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Things to do in Arnold

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
State / Provincial Park
“Calaveras Big Trees is an hour and a half from the Tiny House. The walk amongst the trees is amazing.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“A casual and cozy Italian joint that serves up the usual pastas and meat dishes. The wine list is just ok, but they only charge $12 for corkage. A great place for families but the place is pretty small, so reservations are recommended.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This restaurant is under new management as of winter 2019. We haven’t had a chance to try it, but the updated menu looks promising.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Just one mile outside of Arnold, White Pines is a great place for fishing, hiking, beach time, or a picnic.  It’s a small and beautiful high country lake with beaches, picnic tables, a children’s playground and disc golf course. This lake can be the center of your entire day and is also a great spot to start your hike along the Arnold Rim Trail, or visit the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A good spot for eat-in breakfast or a quick smoothie to go. They also have ice cream! In the summertime they have concerts on the back lawn and Taco Tuesdays. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Museum
“Located next to White Pine Lake in Arnold. This Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving the history of logging in the Sierra Nevada region”
  • 18 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Great place for a burgers, fries, & shakes. Try a patty melt or onion rings too and in the Fall ask for an apple shake!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We are consistently blown away with the meals we’ve had at Dogwood. This is one of the best restaurants in the area and they have a decent wine list too. If you are looking for something a bit more upscale this is the place to go. Reservations are recommended.”
  • 11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Choice of in lounge Bar Menu or Fine Dining in the beautiful dining room. If it's summer, enjoy dining al fresco.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“El Vaquero offers traditional Mexican dishes, and is a great place to enjoy a quick beer and burrito on the patio, or bring the whole family in for dinner. The staff is super friendly and all the meals we’ve had here have been delicious. It's also kid-friendly with several kid menu options.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Sporting Goods Shop
“Stores in Sonora, Murphys and Arnold (you can rent gear at the Arnold location for outdoor adventures)”
  • 12 locals recommend
Food
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“Good for inexpensive snack foods or non-perishable items (toiletries, detergents, soaps, toys, even cheap shirts or sweatshirts - if you forget sweater! :) ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“A real local’s spot with typical (but decent) bar food. Killer Bloody Marys. The owner is wonderful and has coloring books and a basket of toys for the kids to choose from. Even when the full kitchen isn't open, they can offer sandwiches and hot dog/chili dogs.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Distance: 10.5 miles one way, hiking trail Elevation Changes: approx. several hundred feet The Arnold Rim Trail currently runs from White Pines Lake west to Sheep Ranch Road near Avery. The trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The trail makes a great day hike for anyone visiting White Pines Lake near Arnold. You can hike out the trail as far as you like, whether a quarter mile or ten, and then head back.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
“Lots to see and do for the whole family. Located adjacent to White Pines Lake and one of the many Arnold Rim Trailheads.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Store
“Well stocked sporting goods store for hiking and skiing needs, including ski rentals in winter. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“A casual and cozy Italian joint that serves up the usual pastas and meat dishes. The wine list is just ok, but they only charge $12 for corkage. A great place for families but the place is pretty small, so reservations are recommended.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Brewery
“This restaurant is under new management as of winter 2019. We haven’t had a chance to try it, but the updated menu looks promising.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Great place for a burgers, fries, & shakes. Try a patty melt or onion rings too and in the Fall ask for an apple shake!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We are consistently blown away with the meals we’ve had at Dogwood. This is one of the best restaurants in the area and they have a decent wine list too. If you are looking for something a bit more upscale this is the place to go. Reservations are recommended.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“El Vaquero offers traditional Mexican dishes, and is a great place to enjoy a quick beer and burrito on the patio, or bring the whole family in for dinner. The staff is super friendly and all the meals we’ve had here have been delicious. It's also kid-friendly with several kid menu options.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“A real local’s spot with typical (but decent) bar food. Killer Bloody Marys. The owner is wonderful and has coloring books and a basket of toys for the kids to choose from. Even when the full kitchen isn't open, they can offer sandwiches and hot dog/chili dogs.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A good place for take-out just down the hill if you don't feel like cooking!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Good place for breakfast. Western Americana decor. Open 6am-2 pm (closed Wednesdays)”
  • 3 locals recommend

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