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Dunsmuir: Exploring A Must-Visit Destination

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When you’re staying at the Shasta Lakeshore Retreat, you have the opportunity to explore some of the most charming and historic towns in Northern California. One such gem is Dunsmuir, a picturesque town nestled at the base of Mount Shasta. With its rich history, natural beauty, and unique attractions, Dunsmuir is a fantastic place to spend a day or even just a few hours. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things to do in Dunsmuir while staying at the Shasta Lakeshore Retreat.

Dunsmuir: A Short Drive Away

Dunsmuir is conveniently located just a short drive from the Shasta Lakeshore Retreat. The distance from the retreat to Dunsmuir is approximately 10 miles, which translates to a quick and easy 20-minute drive. This proximity makes it an ideal day trip destination, allowing you to experience the town’s highlights without spending much time on the road.

1. Explore Downtown

Dunsmuir’s historic downtown area is a delightful place to stroll and explore. The streets are lined with well-preserved buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Take a leisurely walk and admire the charming architecture, quaint shops, and unique boutiques. You’ll find antiques, art galleries, and local crafts, making it a great place for some souvenir shopping.

2. Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens

For nature enthusiasts, the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens are a must-visit. Just a short drive from downtown, these gardens offer a serene and peaceful environment. Stroll through the well-tended pathways and admire a variety of native and exotic plants. The gardens are particularly lovely in the spring and summer when the flowers are in full bloom.

3. Mossbrae Falls

Mossbrae Falls is a hidden gem in Dunsmuir, and it’s definitely worth the short drive from the Shasta Lakeshore Retreat. This enchanting waterfall is known for its unique appearance as it cascades down a lush, moss-covered rock face into the Sacramento River. Access to Mossbrae Falls requires a hike along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, so be sure to check local guidelines and safety recommendations before venturing out.

4. Dining and Cafes

Dunsmuir is home to a range of dining options that cater to various tastes. Enjoy a meal in one of the town’s charming restaurants, savor artisanal coffee at a local café, have a local beer at the brewery, or indulge in a sweet treat from a bakery. Whether you’re in the mood for comfort food, international cuisine, or organic fare, this charming town has something for everyone.

5. Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historic Site

For history buffs, a visit to the Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historic Site is a must. This beautifully restored train depot showcases the town’s strong connection to the railroad industry. You can explore the museum, learn about the town’s history, and even take a guided tour to gain deeper insights into the area’s past.


Dunsmuir, just a short drive from the Shasta Lakeshore Retreat, offers a blend of history, natural beauty, and small-town charm. Whether you want to explore its historic downtown, take a hike to a captivating waterfall, or savor local cuisine, Dunsmuir has plenty to offer. Make the most of your stay at the retreat by taking a day trip to Dunsmuir and discovering the treasures this lovely town has to offer. It’s a delightful addition to your Northern California getaway.

November 11, 2023

David & Lori Raun
Shasta Lakeshore Retreat
Lori:  Cell/Text:  (925) 200-6934

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