Ironstone Vineyard

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IMG_5305Today we set out to visit Calaveras Big Trees State Park in the town of Arnold, but when we arrived at the entrance gate we were turned away. Turns out we weren’t the only people thinking a visit to the park was a good idea. We, and all the others arriving when we did were told that the park was at capacity and we could come back at 3:00. Well, that wasn’t going to work for us and so away we drove, feeling disappointed. We decided that a stop and in the delightful town of Murphys on our way home was in order. With fabulous restaurants, art galleries, shops and wine tasting…what’s not to love? While in Murphys, we stopped at Ironstone Winery and walked the glorious garden trails.

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IMG_5323We thoroughly enjoyed meandering along the trails, taking notice of the incredible beauty at every turn. Not a bad trade off at all; in fact, quite lovely.IMG_5322

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IMG_5333 A wedding area! Isn’t it beautiful with all of the white impatiens and chairs against the gorgeous green background? IMG_5318

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IMG_5336The grounds are planted with hundreds of azaleas and rhododendrons. Just imagine these trails in the spring when all of the blossoms are bursting. We’ll surely be back then to see that spectacular display! And in the meantime, we’ll try another day to visit Big Trees State Park.

 

2 thoughts on “Ironstone Vineyard”

  1. Thanks for taking us on these walks in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. The green and shady areas look especially cool and appealing to one who’s just lived through her first central Texas summer. It’s still hitting 100 degrees out here and the photos of lakes and shady paths are refreshing.

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