Calaveras County Travel

Calaveras County is known for its rolling foothills in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, its gold diggings and mines during the California gold rush days, and growing tourism as travelers seek to connect with the past.

With only two cities in Calaveras County, Murphys and Angeles Camp, and a new development in an old gold town, Copperopolis, you can just see where this rush is going to occur in years to come. With scenic hills, lots of land to grow and build homes, and newcomers flocking to the region to get away from the big cities, it is possible that Calaveras County will become one of the new California places to live in future decades.. 

For now, Calaveras County is best known as an escape for the L.A. and Bay Area crowd who come to places such as charming Murphys with Ironstone Vineyards featuring expansive grounds, a gift shop, museum, tours, and events such as top name acts in summer concerts.

Angels Camp is the biggest city in the county, and the trend toward young and contemporary is can just feel it when you stop by a Starbucks or Rite-Aid store at a new strip shopping mall. While old-timers grit their teeth and sigh, the gold rush towns that run through several counties along Highway 49 in California, are all heading the same direction.

Copperopolis is an example of a Calaveras County destination that's looking quite upscale. While some of the crumbling buildings of the gold rush have been shored up with new materials, Copperopolis's newest development, Town Square with Saddle Creek Resort, was decades in the planning and building, according to investors who have worked for years to see the project to fruition. Opened during a several year period, there's a golf course, luxury town homes, and some suites you can rent on the property. A far cry from the crumbling hotels the gold country once knew, these new granite countertop properties are exactly what tourists seek and are willing to pay a few hundred dollars per night to enjoy.

Absolutely beautiful, the downside for the majority of Californians looking to invest in country living is the weather in the foothills. Very warm summers give way to cool winters, with both air conditioning and heating in order. While the communities and few cities of Calaveras County cope with weekend and summer traffic on their small roads as tourists flock to get away from the city, the interest in this region will create a renaissance of development and influx of residents in decades to come. Growth has been relatively slow and controlled, but the success of upscale projects with golf courses (two now--Greenhorn and Saddle Creek), show that tasteful projects offer more options for tourists and locals. The one thing that has kept California Gold Country from yielding higher revenues are the accommodations. There aren't many, and those that exist are of varying quality. But that's all changing, as seen in Calaveras County cities and towns such as Murphys with several recently-built mid-range hotels, Angels Camp with a golf resort, and Copperopolis, also with a golf resort.

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