The terrific weather that we’ve been enjoying thanks to an early spring doesn’t only mean that you can bring a pair of short pants on your visit to the Featherbed Railroad. It also means that flowers and plants are happier earlier in the year as well with some spectacular shows of colors by the plants both on property and off.
One of the highlights of spring are Anne Garner’s Spring Wildflower Tours on her Eleven Roses Ranch in Long Valley.
The annual Spring Wildflower Tours put you aboard a mule-drawn covered wagon that eases its way through the back country of Eleven Roses Ranch as Anne Garner shares the history of the property which coincides well with California’s history - her family has been on the ranch for many generations. During the tour you’re transported to a time when neighborly hospitality was the norm and nature provided the fireworks with incredible splashes of color all over.
Anne Garner’s family have passed along an incredible legacy of history to Anne who is exceptional at relating those stories. The touring day starts at 11, after a terrific breakfast at the Featherbed Railroad for our guests, and opens with refreshments at the Ranch.
Following that you board the comfortable mule-drawn wagon to enjoy spectacular scenery and Anne’s terrific stories. This is definitely a trip where you’ll want to be sure there is plenty of space on your camera for the oodles of pictures you’ll undoubtedly take.
After the ride has concluded Anne’s team puts out one heck of a great authentic tri-tip barbecue and we’ve been raving about the tri-tip since the first time we had it. As part of the meal there are Lake County wines to enjoy and Dutch oven cobbler for dessert.
Long Valley is within a short 45 minute drive of the Featherbed Railroad and is still almost completely untouched my human hands. The setting is truly a beautiful picture of how California used to be before the Gold Rush times. Forget the metal under the ground, the real gold is in the hills of authentic, rural and unspoiled California!
This is one of the many highlights of a Lake County vacation, where the scenery is often unspoiled and nature does its very best at what it is truly great at. These wildflower tours are something very unique to this region as there aren’t many settler families left, and only one with as charming and outstanding a tour guide as Anne Garner.
Tickets for the tour are just $60 for adults, $50 for seniors and $40 for those ages 5-12. Children under five are free when accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required and seating is limited so we suggest you call today to get a spot. Tours are rain or shine and until Mother Nature sends the flowers to bed.
We hope to hear your stories about your Spring Wildflower Tour experience with Anne and John, the mule, and look forward to seeing you soon for one of the highlights of the year in Lake County.
As always, we ask, do you have your reservations yet?
Written by Anthony B. Barthel
A blog about happenings in Lake County.