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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

We 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 walk."


And just a reminder - Christmas tree cutting permits are now on sale throughout Plumas and Lassen counties. Please check our tree cutting 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!

And 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 beginning of 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 Graeagle.

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 about.

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.

New 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, Jeff Titcomb, sent this report and photos:

It's not too late to take the drive to Round Valley Lake and enjoy the Fall colors.

The 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.

I 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 - Awesome Autumn!

Our 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.



And this last shot of dogwood was taken 3-5 miles off Rte. 70 on La Porte Road.

We owe Chuck a big thank for showing us what can be seen off the main highways.



October 21, 2013

We're so fortunate to have Richard McCutcheon 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.
(Route 3)




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