Couples seeking a romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco or Sacramento should look no further than an idyllic countryside stay in Graeagle town near the jaw dropping natural spectacle of Lakes Basin.
Situated in Plumas National Forest with surrounding views of the striking Sierra Buttes mountain range, Graeagle's authentic boutique resort and private log cabin accommodation choices are the ideal base from which to explore the numerous hillsides, lakes and forestry terrain observed from the comfort of your quaint bedroom quarters.
A healthy smattering of cuisine options within Graeagle should please any discerning food connoisseur for many an intimate dining experience, which can be enjoyed after a long day of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking and swimming from the immediate outdoor playground of the Northern Sierra.
From the heart of San Francisco and the wider San Francisco Bay Area, a trip out to Lakes Basin on the cusp of both the Sierra and Plumas counties, would take approximately four and a half hours by car, or just under three hours if travelling from Sacramento.
With the absence of direct public transport into Lakes Basin and Plumas National Forest, driving from San Francisco is by far the swiftest option. The quickest route by car is via I-80 East after merging onto US-101 South, continuing for around 90 miles before merging onto CA99-North and following signs for Yuba City/Marysville. After keeping right to continue on CA-70 North for Marysville/Oroville, turn right on State Highway 70 East/9th Street and the CA-20 East before taking the CA-49 North and continuing on Gold Lake Road.
If you decide to stop off or travel from Sacramento as part of an extended trip before reaching California's Lake Basin and mecca for bike riding, walking and hiking enthusiasts, then jump on the route a little later and travel via CA-49 North, taking in I-5 North towards CA-99 North and CA-20 East, before also ending up driving through Gold Lake Road to Lakes Basin.
Designated locations worth checking out when travelling from either San Francisco or Sacramento include the Sutter Bike Trail, offering spectacular views of the Sutter Buttes mountain range, while Big John's Bar and Grill on 1452 Bridge Street is a great option for liquor, drinks and succulent grilled dish based recovery.