Friday, September 28, 2012

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Sierra City, Mountain Creek Restaurant & Buckhorn Tavern--CLOSED

Mountain Creek Restaurant & Buckhorn Tavern  225 Main St., (530) 862-1171.  B-L-D (days vary); $$.  Though inside seating is available here, in good weather most diners opt for the outside garden.  There, a gentle waterfall flows through the center of the terraced patio, with seating on either side.  Portions are large, and especially good dishes on the extensive menu include rib-eye steak, burgers (including veggie burgers), onion rings, ranch dressing, baked potatoes, garlic-cheese bread, and Bloody Marys. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


All these exciting events take place this weekend:

**On Saturday, September 29th, museums nationwide will offer free admission.  For a list of participating museums in California visit To avoid disappointment, I suggest you call the museum you are interested in directly to confirm their particpation and any restrictions. 

**All 397 national parks will offer free entrance on Saturday, September 29, for National Public Lands Day. This 19th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Visit for a list of parks and information to help plan your park adventure.

**San Francisco’s Travel Show is at the downtown Concourse Exhibition Center on Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30.  Meet hundreds of exhibitors highlighting destinations from around the globe.  Great vacation deals and specials will be available right at the show--even some trip giveaways, including a 4-person California whitewater rafting trip courtesy Mother Lode and a 6-day Fly-Drive Vacation courtesy of Virgin Vacations.  Tickets are $8 at the door; kids under 18 free.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Nevada City, My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things  425 Broad St., (530) 265-4900.  Here you will find well-priced handmade treasures that are sure to please your girlfriends—little decorated boxes, tiny crowns, heart soaps, charming cards saying things like “Girlfriends Matter.”  This is my favorite shop in town!

More things to do in Nevada City.

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image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Nevada City, Asylum Down

Asylum Down  300 Broad St., (530) 265-9666.  This hippie-style shop is filled with natural fiber clothing and tie-dyed everything--don’t miss the trippy cotton underpants or the large children’s collection.

More things to do in Nevada City.

More things to do in Gold Rush Country.

image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Plumas County: Graeagle, shops

The main drag in the charming town of Graeagle is lined with little red cottages that were once the homes of lumber mill workers and now are converted into unique shops.  Here are a few that I particularly enjoyed browsing on my recent visit:

Graeagle Mercantile  108 Hwy. 89, (530) 836-2515.  This pleasant shop features a nicely edited collection of greeting cards, clothing, souvenirs, and lots more. 

Red House Art  126 Hwy. 89, (530) 836-0104.  A variety of fine art, jewelry, and gifts are displayed here—everything from lovely oil paintings of local scenes to whimsical bird feeders made from recycled kitchen gear . 

More things to do in the area.

images c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Monday, September 17, 2012

Plumas County: Graeagle, Graeagle Restaurant

Graeagle Restaurant  7430 Hwy. 89, (530) 836-2393.  B-L daily; seasonal; $.  This large open dining room looks like nothing has changed since the 1930s or ‘40s.  Decor is non-existent, with a line of counter seating and a sprinkling of tables and chairs filling the space.  Breakfast features scrambles and omelettes as well as old-time biscuits and creamy sausage gravy.  Lunch choices include burgers, a hot pastrami sandwich, and milkshakes and freezes.  Homemade desserts include fruit pies and cinnamon rolls. 

More things to do in the area.

image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Sierra City, Sardine Lake Resort


Sardine Lake Resort  900 Sardine Lake Rd.  Open mid-May-mid-Oct.  Start in this idyllic spot with cocktails in the jammin' boathouse known as George's Playpen, and follow it with an elegant full dinner in the cozy dining room or out on the deck  Seatings at 6 & 8pm; $$.  Reservations required.).  Menu items include rib-eye steak, a full rack of ribs, and fresh fish.

More things to do in Sierra City. 

More things to do in Gold Rush Country.

image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Miscellaneous: What’s up with Hyatt and Alice Waters?

    Hyatt hotels has been busy as a bee working with Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse fame, to produce a three-course organic and seasonal children’s prix fixe meal.  It is now on the menu at all full-service Hyatt hotels and resorts throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.  The idea behind this is Alice’s philosophy of not over-complicating food and keeping it recognizable in an attempt to help get kids interested in good-for-them foods.  The salad course includes Romaine lettuce hearts, carrot curls, and a radish rose served with a flavorful lemon vinaigrette for dipping.  The main course is simple grilled chicken with pesto aioli, roasted potatoes, and a skewer of cherry tomatoes, and dessert is fresh fruit—perhaps orange pieces and strawberries served in a reamed-out orange cup with fragrant lemon verbena.   The price for this meal is $16.95.  Indeed, Hyatt is dedicated to bringing more organic choices to its entire menu, including meat without supplemental growth hormones or antibiotics, beverages with natural sweeteners such as agave nectar, and cage-free eggs. 
    Alice Waters’s cook book, “In the Green Kitchen,” is a great gift for you or someone you know who is in need of basic information on how to organize their kitchen and prepare simple meals with good ingredients.  I plan to work the Grand Aioli and the Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Kale into my repertoire.  The book itself is a work of art, with an easy-to-use layout and delicious images.

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image of Alice Waters c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers