McCloud River Bed and Breakfast- A Hidden Gem on Mt. Shasta

Many visit Mt. Shasta each year, yet relatively few of these travelers are aware of the tiny town named McCloud, nestled near the top of the mountain. The town is named after the McLeod family, settlers who arrived in the area in the early 1800s. Alexander McLeod led a group of explorers and trappers to the heavily forested area in 1829. His wife, Mary, became the town matriarch and everyone answered to her.

“Momma McLeod” expected everyone in her town to maintain a high level of morality and respect for the community. Those who were disruptive or nonproductive were firmly invited to leave. The McLeod home was the center of all things in the tight-knit community. A nearby mercantile provided everything residents needed. Those who lived and worked in McCloud would pick up their necessities at the store. The funds for items acquired would be removed from the paychecks of individuals shopping at the store. Then, workers would go pick up their checks at the bank, which was originally located in the McLeod house.

The building also served as the administration building for the local mill. The Champion Mill would serve as the “savior” of the area, providing jobs and crucial materials needed by the community. Maps of all areas of the forest were kept in the President’s Room, and a large walk-in safe stored the files of all of the men in the community. In 1990, the McLeod home was declared a historical site. It was opened as a bed and breakfast in 1995.

The McCloud River Bed & Breakfast has five beautiful rooms with great rates. The Inn offers amazing specials for couples wanting a romantic getaway, anglers looking for that perfect fishing spot, or adventurers seeking out a fun new experience. Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage. A large room is available, where weddings, conferences, or other events can be held. Trails in the area offer a variety of hiking experiences. There are a lot of recreational activities in McCloud, including golfing, skiing, and birding.

A delicious hot breakfast is served in the main dining room each morning. Guests can also arrange to have breakfast served in their rooms. Some make their stay even more special by ordering a champagne breakfast. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available in the main dining room. Each evening, delicious homemade treats are put out for guests to snack on. WiFi service is available for those desiring to use it.

For more information about the McCloud River B&B, check out their website or Facebook page.


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