When the weather outside is frightful, Siskiyou is still delightful! As storms have rolled in this past week and everyone waits with eager anticipation for a great snow season, there’s still a ton to see and do indoors. Here are some of our favorite rainy day spots!
Games, Games, Games
What’s better than coffee, craft beers, all day breakfast and games?! The Wheelhouse in Dunsmuir delivers, and on a rainy day one of the most fun places to kick back and stay cozy. If you prefer the kind of games where you can win cash, head straight for Yreka’s new Rain Rock Casino with great food, slots, cards and a whole lot of indoor excitement.
Take in a Museum
Stay dry and learn something too! The Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka is an excellent collection of artifacts, photographs and local history, featuring changing exhibits and guest lectures. Or, check out the impressive Karuk People’s Center Museum in Happy Camp – a stunning 5000 square foot facility that includes an exhibition gallery, gift shop and weekly basket weaving classes every Sunday from 12-3pm.
Make Some Art
Nothing like a little drizzle to channel misty Paris visions and your inner Monet! Known as SAM, the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir is not only an incredible place to see and buy art, but it offers several workshops for you to hone your own skills. You can also pull a stool up to the Bella Art Works Creative Cafe in Yreka – a fun mash-up of a retro soda fountain and paint-your-own-pottery studio that also offers a variety of creative classes and events.
Grab a Mocha
Steaming hot mocha? Check. Cozy vibe? Check. There are lots of great coffee shops all over Siskiyou but some of our favorites to sit for a spell with a book or computer are Seven Sons Coffee & Café in Mt. Shasta, a relaxed cafe in a compact stone building with a great view of the mountain, Misty’s Wet Yer Whistle Espresso Bar in Yreka where you can also enjoy homemade baked goods and an electric fireplace, and Yreka’s Zephyr Books & Coffee, a quaint bookstore that has the added bonus of serving locally roasted Northbound Coffee.
As if anyone needs rain as an excuse for some self-pampering! (But why not?) Bring on the storm outside while you find luxurious relaxation at the Mount Shasta Resort’s Sacred Mountain Spa, where dinner, lodging and spa treatment can all be part of your choice of services. Or head to Stewart Mineral Springs, a unique retreat just north of Weed that offers private healing mineral baths, massage therapy, a wood-burning sauna and accommodations.
Sweat up your own storm inside Yreka’s YMCA on Monday and Wednesday evenings where they offer a $5 drop-in cost to climb their 24-foot rock climbing tower. Or, stretch it out at one of the many yoga classes offered at the Shasta Yoga Institute in Mt. Shasta, where you can even train to become a teacher yourself.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Shopping offers the perfect escape from the wet and Siskiyou’s got you covered this season. Some of our favorite go-to spots are The McCloud River Mercantile Company – a shopper’s paradise offering a variety of general merchandise, vintage lines, apparel, apothecary, gourmet foods, fine wines, and ales all under one big, dry roof. There’s also Dawson’s Wreath Barn in Weed, a one-of-a-kind barn and florist that features local and quality pieces. Or head to Brown Eyed Gal Designs in Yreka, a perfect place to look for unique, one of a kind pieces with everything from gorgeous handmade jewelry to vintage furniture and decor.