Wild and Beautiful Backdrops: Chico to Dunsmuir

Shasta Cascade’s snowcapped volcanoes and pristine rivers make the perfect setting for recreation, classic diners, and culinary surprises.

1. Chico: See glass artists at Satava. Relax in the Taproom at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Head North 20 miles on Highway 99 to Vina and sip wine made by Monks at New Clarvaux.


2. Red Bluff: Get a mouthful of Montana cherry, coconut cream, chocolate silk, or more than a dozen types of freshly bakes pies at Shari’s.


3. Redding: Let the kids meet snakes, birds, and Spike the porcupine at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. In summer, dine al fresco with the nice jazz music and relaxing Sacramento River views at the park’s cafe.


4. Whiskeytown: Cool off in the sparking waters of the lapis-blue reservoir. Let the kids paddle canoe at Oak Bottom Marina (camping too), or consider a 3 1/2 mile round-trip hike to spectacular Whiskeytown Falls.


5. Weaverville: Mountain-bike or hike the Weaver Basin Trail System. Time-travel at Jake Jackson Memorial Muses with a blacksmith shop, carriages, and an original stamp mill. Play a round at 9 hole Trinity Alps Golf Course, with dramatic mountains on the horizon.


6. Trinity Center: Visit family-run Apline Cellars winery to taste crisp whites, a speacialty of the rugged mountain region. Visit from Memorial Day to Labor Day, or call ahead other times of the year.


7. Yreka: Stroll past meticulously restored historic homes. Try your hand at fly fishing in the crystal clear Klamath (local guides can help), or drop a line at Lake Shastina.


8. Weed: Do what the locals do in this easy going town with a stunning Mt. Shasta backdrop: Head to Hi-Lo Cafe, where the waitstaff will call you “sweetie”


9. Mt. Shasta: Browse shops downtown. Enjoy local wines and comfort food at Trinity Cafe. June and July, visit Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms.


10: Dunsmuir: Get fishing gear and tips and Dunsmuir Hardware, open since 1894. Dine at Cafe Maddalena, a much-lauded rustic bistro focusing on fresh Mediterranean cuisine.


Source: visitcalifornia.com

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