Wine Tasting, Snow Play or Exploring Gold Country(31 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Plan ahead for festivals and summer concerts
Stay in Murphys, in the heart of the Gold Country and within an easy drive of snow-play and Bear Valley Ski Resort.
Spring is coming with festivals, wine tours Irish Days
and the Jumping Frog Celebration.
The hills are green in the Mother Lode, and mountains just up Highway 4 have lots of snow.
Area wineries are open year-round, as is Calaveras Big Trees State Park. When snow is on the ground the park offers free snowshoe walks every Saturday. Check this website for details www.bigtrees.org .
Gold Rush history is all around us.
Yosemite National Park is within a day trip, and is truly spectacular in winter and Spring.
We are strategically located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, and this is an ideal jumping off place for exploring the best of California. It is a great place to vacation, or spend a quiet weekend.
The Stone Annex was designed to accommodate two guests with comfortable amenities in more than 600 square feet. The Annex includes one large bedroom, a full bath, a living room with fold-out futon, hallway and mini-kitchen. The Annex can handle up to two additional guests in the comfortable living room fora small extra charge. Children are free.
The Annex is decorated throughout with the local art and photography, and every room is freshly painted and equipped with comfortable furniture.
The bedroom has a queen-sized bed, large closet, desk/dressing table and chairs. If you need it, we have extra blankets, an ironing board and iron.
The living room has the sofa/futon, a comfortable recliner chair, a television with cable and an electric 'fireplace' with heater. WiFi is available.
The mini-kitchen has a slate counter, a mini- refrigerator and a new microwave. We added a counter top convection/toaster oven, plus coffee maker and basic kitchen supplies. Fresh ground coffee awaits the guests.
And in response to a guest's suggestion we recently added a new grill with a cook-top just outside the door.
And, an essential in Murphys, a wine bottle opener and wine glasses.
New to Murphys this year are three shops that specialize in beer, including an Irish Pub.
Several good restaurants are nearby, and TV trays are provided for those who want to eat a light meal at home. Or you can grill and eat outdoors in lawn chairs under an umbrella in good weather.
A combination washer-dryer is available.
The bathroom is outfitted with all you need. Grab bars have been added to shower/tub and toilet for added comfort and safety.
Ample parking is available within feet of the front door.
Our vacation Annex is a short walk to downtown Murphys, and a short drive to major attractions.
Murphys is one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the Sierra Nevada foothills because it offers some of everything people want: boutique wineries, Gold Rush history, snow play or skiing, outdoor adventures and fine wining and dining.
And we have hiking year-round, fishing, kayaking, mountain climbing, cave exploring and more. Just outside town you will find vineyards, streams and mountains and forests.
We want our guests to be as comfortable as possible. So we completely refurbished part of an 80-year-old house. Most guests come for weekend visits, but the Annex is comfortable for longer stays so you can explore what all region has to offer.
And if you just want to hang out, there are all those wineries and restaurants within eight blocks.
Location is Everything
We are about a ten minute walk to Main Street. We are away from the
noise, but close enough to get there quickly.
Bring your bikes.
Ironstone Winery, just outside of town, has tours, a museum, food and stunning gardens.
We are about a three hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento, or less to Yosemite National Park.
The town is located on State Highway 4 which leads up to the Bear Valley Ski Resort in winter, and across the High Sierra to the East when the snow melts.
Two great California State Parks are close by: Calaveras Big Trees is to the east, about 15 miles uphill, home to 6,000 acres of wilderness including two Giant Sequoia groves; and Columbia State Park, where the Gold Rush days are preserved and celebrated, is just south along historic Highway 49.
If you need more wineries, Amador County is just north.
There's more to Murphys than wine. The town also boast a craft brew pub, several fine restaurants, history tours, various shops including consignment, a chocolate shop and a village toy store.
You can get almost any kind of food here from fine steaks, Italian, Mexican, Organic, Vegetarian and crafted pizza.
Murphys has no fast food franchise operations, and most local businesses are privately owned and operated.
The Stone Annex is the newer half of a house built originally in the 1920s to house the medical staff of a sanatorium which was once located across the street. People came here for the 'healthy air.'
The hospital is long gone, but several planted giant Sequoias are still growing nearby, remnants of a time when people were sent to Murphys to rest in the peace and quiet.
The Annex owners live next door. Your other near neighbors include three local chefs, and several wine makers.
What We Expect
Have a good time and be good guests. We will do whatever we can to help.
Just leave the apartment reasonably neat, which helps us keep the cleaning fee lowest in town.
The photos provide a closer look at the Annex and the surrounding community.
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Member since: 2014
- On floor 1
- 660 sq. ft.
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- DVD Player:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Outdoor Grill:
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- cleaning $40
- Refundable Damage Deposit $50
- Tax Rate 6%
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Murphys is the center of Calaveras County's wine production, with more than 25 small wineries or wine shops nearby, plus easy access to mountain recreation. We are between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, about 2 hours in either direction.
Wine tasting, touring and shopping are available year round.
We are close to good golf courses just downhill, mountain scenery uphill, and Yosemite National Park is about two hours South.
Every season is different, and Spring and early summer offer wildflowers along hiking trails and near town. Irish Days and the Frog Jump (county fair) are major Spring events.
Summer is peak season for tourists as people come to enjoy Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Lake Alpine, and hiking the high Sierra. Numerous music venues and festivals are held throughout the summer.
Fall provides easy access to high mountain color.
Winter closes the mountain pass above Murphys, but opens the ski season at Bear Valley. Downhill, cross country, snow shoeing, and snowmobiling are all available.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: We retired to Calaveras County ten years ago, originally to an isolated cabin in the mountains. Eventually we settled in Murphys because we love its feeling of community. We also enjoy the easy access to the mountains for hiking and skiing, great places to eat (our hobby) and musical events. Many of our friends are musicians, outdoors people and volunteers for a number of good causes. We spend time working as volunteers for non-profit organizations. Both of us are docents at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, lead guided walks summer and winter and help raise money for educational programs. We support the local Habitat for Humanity projects and follow our grandchildren's sports , Scout and school activities. For the past two years a lot of our time has involved planning, directing or doing the renovation of the Stone Annex and our home next door. We have been blessed by support from friends, craftsmen, and the community.
Why the Owner Chose Murphys, CA, USA:
We settled in Murphys because it was a perfect fit for us after visiting in the area for almost 30 years, and the weather is near-perfect. Our property came on the market just as we sold our former home in Sacramento, and we decided we were not afraid of the challenge of renovating two houses. We also were really interested in bringing back a historical property where people could live, or visit, in comfort and safety. Affordable housing is in short supply here.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Good neighbors. Good friends. Good food. Good climate. Close to everything we enjoy.
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New queen bed, extra pillows for comfort
Bear Valley Ski Area is 38 miles away
The Murphys Hotel, the heart of downtown and Main Street Murphys.
Living room, with fold-out Futon for extra guests.
A recliner in the living room.
Mini-kitchen has supplies and counter top appliances.
A small outdoor area is wrapped in grape vines.
Art is everywhere.
Chef Rob offers great cuisine at Rob's Place. Lots of good places to eat.
The city park offers kids a place to play safely in water while parents picnic.
Spring scene along 6 mile Road near Ironstone Winery.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park is just a short drive away.
The Stone Annex
Cross country skiing near Camp Connell.
Irish Days in Murphys March 21, 2015
Oldtimers' Museum offers free tours on Saturdays
Small desk doubles as a dressing table, and a large closet on the left.
The bathroom has extra towels.
Looking from the kitchen, bath on left and bedroom on right.
Main Street shops offer variety from tea to wine to craft beer to handbags.
Newsome-Harlow Winery on Main Street, one of many great tasting rooms.
Murphys Park and gazebo: center of community activities including free music.
Jumping Frogs of Calaveras rest in front of the Village Toy Store.
Giant Sequoias located just up the road from Murphys.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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