Escape the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area and retreat to serene Murphy’s, CA, for a romantic weekend getaway with your beau. On your scenic drive through Northern California, roll down your windows, listen to your favorite songs, and feel the rush of the cool breeze against your cheeks. When planning a romantic weekend from San Francisco, you might be overwhelmed by the amazing attractions at your fingertips.
Keep reading for a list of must-do activities that are sure to make your romantic getaway unforgettable. Then, discover more by checking out our complimentary Vacation Guide.
Romantic Weekend Getaway Must-Do’s in Northern California
Why is Murphy’s the perfect location for a romantic getaway? Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this town provides gorgeous scenery and views. It’s a historic town, but today it is thriving with wineries, culinary experiences, culture, and picturesque landscapes. Also, it’s only a 2.5-hour drive from San Francisco!
Hit a Winner on a Tennis Getaway
If you’re a lover of the game, consider booking a Love Set Doubles Package at Courtwood Inn.
This fabulous package includes a two-night stay in a specially selected mini-suite, reserved court time for practice and play each day, a 1-hour doubles strategy clinic with innkeeper Larry Parker (formerly ranked No. 1 in NorCal mixed doubles with wife, Chris), a welcome gift of tennis balls and local wine, and free wine tastings at two local tasting rooms. What a score!
Our charming bed and breakfast features two asphalt championship tennis courts and breathtaking views of the Sierra Foothills and San Joaquin Valley. A tennis getaway is a perfect way to practice your skills while spending quality time with your loved one.
Experience Magical Caverns
Marvel at the wonder of the caves near Yosemite. These caverns are carved into the side of the mountain range and provide an opening to a different form of adventure. Whether you wish to go spelunking, cave diving, cavern touring, or sightseeing, these breathtaking natural phenomena provide a place for these activities. When you enter, you’ll hear the rushing sounds of water, see towering formations, and become awestruck by the colorful hues of the rocks. If you have never experienced this wonder, we encourage you to add it to your itinerary on your weekend getaway in Northern California!
Explore Wine Country
Sip, savor, and socialize with your special someone at one of the stunning wineries in Murphys. Each of these wine lover’s destinations offers an inviting tasting room, a selection of beautiful blends, and breathtaking vistas of the peaceful countryside. If you’re having trouble deciding which boutique wineries in Calaveras County to visit, consult our list below. Or, consider participating in a Courtwood Wine Tour for round-trip transportation and 10% savings on your tour!
- Brice Station Vineyards
- Ironstone Vineyards
- Lavender Ridge Vineyard
- Twisted Oak Winery
- Val du Vino
- Indian Rock Vineyards
- Chatham Winery and School Street Wines
- Stevenot Winery
Take a Day Trip to a Picturesque Park
The unique land of Northern California contains an array of state parks, national forests, and nature reserves to explore.
One of the most majestic sights to see is the towering redwoods. Calaveras Big Tree State Park is an unbelievable area with plenty of hiking trails through redwood forests.
Don’t forget to grab your camera and capture the beauty of the region. Here are additional recommendations for unbelievable sightseeing during your romantic getaway in Northern California:
Treat Your Partner to a Marvelous Date Night
If you want to create the perfect evening, reserve your table at one of the locally owned and operated restaurants in Murphys. Each of these dining establishments offers a robust menu of excellently seasoned cuisine, blended libations, and decadent desserts. As you enjoy the provisions, you’ll be delighted by the inviting ambiance of these places.
We highly recommend Alchemy Market & Grille, a delicious downtown eatery known for its philosophy of “comfort food with a twist.” Try their Alchemist meatloaf or penne alfredo, and you will not be disappointed. If you’re searching for an exquisite, romantic dining experience, you need to dine at V Restaurant, Bistro, and Bar. Indulge in the chef’s choice artisan three cheese & charcuterie plate and pair it with a glass of local wine for a meal you will not soon forget!
Are you and your sweetheart are looking for something sweet? Look no further than JoMa’s Artisan Ice Cream. This fresh, handcrafted ice cream is locally produced in small batches with natural ingredients. Tantalize your tastebuds with flavors such as Caramel Crunch, Luscious Lemon Bar, Choco Fudge & Choco Chunks, and Vanilla Praline.
Unwind Together at Courtwood Inn
Discovering the wonder and charm of Murphys, CA, makes romantic weekend getaways from the Bay Area worth the trip for couples. When you book your stay at Courtwood Inn, you’ll have easy access to many downtown attractions and captivating things to do.
We offer a selection of massage packages, each of which is tailored to your specific needs and geared toward your ultimate relaxation. Float back to your room after your session to continue relaxing with your special someone. We invite you to browse our suites and reserve the ideal one for your vacation. We can’t wait to host you and your other half!