Artist Getaway

Trip Details - Murphys 2020


Murphys, originally Murphys New Diggings then Murphy's Camp, is an unincorporated village located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Calaveras County, California, United States. A former gold mining settlement, the main street today is lined with over two dozen wine tasting rooms and surrounded by local vineyards. The town is popular among tourists and transplants from the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Murphys is also known by its colloquial nickname as "Queen of the Sierra" and is one of the more affluent communities in Calaveras County.

Downtown Murphys

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

The Sourgrass Campground on the Stanislaus River  has easy access to these amazing views that are close to the parking area.  This area of the Stanislaus River has been inhabited by Miwuk Indians for more than 2000 years. Early artifacts such as grinding stones and middens have been preserved here.  The Stanislaus is known for its swift rapids and scenic canyons in the upper reaches, and is heavily used for irrigation, hydroelectricity and domestic water supply.

White Pines Lake

White Pines Park and Lake is a lovely spot for a leisurely picnic under towering ponderosa pines. Picnic tables, BBQ rings, children’s playground and volleyball court are available for public use. Bring your canoe or kayak (or rent one in town) and go for a paddle, or take a refreshing dip in the lake on a hot summer afternoon. From here, you can stroll around the lake to the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum, and on to the Arnold Rim Trail, a non-motorized multi-use trail between Avery and Arnold. The trail leads to a viewpoint for San Antonio Falls, a popular tourist spot in the 1860s through the early 1900s. The altitude of the lake is 3880- feet.

Alpine Lake

Lake Alpine, located at an elevation of 7,350-feet, is one of the most picturesque places to spend a summer day. The lake is formed by snow melt, so the water is very cold until well into the summer. There are four campgrounds on Lake Alpine, as well as a restaurant, bar and general store at Lake Alpine Resort, where you can check out the free interpretive programs by local forest rangers and rent canoes, kayaks and fishing boats (or bring your own). You can also rent kayaks, standup paddle boards and bicycles from nearby Bear Valley Cross Country & Adventure Company.

Are you ready for an art trip without instruction?


Join other artists in the Sierra foothills with Artist Getaway! This painting event is for artists of all mediums and abilities. Paint your way, your style in a relaxing setting with artists on vacation.  Sketchers and writers are welcome!


Where:  Murphys, CA

When:   June 7 - 10, 2020

Cost:     $475 single occupancy

              $300 double occupancy


Early Bird Pricing!!  Reserve before April 15 and save $25/person!

             $450 single occupancy

             $275 double occupancy




Stanislaus River, Sourgrass Campground

Calaveras became a State Park in 1931 to preserve the North Grove of giant sequoias. This grove includes the "Discovery Tree", also known as the "Big Stump", the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. This area has been a major tourist attraction ever since, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California. Over the years, other parcels of mixed conifer forests have been added to the park. This amazing park has a huge varitey of habitats and recreational opportunites to explore