Come and be Surprised on your Tranquil Creek Hideaway stay. Nestled on the slopes of the Warner Mountains in Surprise Valley, our home infuses one with the tranquility of nature. Soak in the hot spa, listen to the creek...relax and smile.
Pablo Neruda, Zane Grey, Ernest Hemmingway, Annie Diller, Robinson Jeffers would feel at home here, as we hope you will.
Residing in the far northeast corner of California- -in the land called Surprise Valley--is a home when you stay, you may not want to leave. Tranquil Creek Hideaway is peaceful, unique,and far from the maddening crowd. We are only a few miles from the Oregon and Nevada borders, and truly "Where the Pavement Ends and the West Begins".
Tranquil Creek Hideaway is a private home on the edge of the tiny town of Ft. Bidwell, the last settlement in this remote corner of the state. East of us is the vast Great Basin of NW Nevada. To the west the Warner Mts rise 9,000 ft to separate Surprise Valley from the rest of California. To the north, Mt. Bidwell majestically soars thousands of feet above the valley below.
A creek sings year round on the property,,,,birds,butterflies and dragonflies abound in the warm months, wild geese and sandhill cranes wing overhead in the spring and fall.
All seasons of the property weave their Surprise magic, especially summer and autumn, when the creek, cottonwoods, aspens and red osher dogwoods sing with color and snow begins to lace the high country
Our home is private, with splendid views of mountains, meadows and creek meanders, yet within a short,quiet walk to the historic Main St of Ft. Bidwell (population 200).
Enjoy solitary wanderings or adventuresome excursions in a land seldom seen and (URL HIDDEN) of the last wild, unexplored areas in the American West.
Luxuriate in the private hot tub on the deck, with exquisite views of Mt Bidwell and the Warner Mountains.
Fish in the nearby lakes and mountain creeks.
Sit on the deck above the creek, sipping coffee or a cool drink, and listen to the bird calls.
Hike and ride on Forest Service and BLM lands beginning just down the road, or explore the vast Great Basin of Nevada to the east, where no towns, no electricity, no amenities exist. Be sure to be prepared if you travel east, cell phones will not work east of Surprise Valley.
This property alone though is absolute,,,for you can kick back, relax, read, meditate, rejuvenate, and wile away the hours. Although Tranquil Creek Hideaway is our home, we are travelers and make our property available to those who cherish beauty and the less traveled way. This home is a place to finish a book, to begin another, to paint, to write, to relax ,,,,or adventure to your heart's content...and then ease those aching muscles in the hot tub.
Tranquil Creek Hideaway has a warm and comfortable ambience. Large picture windows frame the mountains and pastures to the north, and the creek right outside the front door. It is ideal for a couple, or a solo sojourn. The large bedroom has a king size bed which will accommodate two adult guests . Plus, on a warm night, one can pitch a tent by the creek or sleep on the deck, under the stars, in perfect privacy.
There is a television for DVD or VCR viewing, but no cable access (but when here who needs TV anyway!) . DSL is available for internet access . Local landline phone service is available.
You will share the property with three cozy cats. We ask you to feed the kitties and allow them in the house occasionally.
Fort Bidwell offers a delightful eating establishment, Chez Yeo, for your dining pleasure Friday through Sunday afternoons,serving breakfast,lunch and dinners. Cedarville, 25 miles south on the county road, and the gathering spot in Surprise Valley, has a well-stocked market, unique bookstore, 2 restaurants, an Italian style coffee cafe, video and ceramic store, library, hospital, 2 gas stations, convenience store, and arts/craft consignment stores. Be sure to pick up food and supplies in Cedarville, as there are no services in Ft. Bidwell. The only traffic jams you'll encounter on the way may be Mule deer, Elk, or occasional cattle drives along the county road.
Our home is ideal for a quiet retreat or adventuresome travels. Wildlifers and Birders will find wonderful locations for viewing mountain and basin species, Fisher folks have lakes and creeks nearby for rod and flyfishing. Mountain bikers and hikers can travel trails or cross country into high mountain reaches and rangeland vastness. Memorial Day brings the always popular and well attended Ft. Bidwell BBQ to open Surprise Valley's Summer Social Events. Super Bull Rodeo in Cedarville follows in late June, Fandango Days July 4th in Alturas, and the Modoc County Fair in Surprise Valley in late August. Check out (URL HIDDEN) and the Surprise Valley Chamber of Commerce websites for more fun events in this valley of surprises!
Surprise Valley is named such for a (URL HIDDEN) is a beautifully secret and surprising piece of California and the American West. People refer to the Great Basin, east of Surprise Valley, as the Serengeti of the West, for one can view antelope, wild horses, deer and elk, eagles and hawks, geese and Sandhill cranes and so much more.
At Tranquil Creek Hideaway you can take a deep breath and truly feel like you have come home ....you may not want to leave.
Bicycles/Fishing gear upon request
I will personally greet you or communicate via email/phone, depending on your preference and my travel plans.
Friendly and neighborly, yet our home is surrounded by fields and creek. You will find the historic town of Ft. Bidwell delightful, tho you will have to drive to Cedarville for any amenities.
SURPRISE VALLEY INFO
HART MOUNTAIN REFUGE
BARREL SPRINGS BACKCOUNTRY BYWAY
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We are "animal' people so please make sure you have no allergies to cats, tho every effort is made to thoroughly clean/vacuum our home for guests. Please be watchful for deer and other wildlife/livestock crossing the roads, as this is a rural area and they really do have the right of way.
Home, property and creek are accessible to guests, with the exception of sheds, area behind closed fence on north end of backyard, locked doors in house . Please do not use items in kitchen labeled not for use.
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I am available via cell phone or email for questions. Would love to meet you if I am in Surprise Valley,,,,although understand if you prefer your privacy.
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At this time pets are not allowed. Our three friendly indoor/outdoor kitties can 'be your pets'during your stay. Also, our home is best suited for one to two adults,as there is one king size bed . An infant is welcome tho the home is not suitable for toddlers.
No smoking/drugs in home please.
Feeding of our pets requested - All animals are very friendly and require only simple feeding and loving.
Please respect the private areas of our home and yard (secured gates doors/cabinets) as we have limited storage space and must keep items separate. You are welcome to use cooking utensils, tho guest glasses,plates,bowls and silverware are provided.
The Hot Springs spa tub temperature is pre-set and will be sanitized for your use. Please no glass in the spa.
We have listed our home for 2 adults, with one king size bed in the master bedroom. One or two children will be considered,depending on age... 3 yr olds to toddlers are not recomended. Children will have to sleep with parents,on couch or on an air mattress that you provide.. A third guest may sleep on the living room couch,on the outdoor futon, or camp in the yard. Remember to stock up on food. vehicle fuel, and other supplies for your stay before arriving. The nearest town with provisions is Cedarville, which you will pass through before arriving in Ft. Bidwell.
Please care for the home and furnishings, and leave in neat shape.
Thank you so much.
A bit about me.... I am a traveler since birth, being raised in the navy and living many places from the Pacific to the Atlantic and beyond. Traveling and adventuring are in my blood and the pull to experience new places and meet new friends is getting stronger all the time. I love journeying near and far whenever possible. I love my Tranquil Creek Hideaway in Surprise Valley, California and want others to enjoy it also, whether I am away camping at a nearby lake or traveling out of the valley.
I am a biologist and an artist,,,my passion is working with all types of animals/ and also portraying them in my art. I have made the zoological and natural resource fields my career, and have lived both rural and cosmopolitan lifestyles, tho my true spirit is in nature. I love to ski, horseback ride, flyfish, camp, hike, dance, explore, play, and experience what this wonderful earth offers.
I look forward to saying hi!