A Scenic Drive to Graeagle

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Graeagle, California If you’ve never taken a drive north on Highway 89 from Truckee you’re missing out on one of the most scenic landscapes in Northern California. Just 30 miles north of Truckee you’re greeted by the tiny town of Sierraville. Here you feel like you’re in the middle of Idaho with a vast sweeping valley full of roaming cattle. This picturesque valley is surrounded by an untamed dynamic Sierra mountain range in the distance. Heading west from Sierraville you’ll soon find yourself in another tiny town called Calpine. This quaint town was founded to support the Davies-Johnson Lumber Mill in the early 1920’s. From 1921 until 1940, a branch of the Western Pacific Railroad served the town and the mill. Keep heading west and you come to a well-known resort, Whitehawk Ranch. Owners in this master planned community live in either a new custom built home, a golf cottage or a townhome and are nestled around the community's prized Dick Bailey designed golf course. This fabulous public course is even ranked among the top 10 public courses in California! Finally about 50 minutes outside of Truckee you’ve arrived at Graegle. Originally brought to life by the pioneers of the timber industry, the town of Graeagle was the site of the Graeagle Lumber Company and its “Box Factory” owned by the California Fruit Exchange. Thousands were employed to build boxes for shipping fruit and vegetables in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Modernization closed the mill in 1956 and the town was acquired by the West family in 1958. Graeagle today is perfect for a family getaway, or a quick overnight escape from the big city hustle. Graeagle encompasses an 18-hole golf course plus offers some of the greatest outdoor recreation in northern California.  An afternoon of dining and shopping in Graeagle is an ideal destination for a Sunday Drive. During our visit we played 18 holes at the legendary miniature golf course and afterwards took in a burger and a shake at its neighboring Frostee! Of course we couldn’t leave town without a peach pie from Graeagle Millworks and a brand new mountain biking map from the local bike shop. See you next time in Graeagle! Photos from Graeagle

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