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Big Springs Gardens

Highway 49, Sierra City, CA
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Type: Hiking Trails, Gardens
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Germiston, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Not a botanical gardens, but a natural garden, sugar pine, cedar, wild flowers, good walk. Good lunch available, but book. However, owner might sell this year, then I don't know if it will still be available. Take route from Auburn, Truckee, Graeagle or Reno. www.bigspringsgardens.com

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125 reviews 125 reviews
12 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The drive from Truckee took about an hour on a 2-lane road. Beautiful drive - the last 20 minutes is on a fairly winding road so beware for those who get car sick. The setting is absolutely lovely and my husband and I took a trail up to the water source of the springs. It was a breezy day so... More

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Sacramento, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is our second visit to Big Springs Garden, and we have greatly enjoyed both visits. We attended the Wednesday noon lunch and had a wonderful choice at the buffet of several salads, fresh fruit, smoked salmon, Swedish meatballs, several cheeses, and several excellent desserts. The setting is a gorgeous backdrop for a great meal.

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Penn Valley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Absolutely beautiful! The drive is long but scenic. The dining environment is stunning, the food is always delicious.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Scenery is fantastic, soft music playing in the background during our buffet dinner. You can walk around the grounds, explore the vegetation, running water, feed the fish in the pond.

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Nevada City, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Gorgeous grounds, extensive rock work and natural beauty, with creeks running down the hillside and Tiger Lilies growing wild near the water. The food is GREAT, in a wonderful setting. Pricy, but a fun experience. The backdrop of the Sierra Buttes is incredible.

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Sacramento, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Arrive an hour before your meal to stroll around the gardens and enjoy the nature trails, large pond and waterfalls on the property. Or allow time after your meal to stroll around. That is part of the full effect of the property. Food is always outstanding! A truly great value in a very unique, peaceful setting.

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Lincoln, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I had wanted to visit this place For several years but always found it difficult tomget a call back from them to make a reservation. The entry fee is $12.00. Lunch is a buffet that costs $25.00 in addition to the entry fee. We chose not to eat. We did look over the buffett and were glad that we had... More

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Larkspur, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Gratitude is the word that comes to mind after spending time is this special place. Quiet, spiritual, and delicious. The food was fresh and homemade, staff were kind and smiling. The owner made us feel like we were his personal guests and the entire experience was outstanding. I highly recommend anyone would find this a refreshing and meaningful way to... More

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New York City, New York
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96 reviews 96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Our friends got married here in July. It was a stunning wedding, set among the backdrop of the mountains like something out of a movie. The food is excellent, the best salmon I have ever eaten, both the lox and the cooked (poached?) salmon.

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