The Ultimate Romantic Winter Getaway

Looking for romance and adventure in the Gold Country and High Sierra? Explore Calaveras County and the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway.

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Shreeve Photographers Engagement Shoot at Calaveras Big Trees via Instagram account @shreevephotography

By day, you’ll hit the slopes, tour the high country on snowmobile, enjoy cave tours and harness up for thrilling zip lines.  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. Read on to learn more.

Romantic Winter Getaway: Friday Night

Calaveras Arnold Lodging: Arnold Black Bear Inn
Arnold Black Bear Inn

Check in for 2 nights’ stay at the romantic, award-winning Arnold Black Bear Inn. Then head out for dinner at local favorite, Sarafina’s Italian Kitchen. If you’re trying Sarafina’s we recommend you make your reservations before your visit, they tend to fill up fast. Looking for another romantic option? Try Sequoia Woods Country Club’s restaurant – exclusive access to Arnold Black Bear Inn patrons only. Returning to the Inn, take a stroll around the grounds and enjoy the spectacular night sky.

Looking for even more options for romantic winter lodging? Check out additional lodging options at the bottom of this article. 

Romantic Winter Getaway: Saturday


Romantic Winter Getaway - Bear Valley Mountain
Bear Valley Mountain Snowboarding. Photo | Jason B. Smith

Start your day early and head up Highway 4, also known as the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway, for a morning of skiing or snowboarding at Bear Valley Resort. Relax with a gourmet brunch at their Creekside Bistro.

Moaning Cavern Adventure Park Zip Lines
Moaning Caverns’ zip lines | Jason B Smith

Head down Highway 4 to  Moaning Caverns for a guided tour into California’s largest cave chamber followed by an 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 in Murphys, with candles and champagne followed by an infra-red sauna session from Elements Day Spa.

Romantic Winter Getaway | V Restaurant, Murphys
V Restaurant, Murphys

Now you’re deliciously relaxed, head into Murphys charming historic Gold Rush downtown 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.

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Bear Valley Snowmobiling I Courtesy of Instagrammer @lizhigashino

Romantic Winter Getaway: Sunday

After Arnold Black Bear Inn’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.

Calaveras Winter Itineraries
Calaveras Big Trees State Park in winter | Dave Bunnell

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.

Looking for more snow play options?Find 7 different ways to enjoy the snow in Calaveras and the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway here.

Your last stop on your romantic getaway: Cruscos Ristorante Italiano, in Angels Camp for a delicious, fresh lunch overlooking this charming, historic downtown.  Pair with a glass of excellent local wine or classic prosecco.

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Crusco’s Ristorante Italiano

Romantic Winter Getaway BONUS:
Additional Restaurants

Looking for even more options for a romantic dinner? You can explore restaurants by town here: Restaurants in Angels CampRestaurants in Arnold I Restaurants in CopperopolisRestaurants in Mokelumne Hill I Restaurants in Murphys I Restaurants in San Andreas I Restaurants in Valley Springs

Romantic Winter Getaway BONUS:
Additional Activities 

Tailor your trip to your sweetie’s taste with one of these excellent activity options for a romantic winter getaway: Courtwood Wine Tours | Mercer Caverns | Angels 6 Theatres | Murphys Creek Theatre | Murphys Main Street Wineries | Yosemite Flight Tours | Ironstone Vineyards | Vino Metate Wine Tasting Room | Calaveras County museums | Aloria Vineyards – mini donkey vineyard tours with Half Ass Adventures

Romantic Winter Getaway BONUS:
Additional Lodging

Looking for additional excellent lodging options for a romantic winter getaway? Here are a few of our most popular options for couples looking to add a little extra romance to their weekend: Courtwood Inn | Dunbar House 1880 | Querencia | Victoria Inn | Murphys Vacation Rentals | V Vacation Rentals | Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals

You can explore even more lodging options, as well as book your lodging and compare lodging prices through our booking engine below. 

Happy travels!