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Western Pacific Railroad Museum – ALL ABOARD FOR PORTOLA!

By Rick Barlupi                       Train’s A Comin’! Imagine yourself operating a full-sized diesel locomotive on real railroad trackage, wearing an engineer’s hat, blowing the whistle and grinning from ear to ear. This dream can come to life through the “Run-A-Locomotive” program (R-A-L) at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum located at Portola, in scenic Plumas County, California. Their world famous “Run-A-Locomotive” program allows you to rent a vintage diesel locomotive and operate it on the museum grounds, under the close supervision from your own private qualified engineer instructor. A certificate...

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The Iron Door Johnsville CA +1530.836.2376

Dining at the Iron Door By Jan Cox Nestled on the side of a mountain above Graeagle, you will find the small town of Johnsville, founded in 1876. Located next to Plumas Eureka State Park and below the 7447 ft. Eureka Peak, this quiet town has only one commercial establishment called the Iron Door. It was first opened as a restaurant in 1961. The present owners, Bonnie and Chris David took over this restaurant in May, 2005 as the fifth owner in 48 years. My husband and I heard about the Iron Door when we moved to the Sierra in 1975 and have since made sure that we go there for a dinner date at least once each summer. It is a beautiful drive from wherever you are located. Part of the joy of eating in this establishment is the history of the area. The building itself is 104 years old and was originally a general store and connected post office for the mining town of Johnsville. At the outskirts of town, you can stop and roam around the state park display which informs visitors about the gold mining that has taken place here. When we arrived, we met with the owner Bonnie David, who with her husband Chris, and son, Bill, also own and operate Gumba’s in Blairsden and the Frosty in Graeagle. We were shown around the...

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Fiesta in Truckee at Casa Baeza

Margaritas anyone? Casa Baeza at 10004 Bridge Street makes the some of the best in Truckee. While visiting the grand, historic Truckee Hotel, we decided to walk across the street to have something spicy for dinner. The cold weather had us longing for flavors reminiscent of our recent Cabo vacation. Not only did the authentic cuisine whisk me back to memories of Mexico, the whole atmosphere did. Our server, Efrain Nevarez had the entire crowd laughing. The place was just hopping and several parties were on a list, waiting for tables. He had to dance and weave his way...

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Smart’s Wagon Train Coffee Shop +1530.587.7574

Smart’s Wagon Train Coffee Shop By Melissa Wynn After a peaceful nights rest atThe Truckee Hotel, General Manager Tim Tonachella suggested we try breakfast at Smart’s Coffee Shop, 10080 Donner Pass Road. He said it was his personal favorite and I soon discovered why. Dining at this unusual establishment is part extraordinary down home cookin’, part comedy sideshow and part mountain history museum visit. Entering the building we were enveloped in the aromas of frying bacon and creamy gravy. Antique lanterns and cast iron skillets hang from the ceiling. Simple wooden tables are set with the basics. Traditional red...

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Hot Spring Pool at Drakesbad Guest Ranch – Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park

DRAKESBAD GUEST RANCH From NorCalTravelGuide.com, by Eileen Majors [media-credit name=”NorCalTravelGuide.com” align=”alignleft” width=”162″][/media-credit] THE ESCAPE Long lists of things to pick up at the store, dust on the furniture and a pile of laundry was beckoning me to stay home. Work had been stacking up for weeks but with wisdom being doled out for free and given without reproach to all who ask, I decided to go ahead and asked for a little enlightenment. I walked past the library table where one grandchild had proudly written their name in the dust and made my way to the quiet of the...

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