From Sacramento (245 miles), take Hwy. 5 to Mount Shasta City, then take Hwy. 89 (McCloud exit) 10 miles to Ski Park Road. From San Francisco (295 miles), take Hwy. 80 east to the 505 cutoff (Redding exit); then proceed north on Hwy. 5.
Mount Shasta Resort (800-958-3363), a new, upscale golf retreat two miles west of Mount Shasta City, has 65 family-size chalets and other units, and a restaurant and bar in the clubhouse. Other options include the 38-room Mountain Air Lodge (800-727-3704) and the historic McCloud Hotel (800-964-2823) in McCloud.
For breakfast, Lily's (530-926-3372) has great omelets and scrambles. For dinner, Mike & Tony's (530-926-4792), a fixture since 1945, is a favorite for steak and pasta; Serge's (530-926-1276) for casual French and Continental cuisine; and Raymond's in McCloud (530-964-2099) for Italian (homemade pastas, seafood and chicken).
Casa Ramos in Mount Shasta City and the lounge at the Mount Shasta Resort are great spots.
Historic Stewart Mineral Springs, with its therapeutic hot mineral baths, is well worth the 20-minute drive north of town. Open year-round, it also offers spa treatments (530-938-4283).
Has Beans is the hands-down favorite.
Make a reservation for the Shasta Sunset Dinner Train (800-733-2141 or 530-964-2142), and enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner in an elegant, fully restored 1916 rail car.