McCloud Falls / Photo: @cali_and_carly
A month from now, the epic waterfalls
of the Shasta-Cascade
region in Northern California will be gushing in spectacular fashion. That said, the cascades on the McCloud River
—Lower, Middle and Upper—are mind-blowing at any time of year. They’re connected by a 1.5-mile-long trail that deserves leisure exploration. To give yourself time to wander (and take a selfie or three!), hole up at one of dozens of cabin retreats in and around Shasta Lake
, the state’s biggest reservoir, and let serendipity be your guide. One of our winter favs just outside Redding are the four dog-friendly Silverthorn Resort
A few other suggestions: Sugarloaf Cottages Resort
on the Sacramento River arm of Shasta Lake is very dog-friendly; it caters mostly to anglers and families on vacation and has a pool and other communal amenities. Tsasdi Resort Cabins
, also on the lake, sits on 20 private-property acres and offers guests complimentary use of kayaks, paddleboards and canoes.
Yearning to throw a line in the water? Hat Creek Resort & RV Park
offers RV and tent sites as well as motel rooms, yurts and cabins. It sports a clubhouse, too, along with other amenities (bring your horse if you have one, and don’t miss hiking a piece of the Pacific Crest Trail). Hat Creek, if you didn’t know, is one of the state’s top streams for fly-fishing. To top it off, the resort is just 11 miles from Lassen Volcanic National Park, a wonderland of geothermal features.