Rustic Lodge at the Foot of Mount Shasta
Many know about the strange stories behind the Bermuda Triangle and Stonehenge, but California's Mount Shasta holds its own as one of the world's most mysterious places. It’s a dormant volcano so huge that 19th-century naturalist John Muir described it as "the pole star of the landscape.” For decades, Native American tribes, Buddhist monks, and mystics have visited the mountain, which is marked by crystal caves, frequent UFO sightings, and a rumored underground military base. Beyond its mysteries, there is gorgeous scenery; Mount Shasta Hotel and Lodge is located near Mount Shasta, on the edge of Shasta National Forest.
Surrounded by 100-foot-tall evergreens and mountains, the 42-room hotel exudes the feel of a mountain log cabin, from its knotty pinewood paneling to the bearskin rug in the common room. The onsite restaurant has a frontier spirit; its walls are covered with old black-and-white photos of the area, as well as fishing, hunting, and farming paraphernalia. Settle at the booth underneath the mounted moose head and enjoy one of the pub’s eclectic dinner choices, which range from sushi rolls to Grandma's pot roast to smoked-gouda mac 'n' cheese.
In the morning, enjoy a continental breakfast served daily in the property’s historical stone house. Despite its rustic nature, the hotel doesn't lack comforts: there’s an indoor fire pit, and deluxe rooms feature flat-screen TVs and down duvets.
Mount Shasta, California: Mountain Town with Scenic Hiking, Boating, and Climbing
Nestled at the foot of the northern California peak that shares its name, the town of Mount Shasta showed up on the map in the 19th century thanks to fur traders and gold-rush miners. Railroads and timber exports brought in more workers. Because it was the only non-dry town in the area, it became known as a lumberjack party spot. Today, Mount Shasta maintains that outdoor-recreation identity, hosting year-round activities that include backcountry skiing, river rafting, and mountain climbing.
Many day trips are available through Mount Shasta Hotel and Lodge, which rents kayaks for hitting the high mountain lakes nearby and mounted binoculars for spotting the area’s bald eagles and peregrine falcons. Hotel guides can take visitors onto the nearby Upper Sacramento, McCloud, and Trinity Rivers to fish for catfish, smallmouth bass, german brown trout, and more.
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