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Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast Resort

2870 Lakeshore Boulevard , Nice, CA 95464-4016 USA (Show map)
4.4
96 Reviews
$129 - $220
per night

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About

The Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast Resort is Northern California's most unique Bed and Breakfast. The Featherbed Railroad is located on the shore of Clear Lake. At the Featherbed Railroad, you enjoy the peace and tranquility of one of nine luxuriously themed vintage railroad cabooses set in a park-like setting overlooking our private dock, boat launch and beach. Lake County's Clear Lake offers activities of all sorts, from boating and fishing to antique shopping. There are almost 30 premium wineries within a short drive of the Featherbed Railroad. Ecotourism is growing quickly in the region with hiking trails, kayaking and bicycling and geo-caching is very popular here too. Clear Lake has the cleanest air in California and the third cleanest air in the US. In fact, we have some great ideas for two- and three-day itineraries. We serve a fresh, homemade breakfast every day incorporating the incredible bounty of our local farmers. All the cabooses feature private restrooms, individual heat and air conditioning and queen-size beds topped with a luxurious European-style featherbed. The Featherbed Railroad is just 120 miles north of San Francisco and about 90 minutes away from Sacramento. Also near by are Mendocino, Healdsburg, and Calistoga. The unhurried local attitude in Lake County makes this a wonderful destination to anyone looking to truly relax away their stress. Join us soon for a relaxing stay in a genuine antique railroad Caboose where you relax in your own private two-person Jacuzzi tub and savor some of our excellent local wine. With nature trails, fabulous water sports, bass fishing, great antique stores and more, the Clear Lake area offers something for everyone and with peaceful, uncrowded country roads and a relaxed atmosphere; it's the perfect place to unwind this weekend.

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Overall
4.4

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Dining4.3

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Living a part of history

4.2 on November 18, 2014

What a unique experience. We had two cabooses and we definitely preferred the Wild West over the Tropicaboose. It conformed more to my idea of what an old railroad car should look like! Breakfasts were delicious.


Fantastic stay

5 on November 02, 2014

The room was amazing, especially the decor. Enjoyed the community room. Breakfast was great. Will come again.


Great experience

3.8 on October 22, 2014

Really Fun experience! The rooms are cozy. We liked the option to borrow old movies from the library. The bed was pretty comfortable. The bath towels could use an upgrade. Kinda felt like camping. Wasn't super luxurious, but nice.

Innkeeper Response
We sincerely appreciate your having stayed with us. But we are particularly intrigued by your comment about the towels. Recently we upgraded almost all the room towels to those made by Turkish Towels, a leading provider of high-end towels to the lodging industry. I'm wondering if there was a housekeeping error where you didn't get these towels. Or, if you did, perhaps they aren't fantastic to all guests. One of the reasons we continue to make changes and, hopefully, upgrades is to provide a better experience to one and all and the very expensive upgrade to new towels was intended to give a richer feel and go well with a big two-person tub. We even got these huge bath sheet towels that are so big you could almost make car covers out of them. Well, almost. Of course we appreciate the five-star reviews but we really like to know when we haven't lived up to someone's standards because that's how we raise the bar for ourselves. Honest feedback makes us better every time and helps us improve people's stays. And since nobody ever has enough vacation time, we sure want to make your visit with us as special as we can. After all, when it comes to vacations, we don't want you to have to throw in the towel. :-D


Relaxing

5 on September 09, 2014

The room was very relaxing with the theme that included the movie.


Great fun!

3.8 on August 24, 2014

This is such a unique place, and we truly loved this experience.


My favorite BB

4.0 on August 03, 2014

Lodging in a converted caboose car was a unique and enjoyable experience. The property was charming while the pool clean and inviting. The ambiance of the place was very welcoming. We'll be back!


awesome place

5 on July 14, 2014

Was a great, well needed getaway for us. Staff, rooms, breakfast were all great. We will definitely be back. Love this place


Great Family Getaway

3.8 on June 23, 2014

I was looking for a quick getaway (2 hours through the wine country from Marin County) for the whole family before my adult kids all left to go back to college and this was perfect. As a family we travel all the time and I was looking for unique family bonding. It was rustic, charming, unique, quiet and beautiful. We BBQed, sat out on the private dock with our books, played board games and Tony the owner totally took care of us. The decorated rail cars made it easy to take a lot of pictures. We had a very good experience all around.


Fun place!

4.6 on June 16, 2014

This place is great. The caboose was incredibly entertaining and the owners are extremely nice and accommodating. They were very sweet about cooking a special breakfast for our gluten-free diet. They told us about interesting events in town and recommended a great option for dinner. Some folks have remarked on cleanliness. The caboose was very clean - nice clean bathroom, clean whirlpool tub, super soft clean sheets with washable comforter, etc. Everything we touched was clean. I think the issue affecting some folks is that it would be really hard to carry a vacuum up the ladder into the little cupola and so you have to think of that space more like you would an outdoor deck. You might see bird poop outside on roof or dust in hard-to-reach spots but you wouldn't think twice about this on a deck. I would not at all give up the joy of the caboose over some dust in the cupola. Also the pool was nice. There is a private dock on the lake but unless you have brought a boat, it isn't really a hang-out spot. They had a few bicycles built for two that were available (free) to guests. Those were a riot. And a decent (free) video collection. Really nice people.


A Lake County gem

4.6 on June 01, 2014

We loved the Featherbed Railroad and plan to return! The cabooses are nestled in a magical lake-side setting with green grass and tall trees. If you live in or near Lake County, you'll know that it's a real mix of beautiful and dismal -- Featherbed Railroad definitely has one of the beautiful spots, and it's a great way to experience Clear Lake's prettier aspects, whether you're traveling here as a destination, already in the area, or just like the idea of sleeping in a caboose! The lake is especially lovely in late evening, so the private dock is a real bonus. Service was 100 percent friendly and awesome, and included pretty much any amenities you could think of.


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Rooms & Rates

TropiCaboose

TropiCaboose offers a refreshingly airy feel with light woods and wicker furniture reminiscent of a rail trip to Key West. There is a second-story cupola with great views of the grounds and traditional tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Orient Express

With warm woods and views of Clear Lake from both a second-story cupola and private deck, Orient Express is a popular way to get to your romantic getaway. Orient Express also features a two-person spa tub and a bar with Lake views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Casablanca

Step onto the set of Casablanca in Rick's Cafe Americain featuring a vintage upright piano and a spa tub for two. Here's lookin' at you, kid!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Easy Rider

With the open road behind you it's time for a relaxing stay in Easy Rider. The queen-size bed with featherbed top features handle bars on the head board! There is a two-person spa tub and second-story cupola views of Clear Lake and our grounds. The decor is a nod to the Harley lifestyle but is tasteful and appropriate.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Wine Country

With over 30 premium boutique wineries in the area this room is a tribute to the vineyards around us with a two-person spa tub and decor featuring furniture crafted from wine barrels. The second-story cupola affords views of Clear Lake and our grounds. This is a dog-friendly room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Lovers Caboose

Get ready for romance in the Lovers Caboose with its antique furnishings and romantic love seat. There's a two-person spa tub tucked into the bathroom and peach-tinted mirrors beside the bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

La Loose Caboose

La Loose Cabose features artwork from the famous Mustang Ranch overlooking the spa tub for two. La Playpen beckons with a queen-size bed topped with a featherbed with mirrors overhead. The second-story cupola and private deck offer great views of Clear Lake and Mount Konocti.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Celebrations

Catch up on reading in the wing-back chairs or relax in the two-person spa tub surrounded by local art in Celebrations. Mirrors surround the tub and there's a dinette for two to enjoy some local cuisine.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Wild Wild West

Step back into the Wild Wild West and step up into the second-story cupola for views of the grounds and Clear Lake. There's a vintage clawfoot tub and a bar. This warm and inviting room features a queen-size bed with a featherbed top. Relax on your rail trip to the Wild Wild West.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Lakeside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country

Airport

Sacramento, CA (SMF-Metropolitan) 105 miles

Directions to property:

Coming west on Highway 20 into Nice, turn left on Lakeshore Blvd. You can't miss us! If driving east on Highway 20, turn right onto Hammond St then left onto Lakeshore Blvd.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Parasailing, Eco Tourism, Geocaching, Nature Tours, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , Eco Tourism, Casinos, Local Wineries, Watersports, Boating, Geocaching

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Geocaching, Wine Tasting, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00PM
  • Check Out:: 12NOON
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking allowed in designated areas.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Minimum stay required for certain dates.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card required for stay with all nights paid upon arrival.
  • Cancellations: All cancellations made prior to 72 hours before check-in will not be charged. Those made after 72 hours will be charged in full for the first night.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Tony & Peggy

Languages spoken

English, German, Spanish

Resident Pets

Dogs , Desert Tortoise

About the innkeepers

Peggy is a groundwater geologist and loves the desert. Tony is a writer who has a syndicated automotive column and has written the book Wedding Horror Stories and How To Avoid Them.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 9 am to 10 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Lactose-free


Signature Dish

Featherbed Breakfast Au Gratin
A very filling breakfast of au gratin potatoes, eggs, cheese and smoked ham baked to perfection and served with home-made salsa and sour cream. We also include fresh local fruit, pastry baked and served right from the oven and even dessert!


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2870 Lakeshore Boulevard , Nice, CA 95464-4016 USA (Show map)

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