California’s north is an amazing place for a weekend getaway that’s both healthy and relaxing – where you can unplug your phone and recharge your personal battery. Come plan a stay and find your winter wellness in Siskiyou! Here are just a few suggestions.
Get Outside & Explore
It’s easy to avoid going outside in winter, going from the car to the office and back home without ever feeling the frosty sting of fresh air. But staying inside is actually part of the reason some people get sick over the winter! Pick a day when the sky is blue and bundle up – then head outside and get your heart pumping. Take a walk around Yreka’s Greenhorn Park – which is typically in the warmest part of Siskiyou, or Lake Siskiyou in Mt. Shasta that’s easily accessible year-round. To get your heart pumping, why not rent some snow shoes in downtown Mt. Shasta, McCloud, or on-site at the Nordic Center. For some off-season hike ideas, visit here.
Eat Good-For-You Food
Eating during the winter might sound boring, but it doesn’t have to be! Think leafy greens, winter squash, locally-sourced lean meats and heart-warming soups and Siskiyou’s got you covered. Why not check out Sage Restaurant in McCloud, Lily’s Restaurant in Mt. Shasta, Five Marys in Fort Jones or Denny Bar in Etna for their seasonal local offerings, or dive into a whole menu of soups at Linda’s Soup Café in Yreka. Looking to spice it up, a little? Go for the “Thai spicy” Tom Yum at Natalee Thai Restaurant in Yreka and clear out those winter sinuses!
Access to water is a way of life in Siskiyou, from waterfall hikes and blue-ribbon fishing to boating and lakeside strolls. But, it’s also the home of the “Best Water On Earth” – and bottled by Dunsmuir’s Castle Rock water. You can visually experience the water for yourself next door to the bottling plant at popular Hedge Creek Falls, a waterfall you can walk behind that is literally right off the freeway. Or, head to where the Sacramento headwaters spring gurgles up in Mt. Shasta City Park, and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the paved, ADA walkway with the meandering Headwaters stream as your guide. While filling up a water bottle for the road is not officially recommended, you’ll see people doing it – the choice is up to you!
Treat yourself to winter wellness in Siskiyou with a spa retreat at the Sacred Mountain Spa, where they offer a warm and welcoming environment on the shore of Lake Siskiyou, and just a few minutes from the base of Mount Shasta. Or, cozy up with some friends and a board game at the Wheelhouse Café in Dunsmuir, where they serve breakfast all day, are open late on Friday and Saturday, and feature the largest board game selection in Siskiyou.
Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your overall winter wellness, and why not take advantage of some of Siskiyou’s great lodging options? Pamper yourself at the Mossbrae Hotel in Dunsmuir. Or, treat yourself at one of McCloud’s delightful hotels, like the McCloud River Mercantile Hotel or the McCloud Hotel – where even your favorite four-legged friend can indulge in a good night’s rest. You can also cozy up to the romantic charm of the Strawberry Valley Inn in Mt. Shasta, or sit fireside at the Best Western Tree House.
There are also plenty of opportunities for youth winter wellness in Siskiyou, so if you’re planning a family winter excursion find some other great ideas here! For more inspiration on a winter bucket list of outdoor activities, visit here.
See you in Siskiyou!