We're from San Diego so visiting the northern reaches of California takes some coordination and airline cooperation. After business in Arcata, we headed east to finally explore the Shasta-Trinity and Lassen areas of California. We made the McCloud Mercantile Hotel our home-base. This is no bric-a-brac, doily-filled B&B (thank goodness!). The Hotel has been lovingly restored and decorated. As soon as you climb the broad, wide staircase into the Hotel and see the William Morris (?) inspired wallpaper, you know this is going to be a special place. We stayed in the Minnesota Room - it was easily 3X as big as we expected from the pictures on the website! The finishes are well done - from the wide-plank hardwood floors to the awesome waterfall shower head in the footed tub - the room colors were bright and whimsical; it was spotlessly clean. Even the free wireless access was easy; it felt so wrong to need it in such a remote town so evocative of the early 1900s! Our arrival and departure were both "after/before" hours - but the management made our check-in and check-out simple and hassle-free. They even pointed us to the (only) restaurant serving dinner late on a Friday night. Guests have $20 breakfast credit at the diner on the first floor of the Mercantile - it's decorated in bright, fun colors, great lighting fixtures, and huge plate-glass windows. We had picture-perfect Indian summer weather so the breakfast views of Shasta from the Mercantile were inspiring and the hearty breakfasts fueled our days exploring. We'd highly recommend McArthur-Burney Falls State Park and Lassen National Park. We were lucky the road through Lassen was still open; no snowfall yet this season!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- (Est. 1897) The McCloud River Mercantile is a Nationally Registered Historical Landmark, located at the foot of Mount Shasta. We offer beautifully appointed accommodations that reflect McCloud’s history from the 1890’s to the 1940’s. We offer spacious rooms with luxurious amenities you will not find elsewhere. Our rooms are furnished with antiques, unique decor pieces, and accessories that contribute to the historic restoration of this special hotel. ... more less
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