murphys

Our trips are typically day trips or weekend adventures.  Simple and enjoyable escapes.  The goals for our journeys are always the same: 

Bonding with each other and enjoy natural wonders of Food and Nature. Being present in the Moment is the key to the these adventures.

What you will find with us, as with our whole site, is a non-stop pursuit of clean eating and clean living. The principals are that nothing enters our bodies or our minds without a purpose. The things that don’t enter our bodies are Sugar, Gluten/Grains, Glyphosate or anything not organically grown or organically processed.

On to our afternoon in Murphy’s….

60 miles from Stockton and you are in an amazing little community in the foothills of the Sierra’s.  Murphy’s is alive with art galleries and live theater, eclectic shops, fine restaurants, charming hotels and B&B’s, and 25 wineries on the main street. Click here to read more about the history behind this gold mining town.  

Key things to do in an afternoon in Murphy’s:

Stop 1:

A stroll on Main Street.  A few block stretch of shops, wineries and restaurants. Creek running on the back side of the street…amazing setting.  We walked up and down the main street and enjoyed the sights and sounds..but the stop we are highlighting is the Marisolio Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Bar.

Marisolios

This was a great experience. Super friendly staff and amazing tasting experience.  We jumped from vat to vat of taste explosions. It was a super fun 30 minutes and we purchased a bottle of the Neapolitan Herb Dark Balsamic and the Traditional Balsamic 18 years aged… Absolutely yummy…other ones we liked as well and will be returning to buy are the Green Apple, Fig and White Peach (especially now that we have discovered their use in sparkling water drinks).

The costs were reasonable..and when compared to buying a bottle of wine, for basically the same costs we have 750ml bottle of amazing balsamic that will last us weeks on our salads, as marinades, in sparkling water drinks and so much more.

Stop 2: Down Main Street a bit further you turn down Algiers Street and you will find a small log cabin store called The Spice Tin. Just take a moment to stop at the doorway and breath in the aroma of fresh spices and seasonings. As soon as you enter you see walls and shelves filled with neatly labeled spice mixes. They also carry homemade mustards, marinades, hot sauces and accessories. The ladies are friendly, knowledgeable…and grind and mix up all the spices themselves.

spice tin

Don’t forget to sample Mary Anne Howard’s homemade mustards from her Murphy’s Mustard Company. She is a wealth of knowledge about the town and makes you feel happier after meeting her. Our favorite of her mustards is the Foothill’s Fire – but be warned it has a bit of a bite!  

Stop 3: 

old timers museumAnother place you won’t want to miss is the Murphy’s Old Timers Museum – Brings you back to the roots of California’s development during the Gold Rush era and the battles to gain and settle this land. It is filled with photos, memorabilia, letters, and artifacts from gold miners, immigrants and settlers. Such an amazing place to learn about our country’s beginnings.

 

Stop 4:

The next stop was Dinner:  I almost hate telling you all about this next place because this is our absolute favorite place to eat…Farm to Fork Goodness like you don’t taste often.  The Outer Aisle Restaurant and Market.  Right on Highway 4 as you enter Murphy’s.. Can be easy to miss but it shares a parking lot with  hotel.  

outer aisle

The Menu is created from all organic ingredients grown in their organic garden out back .. We chose some amazing things: 2 flavored Kombucha’s orange and blueberry, a starter soup made from summer squash, cauliflower (our favorite!!) and cumin, a fresh greens and vegetables salad with balsamic dressing, and their famous juicy and flavorful grass-fed burgers on a gluten free buns… WOW.  Simple and delicious.

Be present and feel your body from the inside out as it enjoy’s this treat. Great atmosphere, super friendly staff. Live music on Thursdays and Fridays.

If you do nothing else, drive to Murphy’s and try this restaurant.  We felt amazing after the meal.. Natural goodness nourishes you in a way that you don’t feel in most dining experiences!

Stop 5:

The last stop was a local natural foods market to take foods home for the rest of the week. Sierra Hills Market found at 117 Highway 4.  

Sierra Hills Market
Sierra Hills Market

Great selection of fresh produce, grass fed meats (even healthy hot dogs!), and lots of interesting products. If there is a vitamin or supplement you can’t find – they likely have it there. Two aisles filled with everything you can think of to heal or help your body get healthier. Best of all the staff is very friendly and helpful.

Other things to go do and see:

  • Visit a Day Spa – there are a few to choose from downtown
  • Go to the Calaveras Frog Jump or Wine Stomp
  • Visit Mercer Moaning Caverns, Big Trees or go white water rafting
  • Take a leisure bike ride through the gold country
  • Schedule a wine tasting tour

Best of all – Visit Ironstone Vineyards and listen to one of their concerts! We are excited that we will be visiting Murphy’s again in July to see Darius Rucker in concert. If you haven’t already heard, their concert series is one of the top in the area. 

ironstone

The winery was built to look like a gold mill and has gold mining artifacts and pictures throughout the place and in their own museum. You can also take a hike through their 14 acres of gardens, wine aging caverns or culinary kitchen. We will write another article after the concert to share all we did there.

We will be back..Each of the above stops are now on our personal favorites lists.
Enjoy life and take time out to explore.. This trip took us a grand total of 6-7 hours and felt like we had a big escape!  As with everything, being present and in the moment is vital.. Ditch your phones and focus on the experience.  

Present moment awareness is a gift to give yourself.