My two sons and I stayed at Drakesbad Ranch a couple years ago. It was rustic, but clean and great fun! We hiked to a boiling mud lake, canoed in a pristine pond, went on a horseback ride, swam in the hot spring swimming pool while we watched deer and other animals roaming around the ranch! There were no t.v.'s, radio's or lights in the rooms. We used kerosene lanterns and flashlights! It was great to really just spend time together as a family! I really liked that this was all inclusive! The meals were included and the food was gourmet! I loved the food! Very fresh and flavorful! The staff were wonderful! Lots of different nationalities and very friendly! They even had s'mores for the kids by the BBQ and stories by the fire too! This was one of our more memorable vacations! I would love to go back and take my husband this time! He was unable to go with us last time. Oh, and Lassen is such a cool place to see! It was July and about 98 degrees and they still had a pile of snow and we had a snowball fight! I would definately recommend Drakesbad! I heard about it in the Family Fun magazine originally!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 1916 Congress established Lassen Volcanic National Park as the fifteenth national park in the United States. Privately held Drakesbad bordered the park in the southeast corner. The Sifford family continued to run their beloved Guest Ranch as good neighbors of the Park Service each summer for forty-two years. To preserve the Ranch and guarantee continued quality service for generations to come, Drakesbad was sold to the US government in 1958 for inclusion in to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Since that sale there have been three park concessionaires: for the past 36 years Drakesbad has been run by California Guest Services where the emphasis is still on outstanding customer service! All rates include three meals per day and lodging! All accommodations are rustic and quaint, most without electricity. The use of kerosene lamps is a welcome respite from the modern world and adds a distinct and old time ranch feel to your stay. All rooms include a full or half bath and are gas heated. Housekeeping services are provided daily. As a member of the Green Hotels Network, we make every effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle at Drakesbad. General Information Drakesbad Guest Ranch is open (pending weather conditions) June through mid October. The Ranch is closed mid October through to May. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Drakesbad Guest Ranch Hotel Chester