Murphy's is a little town in the Sierra Foothills that is perfect for a weekend getaway. The Calavaras redwoods are just up the road, with nice little towns for shopping along the way. Further up the road is a ski area. There are many foothill wineries around Murphys, including the beautiful Ironstone property. The one road town has a number of little restaurants and shops.
We had always made day trips to Murphys, in large part because we would make a last minute decision and everything in the little town was booked. This time we planned ahead and booked into the Dunbar House. We were not disappointed.
The B & B is an old, restored lumber/mining baron home that sits on a side street just off the main drag. The grounds are beautiful and nicely manicured with flowers, arbors, lawn chairs, and a hammock or two. The bird feeders attract many birds. The house itself is shaded by large trees.
We had an upstairs room with a small balcony overlooking the street. The room was nicely furnished and very clean; someone put a lot of time and attention into it and it showed. Ditto for the large bath and shower. Breakfast was delivered to the room and we ate on our balcony. The downstairs area was filled with antiques, and there was always some kind of food (cookies) or drink (tea, wine) available. The staff were friendly and attentive.
All in all, this was one of the nicer B & B's at which we have stayed. We plan to stay there again the next time we are in the mood to go up the hill. The only negative -- and this is a small one -- is that the main drag through town can be a parking lot on weekends and when the motorcycle riders come through town it can be noisy. This is an inherent issue with all of the Foothill towns and those of us who visit there just have to deal with it.
I should also add that even though most of the rooms in the house were filled, it was pretty quiet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our AAA 4 diamond B&B has 5 cozy Victorian King or Queen guest rooms with private bath/showers. Cedar & Sequoia each have a 2 person Jacuzzi, and in-room or private patio dining. Each room has a Norwegian gas burning stove, Direct TV, flat screen TV with an available DVD collection, personal amenities, and a private refrigerator provisioned with bottled water & beer, appetizer plate and a complimentary bottle of local wine. Fresh baked cookies daily. Enjoy our full country breakfast in our charming dining room or in our beautiful gardens. Plan your romantic getaway today! ... more less