Thomas J. Story
For general area information, contact the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530/365-7500).
Drakesbad Guest Ranch. A historic lodge within Lassen Volcanic National Park, accessed via Chester, on the park's east side. Cabins and lodge rooms are rustic; many don't have electricity. Don't miss the hike to the steamy hot pots of Devils Kitchen. 19 rooms from $155 per person, meals included. End of Warner Valley Rd.; 530/529-1512.
McCloud Hotel Bed & Breakfast. Sweet historic hotel in the small town of McCloud. Woodsy rooms have Victorian-era style. 16 rooms from $120. 408 Main St., McCloud; 530/964-2822.
Pack picnic foods before you go, or check out these options.
Brown Trout Café, Gallery & Gifts. A gift and garden shop, with coffee and bagels. $; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. 5841 Sacramento Ave., Dunsmuir; 530/235-0754.
Sengthong's Restaurant. Delicious Thai choices. $$; dinner daily. 5855 Dunsmuir Ave., Dunsmuir; 530/235-4770.
Three Beans Coffee House & Bakery. Espresso and good pastries. Closed Sun-Mon. 150 Main St., Chester; 530/258-3312.