Murphys is the Gold Country's most compact, orderly town, with enough shops and restaurants to keep families busy for at least a half day, and more than 20 tasting rooms within walking distance. To learn about the full lineup, drop by the Calaveras Wine Alliance's visitor center, whose staffers are good at pairing visitors with the right space, in some case providing discount passes. A well-preserved hamlet of white-picket fences and Victorian houses, Murphys exhibits an upscale vibe. Horatio Alger, Ulysses S. Grant, and other celebs passed through here, staying at what's now called the Murphys Historic Hotel & Lodge when they, along with many other 19th-century tourists, came to investigate the giant sequoia groves in nearby Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
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