- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
In the midst of California’s charming Gold Country and spectacular High Sierra is Calaveras County. Here, mountain sports, Gold Rush history and architecture combine with charming downtown shopping and casual culinary excellence. Add to the mix our inspired winemaking and thriving arts and entertainment and the combination makes for a fantastic family adventure destination.
Ranging in altitude from close to sea level in the foothills to more than 8,000-feet at the Sierra crest, Calaveras boasts such diverse ecological and geological landscapes that it’s possible to ski in the morning and play a round of golf in the afternoon. Interesting geology extends well below ground level too, forming three show caves and a natural bridge formation.
Calaveras Holiday Shopping Guide
Alongside our county’s sensory delights and natural attractions is a unique collection of retail shops featuring a wide variety of gifts – from handmade local crafts to everything you need for your next outdoor adventure. And Calaveras County’s historic downtowns make for a charming, small-town-America shopping experience. With holiday season approaching, we’ve rounded up some suggestions to help you make the most of your Calaveras shopping experience.
November Events & Holiday Celebrations
You might call it the “off” season, but it’s a fantastic time to explore some of the lesser known aspects of New Melones Lake and its environs. This month, take advantage of the following interpretive and recreational programs: All activities are free of charge, and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.
Haunted Calaveras: Where Ghosts of the Gold Rush Sleep
With a rich history dating back to the 1800’s, it’s no wonder Calaveras County has a few resident ghosts that have been known to haunt some popular visitor spots. Looking to have a paranormal experience? Following are the top haunts in Calaveras and a little bit about the spirits that people have reported to encounter at each location.