While the days get shorter and the weather cools, you’re no doubt thinking about what to cook for the holidays and what to buy for the holiday gifting season. Simplify your life with a trip to Calaveras County for a laid back shopping experience and some special finds.
Start your journey with the kitchen in mind at Copperopolis Town Square, where you’ll find a generous selection of pots, pans, cooking tools and accessories at Fancy Pans. Then head to Copperopolis Olive Oil Company, a proud local company that’s your one stop shop for all things olive – not just tasty oils from their nearby orchards, but also olive oil lotion, soap and more! Roasters Coffee Corner, also in the square, will brew you up a nice cup of your favorite hot morning beverage before continuing on your shopping tour to the town of Angels Camp.
Head for the historic downtown Angels Camp for picturesque old buildings and an eclectic variety of shops, like the newly renovated Market 49, offering sweet tooth gifts from The Chocolate Lady and savory edibles from Acorn Farms. If you love western wear, don’t miss Turners Wild West, a well stocked emporium of all things western, and those super cozy Pendleton blankets too! How about sparkling gems from around the world, or ancient shark’s teeth from the Sierra Nevada mountains? Check out Stories in Stones for the rock lover or budding scientist in your family – they have a nice selection of jewelry as well, and if you’re lucky, proprietor Russ Shoemaker might tell you a story or two about his globe trotting rock hunting adventures.
Moving east to Murphys, you’ll find a little cluster of shops with arts, crafts and handmade furniture all by local artisans, starting with Independent, offering a selection of jewelry and items for home and bath. Across the street is one of our newest and more unique gift ideas – Loco Oso, featuring the chainsaw hewn statues of bears, gnome houses and other magical woods creatures. Need a little pick me up about now? Lila and Sage Cupcakes or Gold Country Coffee Roasters ought to do the trick. Down amongst the bustling eateries and wine tasting rooms of Main Street, you’ll find a quiet place to recharge your intellectual side at Sustenance Books, one of the few remaining independent locally owned bookstores between here and San Francisco. Then, take your senses on a tour to the Far East with a visit to the Spice Tin, a favorite for both staples and exotic flavors, and this year’s winner of our Innovations in Tourism Award.
Arnold is the place for the outdoor adventurer in your family. Few fishermen (or women) come through without a stop in to Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods, the local authority on what’s biting where, with a huge selection of gear, apparel and accessories. For the mountaineer and hiker, head to Sierra Nevada Adventure Company, whose extensive line of top end gear from tents to headlamps to winter outerwear will be sure to get you inspired. Of course, to make use of that stuff, we seriously recommend a visit to Bear Valley, where you can get an all access pass for both cross country and downhill skiing at either Bear Valley Adventure Company or Bear Valley Mountain Resort. Don’t worry, you can do it online if you’re too spent to go any further.