Destination guide

The brothers Murphy of the Gold Rush

What’s in a name? Murphys, part of Calaveras County, is named for brothers John and Daniel. These guys prospected in the area during the Gold Rush, using the name Murphy's Old Diggings. Eventually it became Murphys—and the name stuck. The area’s gilded history is neatly packaged and displayed in local museums. Bustling Main Street evokes the qualities you might expect in another era, what with its one-of-a-kind shops and cheery atmosphere. When you book a Murphys vacation rental, you’ll pick up on that wonderfully quaint vibe right away.

Things to do

Everything is golden in Murphys

Compact but packed with artifacts, the Ironstone Heritage Museum pays homage to the California Gold Rush. It’s filled with Native American exhibits and explores the fascinating miners who inhabited early Murphys. Continuing with the historic theme, Murphys Old Timers Museum is an old-timey treat that takes visitors on an in-depth exploration of the Gold Rush era. If you’re a wine junkie, book a Courtwood wine tasting tour to explore the area’s many local wineries—it’s an easy way to explore the best options.


Grape crushing, boutique hopping – wine not?

Events abound in Murphys, many of them hosted by the Calaveras Wine Alliance. Scenic Murphys Park brings fun every fall with the Grape Stomp competition. If you aren't into crushing juice from grapes, you can enjoy the good stuff instead—there are more than 20 wine tasting rooms all within a short walk from Murphys’ charming Main Street. Pop into a few of the unique boutiques that line the road along the way. You might even catch some of the biggest names in music when you’re in town—they often make their way to Ironstone Amphitheatre.


Everybody needs a little sunshine, sunshine

It’s hot and dry in this part of California, and that calls for some serious provisions. Pack your bag with 100-degree temperatures in mind—chances are you won’t want to leave your Murphys vacation rental in anything but a tank top and a pair of shorts on those days. Otherwise, average temperatures throughout the year come in at around 70 degrees. Rain? Nope. Snow? Not a chance. If you love the sun, you’ll love Murphys.

Natural features

Caving for the beauty of Murphys

Offering dramatic views of the Sierra Mountains, Murphys is more than just a wine lover’s paradise (although you'd be hard pressed not to gaze in admiration at the lush green vineyards). Mercer Caverns, discovered in the Gold Rush era, impresses with its many aragonites and calcites. The open caves in the Natural Bridges area are just minutes from Murphys, and worth a look solely for the phenomenal picture possibilities. Perhaps most impressive, though, is the mesmerizing Giant Sequoia root system in Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Where to stay around Murphys?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 324 vacation rentals near Murphys. From 124 Houses to 137 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Murphys for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Murphys?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Murphys. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ironstone Amphitheatre: 504 vacation rentals
  • Metate Hill Vineyards: 504 vacation rentals
  • Chatom Winery: 484 vacation rentals
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park: 225 vacation rentals
  • Pine Mountain Lake Marina: 210 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Murphys listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Murphys?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 124 Houses in Murphys. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Murphys include:

  • Cabins: 137 rentals available
  • Cottages: 137 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 137 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Country houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Murphys?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 171 vacation rentals with pool available in Murphys. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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