We loved our recent anniversary trip to Sierra City and the High Country Inn.
Breakfast: While sitting and looking out a big picture window, we were served a beautiful fruit sculpture, very tasty breakfast breads (the apricot macadamia bread was out of his world!) and jam, an amazing quiche or frittata, and a lovely tomato-mozzarella salad on the side. All was beautifully prepared, very healthy, and scrumptious. It was such a hearty breakfast, that even though I hiked all day, I didn't feel hungry till about 2:00.
Rooms: We had the privilege of trying two different rooms during our visit. Both were immaculately clean.
The Aspen Room is small and economical but lovely. It has one window with a nice view of the pond. The detached bathroom is adequate with a huge shower.
The Sierra Buttes Suite is upstairs and very private. It also has a little gas stove which made it quite cozy. But pick this one for the views! Out one window are aspen trees and the creek. Out the other big window is the pond and a perfect view of he Buttes. So beautiful.
Inn: Beautiful flowers surround the outside. A lovely creek and pond are on the backside. The back deck is a great spot to sit and watch the day go by. The living room area is nice with lots of books and things to look at. And of course, there were cookies on the table! They had wi-fi available all around. There is no cell service there, so they let us use the phone at the inn.
Bob, the innkeeper suggested dinner at one of the lodges at a nearby lake -- we took the suggestion- mostly because there are not a lot of dinner choices around. He said Sardine Lake Lodge was the best, but it was full so we went to Packer Lake Lodge. Dinner was great (the Salmon was wonderful) and mud pie for dessert was also great! Order the Caesar Salad!
We hiked the Round Lake Trails - We saw seven beautiful secluded lakes in an afternoon's worth of hiking. The trailhead is about a 15 minute drive north of the Inn. You'll drive by several lovely lakes on the way to the trail. A great, and not too strenuous day of outdoor adventure.
We hiked up to the Sierra Buttes Lookout as well. This is quite a bit more strenuous than the Lakes trails, but the views from up top are well worth the effort. Take plenty of water and a pair of binoculars.
Many of the Lakes in the region are great for just sitting and enjoying the day. We sat at the Sardine Lake boat dock and enjoyed the view for a spell. We also scouted around several other lakes. There is no lack of pleasant spots at which one could spend some hours relaxing!
The High Country Inn was just the place for our get-away! It was within striking distance to some good adventuring, but was comfortable and welcoming at the beginning and end of each day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Out of the way- but out of this world" Bon Appetit High Country Inn is located in western Sierra County, California. We are off Highway 49, the famous " Golden Chain Highway" that winds its way through the historic California Gold Rush country of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The North Yuba River flows swiftly by, literally at our doorstep! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Country Inn Sierra City
- Sierra City Country Inn