Stayed for 2 nights with my colleagues and this place complete our trip to perfection. Location, cleanliness, breastfast, room size, amenities (they also have a bathrobe!), beautiful interior.. everything was exceptionally great including Bob who was the host. Things are already well explained by other travelers, so I will just throw some photos I took!
Am I ever glad we lingered over breakfast in Sacramento and opted to visit a friend before getting lost on our way to Vrass Valley. Running behind called for a change of plan that pinpointed Sierra City as our night's destination. With the wonders of the internet I was able to draw a bead o not the High Sierra Inn.
Ending our driving day early allowed us to check in early and take in the the spectacular view from our deck off the Howard Creek suite, an impeccably clean and nicely appointed guest room with its own large jetted tub and gorgeous heartwood ceiling.
Our night sleep was uninterrupted by the incredible absence of any man made sounds leaving us refreshed and eager to enjoy Bob's deliciously prepared and beautifully presented breakfast of fruit, quiche and and a delightful caprise salad variation featuring the ripest most flavorful tomatoes imaginable.
Our companions at breakfast were interesting and engaging with Bob and Bette moving the conversation along nicely.
Before leaving we strolled the lush green grounds and wished we could stay another day but alas, we needed to move on and the Inn would be hosting a full house of soon to be awestruck guests. Thanks Bob and Bette for creating this lovely gem in the high Sierras for the enjoyment of the fortunate who happen on this idyllic spot.
We spent a lovely two nights with friends at the High County Inn. Not only was the inn cozy, but the views were absolutely breathtaking! The view from the living room and our bedroom were simply stunning!
This place is a mixed bag. It has a great view of the Sierra Buttes, and room was large. But there were many incidents that will keep us from returning, and which affected our comfort. It was expensive for the area and lack of amenities. The night we arrived was the first strange incident. After driving all day we arrived around 6:30. The owner, Bob, asked if we'd eaten, and when we said "No" he informed us that the nearest restaurant was 17 miles away (on mountain roads). Since we had received a confirmation email from him THE PREVIOUS DAY mentioning the local restaurants that were a few minutes away (and offering help securing reservations!) this was surprising. When I brought up his email (expecting an "I'm sorry- I need to update that.") he basically shrugged and said, "It's the off-season." !! So, we had our hiking snacks of cheese and crackers for dinner. If we'd had no food with us we would have been very unhappy instead of just annoyed. He took no responsibility for this mistake.
The room had comfort issues: while large, there was no chair or small table. The common area of the house also did not have comfortable seating or a small table for guest use (the large dining table was always set for breakfast, and was separate from the couches). And though the online photos of our room showed chairs on the attached patio, they were not there for us and I had to request them. One morning when my husband and another guest were sitting in chairs outside (there were just 2) I asked if there were any more chairs, and Bob said, "No." (How about, "Just a minute- let me get another.") After some pushback from me he did offer to let me take a dining chair out. (Remember: $150+ a night!) I was getting the feeling that he was shutting down to off-season mode, with no reduction in what he was charging guests.
Our 3rd night there we wanted to watch the Cubs playoff game, so tried turning on the TV but couldn't figure it out, so we called the owner's # (they stay next door) for help. Bob was out so his wife came over, quite begrudgingly. It was our 3rd night there, and the first interaction we'd had with her. Her first words? Not even "Hello," but "I hope you didn't mess with it or I can't fix it!" Wow. $495 we're paying, and we get a grumpy lady reprimanding us for turning on the remote wrong?
Less important, but worth noting, decor is quite dated, and there is an ABUNDANCE of country kitsch everywhere. I expect this, to a degree, but it was so severe that it got in the way of the natural beauty of the surroundings. For example, you look out your window at the lovely trees but there are plastic flowers and knick-knacks blocking your view. This decor needs serious editing. Also, guests need to know that you must remove shoes every time you enter the house, and there is no seating at the door, so this will be a challenge for some people.
Breakfast: fruit plate was delicious. After that, there was no choice, and it was heavily weighted to bread products-the Diabetes Diet. Small amounts of red meat were in all entrees. I would have welcomed a bowl of hard-boiled eggs, as there wasn't much protein.
So, a lovely region, but you get the same feeling at the High Country Inn that you get from Comcast: when there's not much competition, they don't much care how they treat you.
Beautiful location on the North Fork of the Yuba River. Highly recommend the golden pond room. Beautiful grounds. Great food and bob was a great host. Fly fishing on the river was great. We recommend it if you want a wonderful get away. Only negative was having to remove our shoes in the house.