November 22, 2008

Mill Creek, California: St. Bernard Lodge; hotel review

St. Bernard Lodge  44801 Hwy. 36, 15 mi. E of Mineral, 10 mi. E of south entrance to Lassen park, 10 mi. W of Chester, in Mill Creek, (530) 258-3382. 7 rooms; $. All shared baths. Continental breakfast; restaurant. No pets. 

Old World charm dresses up the cozy knotty-pine interior of this 1920s German inn situated at just under 5,000 feet. One of the two shared bathrooms sports a large clawfoot tub (all rooms have a sink), and antiques and historic memorabilia are displayed throughout. The owners maintain a crystal-clear pond filled with their pet rainbow trout, which guests may feed in the morning. Stables and horse boarding are available, but no horse rentals. Campsites are also available.

The dining room (F D, Sat B-L-D, Sun B-L; $-$$. Reservations required.) is illuminated by oil-burning lamps, and lace tablecloths cover the tables. The BLT and burger are exceptional and are served on a housemade whole wheat bun with a side of really good big fries; the iced tea is served in a gigantic 16-ounce beer stein.

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