Monday, August 27, 2012

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Sierra City, Big Springs Gardens--CLOSED

Big Springs Gardens  CLOSED  32613 Hwy. 49, 3½ mi. E of town, (530) 862-1333.  Mid-June-Sept only.  L W-F (12-1; order from menu); F eve bbq, Sat L & D, Sun brunch buffet (10:30-1).  Complete meal + garden $25; garden only $12, 6-12 $8.  Reservations required.  No credit cards.  No pets; no outside food.  This groomed 7-acre garden includes the 1-acre Spirit Pond that is filled with trout and waterlilies and accented with a deep-tourquoise arched “Bridge of Dreams” reminiscent of Giverny’s.  Meals take place in a flat, unpaved area outdoors under sheltering tall trees.  Meal price includes sales tax and gratuity; wine and beer are available.  Surrounding this is 23 acres of wild gardens.  A 2-mile trail leads through an old-growth forest to The Source, where water bubbles up from a spring and flows down through the property into the pond and eventually to a waterfall on Highway 49; it is the perfect after-meal hike.  This slice of paradise is the personal vision and private property of Don Phillips.

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image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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