What began as a rough-and-tumble timber town has blossomed into the best-kept secret in the Sierra. An hour's drive from both Reno and North Lake Tahoe, the town of Graeagle (pronounced "gray eagle") is home to fewer than 800 residents and covers little more than 11 square miles. But it sits in the heart of more than a million acres of national forest and at the doorstep of Plumas Eureka State Park, offering virtually unlimited opportunities for outdoor adventure. From your base camp in this quaint mountain hamlet, which, with its A-frame homes and log cabin-style general stores, looks much the same as it did in the '50s, you'll have prime access to hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and more. And, because it's a secret, you might just have it all to yourself.
At Chalet View Lodge
, you'll be treated to a cozy forest-view King Resort guest room, which features deluxe amenities like heated slate floors, granite countertops, and a loft level, not to mention a pillow-top king mattress fitted with 460-thread-count linens. Each morning you'll wake to an included continental breakfast of tasty morsels like French toast, fresh breads and bagels, pastries, fruit, and Starbucks coffee. When you've had your fill, head for the on-site spa
, offering treatments like hot-stone massage or garden mint mask.
On-site, you'll have access to a host of outdoor action. World-class mountain biker Mark Weir was enlisted to design the pump track
on the grounds, and the property's fishing ponds are stocked with rainbow trout. Those who prefer to hit the fairways can tee off on the nine-hole executive golf course
nestled amid the majestic Plumas National Forest
Beyond the resort, the trails, waterfalls, lookout points, and scenic lakes of Plumas County await hikers of all levels. You'll also find horseback-riding adventures, from overnight trips to wagon rides. After a full day, you'll welcome dinnertime at on-site restaurant The Grille
, serving dishes like steak frites and wood-fired pizzas. Sip a glass of wine or sample a craft beer from the on-site Eureka Peak Brewing Co.
—the handful of small-batch brews rotates with the season.