With your vacation needs calling, where do you go without having to empty your bank account? While it depends on your bank account, the available venues to have a great holiday vacation within a short drive are quite nice. Choose your spot, pack your gear and enjoy a fantastic and affordable vacation.
Eureka Street Inn
55 Eureka St.
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
A holiday escape to Sutter Creek and the Eureka Street Inn is a great way to be kind to your wallet. Anyone interested in antiques and collectables will be right at home here. Sutter Creek is home to quite a few antique emporiums. “Repurposed” furniture may draw your interest too. The community moves at its own pace, and welcomes visitors with open arms.
17510 U.S. Highway 50
Kyburz, CA 95720
Located in the mountains on the American River, this iconic mountain lodge has a long history of providing great accommodations for its guests. Strawberry is a gorgeous place to escape to any time of the year. The mountain setting provides year-round recreational opportunities and the lodge provides year-round comfort for its guests. The lodge has a great dining room, a fantastic chef and is just a short drive from Tahoe.
Camp Richardson Resort
1900 Jameson Beach Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Affordability right on the shores of Lake Tahoe? Camp Richardson is the place to relax and soak up the beauty of Lake Tahoe without taking out a second mortgage. The resort offers extremely comfortable lodge rooms in the hotel, or really nice little cabins with kitchenettes. Walk out of the hotel or your cabin and stroll down to the lake. A vacation here gives you the bustle of the casinos at Stateline, or the laid-back serenity of the Lake Tahoe shore and the forest around this historic mountain retreat.
The Union Hotel
401 1st St.
Benicia, CA 94510
The Union was built in 1852 and is billed as the oldest hotel in California. Fear not, the hotel has been graciously brought up to modern standards over the years. Benicia is an amazingly historic city, sitting right on San Francisco bay. There are over 30 points of interest within walking distance of the hotel. Shops, artists studios, fine dining, kayaking, sailing, bay-side trails, world-renowned glass blowing shops and antiques will all compete for your attention. This city, once the capital of California, is a hidden gem close to Sacramento and friendly to your wallet.
The Truckee Hotel
10007 Bridge St.
Truckee, CA 96161
Head to the high Sierra and the historic town of Truckee. The place to stay is the Truckee Hotel, built in 1873 as the American Hotel. Is has been renovated inside and out, and is an up-to-date and very comfortable home away from home. The town of Truckee is filled with railroad history, art, antiques and exquisite shops of all kinds. Great dining spans the gamut from very affordable to the very eye-popping range. Outdoor recreation possibilities also abound.
Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.