and elegant designs. Independent Mercantile sells an earthy blend of handmade body care products, as well as clothing and jewelry by owner Linda Trent. Independent’s sister shop, nd&x, offers more in the way of kitchen and interior decor, but with the same elemental and thoughtful level of craftsmanship.  Sac-a-Main is a treasure-trove of leather and vegan handbags, wallets and accessories. For the kid in everyone, stop by the Murphys Village Toy Store to feel like you’re taking a trip to Santa’s workshop! There’s so much great shopping here that it’s hard to pick and choose just a few spots. Check out the full listing.

Moon Alley Candles, Murphys, Calaveras County

Inside the candle store at Moon Alley in Murphys

With more than 23 wine tasting rooms in historic downtown, you will find that each offers its own unique retail experience. Twisted Oak specializes in humor (wine and non-wine related) and their trademark rubber chickens, while Locke is stocked with antiques and La Folia with fedoras and other hats. Ironstone Vineyards, just outside of downtown is a destination in itself. The jewelry store with collections featuring bullet casings and gold-bearing quartz (a shout out to their spectacular 44lb gold nugget on display there) are unique offerings unlikely to be found elsewhere. So, even if you’re not a wine aficionado, it’s worth checking out their gift shops. Three miles east of town is one of Murphys’ longest established businesses, Quyle Kilns, with a deep selection of pottery and ceramic art made on site with local clay.

Ironstone Vineyards Jewelry Shoppe | Lisa Boulton

Beautiful decor and jewelry at Ironstone Vineyards’ Jewelry Shoppe

As the culinary center of Calaveras, it’s easy to find good eats here (or great wine for that matter) when you’re ready to take a load off your feet. But don’t forget award-winning coffee from Gold Country Roasters, and delicious baked goods from Aria Bakery.

Find more independent, boutique shops in Murphys.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: ANGELS CAMP

Charming shops and quaint eateries with original old west architecture

Main Street Angels Camp | Carol Richardson

Angels Camp’s historic Main Street | Carol Richardson

Holiday Shopping - Angels Camp mapHistoric downtown Angels Camp will take you back to the old west with its authentic Gold Rush architecture and eclectic shops – making a unique holiday shopping experience. Ranging from Manzanita Emporium filled with locally made goods by various regional artisans, authors and artists to gemstone purveyors, boutique gifts and collectibles, antiques and art.

This side of Texas you’d be hard pressed to find a more authentic Western wear shop than Turner’s Wild West in downtown Angels Camp. Classic brands like Pendleton, Carhartt and Wrangler are here for work and casual apparel, along with the kind of friendly customer service you might expect in a small town.   Stay on this side of the street for Stories in Stones, which is a must see for anyone intrigued by gems, crystals and the geologic wonders of the world. You may be lucky enough to hear one of the many stories of international rock and fossil hunting by owners Russ and Pam Shoemaker while you’re there. Visit Vino Metate’s wine tasting room where you can pick up gift baskets of Spanish varietal wines with local dried fruit, nuts, preserves, and olives. Other gift items include art, cookbooks, ceramics, wine glasses and wine accessories.

Turners Wild West | Lisa Boulton

Turners Wild West | Lisa Boulton

Across Main Street, Firefall Jewelers run by the Coca family, features custom designs, hand engraving and stone setting. Purchase something unique from the store, or have something custom made with gemstones or diamonds carefully selected on-site for your someone special. If antiques is your thing, Nellie Lou’s is your spot, while Prestidge Gallery offers framing and framed art.

Stories in Stones | Shannon Vingo

Butterfly specimen display| Shannon Vingo

Be sure to stop into our very own Visitor Center, where you’ll find a nice collection of gifts and collectibles from the county’s past and present, along with the largest collection of frog-themed merchandise you’re likely to find anywhere. Music lovers should not miss the Aeolian Harp, a cozy place known for its collection of rare and vintage instruments. Just south of downtown, Glory Hole Sports is the place for anyone who loves to fish. For an outstanding collection of Christmas decorations, head to Calaveras Lumber on the north end of town.

Calaveras Lumber

Calaveras Lumber

Originally built during the silent film era and updated for the 21st century, top off the day by catching a new release or 3-D movie at the Angels 6 Theatres, one of the last few classic downtown cinemas left on the West Coast. Prefer a more interactive experience? Head over to the Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House for an exploration of Gold Rush history. Be sure to check out their history inspired toys and gift items in their gift shop.

Stop in at Sugar Bakery for some delicious baked goods and freshly made coffee. Ready for lunch or dinner? Try Cruscos Ristorante Italiano for authentic Northern Italian cuisine, or Angels Creek Cafe for more traditional American fare.

Find more independent, boutique shops in Angels Camp.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: ARNOLD

Sports Gear & Home Décor in the High Sierra

Calaveras Big Trees State Park Fall color

Calaveras Big Trees State Park North Grove | Lisa Boulton

Holiday Shopping - Arnold map

Billed as the gateway to the High Sierra, Arnold is where you’ll find everything for the outdoor enthusiast on your holiday shopping list in this picturesque high-country town. But don’t overlook the great collection of home decor opportunities as well.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Sierra Nevada Adventure Company is the place for technical outer wear and as they say, “Gear for wild environments,” like paddling, climbing and hiking. Head east into Arnold to Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods if it’s fishing and camping you prefer, as they have an extensive selection of tackle, apparel and they’re also a great resource for the latest local fishing updates.  The Trout Spot specializes in everything for the fly fisher.

Outhouse Collection

The Outhouse Collection, Arnold

At the Outhouse Collection you can satisfy the quest for the great indoors, with home furnishings, accents and decor with varied themes of rustic, casual and contemporary.  Visit the Cedar Center plaza for a variety of places to help accent the home, including Poulson Studios Gallery with its gorgeous glass work and Fine Things. Timeless Home Gallery is nearby in the Cameo Plaza.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park gift shop children’s area | Lisa Boulton

After all that shopping, you deserve a walk in the park – head over to White Pines Lake for a  picturesque stroll, or drive 5 minutes to Calaveras Big Trees State Park to enjoy the giant sequoias. The park’s new visitor center has a well stocked gift shop of books and souvenirs. When you’ve worked up your appetite, stop in at one of Arnold, California’s great restaurants or pick up some baked goods and coffee from Arnold’s Bistro Espresso. For delicious, hand-crafted beer, stop in at Snowshoe Brewery.

Find more independent, boutique shops in Arnold.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: COPPEROPOLIS

Eclectic food, wine, and fun in a beautiful town square


Copperopolis Town Square

Copperopolis Town Square | Castle & Cooke

Holiday shopping - Copperopolis mapReady to go Back to the Future? Very few places can claim to have a picturesque town square just like the one in the fictional Hill Valley. Copper Town Square has the period clock tower as well as the central park, so if you haven’t stopped into Copper Town Square as  you enter the county, now is a good time. And it’s a fun place to enjoy your holiday shopping.

With the beautiful hikes, bike rides, and Lake Tulloch nearby, you could easily spend a whole weekend exploring this playful destination. Ready to dive right into shopping? Check out Copperopolis Olive Oil Company for a taste of all things olive. Their oil is produced from olives grown in the nearby foothills and they also sell olive woodwork, kitchen gifts and olive body care products. For meticulous hand-crafted decor, stroll over to the newly opened Iron Treasures.

Shopping: Aly's Attic, Copperopolis

Aly’s Attic, Copperopolis

If it’s local wine and related gifts you’re after, be sure to visit Copper Cellars; they offer tastings and sales, specializing in boutique foothill wineries. Or try The Tipsy Frog for a comparison of local and regional California wines, great food, good humor, and selections of the owners’ favorite wines from around the world. For the gamer in your life, stop in at the new Epic Worlds and Games store carrying the best board, card and miniature games.  Tables are set  up and ready for you to play with other shoppers. Aly’s Attic features cute vintage country and Americana home decor and furniture, while Galerie Copper specializes in local art and art supplies. Spending the day? Enjoy a dinner at Griff’s BBQ or the new family favorite Gold Dust Pizza. Afterwards, enjoy a handcrafted artisanal ice cream from Yummy Ha Ha.

Find more independent, boutique shops in Copperopolis.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: VALLEY SPRINGS

What not to miss, in the tri-lakes area.

Hoof N Boots, Valley Springs | Lisa Boulton

Hoof n Boots in Valley Springs | Lisa Boulton

Holiday shopping - Valley Springs mapIf you’re heading into Calaveras on Highway 12, there are a few cool shops right on the highway in Valley Springs worth checking out. Turn left on California Street at the stop sign and you’ll see a new pop-up shop called TAG Your Home, which has a fun selection of rustic, vintage and re-purposed items to accent your home. Next door is Fancy Things Boutique, with a huge supply of jewelry and accessories, and juniors, teens and women’s clothing.

Back on Highway 12, you’ll find Hoof N Boots Saddlery with its new and used saddles, tack and pack equipment, and a wide range of western gifts. Their custom leather goods include hats, bags, dog collars, and saddles. And if you’re lucky, there may be some cute border collies you can pet in the store, since the owner also breeds dogs.

Fancy Things Boutique, Valley Springs

Fancy Things Boutique

If you have time, check out one of the local restaurants, and Villa Bakery, which gets annual rave reviews.

Find more independent, boutique shops in Valley Springs.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: SAN ANDREAS

Antiques, History and Arts

Historic Main Street San Andreas, CA | Lisa Boulton

Historic Main Street, San Andreas | Lisa Boulton

holiday shopping - San Andreas mapAntique lovers can find a wealth of interesting collectibles in the San Andreas Trading Post on the south end of town.

Turning off Highway 49 into historic Main Street will take you to The Gallery Store, the flagship of the Calaveras Arts Council, containing the creative handiwork of local artists. Pop next door into the Calaveras County Historical Museum Complex, open 7 days a week, to see some great exhibits including the former county jail and courthouse, and do a little shopping in their gift shop. Looking for something hand-crafted for the home? Check out Brownell Ceramics for beautiful, unique, porcelain ceramics based nearby in Mountain Ranch.

Kelly’s Drug Store might seem an odd choice, until you see the quality and variety of their holiday gift items. If you’re in town for lunch, check out locals favorites The Pickle Patch (closed weekends) or Country Cliff’s (open 7 days a week).

Find more independent, boutique shops in San Andreas.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: MOKELUMNE HILL

Well loved, artistic and charming Gold Rush town

shopping in Mokelumne Hill | Menka Belgal

Historic Mokelumne Hill | Menka Belgal

holiday shopping - Mokelumne Hill mapIf you’re taking Highway 49 south into Calaveras, turn left into historic downtown Mokelumne Hill,  a little Gold Rush town so charming that you’ll forgive it for only being open on the weekends.

Petroglyphe Gallery is located in a newly renovated building, built in 1858, and specializes in contemporary Californian art and jewelry. Moke Hill Nuts features nuts, candies and carefully selected gift items. While you’re here, be sure to explore the beautiful historic architecture and old black smith shop before ducking into the much-loved Main Street library which sells its excess books on its covered deck on the honor system.

Lunch at Renegade Winery

Renegade Winery, Mokelumne Hill

Stop in at Renegade Winery for the best stocking stuffer of all, a bottle of wine, before heading over to the historic Hotel Léger with its old western saloon for a delicious lunch or dinner. Ask at reception to borrow their ghost hunting kit if you have the courage.

Find more independent, boutique shops in Mokelumne Hill.

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Lighted parades, Open Houses, Christmas Tree Lightings and more

Holiday Magic in Calaveras: Murphys Holiday Open House | Maria Camillo

Murphys Holiday Open House | Maria Camillo

Make your shopping experience even more magical by attending one of our many holiday celebrations from lighted parades to holiday open houses with live street music, and free treats from local businesses, wine strolls, carolling and photo ops with Santa. Check out our blog for more information: Enjoy Holiday Magic in Calaveras.

Check our calendar for full information, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-the-minute details and inspiring photography.

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Our top attractions stock great gifts!

Don’t forget that many of our wine tasting rooms and attractions also have fabulous gift shops! Check out the natural treasures at Moaning Cavern, California Cavern and Mercer Cavern. Have a golfer in the family?  Visit the pro shops at Greenhorn Creek, Saddle Creek Resort or La Contenta golf courses.

When you’re shopping in Calaveras this year, please consider donating an unwrapped toy, book or stocking stuffer to Toys for Tots at the Calaveras Visitors Center at 1192 South Main Street, Angels Camp, open 7 days a week.

Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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