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“Relaxing family vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Buttes Resort

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The Buttes Resort
Santa Clara, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Relaxing family vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2010

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!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Sacramento,Calif
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

This year at The Buttes Resort was wonderful. We were there for an entire week, and we were all sad to leave. Mike & Lindy could not possibly be any nicer as hosts, the place is meticulously clean and comfortable, and it sits in the most beautiful spot in the world. Anyone reading this, should give The Buttes Resort a try..........if you are a normal, polite, considerate person, you will have a fabulous time and enjoy these wonderful accomodations. Our granddaughters love it here, they love Sand Pond, they love the local people, and they love Mike & Lindy!! I defy anyone to find a more relaxing and lovely place to stay. We already have our reservations for next July.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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San Rafael, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2010

My husband, daughter and I (mom) arrived at the hotel to make an inquiry for some company (83 year old aunt) that would be arriving in August. I went into the office to find the owner and there was no one there, so we proceeded to the back to take a look off the deck, at that time the owner came out, and was very hostile from the time he walked out his door; we explained that we wanted to take a look at the premises for a future reservation, but he was still agitated, and basically, in not so many words, told us to leave. Having been in the hospitality business for over 35 years, I was appalled. I would like to say that the place is beautiful, from what we could see in the parking lot, but the owner's hostile, almost threatening manner, certainly put us off from wanting to stay there. Had we not met the owner we would have made a reservation.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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bresort, Owner at The Buttes Resort, responded to this review, August 3, 2010
As with the few negative reviews we receive, once again the reviewer chooses to leave out important facts that establish a basis for the encounter. The folks did go to the office and when they found it empty they chose to ignore the sign asking them to ring the bell for help. They then chose to ignore two signs stating that the privacy and secuirty of our guests is a priority and to please stay in the parking lot until someone can help them. They also walked past a sign that said this is a private deck and only registered guests are allowed. When I approached them they informed me that they wanted to look off the deck and lived in town. I told them that this was a private deck and would appreciate it if they would go back to the parking lot or office if they had questions so we would stop disturbing the current guests on the deck. As with most folks who I tell no to, they got mad and told me so. I told my wife they will probably write to Trip Advisor and low and behold they did! At no time did they mention the intent to rent a room or cabin. In fact, most folks who just want to look off our private deck use the line that they are thinking about renting a room when they just want to look off the deck. You know, if no guests are on the deck, just ask and we will let you look. So, in closing I make no apoliogies to these people for trying to protect the privacy and secuirty of my guests and property by not allowing folks to wander all over the premise without myself or my wife. I can't tell you how many people I have stopped from walking in rented rooms, looking in windows at guests and bothering guests who are asleep on a private cabin deck. It is a tough balancing act, giving our current guests what they pay for and keeping people from writing bad things about my business while trying to tell them no now and then, sheesh. Give us a try.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2010

We spent a week in a cabin here last summer. Mike and Lindy are great hosts. The cabin in very clean, and everything is in good working order. The kitchen is well equipped, the garden is attractive, and we had access to a computer to check email. The price is reasonable, and they even throw in a free night if you stay a week! Highly recommended! (Note- bring your calling card for the phone in the room, cell phones don't work here.)

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chico, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2010

My husband and I read an article in Sunset Magazine about Butte Resort and decided to try it ourselves. We were so happy we did. The Resort is very very nice. Beautifully landscaped and exceptionally clean. We stayed in cabin #11. It was perfect for the 2 of us. The bed was very comfortable, room clean and with a private balcony. We couldn't see much of the river that runs behind the resort but we could hear it quite well. The owners are very nice and accommodating. We hiked to Loves Falls & Frazier Falls. They are absolutely beautiful! The hikes aren't difficult and very much worth the time. We had dinner at the Buck Horn across the street. The food is all homemade and good but not exceptional. However, the garden area makes it even better. If we have the opportunity to return we will without a doubt stay at the Butte Resort.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2010

Private cottages right in town, just a few steps to restaurants and bars. Our cottage had a balcony overlooking the Yuba River--it was great to sleep to the sound of the river flow. And the other direction we could view the majestic Sierra Buttes! The cottage decor is perfectly "cabin" with lots of wood and just enough kitsch. Comfortable beds, and nice linens. Really clean and neat. We didn't get a chance to use the kitchenette, but I'll plan on it for next trip. Owners were gracious and always available and friendly. They had a computer we could use in the common room, and lots of DVDs.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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san francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2010

I stayed at The Buttes Resort in October 2009 for a bit of R&R while grieving the loss of my sister. It couldn't have been more perfect. Mike and Lindy welcomed me like family and offered great suggestions for hikes, restaurants and other activities. My room was sweet and spotless, with a cozy gas fireplace, quaint furnishings, comfy bed, and unexpected amenities. Best of all was the very private wooden deck with a view across the river canyon to the mountains, where I had coffee every morning, wine & cheese every evening, and moonlit meditations in the middle of the night. Sierra City is a tiny mountain town with good (though overpriced) restaurants. The local trails are awesome, even for a tenderfoot like me. You can't beat The Buttes in terms of value, cleanliness, and downright kindness. They have a very informative website too!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Property: The Buttes Resort
Address: 230 Main St, PO Box 234, Sierra City, CA 96125-9995
Location: United States > California > Sierra City
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Sierra City
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Number of rooms: 11
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