Back in April, Jason and I journeyed to beautiful Murphys, CA for some much needed R & R. We stayed at a family member's home, which worked out perfectly, and had a really great time exploring this new (to us) area. The overall vibe was romantic without being over the top fancy, and was just the right distance from Sacramento for our quick two day getaway. We got the chance to try a bunch of fun places, below are some of our favorites!
EXPLORE MURPHYS' MAIN STREET: A must see is the quaint and lively heart of Murphys. Full of shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms, this main street is the perfect size to spend an afternoon (and/or evening) discovering your new favorite spot to chill.
WHAT TO DRINK: Beer at Murphys Pourhouse and wine at Hovey Winery. The two establishments are located side-by-side (on Main Street!) and share a main patio/grassy area. We spent time in both of their tasting rooms and especially loved talking together in the late afternoon sunshine, on the picnic-style tables.
WINE TASTING: Ironstone Vineyards. We drank the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (his) and the 2014 Obsession Symphony (hers). We also liked the lunch from their cafe style restaurant. Jason and I walked around the grounds and before we knew it, we had spent a couple hours just at this one spot! It's a little off the main drag, but absolutely worth the extra few minutes in the car. We started our afternoon here then moved on to Main Street.
OLIVE OIL: Marisolio Tasting Bar | Olive Oil. Another fun spot on Murphys' Main Street is a shop dedicated to olive oil and vinegar tasting! We went in right as they were closing, but the staff was so kind and let us walk around, trying anything we wanted. We picked up a spicy green chili oil, that Jason uses on his scrambled eggs, that they mixed with pineapple vinegar for us to taste: talk about a savory tropical treat!
FANCY DINNER: V Restaurant. This super sweet restaurant is located on Main Street, adjacent to the Victoria Inn. We were able to get a reservation for the restaurant side, but in doubt, they also have a bistro and bar available. We ordered a delicious charcuterie plate, salad, and perfectly cooked steak. I also loved their design elements, with navy table cloths, and pretty vintage architecture.
QUICK BREAKFAST: The Red Apple Bakery & Fruit Stand. Gotta stop here for fresh donuts on your way out of town- maybe on your way in, too. Keep your eyes peeled for this little mom-and-pop shop, or you may miss it. Cash only!
Have you ever been to the Murphys/Arnold area? What are your favorite spots?