Spring Fling in Murphys!

photo courtesy of Ironstone Vineyards

The 2020 Spring Fling is taking us to the historic gold country for a wonderful “Woodies and Wildflowers” weekend!  Join your fellow ACBS members on April 3rd, 4th & 5th for a memorable weekend in Murphys, CA in Calavares County.

The weekend starts on Friday, April 3rd at Ironstone Winery and Vineyards where history and wine meet.  Get there as soon as you can as the festivities will begin early in the afternoon.  There will be tours of the wine caves, wine tasting, a private tour and history of Gold in Calavares County, a tour of the gardens with thousands of tulips and daffodils, and a raucous party with Brush & Paint whose motto is “A little wine, a little paint, a lotta fun”!

At 5 o’clock we all gather around the outside amphitheater for our own informal car show, wine tasting, appetizers and member Chuck Kelly’s Famous Crab Feed.  Dinner will include salad, pasta, bread & crab with all the fixings in the upstairs dining room at Ironstone.  Be aware that we cannot bring our own wine to Ironstone.

Saturday, we will give you ample time to wake up, maybe take a leisurely walk through town or just catch an extra hour of sleep.  We will me at a to be designated spot and time for a drive through the beautiful countryside planned by President Don Leutz and his wife, Sylvia.  The wild flowers should make the drive special.  We will have lunch at some point to be determined and then return to the hotel.  After the drive we have purposely allowed a few hours of no planned activities for members to enjoy the Town of Murphys.  Dinner will be at Outer Aisle Restaurant with our own private room and bar with terrific foods, many sourced from their own one acre garden.  We can bring wine to this event and there will be a corkage fee.  The restaurant is located across the street from the Murphys Suites Hotel where we have a block of rooms reserved.

Sunday morning we will be back at Ironstone for our Board Meeting at a yet to be determined hour.  All members are welcome to attend.  Breakfast will be on your own, but keep in mind that Ironstone has many great offerings for both breakfast and lunch in their Deli.

In the meantime, make your reservations now at Murphys Suites, just a little out of town where we have a room block.  They have a pool, hot tub and free breakfast.  Call them at 209-728-2121 and be sure to tell them to include you in the ACBS room block.

If you wish to stay in town, the historic Murphys Hotel is located smack dab in the middle of town.  They don’t accept room blocks, but give them a call to make reservations there if you prefer.  It’s a fun place that is a former stage coach stop with a great bar and fun atmosphere.  Call them at 209-728-3444.

And, there are lots of other nearby choices as well so feel free to check them out.

There will be more specifics when plans are finalized towards the end of January, so check back here often so you can sign up.