Highway 49--Gold Rush Country
The Buttes Resort 230 Main St., (800) 991-1170, (530) 862-1170. 11 units (8 cabins + 3 attached rooms). Most have kitchens & gas fireplaces. Closed Dec-Mar. No pets.
Featuring a woodsy exterior reminiscent of a Swiss chalet, with fence cutouts in the shape of hearts, triangles, and crosses, these vintage cabins are popular with hikers and fishermen. Reception and lobby are in a cozy lodge room with a pool table, where shelves are filled with books, DVDs, and games that guests can borrow. Guests also have access to a free fish-cleaning station, plus a good view of the river below and the buttes above is provided from a large communal deck with tables and chairs, barbecue facilities, and lounge chairs. Located on a bluff high above the river, this lodging is within an easy walk of several restaurants and bars (the town is only a few blocks long). Mountain water here is good right out of the tap, and a nearby trail leads down to the river for sunbathing and swimming. Rooms 9 and 10 have a small private deck with dining table and chairs plus two chairs for relaxing in while looking across at the tree-covered Sierra mountains and listening to the river below. Rooms 4, 7, and 9 have a view of the river. All rooms have a similar attractive decor that includes walls partially lined in knotty pine, tweed-carpeted floors, and Venetian blinds. Room 9 has a claw-foot soaking tub and 12 has a whirlpool tub.
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