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GeoTourism Council Great Escape Tour Starts

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The “Great Escape Tour” of the Sierra Nevada Region of California and Nevada starts Sunday Oct. 6th and continues thru Oct. 11th.

Nicole, with the Sierra Business Council, will start with a radio spot on KGO. Travel with John Hamilton , Sunday morning at 9:35 am. Tune in and find out where Nicole and Brittany will be heading in the Sierras. Watch the roads and the special places in the Sierras for the campervan pictured below.

Escape Campervans out of San Francisco has donated this van for the Great Escape.

camper vanFollow their journey on the GeoTourism Facebook Page. Make sure to check-in often to see just where the team and van are at and to suggest stops that should not be missed. Nicole and Brittany are looking forward to hearing your suggestions. During the Great Escape they can be contacted via Instagram @sierrageotourism or Twitter @sierratour.

When you spot this van between Oct. 6th- Oct. 11th, it will be the Sierra Nevada GeoCouncil on their “Great Escape Tour”.

After spending the day in Auburn on Sunday the Great Escape team will be spending most of Monday Oct. 7th in Plumas County. Some of the locations you may find them at are heading north on Hwy 70 up the Feather River Canyon. Of course the team will be on the look-out for Fall Colors throughout the area. Leaf peeper reports are on the PlumasCounty.org website.

A few of the stops planned for the day include: Indian Falls along Hwy 89 just north of the Hwy 89/70 junction heading to Taylorsville and then on to the Heart K Ranch in Genesse. Stopping at the Indian Valley Museum and the Cy Hall Museum in Greenville. Checking out Pioneer RV Park and Ada’s Place in Quincy, with various stops in downtown Quincy.

A get together is planned at the Brewing Liar in Blairsden in the late afternoon. Many Plumas County Tourism Council members will be attending along with representatives from TRAC and the Sierra Buttes Trails Stewardship. If in the area please join us at the Brewing Liar to greet the Great Escape Team.

After leaving Plumas County the Great Escape Tour will continue onto Truckee, Tahoe and Western Nv on Tuesday. Plan on spending Wednesday in the Eastern Sierra before heading to the Yosemite Gateway communities on Thursday.  Sonora and the Foothill Communities are planned for Friday, Oct. 11th, before returning the campervan to San Francisco.

Please send in your favorite places to visit along this general route via facebook or twitter.

If you want to join the tour on Monday, when Nicole and Brittany are visiting Plumas County please call Sharon at 530-258-3382 at the St. Bernard Lodge.

To help plan your next great escape to the Sierra Nevada go to: www.SierraNevadaGeotourism.org. During the Great Escape Nicole and Brittany will be posting on http://sierrabusiness.org/whats-new/blog

 

National Park Week 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Monday April 22 thru Friday April 26th 2013 is National Park Week. April 23rd is National Junior Ranger Day and April 27th is Volunteer Day.

 

Join National Park Week 2013

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Make your plans now to visit a National Park close to you during National Park week. During this week all National Parks offer free entrance.

Participating California National Parks include:

Lassen Volcanic                                                                                                                      
Cabrillo
Death Valley
Joshua Tree
Lava Beds
Muir Woods

Pinnacles
San Francisco Maritime
Sequoia Kings Canyon
Whiskeytown
Yosemite
Find a park near you!

National Park Week was first proclaimed in 1991

President George H.W. Bush proclaimed National Park Week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world in 1872.  Lassen Volcanic National Park was originally two separate national monuments; Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument.  These two monuments and surrounding area were declared a National Park in 1916.  The National Park Service was also created in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson.  Both Lassen Park and the National Park service will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2016.  As of 2013 the National Park system has over 450 natural, historical, recreational & cultural areas throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Fun facts about our National Parks

84 million acres are designated as National Park land,  17,000 miles of trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, 27,000 historic or prehistoric structures, 100 million museum items and 12,000 campsites. As of 2013 there are 398 National Parks.  There is at least one National Park in every state except Delaware.  California is host to the most National Parks in a given state.  Every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

Fun facts specific to Lassen Park

Find Yourself at Lassen

Over 106,000 acres, 150 miles of trails, only National Park with all 4 types of volcanoes, largest plug dome volcano in the world, southern most volcano in the Cascade Range, 779 plant species, 216 species of birds, 11 campgrounds with 496 campsites, 3 areas with stock corrals (Butte Lake, Juniper Lake and Summit Lake).  Lassen Park road is the highest road in the Cascade Mountains reaching 8,512 feet. One of the least visited National Parks, making it a great park to get out and explore without crowds found at some other National Parks. Plan you trip now to Lassen.

Find a park near you and take advantage of free entrance during National Park Week this April.  Call St. Bernard Lodge for special pricing for lodging during this week.  St. Bernard Lodge is only 20 minutes from the SW park entrance of Lassen Park  also within a few hours of Whiskeytown and Lava Beds. Whiskeytown should have spring flowers and Lassen will still have snow for snow-play for the kids, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. If you enjoy exploring caves Lava Beds is for you.  Get out and enjoy the Spring!

Bring your kids on April 23rd for National Junior Ranger Day.  Currently there are over 290 Junior Ranger Programs in the National Park Service.

If you choose to visit Lassen Park please make sure to stop in for a visit at St. Bernard Lodge.  Even if you are not planning on staying with us, call ahead and dine with us. To make reservations for rooms or dining 530-258-3382.

 

 

Help Quincy, California Become the Coolest Small Town in America for 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

We are in the last few days of the 8th Annual Coolest Small Town contest held by Budget Travel.  This year has been the biggest contest to date.  There have been 924 nominations and 96,605 votes placed to select the top 15 towns.  Now Budget Travel is narrowing it down to the people’s choice of the top 10 Coolest Towns in America.  Voting will end Friday night February 15th at midnight EST.  You are allowed to vote once per day for your favorite small town in America.

To be part of this contest the Coolest Small Town must have a population below 10,000 and have “an edge and a heart”.  Budget Travel is looking for small towns across America that have that indescribable something like; independent shops, a sense of energy, an epic backyard, culture and of course delicious coffee.

Quincy, California is a great small town and fits the bill perfectly.  Population stands at 5,500 and Quincy serves as the County seat for the large and diversified County of Plumas.  Plumas County and Quincy sit in a wonderful hidden part of Northern California, 1 1/2 hours from Reno, NV and 2 hours from Tahoe.  Downtown Quincy is made up of a variety of independent shops, with merchants that enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area.  Main Street Quincy is decorated by a group of dedicated local merchants; in the summer beautiful hanging flower baskets, and during the holiday season decorated wreaths line the street.  A leisurely walking tour starts at the Plumas County Museum and wanders through town featuring murals and historic buildings.

Quincy has a strong art community with Plumas Arts, the historic Town Hall Theatre and the newly opened West End Theatre.

 

 

When visiting Quincy you can start your day off with great coffee at the Alley Cat Cafe, lunch at the Court House Cafe and dinner at Moon’s.  Cocktails and entertainment at Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge.  Some of the unique shops in Quincy include; Emily’s Garden, La Casa Bella Fine Furnishings, Village Antiques & Associates, Carey Candy Company, to name a few.

When you are ready to get out and explore the epic outdoors surrounding Quincy you may want to consider Lake Almanor Kayak Rentals or the Sierra Touring Company.  Plumas County is home to over 100 lakes, 1,000 miles of streams and numeroues waterfalls,and over 2,618 square miles of National Forest.  The Pacific Crest Trail runs close to Quincy and Lassen Volcanic National Park is a short drive north of Quincy.  Some of the best Fall Colors in California can be found in Quincy and the surrounding area as well as a great Barn Quilt Trail.

If you would like more information on the diversity of geography, attractions, lodging or history of the area please visit PlumasCounty.org.  Check the  65 comments posted by locals and visitors of Quincy made in support of Quincy, Ca being worthy of Coolest Small Town in America for 2013.

If you have not voted please do so now.  We are  looking forward to sharing our corner of the world with you.

Just to let you know these are the other towns competing with Quincy ; Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; Camden, Maine; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; Flagler Beach, Florida; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Greenville, Kentucky; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Lititz, Pennsylvania; Put-in-Bay, Ohio;  Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Travelers Rest, South Carolina and Watkins Glen, New York.

 

I love Quincy because it’s one of the last small towns that hasn’t been “citified”. It is surrounded by pristine forest, secluded mountain lakes, 1000′s of miles of streams, with clean air, pure water, organic farms & ranches and you can still see the stars at night. - Emily Webb

Charming town in a gorgeous natural setting. All the outdoor activities your heart desires plus a vibrant arts community – galleries, live music, community theater – and every summer a world class music festival. Excellent locally owned eateries. Best of all, a diverse population of neighborly, welcoming people who work together to maintain the uniqueness of their beloved hometown. - Libbie Coleman

 

Website to vote:    budgettravel.com/contest/americas-coolest-small-towns-2013,14/

 

 

 

 

100,000 For Lassen Volcanic National Park or Plumas Eureka State Park

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

America Is Your Park Campaign This Summer!

Vote for Your Favorite Park from May 23 – July 15

Cider Cone in Oct.

St. Bernard Lodge is asking you to vote for Lassen Park (b) and Plumas Eureka State Park. Lassen Park is in Tehama, Shasta, Lassen and Plumas counties.   Plumas Eureka State Park is in Plumas County.  Help us get both these parks in the top 25 favorite parks.  At this time only 3 parks in California are even in the top 25.

Coca-Cola is calling everyone out to the park this summer to vote in the third-annual America Is Your Park campaign. Parks are the anchors of our communities, providing places for friends, families and neighbors to be active and enjoy the outdoors together. Last year, park supporters cast more than 13 million votes for their favorite park to win money for improvements. 

Let’s help Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park take advantage of this campaign.  Helping both of these parks helps are community.

The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative and the coveted title of “America’s Favorite Park.”

What’s even better is more than one park will win! Second- and third-place parks will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively.

And one lucky park will be chosen, at random, from the remaining top 25 spots on the leader board to win a $15,000 grant.

With just the click of a button, people can vote for their favorite park at LivePositively.com/parks. On the site, park enthusiasts can learn how to earn more votes by “checking in” from the park and download voting tools to help rally their communities.

Any park, big or small, can win! Last year, Oak Park in the small town of Minot, ND, captured the title of “America’s Favorite Park” and the $100,000 recreation grant. The community united to vote for Oak Park, which was completely destroyed last year in a historic flood that damaged much of Minot. The grant helped with the park’s restoration, so families have a place to play together again.

For more than 40 years, Coca-Cola has supported efforts to maintain and rebuild parks across the nation. Whether it’s buying new recreation equipment or enhancing activity areas, grants awarded through this family-friendly competition will help improve spaces where people go to play.

The America Is Your Park campaign was developed in collaboration with the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association.

How to Cast Your Vote

Park goers can vote for their favorite national, state or local park from May 23 at midnight ET until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 15, 2012.

Park supporters can vote for their favorite park by:

Going online (via computer or smartphone) to LivePositively.com/parks (1 vote each)

“Checking in” from the park (100 votes each) – Details on the site

Oak Park in Minot, ND, took home the title and $100,000 recreation grant last year. Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Soudan, MN, and Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO, came in second- and third-place, taking home $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. Let’s see what we can do to be listed as 2012 winners.  Please share with your friends and ask them to vote for Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park.  We have 14 days to go!

Please vote and share for Lassen Park, Ca and Plumas Eureka State Park Ca.

 

2nd Annual Tehama Trail Passport Weekend June 2 & 3rd

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Tehama Trail Passport Weekend

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend

The Tehama Trail is a journey that begins in Corning, visiting world-class olive and olive oil producers. A short trip to the east finds you in Vina where the Monks of the Abbey of New Clairveaux practice ancient traditions of grape growing and wine making. On the way north to the Volcanic Vineyards of Manton, there are several interesting stops on Hwy 99 worth the stop.  After sampling the wines of the slopes of Mt. Lassen, the trail takes you to Historic Downtown Red Bluff where quaint shoppes and riverfront dining are a way of life.

 

 

The stops along the trail include:

You may want to get off the trail and head to  Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park  and the St. Bernard Lodge for dinner and a room.  Travel to the Indian Valley the next day and visit Indian Falls just south of Crescent Mills on Hwy 89.  Travel down the Feather River Canyon on 70 back to I -5.  This gives you a chance to do something different and have a great weekend.

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend tickets are $25 per person and include free tasting at all farms. All proceeds go to benefit the Tehama Trail association to further develop agri-tourism in Tehama County. Tickets can be purchased at all participating farms and the Tehama County Farm Bureau. Tehama Trail highlights local tourist attractions, historic landmarks and local shopping. The map is easy to navigate and user friendly.

For more information visit www.tehamatrail.com, or call 530-527-7882.

Point Cabrillo Light Station

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

 

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

If you are visiting the Mendocino Coast, Point Cabrillo Light Station is well worth a visit. The first and third weekend of March 2012 they will be hosting a special Whale Festival with some of the best views for whale watching on the coast.

If you have a few days to stay in the area check-out staying at the Point Cabrillo Lightkeeper’s House. Price is very reasonable compared to other lodging in Mendocino.

The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse was established in 1909. It is one of the best restored lighthouses on the west coast and is located just north of Mendocino and south of Caspar, Ca.

California State Parks purchased the light station in 2002, unfortunately it is one of the 70 state parks slated to close July 1, 2012.

It is a 1/2 mile walk from parking area to lighthouse with views of wildlife and the ocean.  The Light Station is also close to Mendocino Headlands SP, and Russian Gulch SP.