Murphys, California, is a one-of-a-kind destination along the Sierra Nevada Foothills that offers year-round fun. With its natural beauty, lovely climate, and charming downtown area, there’s always something to do in Murphys—no matter what time of the year you visit! Keep reading to learn about the best things to do in winter in Murphys, CA.
For more information on the area’s most popular events, attractions, outdoor activities, and more refer to our complimentary Vacation Guide.
The Best Things to Do in Winter in Murphys, CA
Don’t wait until summer to visit Courtwood Inn in Murphys, CA. Our bed and breakfast is the perfect home base while you’re exploring the best things to do in winter in Murphys, CA.
When winter arrives, and the snow begins to fall, the Sierra Nevada Mountains transform into a skier’s paradise. Whether you’re a top-notch skier or totally new to the sport, you’ll have a blast skiing the slopes at nearby skiing destinations. The most popular sites for skiing near Courtwood Inn are Bear Valley Ski Resort and Dodge Ridge Wintersports Area.
For a day filled with outdoor exercise and adventure, try your hand at snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. These activities move at a slower pace, and they’re perfect for people of all ages. It’s the best way to get up close and personal with picturesque winter landscapes and Giant Sequoias. You might even catch a glimpse of wildlife! Two of the best snowshoeing and cross-country skiing locations are Stanislaus National Forest and Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
If you need of winter gear and equipment, stop at Sierra Nevada Adventure Company in Arnold. From snowshoes to skis to boots, they have everything you need for the best winter wonderland adventures.
There’s no better way to kick-off the holiday season than with the Holiday Open House in downtown Murphys. The festive event begins with the Lighted Christmas Parade and is followed by a tree lighting and a visit from Santa Claus. The street is shut down throughout the evening, and local businesses open their doors to welcome you in. Visit unique boutiques, delicious restaurants, and award-winning tasting rooms.
Calling all wine lovers! Head to Murphys during Presidents’ Day weekend to experience one of the most beloved events in the area. Throughout the festival, you’ll be able to participate in wine tastings at over 22 local wineries and tasting rooms. It can be challenging to visit all the locations in a single day, so be sure to book your stay for both days. You’ll want to taste all the wines! Aside from wine tastings, eventgoers will also enjoy live music and mouthwatering food.
Make Courtwood Inn Your Homebase
As you plan your winter getaway to Murphys, you’ll need somewhere to make your home away from home. Courtwood Inn’s convenient location keeps you close to all of our Gold Rush town’s best attractions and things to do.
If you stay in our Australian Open Room, you’ll enjoy your own private patio entrance. The room also features a sitting area with a sofa and coffee table, an oversized bathroom with a Jason Microsilk tub, and a luxurious California king-sized bed.
Browse our accommodations and book your stay at Courtwood Inn today. We can’t wait to host you!