Looking for a vacation, or staycation, right near home is a great way to save on gas. Sometimes the inn itself can be your destination, or maybe you’re going to an area that has a lot of activities within a very short distance, possibly it’s bikeable or even walkable. We like to think that if the entire journey – there, during, back – takes less than a tank of gas, you’re probably doing okay.
If you’re in San Francisco or Sacramento, why not take a ‘One Tank Trip‘ to Nice. No, not the one in France, the one in beautiful Lake County. Just 132 miles north of San Francisco or 106 miles from Sacramento and situated on the picturesque Clear Lake, Lake County is home to almost 30 wineries. Clear Lake is the largest natural lake in the state of California and offers plenty of hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing. If you don’t want to use your car while visiting, Lake Transit buses take you to all of the cities that surround Clear Lake.
While there, stay at the Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast, known as Northern California’s most unique rural bed and breakfast, it is located right on the shore of Clear Lake in Nice, CA. At the Featherbed Railroad, you get to stay in one of nine luxuriously decorated railroad cabooses set in a park-like setting overlooking a private boat launch, beach and pier. Each caboose has a different theme: one is straight out of the Wild Wild West; one is specifically for lovers; there is even a Casablanca themed caboose. Seven of the cabooses feature in room Jacuzzis and both the La Loose Caboose and the Orient Express have private decks overlooking the lake. Want to take advantage of the local wineries without driving? Guests at the Featherbed Railroad can request a private limo to take them from wine tasting to wine tasting (for an extra charge).
Lake County is celebrating their sesquicentennial this year and there are all sorts of events planned. So, all you San Franciscans and Sacramentans, hop into your cars and drive on over to Lake County, guaranteed you’ll be there and back in less than one tank of gas.
For more One Tank vacations and gas savings specials anywhere in North America, check out our specials page.