What’s New at Drakesbad Guest Ranch

The unplug-unwind destination will open in early June 2018.

Drakesbad Guest Ranch

"UNWIND" OR "UNPLUG"? We modern-day livers of life use both terms in a fairly interchangeable way, with "unwind" taking more of the general "we're too stressed" load and "unplug" dealing with our desire to step away from alerts and feeds for a day. Either way, unwinding or unplugging — or unwinding *and* unplugging — can inspire a person to return to their work, their errands, their 19 different roles with more vigor and can-do. And while such unwinding/unplugging can be done just about anywhere a person commits to doing so, there are those special spots around the Golden State that have earned a reputation as being great places for renewal, reflection, and communing with nature. Drakesbad Guest Ranch, in Lassen Volcanic National Park, is one of those great places, and has been for decades. The emphasis placed on the gloriously placed property is on what might be deemed the rustic and nostalgic pleasures, though let's not put archery, campfire s'mores, and such, in the long-ago past. It's happening now, at Drakesbad, or will be, beginning on...

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018: That's when the guest ranch opens for the season, "weather permitting," and a brand-new Romantic Rendezvous Picnic Package is being introduced. Actually, there are three fresh picnic packages to choose from — the Sunrise to Sunset Couples Picnic Package, the Moonlight Couples Picnic Package, and the Sweetheart Couples Horseback Riding Picnic Package — so you'll likely want to make your choice based on the activities you choose. While all of the packages are a bit different, and have different prices, each includes local wine or bubbly. For everything happening at the Drakesbad, one of California's get-away-iest getaways, click. And we weren't pulling your leg about the unwind/unplug part: The majority of the accommodations have oodles of charm but no electricity. Call it that desired quiet time we rarely find on the go-go-go, with a hefty dose of old-school quaintness.

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