We’re all about the cozy romantic adventures here in Calaveras County, and February is the perfect time to experience a romantic adventure with your special someone. Looking for something fun to do this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered! Whether traveling solo with your favorite bestie, or getting romantic with that special someone, snuggle in to find your own Valentine’s romance option for you and your number one.
Instagrammer @dannggdana enjoying wine tasting in Murphys. Learn more below.
Want to add a little culture to your trip? Find local nightlife in Calaveras via our Calaveras events calendar, then swing by the Visitors Center and pick-up a VIP card to get discounts on wine and beer tasting throughout the county. Make sure to check out our eclectic restaurants and beer houses as well. With romantic eats like (Cupcake Wars winner) Lila and Sage cupcakes, 5th generation chocolate makers at Nelson’s Candy Kitchen, national award winning coffee roasting at Gold Country Roasters and affordable romantic restaurants like Sarafina’s Italian Kitchen in Arnold and Crusco’s Ristorante Italiano in Angels Camp–what’s not to love?
1. Valentine’s Romance: Simple and Sweet
Simple and Sweet: Day Trip
For simple and sweet Valentine’s romance, consider dressing in layers with picnic in tow, and take a hike in the North Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. You’ll be surrounded by ancient giant sequoias—the largest living things on earth. Stop and pay a visit to our dearly departed Pioneer Cabin Tree, then head for the warming hut if it’s a chilly day or explore Calaveras Big Trees Museum and gift shop inside the Visitor’s Center.
From High Sierra sno-parks to gorgeous lower elevation lakes below the snowline explore our many endless trails such as along the Stanislaus at the Sourgrass Recreation Area – a great place to enjoy a wilderness sunset. Looking for something to get your heart-pounding? Try zip-ling togther at Moaning Cavern Adventure Park.
Simple and Sweet: Overnight
Kick the Valentine’s romance up a notch with one of our many overnight options. In addition to our historic and modern lodging, the more adventurous travelers might want to camp out for the night—above or below the snowline. Check out our recent article on winter camping. If you grab a site at the lower elevations, such as New Melones Lake, you can camp well below the snow line while making day trips to the higher elevations. Look below to compare lodging prices and availability or stay at one of our many VRBO’s or AirBNB options throughout the area.
2. Valentine’s Romance: Love on the Slopes
Instagrammer @lizhigasgino enjoying High Sierra backcountry with her sweetie in 2017.
Who needs crowds when you have your sweetie by your side and fresh High Sierra powder to crush? Whether skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, or zipping around on snowmobiles–continue up Ebbetts Pass Highway 4 to spend your day enjoying the snowsport of your choice on the world-class trails of Bear Valley Cross Country or Bear Valley Mountain.
Always wanted to learn how to ski? Bear Valley Mountain has you covered! Try the sweet Bear Valley $49 First Timer Group Lesson that includes gear rental and your beginner lift ticket. One unforgettable way to see the Sierras in winter is on snowmobile – Bear Valley Snowmobile rents machines by the day and gives you access to miles of groomed road along the Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway.
Come nightfall, cozy up to the fireplace inside the classic Bear Valley Lodge, which has rooms starting at $150/night, and gourmet meals at the Creekside Dining Room or head back down the mountain. It’s hard to believe it’s less than an hour from the warm and temperate Angels Camp and Murphys!
3. Valentine’s Romance: High-End Quaint and Cozy
Checkout the official Instagram account @arnoldblackbearinn to explore the property and gather ideas for that next special event.
When you’re in the mood for the warm crackling hush of life by the fire, Calaveras has several options for luxurious and cozy Bed and Breakfasts, each with a unique flair and style. And the best news? Even Calaveras’ luxury options offer high quality for affordable prices.
Whether hiding away with your love, or adventuring out into one of our quaint historic downtowns; you’ll find a wealth of locally owned artisan treats, goods and services, or a chance to explore one of Calaveras’ many art galleries hidden throughout the county (such as Oakwilde Ranch & Sculpture–admission by appointment only).
Instagrammer @kinetikideas exploring Oakwilde Ranch & Sculpture in Valley Springs, CA (admission by appointment only).
Into beer or wine? Swing by the Calaveras Visitors Center for a guide to the award winners throughout the region. While you’re nearby, let your inner history buff run wild at the 3 acre Angels Camp Museum or let your inner adventurer take the wheel for one of our many scenic destinations and drives. Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for all that’s happening during February and beyond. There’s always an excuse for a romantic getaway to Calaveras!
Want help choosing a Bed and Breakfast in Calaveras?
From vintage, to classic, to modern, there is a huge variety of Bed and Breakfast options to choose from in Calaveras. From the more remote Courtwood Inn and Querencia (both pictured below) to centrally located options, you can see what’s available, compare lodging prices or book your lodging today using our Calaveras lodging booking engine here.
Courtwood Inn – An eco-friendly log cabin style lodge near downtown Murphys, Courtwood offers gorgeous views of the surrounding foothills, robust breakfasts featuring locally grown ingredients and luxurious in-room amenities. The owners also offer custom wine tours and a semi-annual wine camp – and they’ve recently installed a new Tesla charging station.
Querencia Inn – A unique refuge on a remote ridgetop outside of Murphys, Querencia bills itself as “the place where you and your companion can find peace, solitude, beauty, and the time and place to rediscover yourselves and each other.”
Cheers to romance!