September 27-30th, we will be having a Jazz Festival in Dunsmuir! Jazz In The Canyon will be happening at various venues around town. Download the flier from here. The weather has cooled off and the smoke has dissipated. Enjoy wonderful music in picturesque surroundings! Attendees will get a discount when staying with us, ask when reserving. -Eric @ the Dunsmuir Lodge
The Delta and Hirz fires are under control, but there remains many firefighters on these fires. Cleanup and watching for flareups is a big job, and there are places where the fire is still burning. As a ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in stopping the fires, we are offering 25% off all rooms for firefighters and contract workers on site or simply for a night off or two.
The smoke is gone… Well not quite, as occasionally the wind blows what’s left of the Carr & Hirz Fires’ smoke up here. Most days are like this now, though. I could see Castle Crags from our parking lot, and it’s nice to be able to breathe easy again. The weather has cooperated, also, we’re seeing highs in the high 80’s the past three days.
Fish are biting; I don’t fish myself, but at a recent stop to “eat riverside” at the Dunsmuir City Park & Botanical Gardens, I watched a guy catch one while I was eating. A day later, while showing a guest lower McCloud Falls, we watched six guys walk down and drop lines. Within minutes they were all catching fish of various sizes! It was a great show for my friend who was from Montana, and said that the area reminded her of home.
Lake Siskiyou still has boats for rent: take a leisure ride with a sweeping, post card view of Mount Shasta. Or to get the same shot as 101 things guide, ask Eric @ the Dunsmuir Lodge where to go…
canyon-south view of Hirz Fire
So one night I got a pretty cool surprise for a car enthusiast. It started when a Tesla pulled in at the lobby to check in. From afar I thought it was a new model 3, so went to check it out. It turned out to be an “X” (model X: AWD SUV/crossover), but we hadn’t yet had one to our new Tesla Destination Charger-so I went in to chat with the guest. Most Tesla owners are happy to stop and answer questions about their car, and this guy was a true fan of his car. Only owned two months, this was his first road trip and he used the car’s in-dash app to find us. We spoke for almost 15 minutes and while walking out of the office he offered me ride. In my overexcitement at my first ride in ANY Tesla, I blurted out “Hell yeah!” before I could filter my words. … we got in and he showed me “startup” -there really is none, get in and it’a already on and ready to go, thanks to the key fob/RF interface. We took off and drove towards downtown, did a loop around a few blocks, stopping once so he could partially punch it to demonstrate it’s torque. WOW, is all I can say. Any car enthusiast that likes torque and to be launched hard like like a dragster needs to experience this. We came back south and when he got near the offramp I got really excited…
I would be surprised and let down at the same time. We didn’t get on the Freeway, instead he pulled over and asked me if I wanted to drive. “Of course I would”, I replied in a more Tesla-esque manner, this time.
Hi. We are full and getting nonstop calls for rooms. The area’s hotels and campgrounds are pretty full, but you’re welcome to park in our parking lot for the night. There is also ample space to camp if needed (no services). We have soap and hoses to wash up in the morning and wifi for internet, etc. EDIT FRIDAY JULY 27: We are full again; Siskiyou Lake Resort Campground is getting cancellations- so you can check with them, and hotels in mt shasta are showing availability on Expedia and Booking.com. Good luck to all who are evacuated or dealing with loss of their home.
Dunsmuir may not be a designated official “Pacific Crest Trail Town”, but Dunsmuir has been the go-to stop for PCT hikers for a very long time. Dunsmuir, California is close to the trailhead, and many Dunsmuir businesses are quite friendly to PCT hikers; the Dunsmuir Lodge has quietly been serving the needs of PCT hikers since 2005. We will give rides if at all possible. I personally know a few restaurant owners who love to have PCT hikers come in and visit. I am grateful for all the PCT hikers that stay here, dine here and quietly write us up on Guthook and other sites, or even in books. While there are no known PCT reservations on the date of writing, we have had at least one room with hiker(s) every day for 9 days now (yes I count them and repeat guests daily!) PCT hikers know it’s much easier to get to Dunsmuir for a rest stop. Locals keep up the traditional “trail angel” work of shuttling PCT hikers to and from Ammirati’s Market in Castella-many do-I see and hear about it all the time! We will keep the natural goodwill and karma going, and PCT hikers will continue to feel welcome in Dunsmuir. Dunsmuir is the type of friendly community that outsiders miss so much from yesteryear.
Partnering with Tesla to bring the newest Tesla Destination Charger to Dunsmuir, California, we had two Tesla Chargers installed last November. Charging is free to overnight guests and $6 for drop-in charging while you wait. Manfredi’s is a short walk, with downtown Dunsmuir 10 minute’s walk. You can eat lunch at the Dunsmuir Brewery Works, Cornerstone Cafe, Wheelhouse restaurant, Pizza Factory, Burger Barn, or La Perla De Nayarit.
Tesla’s Destination Charging Network will help bring EV travel to the masses. We are seeing regular use a few times a month with more inquiries and notes on internet reservations every day!
We are proud to bring EV charging to Dunsmuir, California.
Merry Christmas! This morning I would like to express my appreciation for ALL the wonderful guests we’ve had over the years. 2008-present has been a struggle financially, and recovery of the economy did not “trickle down” to Dunsmuir until 2017, and even then, not for all of us. It takes a long time for those pennies to fall from heaven, where, apparently, the wealthy, live… That being said; we learned the hard way to save for winter like it was our last summer, and treat every guest like they are regulars. my mother, Donna Parsons started this program of saving and was the gatekeeper of the money, because up till then, we’d just poured all our money into this place and had no real idea how to save. The lodge still needed upgrades, but we were in survival mode.
Through this I’ve never forgotten it’s you, our guests, who makes us great by your patronage. This year I’m starting to dream about what the Dunsmuir Lodge could become again. I haven’t done that since 2008. Maybe one day there could be a second story, pool, and restaurant!
This year we did a few much needed repairs ($$$), and are now working on some interior touches in our premium rooms (formerly called “renovated”). We will eventually put finishing touches in the standard rooms also. Probably the biggest news for Dunsmuir Lodge in 2017 is the new TESLA car charging station, with adapter for all other cars, too! Dunsmuir is firmly planted in the 21st century now, and ready for the electric highway!
Thanks to all the hard work of our housekeepers, who keep the rooms nice and clean for you, our hospitable and helpful office staff, and myself, you still love us and keep coming back year after year! We will keep striving to be the most comfortable place to stay for people visiting the area. Thanks to everyone who has ever stayed here for your support!
-Eric @ the Dunsmuir Lodge
How to see the snow and a beautiful sunset at the same time halfway up Mount Shasta. Bunny Flat provides hiking, camping, and winter sports. Quick easy access and plowed roads means that anyone can get up there most days of the year. It will show up on most map apps and is at the top of Everitt Memorial Highway, going directly up the mountain out of the town of Mount Shasta (8 miles north). While the view has been similar to this picture lately, we are expecting snow off and on throughout February, so check when traveling through. Come stay at the Dunsmuir Lodge for free tour suggestions and directions!