November 7, 2013
It's time to turn our attention to the fast-approaching holiday
season. To kick off Christmas shopping, the merchants in Chester and
Indian Valley are again hosting their
Mountain Holiday Affair Shopping Tour. You
can enjoy live music, refreshments, specials, drawings, and best of
all - no traffic! We've just learned that some of the merchants in
downtown Quincy are having open houses this Saturday too. So plan to
make a day of it and enjoy our fresh mountain air while finding
one-of-a-kind treasures for your gift list.
November 1, 2013
haven't completely given up - there are still some nice fall colors
out there - they're just hard to find! The majority of our beautiful
color is on the ground. Our local leaf peepers are hardy folks
though, and just to prove it,
Mike Nellor took a morning hike along Spanish Creek near
Oakland Camp this morning. He writes: "Foggy
Oakland camp this morning...
Creek dogwoods, grasses and willows are the dominate colors along
Spanish Creek while golden oaks dot the hills. A beautiful morning
And just a reminder - Christmas tree cutting permits are now on
sale throughout Plumas and Lassen counties. Please check our
permit page to find out how to get yours.
October 29, 2013
It's been rainy and snowy here for a
couple of days, but the forecast for this weekend is for clear skies
- but, fair warning, it's really cold at night and early mornings!
If you're coming up this weekend, you can combine sightseeing
with shopping at Christmas Boutiques and Open Houses happening in
Greenville and Crescent Mills. The fun starts Friday and lasts
through Sunday. The stores are actually already decorated for
Christmas and refreshments will be served!
the start of November means it's time to turn your attention to the
many CONIFERS in the forest, who have been patiently awaiting their
time in the limelight. Yes, believe it or not, this week marks the
Christmas tree cutting season!
October 26, 2013
It's another beautiful day here in Plumas County. Perfect for
whatever activity you have in mind. We'd suggest a drive through
Indian Valley (Greenville) for the last of the fall color there. And
while you're at it, you might want to take in some other things to
see, such as the
Barn Quilt Trail. There are dozens of barns in Indian Valley and
in the Quincy area displaying barn quilts of all shapes and sizes.
If you're in the mood for a walk or easy bike ride, try the trail
along the west shore of Lake Almanor. Enjoy a beautiful calm day and
refresh your senses in our wonderful mountain air. Of course there
are dozens of other
places to walk or hike too. Try Bucks Lake in central Plumas, or
any of the marvelous trails in the Lakes Basin Recreation area near
The merchants in all the communities are eager to see you too.
Drop in at any number of
interesting shops from Chester to Greenville, or Quincy,
Graeagle, or Portola. You'll find antiques, one-of-a-kind items,
perfect gifts, or yummy candy. Each community has thrift shops too -
bargains galore! Relax and take some time to find out what we're all
October 23, 2013
Good morning everyone. We just received an
e-mail from a very disappointed leaf-peeper who came to Quincy over
the weekend and didn't find it at peak. As we reported, peak
color in Quincy was early this year, so we hope no one else has the
same experience. In order to view the best fall color now, you need
to venture out of Quincy as reported below.
leaf-peeper Dave Butler, from San Jose, sent the following
message and photo: The attached image was taken Saturday Afternoon,
a mile or two up Beckwourth Genesee Road. Also, the color was
bountiful on Highway 70, about 19 miles west of Quincy. Thanks Dave.
And another of our favorite Indian Valley leaf peepers,
sent this report and photos:
It's not too late to take the drive to Round Valley Lake and
enjoy the Fall colors.
canyon is full of red and pink dogwood and golden large leaf maples,
as well as a huge display of yellow, orange, and some red oaks.
took a drive about 4:30 p.m. and the angle of the sun gave the
yellows a look of liquid gold.
Up at the lake the leafy Japanese plant that grows on the water has
turned bright red.
October 22, 2013
Prepare your eyes for a feast! This is truly peak color as you
can see. Barring high winds, this gorgeous color should last at
least through the coming weekend, so come on and be a part of it -
first leaf peeper today is Dennis Hayes, who sent this great
shot of dogwoods on the way to Round Valley Lake in Greenville.
Our second report is from Chuck Viebrock from Novato, who
sent a number of great photos from his trip to Plumas County over
the weekend. Chuck reports:
I was late this year for the Quincy color so took a look up
Frenchman Lake Road Sunday and found the attached color a mile above
the National Forest border sign all the way up into the canyon close
to the lake. It looks bleak the first 4 miles off Rte. 70 but don't
get discouraged. It should last another week at least. (Route 8)
Chuck goes on to say: I took a remote trip out of the county on
Highway 120, not for anyone in a hurry, but if you have the time and
aren't in fear of a mountain road the trip to Marysville is
beautiful. There's practically a dogwood forest along the road 5
miles on each side of the Plumas/Yuba county line. It's an easier
drive from Marysville and should last at least 2 more weeks.
this last shot of dogwood was taken 3-5 miles off Rte. 70 on La
We owe Chuck a big thank for showing us what can be seen off the
October 21, 2013
We're so fortunate to have
as one of our Indian Valley leaf peeper reporters. Just sent in to
us this morning, you can see why you must include the Indian Valley
area along Highway 89 on your fall color drive.