NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Getaways- Destinations with a Difference

Mission Ranch- Carmel-by-the-Sea

The North Coast

The Requa Inn, Klamath.

A 10 room B&B perched on a bluff overlooking the Klamath River 60 miles north of Eureka or 20 miles south of Crescent City just off Hwy. 101. Close proximity to Redwood National Park along with her sister state parks, Jedediah Smith Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods and Prairie Creek Redwoods. The Klamath River Overlook, just above the inn, is one of the best spots in the world to watch grey whale migrations. Eat in the dining room and you don't have to leave. Owned by two generations of a local family.

The Central Coast

Mission Ranch, Carmel-by-the-Sea

A 31 room retreat bought and restored by Clint Eastwood to save it from development into something entirely different. Sleep in the original 1850's farmhouse or any of a number of outbuildings with views (over a pretty marsh) of Point Lobos in the background. A good restaurant, tennis courts, a fitness center and grazing sheep work to keep you from making the trek into downtown Carmel. A great base camp for exploring Big Sur, Point Lobos and the greater Monterey Peninsula. Carmel Mission, one of the most picturesque, is nearby.

The High Sierra

Caples Lake Resort

A three-season resort with cabins and a lodge perched on very pretty Caples Lake. Even in an area as pretty as this, lodging right on the lakeshore with no additional development makes this place special. Anglers have access to mackinaw and rainbow trout and can rent a boat or bring their own. Hikers can access a myriad of trails, many leading to remote back-country lakes. Winter visitors can drive a mile to the Kirkwood Ski area, and when peace and quiet becomes oppressive you can drive 40 minutes to South Lake Tahoe.

Carson River Resort

If river fishing for trout is your passion this place belongs on your itinerary. Located on the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountains just over Ebbetts Pass on Hwy. 4, it is situated right on the east fork of the Carson River on a beautiful stretch of road that parallels the river for quite a spell. Access points are many. There are seven rustic cabins sleeping up to four people each, an RV park with full hook-ups and a river-side campground for the unplugged generation. Hwy. 4 over Ebbetts Pass is a must-see drive so you might as well do some fishing while you're at it. Bikers like the road too, but you'd better be in shape.

Sorensen's Resort

This is the place for folks who like the outdoors but need to do things as well. Lodging choices include everything from tent and RV sites to cabins in the woods to full-sized homes and even a circa 1947 trailer. But rather than leave the planning to you Sorensen's maintains a full calendar of events to satisfy the most demanding doer. Guided hikes with a purpose. Music. Photo exhibits and workshops. Cooking classes. A fly fishing school. Nearby access to South Lake Tahoe and Grover Hot Springs State Park. All in a prime location just off Hwy. 88 near Carson Pass a mile from the junction with Hwy. 89 just a few miles from Markleeville on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Range.