Perfectly centralized in Calaveras County, Angels Camp delivers on the romance, family-fun, history, outdoor adventures, and the world-famous, one-and-only Jumping Frog Jubilee. Angels Camp is easily located an hour and a half from Sacramento Airport or Yosemite or a little over two hours from San Francisco, San Jose, or South Lake Tahoe. Ideally situated above the fog and below the snow, you have the flexibility of experiencing all Calaveras has to offer and beyond. Read on for ideas on what to do and where to stay in Angels Camp:
Day 1: Take your pick from the various accommodations Angels Camp offers – from four-season camping to hotels, motels, cottage rentals, or a group vacation rental at Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort. While waiting to check in to your lodging establishment, take a stroll through historic downtown Angels Camp. You can take a self-guided walking tour found in the Calaveras Visitors Guide and see the historic buildings still standing from the Gold Rush days. Make sure to walk the “Hop of Fame” and stop in front of the old Angels Hotel where Samuel Clemens heard a little story about a frog and a bet and launched the career of a man we remember as Mark Twain. See if you can find the “chicken ladder” and the tiny graveyard from the 1860’s. Find one-of-a-kind souvenirs, western clothing, jewelry at family-owned shops like Crafty Chicks, Turner’s Wild West, and Mingos on Main. Be sure to stop in to Prestige Art Gallery for local art and photography and Calaveras Wood Co. where you can find original, locally-made art, furniture, candles, etc. from locally harvested, salvaged, and milled products. If you’re needing a little snack to get you through dinner, stop in at Yummy HaHa! Ice Cream for a treat.
Day 2: Good morning! Ready for that wildflower hike or day on the lake? Let’s get going with a hearty breakfast at the Angels Creek Restaurant with the best biscuits and gravy around. As Mark likes to tell everyone “Come for the coffee, stay for the gravy”! Now that you’re nourished, head to New Melones Lake for some great hiking trails or even rent a boat, paddleboard, or kayak at the New Melones Lake Marina. Spend a day lounging at the lake or get some great fishing tips and a to-go lunch at Glory Hole Sporting Goods at the entrance to the lake road. After spending an active day outside, enjoy local wines and locally-sourced menus at Camps Restaurant at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course or for something a little more casual, try the mother-and-son owned and operated Cascabel‘s or Vine & Fork‘s prix fixe menu in downtown Angels Camp. Cap off the evening with a movie at the vintage, art-deco Angels Theater. Built in the 1920’s, this theater has all the small-town friendliness and charm from the silent-movie era and all the modern creature comforts like their new comfy, reclining seats.
Day 3: Grab a scone and a favorite morning drink at Lemon Tree Bakery to start your easy-like-Sunday-morning day. Or, if you want to sleep in a little, get lunch at The Pickled Porch cafe – both are in historic downtown Angels Camp. Then head over to the Angels Camp Museum & Carriage House about a half mile north of downtown. This cool, little undiscovered museum holds its own, sitting on three and a half acres and boasting the country’s largest, world-class carriage and covered wagon collection open to the public. Other intriguing exhibits include mining, minerals, and ranch and an interactive exhibit showcasing the history of the Jumping Frog Jubilee. Not to mention the friendly docents who will regale you with tales of the past or give you a gold panning lesson.
Maybe check this out, too! – If you’re headed back to the Bay Area or the Central Valley, stop at the Copperopolis’ Town Square for more cute shops and restaurants. Check out Calaveras Olive Oil Co. for yummy, locally owned, raised and processed olive oil on O’Byrnes Ferry Road in the historic part of Copperopolis. Or, if you’re headed towards Sacramento or Lake Tahoe, visit historic downtown Mokelumne Hill right off of Highway 49. Enjoy the historic charm at Renegade Winery, Hotel Leger, and remember to grab a yummy snack from Moke Hill Nuts & Candies right downtown.
Want to learn more about what to do in Calaveras County? Give us a call at the Visitors Center 209-736-0049, or better yet, come in and see us at the Angels Camp Museum 753 South Main Street, Angels Camp, CA. We’d LOVE to meet you!