Living the Good Life in Remote Northern California
Arguably the most varied state in the U.S., California literally has something for everyone. For those who enjoy the finer things in life, the Golden State has city indulgences galore. From the Bay Area to Los Angeles and down to San Diego, opulent extravagance can be found. Smaller cities with much to offer are spread around the state too. But what about those who truly wish to live the good life away in a remote location? Take a look at what these five areas, all of which are off the beaten path, have to offer.
Located just east of where the northernmost peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains give way to Cascades beginning at Lassen Volcanic National Park, Susanville is true small town isolation. Part pit stop for travelers on U.S. 395 and part historic ranching community, it might not be what comes to mind first when you think of luxury living. That said, there are nice properties on big acreages that can provide luxurious isolation with natural grandeur nearby. The nearest larger city is Reno, Nevada, which is just under an hour and a half to the south.
Essentially at the northern top of California’s Redwood Country, Crescent City may not be as famous as other California coastal towns, but it has charms all its own. Eateries like the Good Harvest Cafe and Chart Room Restaurant are local treasures that are worthy of exploration. Spectacular views provide the setting, and exceptional fare rounds out the experience. While there aren’t 5-star accommodations, properties like the Lighthouse Inn offer comfortable stays with attentive staff and nice amenities.
Mount Shasta and McCloud
Nestled at the base of towering Mount Shasta, the small town by the same name is a great home base for exploring the surrounding natural areas. Anyone looking for a rural atmosphere can find it, and adding an upscale living experience isn’t difficult. To the east is the former company lumber and railroad town of McCloud. Steeped in history, it’s a gateway to the vast wilderness areas that lie beyond. In fact, one of the most sparsely populated areas of the United States is to the east of here. A big acreage ranch, working or not, can provide ample privacy and a lavish lifestyle.
Fort Bragg to Mendocino
California’s Victorian Coast is an amazing collection of homes with fantastic views of the ever-changing Pacific Ocean. Up here the way the ocean looks changes day to day and even hour to hour. A nicely furnished home with an ocean view is great anywhere, and here it comes with the special small town feel that is part of a coastal village. Stay at MacCallum House B&B when visiting. It’s an incredibly romantic property with a lovely decor and roaring fireplace in the restaurant. For a great breakfast, try Eggheads in Fort Bragg and enjoy the Wizard of Oz theme while eating exceptional fare.
Considered by many to be the place where Northern California starts, Mammoth Lakes is also where you will find the southernmost ski resort in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s not just a winter playground; great hiking, biking, golf, horseback riding and mountain exploring are all here. If you are visiting, try a stay at the Westin Monache Resort. It’s an exquisite property that has a reputation for attention to detail.
While it might sound cliché to say luxury is where you find it, the good life is definitely where you make it. Depending on the lifestyle you desire, it can be in the heart of a major city – or in the quiet backcountry of Northern California.