By Melissa Wynn
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I am always in awe of the wild and scenic Feather River as it winds along side of Hwy 89 on the way to Quincy from Greenville. The drop it makes at Indian Falls turn up the volume on the mesmerizing rush of these pristine rolling waters. Superior fishing and a picnic area makes Indian Falls a local’s favorite playground. The natural wonder known as St. Bernard Rock stands guard over the rugged canyon near the intersection with Hwy 70 from Chico. Marvelously engineered railroad bridges perch precariously on the mountainside leaving passersby wondering “How did those get way up there?” The journey to Quincy is scenically fascinating from either direction.
Once you arrive the close knit quality of this Sierra community is evident in every corner of this charming town. Tim Schooler is waiting with a friendly smile to serve you mouth watering street tacos at Timatillos, tucked away in Grover’s Alley. Tim’s signature dish steak tacos, carne asada style steak seasoned to perfection in a roasted red pepper sauce, atop double corn tortillas with diced onion, fresh cilantro and a thick lime wedge with beans and rice on the side is a party for the taste buds. The steak is melt in your mouth tender and that roasted red pepper sauce is divine. All six taco sauce choices at Timatillos are homemade and there is something for everyone.
A relaxing glass of wine from The Drunk Brush is at the ready right next door. This unique venue offers a wide variety of wines in classy little hang out. Drink all you like because lodging is available on site and check-in is as easy as asking the bartender for a room.
Now you are ready to kick back with a movie in your clean and comfortable room just upstairs at Quincy’s Courtyard Suites. Relax amid a pile of puffy pillows after a long soak in a deep claw foot tub. No cramped hotel room here, each uniquely decorated suite has a full kitchen, living area and even a wrought iron patio set just outside the door.
A visit to this little corner of Quincy wouldn’t be complete without a yummy organic breakfast at Pangea Cafe & Pub just across the street at 461 Main St. Organic is the general theme but you can still get a death by chocolate cheesecake. After all we need something to feed the soul. Local wines and micro-brew beers are also on the menu at Pangea Cafe & Pub. A full menu available online at pangeapub.com that includes sushi, some Thai dishes and even a $5 kids menu.
Another outstanding option for those who enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine is Mi Casita at 875 East Main Street. There is a wide variety of specials including seafood, and all of your classic Mexican dishes. Several American dishes including a good ole burger and fries are also available seven days a week. Breakfast begins at 6 a.m. bring a friend!
Welcome to Cafe Le Coq in downtown Quincy. Dine in the garden or in the quaint, old fashioned home restored into a welcoming cafe. Owner/Chef Patrick LeCoq and his wife Donata enjoy what they do and it shows. Patrick thoroughly enjoys preparing fresh appetizers, salads, soups and specialties of the house. The dinners are fabulous and reservations are recommended. Private parties are welcome. Lunch is served up in four courses, starting with a fresh appetizer. A wide choice of entrees are each preceded by homemade soup and followed by French dessert. Yes, Patrick is a Frenchman, obvious by his charming accent. You will love the food and the charm of Cafe Le Coq.
Shopping in downtown Quincy is a wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon. The stroll down Main Street offers a wide variety of home town Mom and Pop type shops with everything from a quick office what not gift to fine art meant to be passed down for generations. Take your time and get to know the locals, experience the close knit quality of Quincy.