We stayed at the Buttes Resort for four nights last week and had a wonderful family vacation. It was our end-of-the-summer trip and we were looking to relax and enjoy the outdoors. We were so happy that we chose Sierra City and the Buttes Resort. The cabins were comfortable and very clean, and the grounds of the hotel were just beautiful. We have two young children, 6 and 9 years old, and we stayed in Cabins 5 and 6. Our room had a queen bed and a full kitchen. The adjoining kids room had a bunk bed, which the kids loved. Both rooms had their own bathroom. The cabin was exactly what we expected- all pine, mountain decor and very peaceful, a typical mountain cabin. Our rooms did not have a deck overlooking the river, but we used the main deck everyday. The view from the deck was spectacular.
Mike and Lindy were terrific hosts. Each day we would ask for suggestions on where to hike and what to do, and they never steered us wrong. We forgot to bring swim towels and they graciously let us use theirs for the duration of our stay. They were alwasy available for questions and suggestions, but never intruded. We'll definitely stay here again. We usually stay in Tahoe City for our summer vacation. And there's no denying the beauty of Lake Tahoe. But the whole family agreed that our Sierra City vacation was even more relaxing and more fun. It's quieter in Sierra City and there was so much to do in the surrounding areas. There were so many small lakes to discover, and we were always on the lookout for a good swimming spot in the river. Just below the Buttes was one of the best swimming holes. The hiking was great- no crowds, scenic, easy access to trailheads. Even the drive up to Sierra city was relaxing- we opted for Highway 49 from Auburn. It was a bit curvy, but otherwise very scenic and enjoyable.
One thing to note- Sierra City and the surrounding area is pretty sparsely populated, and there are just a handful of restaurants. There is a general store just down the street from the Buttes, but the selection of foods was pretty limited. It had all of the basics, but next time we will definitely bring more food and supplies up with us. We ended up shopping at the grocery store in Graegle, which was an easy 20 minute drive from the hotel.
We highly recommend the Round Lake-Big Bear/Little Bear/Cub Lake hike. It took about 2 hours round trip, but with 5-6 different lakes along the way, the time passed very quickly. Both kids hiked the whole way, with no complaining. It was fun to always have another lake just around the corner. And we stopped for a swim in the middle and the end of the hike. On our second day, we went to Sand Pond in the morning. The short interpretive hike was fun for the kids, and we all had fun catching polywogs in the pond. After a picnic lunch, we walked to Sardine Lake where we rented a motor boat for the afternoon. It's s very small lake, with no swimming allowed, just fishing. We didn't have fishing polls, so we just motored around the lake, stopping at various points on the shore to play on the big rocks, read a book under the trees, explore, and just enjoy the scenery. Upper Sardine Lake was just a half mile hike up a fire road, and was even more scenic and peaceful. The area reminded us a little of the Canadian Rockies.
On our last day, we did the short hike to Frazier Falls and then went into Graegle for lunch and snow cones/coffee at the Graegle Outpost. We spent the afternoon back at the resort, reading on the deck and just relaxing. BBQ dinner on the deck and an after dinner walk to the entrance of an old mining shaft concluded yet another perfect day.
There were books and board games and pool and darts in the guest lobby. No cell phone service in Sierra City, which was fine with us.
In short, a great vacation. Great accommodations, beautiful surroundings, knowledgeable and friendly owners. Buttes Resort gets 5 stars from us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the base of the towering Sierra Buttes lies the Buttes Resort nestled quietly above the Yuba River in Sierra City. Come see us! ... more less