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Do & See
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Arnold, California

Bucolic beauty envelops the small, unincorporated town of Arnold, California. Resting at the center of the 400-mile Sierra Nevada mountain range, Arnold is a breath, sigh, and smile of fresh air. Testaments to this are the mild summer temperatures, a close proximity to stunning natural wonders, and the overall seclusion of Arnold’s favored attractions.

Facts

3,843
911
Most stores are open daily from 9am to 9pm, or later. Most bars and clubs close around 2am.
Greater Arnold Business Association
Arnold, CA
+1 209 795 4222

The City

Located in southeastern California in Calaveras County, Arnold is located fewer than four hours from Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks and fewer than three hours from Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and the San Francisco Bay area.

Arnold is named after Bob and Bernice Arnold, who opened the Ebbetts Pass Inn in 1927 to provide lodgings for travelers of Ebbetts Pass, for which it is named. Although Ebbetts Pass is not as frequently-traveled these days, it is registered as a California Historical Landmark and is a National Scenic Byway traveled by visitors wishing to take in its breathtaking views.

Prior to the opening of the inn, which began an era of tourism to Arnold, its main source of industry was logging. The first logging mill opened in the 1860s and logging remained the primary industry for 100 years. Prior to European colonization, the area was home to several Native American Indian tribes, including the Paiute.

Do & See

Mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and caves are just a few of the natural wonders that offer outdoor adventure to visitors of Arnold. There is also a wealth of activities in the nearby towns of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. California is also home to several wineries that offer tastings daily as well as historic sites celebrating its Gold Rush heritage.
Ebbett's Pass
Ebbett's Pass is a National Scenic Byway that covers 61 miles of Highways 4 and 89. Enjoy spectacular views as you drive along the Sierra Nevada mountains. Be sure to pack your camera as sightings of bald eagles are not unheard of, in addition to volcanic peaks, sparkling alpine lakes, verdant meadows, and more.
Sierra Nevada Logging Museum
Visitors can experience the history of the logging industry in the Sierra Nevada as it evolved from its inception in the 1800s. Its history extends to before the discovery of gold until present day, allowing for a wealth of knowledge. Become versed in the local cultural, environmental, and even economic impact of the logging communities nestled along the Sierra Nevada, a region alive with history.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Giant sequoia trees and mixed conifer forests draw countless nature enthusiasts each year. Calaveras has been a State Park since 1931, when it became apparent that the beautiful North Grove needed preserving. The Grove features the wondrous "Discovery Tree" (also known as the "Big Stump"). which was the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. Guided tours are offered on Saturdays.
Stanislaus National Forest
Stanislas National Forest, located fewer than two miles from Arnold, is nature at its most pristine. Camping, fishing, and traveling along the Stanislaus River are quite popular. People also take to hiking and horseback riding as additional activities.
Wineries
There are several wineries in Calaveras County and in Northern California, many of them located just off of Scenic State Highway 4. Wine tasting tours are available. Excitation awaits your palate at the Foothills, where wine is always in season.
California Cavern
Originally named Mammoth Cave, California Cavern has been a popular attraction in Calaveras County since 1850. They specialize in 1-hour walking tours and caving expeditions through California's longest cave system. Tours are milder than the expeditions, which vary in difficulty and length.
Columbia State Historic Park
Take a trip back in time to California's Gold Rush era with a half hour drive from Arnold to Columbia, where the business district has been preserved. Travel back in time to the 1850s, where miners jostled with entrepreneurs and town residents. Ride a 100 year-old stagecoach, pan for gold, and explore the working businesses of Columbia, California.
Goldrush Originals
Find out why Americans made the westward trek to California when you learn to pan for gold yourself. You and your group will be supplied with all the tools you'll need to pan, as well as teach you the ancient method. Prospecting is certainly an adventure to be shared among the masses.
White Pines Lake and Park
White Pines Park and Lake, adjacent to the town of Arnold on scenic Ebbett's Pass, provide families with a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities. The lake itself is quite the hidden gem: plan a picnic by the lakeside for a lazy Sunday. For those seeking an active weekend, take to White Pines Community Park for BBQs, paths, a playground, a group area, a beach, and a softball field.
Arnold Rim Trail
Hike, mountain bike or ride horseback through the Sierra Nevada Mountains utilizing this trail system that continues to grow to connect the communities along Ebbett's Pass. Discover the stunning vistas and panoramic views of Mt. Diablo in the East Bay Area, to snowy Mt. Lyell on the eastern slopes of the Sierras near Yosemite. Descend into canyons of streams and enjoy the shade of cedar, pine, fir, and oak forests.
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Rides on steam locomotives are available on the weekends, and guided and self-guided tours help you explore the shops and roundhouse. They have been in continuous operation since 1897. Come and explore the home of the "Movie Star Locomotive" Sierra No. 3.
Mercer Caverns
A magnificent part of California natural history since its discovery in 1885, Mercer Caverns is home to a wealthy variety of natural cave formations. Visitors are invited to take a tour of the Caverns and view a variety of stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, columns, flowstone, helictites, and soda straws. Gaze upon delicate aragonite crystal formations at one of the cavern's deepest points, for which Mercer Caverns won a Grand Prize at the 1900 Paris World Exposition.
Moaning Cavern Adventure Park
Take a guided tour of Moaning Cavern or get a rush from the rope rappel or caving adventures. Zip lines, climbing and searching for gold and gemstones are other activities offered. Embark on an underground walking tour, or race to the top of a 32-foot tall custom climbing tower with 10 routes and an automatic belay system.

Dining

Most people probably would not expect to find such variety in the cuisine of Arnold and Calaveras County. However, it is quite the contrary. You can find everything from a small casual diner in one of the town's historic districts, to upscale dining establishments with kitchens run by nationally-renowned chefs.
Giant Burger
This family-owned restaurant gives you just what you would expect: giant burgers served up with all the fixings. An Arnold tradition for decades, Giant Burger features both breakfast and lunch menus. Each is served with your choice of delicious shakes, malts, floats, or hot chocolate. After your meal, enjoy a soft served cone.
Arnold Chinese Restaurant
Visitors can indulge in their favorite Chinese dishes knowing they are reasonably-priced and freshly-prepared. Arnold Chinese Restaurant is a family-run establishment, ensuring a family-friendly environment for all. Beer and wine are available upon request.
Round Table Pizza
Round Table Pizza uses dough prepared fresh every day in each of its locations throughout the western United States. Along with traditional pizza favorites, they also serve "Premium Specialty Pizzas," "Create Your Own Pizzas," "Artisan Flatbreads," appetizers, fresh salads and sandwiches. Weekly specials are offered on menus.
Sarafina's Italian Kitchen
Sarafina's is always packed and for good reason. Their dishes live up to the standards of even the most discerning lover of Italian cuisine. Fine dine in a casual setting to a menu of homemade classics like pasta, chicken, veal, steak, and seafood.
Big Trees Market & Deli
Big Trees is a grocer with a deli and bakery with sandwiches, hot food, and baked goods prepared daily. Browse through an enticing selection of fine cheeses before exploring their full-service meat and fish counter. They also boast of some of the finest wines in Calaveras.
Snowshoe Brewing Company
In addition to its primary and specialty beers, Snowshoe Brewing Company's restaurant serves a varied menu and offers take and bake pizza. Select from a menu showcasing a variety of appetizers, salads and main course entrees, from prime rib to nachos. Buffalo wings, rib baskets, potato skins, and calamari strips are appetizer features. Burgers and sandwiches highlight the "Big Trees Burger" (served on grilled Parmesan bread with grilled onions), the Cajun and Teriyaki sandwiches, and Mexican grill specialties. Check out their vegetarian menu as well.

Cafes

Each of the area's cafes has a personality all its own. Arnold does this well, allowing all visitors to find a cafe that closely matches their own taste. Some places are bustling breakfast joints while others are small, quiet shops focusing on artful coffee roasts.
Bristol's Ranch House Cafe
For a great, hearty breakfast before a day of hiking, Bristol's is definitely the place to go. Favorites for adults include the corned beef hash and chicken fried steak. Kids look to fun plates like the Mickey Mouse pancakes.
Ironstone Vineyards
If you get hungry while you are on your tour of the winery or visiting the Heritage Museum, Ironstone Vineyards has a deli that is open for lunch every day. From their grand location, Ironstone serves gourmet sandwiches, delicious daily specials, garden fresh salads, homemade desserts and more. The 42-foot tall fireplace adds a touch of heritage class to every meal and glass of wine enjoyed.
Bistro Espresso
Bistro Espresso is a great place to stop for a quick cup of coffee when shopping at the market. Free WiFi complements each cup of Joe while you're here, and the frappes are a local favorite. Warm baked goods are made fresh daily.
Gold Country Roasters
Gold Country Roasters roasts all of its coffee onsite, and if you miss it when you return home you can order it online. From espresso drinks, brewed coffee, and frappes, to tea, fruit smoothies, and locally made baked goods, Gold Country certainly has it all. Premium chocolate confections are there for your sweet tooth, too.
Lila & Sage Cake & Catering Co.
Cupcakes and other baked treats can be paired with an espresso beverage. Lila and Sage's Cupcake Store is a winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. They can personalize the perfect cake for any occasion.
Pickle Patch
A favorite local lunch spot in San Andreas serving homemade sandwiches, soups, salads. Breakfast is also served. They were voted the "Best of Calaveras" by the readers of the Calaveras Enterprise.
Alchemy Market and Winebar
Alchemy Cafe serves lunch and dinner 6 days a week. Enjoy an extensive and unique menu that boasts one of the largest beer selections in the Sierra Foothills.

Bars & Nightlife

In this mountain town, nights are meant for quiet reflection of the day. Tranquil natural settings are a consistent theme throughout the establishments. While there are a few bars in the area, none of them keep particularly late hours.
CAMPS Bar
Elegant dining by day, social hub at night. CAMPS restaurant comes fitted with a well-stocked bar, live music, and even dancing on the weekends. It has become the quite the "regional destination," impressing laymen and connoisseurs with their vibrant bar, stout list of local wines, eleven beers on tap, and signature cocktails. Wear your spurs and get a free beer.
Sky High Pizza and Pub
The name does not lie. Sky High Pizza and Pub is located at 7,100 feet, where patrons have a whole new perspective on delicious food and good times. In addition to a menu of pizza and Mexican cuisine, Sky High has an assortment of cocktails and draft beers.
V Restaurant, Bar & Bistro
Michael and Melissa Ninos invite guests to the upscale, yet approachable experience of V. The menus flow with the seasons and fresh ingredients, while menus of cocktails, wine, and beer are sure to please any palate. Enjoy a piece of European class in beautiful California.
St. Charles Saloon
The St. Charles Saloon has a history extending back to 1861 - stop in to get a feel for an old-time wild west saloon. The Saloon has hot dogs, nachos, sarsaparilla, soft drinks, and most importantly, billiards.
Diamondback Grill Wine Bar
Adjacent to the Diamondback Grill and located in a Gold Rush era building, the wine bar offers a robust selection of local California wines. Find a varied flight of wine that is paired with the perfect morsel. They even hold tasting events with winery representatives and tasting classes.
Snowshoe Brewing Company
In addition to its primary and specialty beers, Snowshoe Brewing Company's restaurant serves a varied menu and offers take and bake pizza. Select from a menu showcasing a variety of appetizers, salads and main course entrees, from prime rib to nachos. Buffalo wings, rib baskets, potato skins, and calamari strips are appetizer features. Burgers and sandwiches highlight the "Big Trees Burger" (served on grilled Parmesan bread with grilled onions), the Cajun and Teriyaki sandwiches, and Mexican grill specialties. Check out their vegetarian menu as well.
Zucca Mountain Vineyards
Zucca Mountain Vineyards comes highly recommended for those seeking fine wines, especially Italian varietals. The tasting room is rustic and warm, with friendly staff and owners.

Shopping

Leave the crowded shopping malls in the big cities. In Arnold and the other towns of Calaveras County, you will find small shops run by friendly locals. Everything from clothing and jewelry to works of art may be found.
Marisolio Tasting Bar
Sample award-winning olive oils produced by Mary Lou Schuster from organic olives grown in her own orchard. Customers are given the unique opportunity to savor 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils, whole fruit and herb fused olive oils, as well as balsamic vinegars from select artisans. Marisolio is located from the Historic Murphys Hotel.
Fine Things
Fine Things is a gift shop operated by two friends that specializes in unique and artistic gifts. Find a diverse selection of jewelry, home decor, and gifts that inspire. Whether quirky or conventional, you'll find it here.
Buchanan's Wellness Boutique & Art Gallery
Ceramic art created by CMT Racheal Dillon Buchanan is for sale as well as paintings by local artist Peggy Huth. The center also sells wellness products for the body and soul. Where else can you be pampered while shopping?
William Poulson Studios
Glass art, including stained glass murals, and various styles of furniture built from a mix of materials created by local artists William Poulson and Bobbette Budworth. They seek to reflect the vivacity of Arnold's mountain community, whether for your home or office. Come curious, leave inspired.
Arnold's Clothing & Boot Co.
Arnold Clothing is the local supplier of popular brands like Carhartt, Timberland and Redwing. They have become a premier boutique for menswear: now men have a destination for all their adventure-wear needs. In addition to the aforementioned brands, Arnold Clothing offers Jersey, Izod, Ultra Club, Fruit of the Loom,, Levis, Dockers, and Sierra Pacific.

Ebbett's Pass Sporting Goods
Anything you might need to enjoy the outdoors of Calaveras County, including ski and snowboard rentals and fishing gear. They are a full-line sporting goods store, providing everything from ping pong balls to tennis rackets, carrying major brands.
Sierra Nevada Adventure Co. & Gear Rentals
Rent or buy products for all types of summer and winter outdoor recreational activities, like skiing, kayaking, climbing and hiking. SNAC Arnold extends its weekend hours during the winter to accommodate visitors of the Bear Valley Ski Resort. This ensures that all of your downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and trail skiing needs are met.
The Rusty Knife
The Rusty Knife specializes in sharpening blades used by hunters and professionals in all crafts. They also have a selection of high-end cutlery and firearms for sale. The Rusty Knife is indeed fine cutlery.
The Spice Tin
You may finally be able to give up your search for that special spice when you walk through the doors of The Spice Tin. In addition to a large variety of spices from around the world, they sell special spice blends. Bring something new and exciting home to your kitchen.
Firefall Jewelers
Firefall Jewelers is a locally-owned jewelry boutique where you can find one of a kind pieces. Wedding sets, designer collections, time pieces, ladies' and men's jewelry, and more are found. Repairs are also performed onsite.

Tourist Information

Airport
Modesto City-County Airport

Modesto City-County Airport (MOD) in Modesto, California is 73 miles from Arnold. MOD receives flights from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. United Airlines (SkyWest) currently offers round-trip flights to San Francisco (SFO) daily. Ground transportation to and from MOD is offered through car rental companies Hertz and Avis, with some hotels offering a shuttle service to registered guests. Taxi operators and limousine services may be summoned via telephone near the baggage claim area in the terminal.

Public Transport
Arnold is accessible via the Calaveras Transit, which provides bus routes throughout Calaveras County. Public transportation services are Monday through Friday, with the exception of observed federal holidays. The regional service connects all Calaveras County communities with out-of-county destinations, such as Jackson and Sonora.
Taxi
Murphys Taxi Service
+1 209 795 7777
www.murphystaxi.com

49er Cab
+1 209 984 3333
www.official49ercab.com
Post
United States Postal Service
Pharmacy
Meadowmont Pharmacy
Telephone
Country code: +1
Area code: 209
Time Zone
Arnold is located in the Pacific time zone, and all times are reflected in Pacific time.
Electricity
110-volt requiring a two-pronged plug. Transformers are sold at most major electronics and retail stores.

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