Murphys, Ca

Written by Michael Federico
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Murphys, CA is often called, "the heart of the mother lode region." It is an historic gold mining town located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. Many of its historical sites are still intact, paying tribute to those who helped settle California during the 1849 rush.

People come to Murphys each year to take in the lush scenery that seems to only exist in the Pacific Northwest. The mountain air provides a cool, clean alternative to the often hot, smog-ridden summer air most city dwellers are used to breathing. The setting is also perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, and almost any other outdoor pursuit.

Entertainment in Murphys, CA

While Murphys shares many aspects with other mountain getaways, its entertainment and leisure activities help set it apart from most. Fine salons, restaurants, and art galleries dot the landscape. It is also home to the Black Bart Theater that hosts the Wild and Scenic Film Festival each year. Movies that celebrate the region's animal and plant life are often featured. It is considered to be a great festival for children to attend, because it is both educational and entertaining at the same time.

One of the town's other major draws is the Murphys Creek Theatre. This company produces an outdoor festival, Theatre Under the Stars, from June to September. People can enjoy picnics and sip on fine wine amidst the mountain scenery while they take in full-scale theatrical productions. It is difficult to imagine a more perfect setting for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dreamor As You Like It.


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