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Best Places For A Fall Getaway Near Sacramento

The autumn landscape varies from the city to the foothills and up into the mountains. Find a great place to build a few memories during this awesome autumn season. Sacramento's location offers fantastic choices for fall getaways. All you need to do is choose a spot, pack your bags and your camera and point the car in the right direction.

Cedar House Sport Hotel
10918 Brockway Road
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 582-5655

Head to the high country for an amazing taste of fall. The Truckee area has a lot to offer to just about anyone. The hiking trails are numerous, ranging from a gentle walk along a creek in a stunning meadow, to some more vigorous hiking up a mountain or two. This old rail town is perfect for rail history buffs, the old town itself is worth strolling through and the surrounding vistas will be in autumn mode. The Cedar House Sport Hotel matches this awesome area, with true mountain architecture and a comfy feel you will want to experience more than once. Oh, and the breakfasts are pretty good too.


Squaw Valley Lodge
201 Squaw Peak Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
(530) 583-5500

Imagine this: full service, wonderful rooms, pool, sauna and workout room in fantastic Squaw Valley. Autumn up here is magical, and this is a wonderful place to enjoy it. Hiking Shirley Canyon in the fall should be on your list of must-do hikes. Ride your bike along the tranquil Truckee River. Explore The Village at Squaw, and enjoy a meal at one of the very good eateries here. Bring your own goodies and cook up a fine meal in your condo too. Tahoe City and Lake Tahoe are just a few minutes away. Breathe deeply, enjoy a star canopy at night that you only get in the mountains and welcome autumn into your heart, right here.


The Deer Creek Inn
116 Nevada Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 264-7038

Nevada City in autumn is a very colorful experience. The trees up here put on quite a show. The Deer Creek Inn is sitting on the banks of Deer Creek, and it is beyond beautiful. The Inn, a great B&B, makes a fine base for exploring Nevada City and all of the colorful fall trails around the area. Ask the B&B hosts where it is the best, and head on out. Take your time waking up in the morning and then enjoy a tasty breakfast before you and your camera go out to check out what autumn has in store for you.

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Fireside Lodge B&B
515 Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 544-5515

Fall in Tahoe, in a log cabin B&B, surrounded by tall pines and firs and that really big lake to relax next to, may be a very good version of paradise. This is the off season in Tahoe, and things are much more laid back and quiet after the summer rush. The aspens around this part of Tahoe will dazzle you with golds and yellows. The sound they make in a breeze is truly magnificent. Spending some time at the Fireside just adds to the pleasure. Ride one of the bikes along the bike path, or launch one of the kayaks into the lake. Do this after your very delicious continental breakfast. Most of all, just enjoy yourself, which is really easy to do here.


Sorensen's Resort
14255 Highway 88
Hope Valley, CA 96120
(530) 694-2203

Hope Valley in fall is perhaps one of the most spectacular and colorful experiences you can choose. The aspens in Hope Valley are legendary, with colors that will cause you to stop and take a deep breath. The place where it all starts is Sorensen's Resort. Literally, the aspens here light off before everything else, and they do so in a spectacular manner. The cabins at Sorensen's will simply make the entire experience remarkably more wonderful. Run by John and Patti Brissenden, it just doesn't get any better. Trails to hike, nearby high mountain lakes and the stunning grandeur of Hope Valley in autumn are a must see. Sorensen's is absolutely the best place for home base in this part of the Sierra.

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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
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