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National Park Week 2013

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

Click for National Park Video

 

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

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/

 

 

 

 

Presidents’ Weekend Lake Almanor Snowmobile Poker Run

January 26th, 2013

Join the Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club for their Annual Presidents’ Weekend Poker Run. Registration is from 8:30 am to 11:00 am at the parking area on Hwy 36 and A-13. For locals this is the large parking area east of Chester near the transfer station. There is lots of room and plenty of easy parking. The ride is on groomed trails of the Lake Almanor Snowmobile Park.

Lunch will be prepared by the Chester Rotary and served 11:30 to 1:00 pm. Cost for ride and lunch is 25 dollars. If you have non riders coming with you lunch is available for 10 dollars.

 

 

This run is used as a fundraiser for the Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club. The club encourages anyone interested in snowmobiling to join. Each year part of the profits are donated to a local community group or individual. This year a portion of the profits will be donated to help Gavin Beane with the costs of his service dog.

Please make sure you have stickers on you sleds and helmets are required to ride in the poker run.

Raffle and prizes begin at 2:00 pm. $300.00 cash prize for best poker hand.

St. Bernard Lodge has both lodging and dining available. There is parking for trailers if needed. Please call ahead to make reservations for meals or rooms. The lodge can be reached at 530-258-3382.

If the ride needs to be re-scheduled due to snow conditions the alternate date is March 2. If you enjoy snowmobiling this is a great ride, so bring your machine and join in. If you are thinking about learning about snowmobiling come visit for lunch and meet some great people who love snowmobiling.

The Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club website has contact information or e-mail kathy@thedonleys.net if you needed additional information on the poker run or club activities.  General questions on the area please call St. Bernard Lodge and we will be glad to help.  530-258-3382.

For updated information on winter trail grooming reports.

Where are you going be New Year’s Eve 2012?

November 28th, 2012
Happy New Year

Ring in the New Year at the St. Bernard Lodge

 

Haven’t made plans yet to usher in 2013? Join us at the St. Bernard Lodge for a special New Year’s celebration.

Call us now at 530-258-3382 if you want to ring in the New Year with St. Bernard Lodge. Bring up to 22 of your favorite family and friends to celebrate the New Year.

St. Bernard Lodge New Year’s Package lets you book; two, three or four consecutive nights Friday Dec. 28th, 2012 thru Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013. Book the entire lodge for two nights and receive a 50% discount for the third and fourth nights lodging.

New Year's dinner with Family and Friends

Bring up to 22 of your family or friends.
Prime Rib Dinner New Year’s Eve
Champagne and appetizers at midnight to ring in the New Year
Breakfast served late New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day enjoy Chili, Cheese and crackers  with our compliments during the bowl games.

 

 

Pricing
$400 per night for 7 rooms for up to 22 guests plus $12.00 per person.

$28.00 per person for Prime Rib Dinner New Year’s Eve

Complimentary Champagne and appetizers at midnight

Breakfast New Year’s Day

Almost the End of the Year

 

Let the New Year Begin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start the Year Playing in the Snow

Other activities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snow play near the lodge or at Lassen Park.  Join in on Ranger-led snowshoe walks at Lassen Volcanic National Park Dec. 29th and 30th at 1:30 pm.  Meet at the Kohm Yah mah-nee Visitor Center.  If interested in a private group tour call 530-595-6132 to make arrangements.

Make your plans now.  Call us at 530-258-3382  to book St. Bernard Lodge for New Year’s.

New Year’s Eve booking requires a minimum two  night booking of the entire lodge and must be booked by phone.  Get your family and friends together and give us a call 530-258-3382.

Nominations for Coolest Small Town 2013

October 11th, 2012

For the seventh year running Budget Travel is looking for ten standout communities across the country. Please vote for Quincy, California as one of these ten standout communities.
To qualify for the coolest small town contest the town must have a population under 10,000. Budget Travel is looking for a small town with an edge and a heart. Quincy is under 10,000 residents and it definitely has a heart and an edge.
Please consider voting for Quincy, California. Quincy is in the heart of Plumas County. It has a great downtown with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and a few bars. It reminds me of downtown Mayberry. It is fun to stroll the downtown and shop without having any feel of a tourist trap, which many small towns now have. Downtown merchants work together in many ways helping each other and going the extra mile for their guests and customers. They decorate downtown with beautiful hanging flower baskets in the summer, host a girls night out in Sept. Host the county fair ( one of the best for a small town) and many other events during the year for the benefit of local residents and guests to the area.

 

In Quincy as a tourist you are treated like a treasured guest by the local lodging providers and merchants. Each business owner strives to help you have a great time while visiting the area. Each business owner loves the area for different reasons and they want you to love the area and your visit.
Just outside of Quincy you have millions of acres to enjoy the great outdoors. Hundreds of lakes and waterfalls to discover. Some of the more notable are: Plumas Eureka State Park, Plumas County Museum, Bucks Lake, Lake Almanor, Butte Lake, Indian Valley, and Lassen Volcanic National Park.
If you want more information on the area in general please check-out www.plumascounty.org or more information on St. Bernard Lodge website.
Once again please take a minute to help Quincy, California become one of the 10 finalists for Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Towns of 2013.  If traveling North from Quincy to Lassen Volcanic National Park call ahead and plan on stopping in at the St. Bernard Lodge for a meal, drink or even spend the night with us.
Click here to vote for Quincy, Ca.  Please votes need to be in by Oct. 15th, 2012.
Thank-you for your support. Come see our Awesome Autumn and Barn Quilt Tour now.

Explore Safely Trail Challenge Lassen Volcanic National Park

August 27th, 2012

 

Explore Safely Trail Challenge

Join in the fun and participate in the Lassen Park Trail Challenge Labor Day weekend. The challenge has three different levels; Explorers, Adventurer and Trail Master.
Complete one of the three hiking challenge levels to earn an Explore Safely bandanna.
Challenge brochures are available at both the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center and the Loomis Museum. You may also see the Trail Challenge Brochure online.
To earn the Explore Safely Bandanna the challenges must be completed between Sept. 1 and Sept. 3, 2012.
Call St. Bernard Lodge for dining reservations during Labor Day weekend. Bring your bandanna in with you. Will will give a free dessert with dinner or free coffee with breakfast. For more information on our lodge, or call 530-258-3382.
Come enjoy the mountains in Northern California this Labor Day.

Lassen Volcanic Dark Sky Festival

July 20th, 2012

August 10 – 13th

Lassen Volcanic Dark Sky Festival

 

 

Lassen Park has over 40 special events planned for the Dark Sky Festival. Some of the highlights will be stargazing with a telescope and constellation tours.  Perseid meteor shower viewing.

 

 

 

 

 

Hands-on astronomy for the  young and the young of heart including; kitchen comets, moon models, pop rockets, and more.  Film screenings of the critically acclaimed film “The City Dark”.  Astronomy tours, talks and treks. Tyler Nordgren will be on-site.  He is the author of Stars Above, Earth Below:  A guide to astronomy in the national parks.  Check park website  as date approaches for updates on activities.

St. Bernard Lodge has a few rooms left during the Dark Sky Festival, make sure to check our room availability.

The park is hosting Starry Night Ranger-led programs every Wednesday at 9 pm at the Devastated Area and Saturday’s at 9:30 at the Bumpass Hell parking area through August 12th.  Join the park rangers for a program on stars, planets and constellations.  Learn how to locate constellations in the sky.

Special astronomy program held at Drakesbad Guest Ranch on July 22nd and August 19th.  Mike Bennett, former director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific will be hosting this program at 9:45 both nights.  Get an up close look at the astronomical wonders of the sky as viewed through a telescope.

Check back for future blog post on special event Sat. August 18th at Lassen Park. Will include more stargazing, dancing, desserts, cocktails and live music. This event requires tickets, call 530-258-3382.

 

 

“A Passion for Lassen”

July 11th, 2012

 

Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park

August 25th, 2012

 

The Lassen Park Foundation will be hosting ” A Passion For Lassen” to benefit a variety of park uses on August 25th.  The uses include at-risk youth camping, rehabilitation of the Lassen Peak Trail, and improving on the historical and geological information for the enjoyment of park visitors.

August 25th is the 96th anniversary of the National Park Service and Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Lassen park was established August 9th, 1916.  Join Lassen and the Lassen Park Foundation in celebrating this milestone.

Special events for this celebration begin at 4 pm at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center located at the southwest entrance of the park.  There will be a barbecue, cocktails and silent auction beginning at 4 pm, followed by dinner and oral auction. Evening casual attire: Tickets $150 per couple, $75 per person

Tickets & Online Auction:

biddingforgood.com/lassenparkfndtn/auction

Auction items include a signed George Rodrigue silkscreen print, a private airplane flight to Carmel for a game of golf and lunch for four, a four-night stay in a luxurious vacation home at the Sunriver Resort in Oregon, a three-night stay in a deluxe cabin for six at Elk Meadow in Redwood National Park, a three night stay at Drakesbad Guest Ranch located near Warner Valley in the SE corner of Lassen Volcanic National Park, a day trip for four with lunch at Angel Island State Park, and a two night stay in a tent cabin in the Redwoods at Big Basin State Park.

To attend this event, get further information or to make a donation or add to the auction items please contact Martha McCoy by phone at 530-378-2600.  You many also visit the foundation website, lassenparkfoundation.org.

As the date draws near additional details will be available from the Lassen Park Foundation.

St. Bernard Lodge is offering a special 20% off second night booking for Foundation members or guests attending the benefit. Please call lodge directly to book room and receive discount.

 

 

 

 

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

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.

 

Mission Small Business Voting Period Ends June 30th, 2012

June 25th, 2012

Pond and Back of St. Bernard Lodge

Chase has designated $1 million dollars for 4 small businesses.  For each vote of support Chase will add a minimum of $5 dollars to the grant pool until the pool reaches the maximum of 3 million.  The 3 million has been reach and 12 small business which have gained 250 votes by June 30th will compete for  the 250,000 grant.  A month ago it looked like few businesses would make the 250 votes, now many businesses will have the opportunity to qualify for this grant.

In addition to the Grant, LivingSocial shall offer Grant Recipients the opportunity to meet with its social media and sales executives, and will work with each Grant Recipient to design a LivingSocial promotion for the Grant Recipient’s business.  LivingSocial will waive its standard commission for such promotion services, and any such promotion will be subject to LivingSocial’s merchant policies, timing and limitations determined in LivingSocial’s discretion, as well as Grant Recipient executing LivingSocial’s then current standard merchant marketing agreement.

When St. Bernard Lodge started asking for votes of support it looked like a long shot, now we are 35 votes away.  Please consider supporting our business by going to www.missionsmallbusiness.com Enter St. Bernard Lodge, California, Mill Creek.  Thank-you in advance for supporting our business.

At this time only 62 businesses in the Shasta Cascade region have registered for this grant.  Only 5 have the required 250 votes.  St. Bernard Lodge is working to obtain 35 more votes of support.  We appreciate Chase and Living Social in making this grant available.  A big thanks to everyone who took the time to vote, your votes increased the grant pool to 3 million and now 12 businesses and communities will be helped.

It is a long shot but we are looking forward to seeing at least one business from the Shasta Cascade Region obtain this grant.  I am sure that any business in the area will make great use of the 250,000 and give a boast to the community in general.  St. Bernard Lodge is looking forward to the opportunity this grant would provide in expansion of our business and jobs created.

Once again, just to be considered for the money, a business must generate 250 votes on Facebook by Saturday. You can vote at www.missionsmallbusiness.com. Names of all businesses signed up appear on the site, take a minute and check it out.

Businesses that get the votes will then be judged by a panel that will pick the winners, the winners will be announced by Sept. 15th, 2012.  St. Bernard Lodge is looking to be one of the winners.

St. Bernard Lodge would like to restore and fully stock large pond on the property and add 5 cabins with private bathrooms for guests.  Please leave comments below on suggestions to improve St. Bernard Lodge and the property if we are able to attain this grant.