We spend all of our time poking around the hidden corners of the west coast and have stumbled across so many of these gems over the years, we want to start sharing them with you. This will be a monthly feature of the Juniper Ridge Newsletter all summer long! Here’s the first of our no-stress recommendations of the coziest, woodsiest spots, guaranteed to deliver a friendly, relaxing dose of authentic West Coast wildness and beauty.
This lodge has it all, but most importantly its greatest joy may be what it doesn’t have: telephones, internet, television or cars. You won’t miss all those distractions as you enjoy the world-class Sierra scenery. There’s easy lake access from all 14 cabins, free use of a rowboat or kayak, great fishing and swimming, and hiking trails galore. Guests leave their cars on the far side of Upper Salmon Lake, and phone the lodge for ferry pickup. Meals are do-it-yourself. The lodge sits on Upper Salmon Lake, just up the road from Bassett’s Station in the lakes basin and in the shadow of Jagged and sky-slicing Sierra Buttes. Just a couple miles from the Pacific Crest Trail, this place is remote, perfect for reconnecting with your inner hermit in a heavenly landscape.. The waiting list for a spot is long, like really long, but keep at it, it is totally worth it.
Deetjens is breathtaking; a rustic inn tucked away in the redwood canyons of the central coast, it was first built in the 1930s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Homey, country-style rooms, cabins and houses have antique furnishings and vast woodland views; some cabins have private decks, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Some rooms share a bathroom. None of the rooms have televisions, Internet access or phones, and there’s no cell phone coverage on the property. The inn’s full-service restaurant is so good: best filet mignon ever. Try a bottle of Rancho Sisquoc Cabernet Sauvignon to compliment.