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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/

 

 

 

 

Presidents’ Weekend Lake Almanor Snowmobile Poker Run

Saturday, 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?

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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.

 

 

Mission Small Business Voting Period Ends June 30th, 2012

Monday, 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.

 

Mile High Bike Ride Chester, California June 16th, 2012

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Start a New Father’s Day Tradition

June 16th & 17th

 

30th Annual Century Ride around LakeAlmanor and IndianValley On Saturday!

Rent a Boat and go Fishing on Sunday.

Chester-Lake Almanor Bike Ride

 

This ride is located where the scenic Southern Cascades bump into the gentle Northern Sierras, the Mile High 100 will treat you to a quiet day on the back roads that wander through the lush green forests surrounding Lake Almanor and the Indian Valley. You will get several great views of Lassen Volcanic National Park,Lake Almanor and the meadows of Indian Valley on this ride. This is not a race, but a collection of tours for cyclists of all abilities.

This Century bike ride promotes recreational bicycling “under the volcano” in the shadow of Northern California’s incredible Lassen Peak. Proceeds from this event are invested in organized recreation in theLake Almanor Basin and provide support for the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pick the Perfect Ride:

CENTURY RIDE (108 MILES) – This is a relatively easy ride by century standards. It takes you around Lake Almanor and through the peaceful Indian Valley. Approximately 3,200′ total elevation climb.

METRIC CENTURY: This ride encompasses the entire Almanor Basin. It is recommended for the cyclist who desire a challenging loop without the distance and the bigger climbs found in the full century ride. Approximately 1,500′ total elevation climb.

HALF METRIC CENTURY (33 MILES) – Take your time and enjoy the mountain vistas and the clean air. This is the ride for those wanting a nice leisurely ride lakeside aroundLake Almanor, the blue jewel on the North Fork of the Feather River. Approximately 600′ total elevation climb.

ONSITE ENTRY FEES:

Century Ride-$60.00

Metric Century-$50.00

Half Metric Century-$50

FOOD: Yes, and lots of it and even better than before! We will have high quality natural food and beverages to satisfy the heartiest of appetites. We will be supplying you with ample nourishment and encouragement along the route. Century riders are rewarded with a delicious lunch in Taylorsville. (Catering thanks to Carol’s Cafe,Prattville,CA)

CLOTHING: Unpredictable Mountain weather! Summer temperatures can range from 28 to 98 degrees, you can expect afternoon thunderstorms- so be prepared! The Mile High 100 will take place rain, shine, or volcanic eruption.

HELMETS: Are most definitely required. Safety is a key goal of the Mile High 100.

RULES OF THE ROAD: Please obey all rules of the road! We insist that you obey all stop signs and give appropriate hand signals when turning. Ride as far to the right as is practicable and watch for oncoming cars and trucks. “Sag Vehicle” volunteers will be monitoring the ride. They will assist if someone needs a lift, minor bike repairs or water. Route will be clearly marked with road signs.

END-OF-RIDE FEAST: Enjoy a delicious post-ride meal served from noon to 5:00 p.m., free to all registered riders. Meal tickets for family or friends are available for $7.00 each. Relax by the Feather River at theChesterPark and enjoy live musical entertainment (band to be determined), delicious food, and even a massage! Don’t miss this full afternoon of entertainment!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: We will have delicious cold beer on draft (Michelob Ultra, Bud Light, Lost Coast Tangerine, Bear Racer Republic!), great music by the Jeff Pershing Band, tasty spaghetti meal by the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge, a bike drawing for a 2011 Raleigh Misceo 2.0 from Bodfish Bicycles, great raffle prizes (gift certificate from Dawn Lee, 2 night stay at McCarthy Point from the Forest Service, Elderberry Wine from Honey Run Winery, La Rocca Vineyards tour/tasting gift certificate, original photography by Betty Bishop and more!)

For more info!

 

Lodging: Last minute lodging available at St. Bernard Lodge. Special arrangements can be made for guests participating in the bike ride for early breakfast.

If you can not make this ride remember that this same ride is now being held in the fall. Save Sept. 29th on your calendar for the fall bike ride.

CHECK-IN AND START TIME: Riders may check-in on Friday, June 15th between 6:00-9:00 p.m. or on Saturday, June 16th between 6:00-9:00 a.m. at the Chester Park. Free water bottle for the first 500 riders!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park Annual Photo Contest

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Bring your cameras with you.  Lassen Park is accepting submissions for their annual photo contest. Deadline for submission is 5pm on Monday Sept. 5th.

 

Painted Dunes 2012 Photo Contest Winner

By I- Ting Chiang NPS Photo

Employees and volunteers of Lassen Volcanic National Park will select the winning image.  The selected image will be featured on the 2013 Lassen Park annual pass.  The winner will receive photo credit and a $50 gift certificate compliments of the Lassen Association.

 

 

 

Photos should be submitted to lavo_information@nps.gov.   Suggested resolution for images is 300 dpi or more for a 5X7 inch photo.  Please put Lassen Photo Contest in the subject line when submitting.

Each photo should include: name, address, phone number, photo subject and location, e-mail contact.  There is a limit of two photo submissions per household.

Check your eclipse photos and all your other photos from your visit to Lassen Park.  Lassen Park has several special events coming up which may lend to some unique photos for this year.

Tuesday June 5th will be another once in a lifetime event as Venus passes between the earth and the sun.  The park will be providing solar scopes for safe viewing of this event.  The next time this rare alignment occurs will be in 2117.

Lassen Park will be hosting a Dark Sky Festival August 10-13th.  During the day, rangers will lead astronomy-themed hikes.  As night falls, Lassen will reveal skies full of stars, along with a chance to take in this year’s spectacular Perseid meteor shower which will peak on August. 13th.

Lassen Association has a special field seminar photography class on Aug. 17th & 18th.  Class will be taught by Terry Nathan.  To register for this class call Melanie Allen at 530-378-1495 or e-mail the lassenassociation@yahoo.com.  More information at workshops Lassen Park.