Romance & Adventure in the Gold Country & High Sierra
If you love winter fun, you’ll be head over heels for our Ultimate Romantic Winter Getaway travel itinerary for Calaveras County! Come experience our mountain hospitality and an unforgettable winter weekend with your sweetheart. By day, you’ll hit the slopes, tour the high country on snowmobile and harness up for thrilling zip lines and cave rappelling. Then, unwind with a candlelit couples massage. By night, you’ll dine at our area’s top restaurants and stay in style at a cozy, award-winning B&B.
Check in for 2 nights’ stay at the romantic, award-winning Arnold Black Bear Inn (if they’re full, the Meadowmont Lodge is a good alternative) then head out for dinner at local favorite, Sarafina’s Italian Kitchen, or for vegetarians, try The Arnold Pantry – which caters for veggie & meat lovers. Returning to the Inn, be sure to take a stroll around the grounds to enjoy the spectacular night sky.
Start your day early and head up Highway 4 (which is also the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway) for a morning of skiing or snowboarding at Bear Valley Mountain. Relax with a gourmet brunch at the Creekside Bistro.
Head down Highway 4 to Moaning Cavern Adventure Park for a thrilling cave rappel and above ground zip line ride. Twin zip lines mean you can race your sweetheart to the bottom! After all that excitement, you’ll love a 70-minute couples massage with candles and champagne followed by an infra-red sauna session from Elements.
Now you’re deliciously relaxed, head over to the charming historic Gold Rush town of Murphys and enjoy a romantic dinner at the outstanding V Restaurant. Then it’s back up the hill to enjoy wine and cheese at the Arnold Black Bear Inn before turning in for the night.
After Chef Bruce’s delicious, hand-prepared breakfast (try the nut-crusted French Toast) drive back up to Bear Valley to rent snowmobiles for 2 hours on the Lake Alpine trail from Bear Valley Snowmobile. Here, you’ll get quick and easy snowmobile driving instruction before heading off on your own to explore miles of gorgeous trails.
As you return to Arnold, stop off at Calaveras Big Trees State Park to snowshoe through the North Grove for the most beautiful winter wonderland scenery interspersed with spectacular giant sequoia trees. Finish up at the warming hut for spiced cider or hot chocolate.
Your last pit stop on your romantic getaway: Outer Aisle Foods in Murphys, for a delicious lunch prepared fresh with organic produce grown by the restaurant owners at their farm. Pair with a glass of excellent local wine.