Our time in Northern California were incredible to say the least… but after fourteen action packed days, it was time to start heading south. We had two days to kill so we jumped on google maps and searched for small towns we hadn’t heard of. In our search, we came across Shaver Lake and it instantly grabbed our attention. Shaver Lake is located in the Sierra National Forrests halfway between Tahoe and Los Angeles. For a town with less than 700 residents, this place is full of personality and provides a great weekend getaway. At over 5,000 ft in elevation, Shaver Lake has dozens of gorgeous woodland hikes, and of course… the lake!
B&B: Shaver Lake Village Hotel
I came across the Shaver Lake Village Hotel and instantly felt a connection! I grew up spending my summers in Northern Wisconsin and the Shaver Lake Village Hotel had the same summer camp / lake house vibe. The hotel boasts eight hotel rooms, four cabins, seven suites, two bunkhouses and three glamping tents. It provides a variety of accommodations based on the group you are traveling with. We had the privilege of staying in the Honeymoon Cabin for the weekend! The cabin includes a king bed, breakfast nook, flat screen TV with a Blu-Ray player, kitchenette, jet tub and a propane gas heater. Our favorite part of the cabin was its fire pit out front. After a long day of activities, Owen and I had so much fun coming back to a campfire and s'mores!
From the moment we arrived, we felt right at home. The owner, Joshua, went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and sent us a detailed list of activities in the area. During Covid-19, it can be extremely difficult to figure out what’s open and whats not so was extremely helpful to have up to date information from a local! Here are our top suggestions (thanks to Josh!!):
If you want to visit the Shaver Lake Village Hotel here are some tips:
1. Book directly through the hotel! Click here for their website! (*If you see a cheaper price on a travel website such as hotels.com / Expedia / Priceline etc. let them know and see if they will match it before booking through a third party.)
2. Use Code "Ellie10" when you book online for 10% off! (Some terms & limits might apply)
After visiting McCloud, we made our way down to Nevada City, California. It is perhaps one of the most adorable towns I’ve been to in the USA. It feels like an old western town mixed with a quaint village in the Swiss Alps! When you take a walk through the town’s historic district, you’ll see impeccable 19th-century buildings with incredible wooden balconies that are now transformed into restaurants, cafes, gift shops, and antiques shops. It’s like taking a (modernized) step back in time. It is one of those places you go and feel right at home. Another major perk of the city is its central location. Nevada City is located on the edge of the Tahoe National forest (1.15 hours east of Lake Tahoe and 1 hour south-west of Sacramento) making it the perfect location for day trips around the area. After researching accommodations we came across the Outside Inn and thought it would be the perfect place to stay. We originally planned on staying two nights but ended up having such a great time we stayed five!
B&B: Outside Inn
The Outside Inn is a small family owned hotel nestled in an adorable Nevada City neighborhood. The families love of Nevada City and the outdoors truly shows through their unique property! There are twelve rooms available, with different sizes and layouts, that guests can choose from. In addition, each room has an outdoors theme ranging from the "Wildflower Room” to the “Paddler Suite.” Erin, the Owner, put Owen and I in the “Climbing Suite” which was so fitting considering our professions! The room had everything you could want for a perfect weekend getaway: comfy king sized bed, kitchenette (with a sink, mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, and stove top), seating area, outdoor patio, TV, private bathroom with bathtub and YES your very own climbing wall in the room! (You can click here to read about all the different rooms available!) Along with the rooms theme, all of the photos are of rock climbing and waterfalls in Northern California.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our time at the Outside Inn. The room provided us with enough space to unwind and relax after a busy day exploring outside. We especially loved being able to sit outside on the patio with our coffee in the morning and cook dinner together at night. It felt like home away from home! Here are some other really cool things about the Outside Inn:
My name is Ellie Smart. I am a professional cliff diver, motivational speaker, and environmental activist from the USA. I decided to start this blog to share my adventures and take you with me as I see the world in a not so normal fashion! Let's dive in...