I stayed 4 days at the lodge at Cal Pines. And it’s like stepping back in time. The rooms are very basic but clean and inviting. I travel about 95% of the time for my work so I spend a lot of time in hotels. This place is different for what it does not have. First thing I noticed is how quiet the place is (no noise). Also they don’t have internet in the rooms. At first I thought it might be a deal breaker but I found that I was more relaxed and I did not miss the e-mail leash that much. Also they still give you a key to your room, not one of those confounded credit card things that stop working halfway during your stay electronically locking you out of your room. The room had a view of the lake and a small deck that leads to the lake. A microwave and very spotty cable TV.
Due to the time of year the lodge restaurant and bar has limited hours but I did go to Sunday brunch. I have to say it was great! It starts at 10:00 AM and has eggs, potatoes, biscuits and gravy all the usual breakfast items but also had prime rib and a great Cuban pulled pork dish (very good) also a full salad bar and desert featuring delicious bread pudding made from cinnamon rolls. The most amazing part was the price, I paid under fifteen dollars for the brunch including tip. All in all I have to say I was not expecting much (remember Cal Pines is in the middle of nowhere) but I was pleasantly surprised and will be back when I am in the Alturas area.