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Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast Resort

Nice, CA 95464-4016 USA (Show map)
91 Reviews
$129 - $220
per night

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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.


Rooms & Rates

La Loose Caboose

Experience the passion and free spirit of New Orleans in La Loose Caboose. This romantic getaway has its own deck overlooking our dock and Clear Lake with the mountains beyond. Bring a bottle of wine from one of the nearly 30 premium wineries in the area while relaxing in the in-room two-person Jacuzzi tub, or climb up to the cupola or relax on the private deck and enjoy a beautiful sunset. This very private room is ideal for an anniversary, wedding night or just because you're in love.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $190-$220

Orient Express

Go back in time in this romantic caboose that's a tribute to the Orient Express. This romantic getaway has its own deck overlooking our dock and Clear Lake with the volcanic mountain beyond. Bring a bottle of wine from one of the nearly 30 vineyards in the area while relaxing in the in-room two-person Jacuzzi tub, or climb up to the cupola for a beautiful sunset. This very private room is ideal for an anniversary, wedding night or just because you're in love.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $190-$220

Easy Rider

Climb aboard your Hog in our tribute to the open road. If you're Born To Be Wild you might enjoy some time in this room's two-person Jacuzzi tub. Maybe it's a night of Leather and Lace in our queen size bed with authentic handle bars on the headboard. Enjoy the sunset or sunrise from your cupola. Whether it's a relaxing weekend getaway or a very special celebration, this is certainly the most unique room on Clear Lake.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149-$190

Wine Country

With nearly 30 great wineries in the area, you're sure to find the perfect bottle of wine to go with this beautiful tribute to the local beauty. Relax in the comfort of your own in-room two-person Jacuzzi tub or climb up to the cupola for a beautiful view of our immaculate landscaping and the lake beyond. Celebrate Wine Country in a unique style.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149-$190

Wild Wild West

Take yourself back in time to the gold panning days of yesteryear with our Wild Wild West Caboose. Outfitted with a western-style bar (darn, not stocked!) and beautifully varnished wood interior, this inviting caboose is a perfect spot to saddle up for a relaxing stay. Get spiffed up in the clawfoot tub or enjoy the views from the second-story cupola. We hope to see you here, pardner!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159-$175


As Time Goes By many of our guests return to Casablanca, saying to each other "It Had To Be You!" With a ceiling fan overhead, two-person Jacuzzi tub, and decor that brings the namesake movie to life, you'll find yourself transported to faraway places. The kicker is a real piano right in the caboose. Here's staying with you, kid!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149-$190


The only thing more beautiful than the lake view is being in love. Whether you've been together for one week or 50 years, the Lovers Caboose celebrates romance! Of course there's the private two-person Jacuzzi tub to spark romance and a table for two so you can share a snack or a bottle of one of the local wines.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149-$190


Guests visit the Featherbed Railroad are often times celebrating a very special occasion. We get lots of birthdays, anniversaries, baby moons, honeymoons and more. That's why we have our Celebrations Caboose. This caboose can be accented with decorations for your special occasion. We also change the them to reflect the various seasons or occasions throughout the year. There's a Jacuzzi tub for two on one end and a dining nook on the other. Two wingback chairs make reading a pleasure. Come share your celebration in this very special room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen



It's five o'clock somewhere, and if you are in TripiCaboose you'll want to slip into your flip-flops and climb up into the cupola for a view of the beautiful grounds and an afternoon refreshment. From beautiful hardwood floors to airy wicker furniture, this light and relaxing room is inspired by the music of Jimmy Buffett and interior features a Key West feel. By request, TropiCaboose has the most traditional bathroom facilities of all our cabooses, but it's still an extraordinary experience.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


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

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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.

Thank You!

4.0 on May 25, 2014

My husband and I spent 3 days & 2 nights here and loved it! We were looking for a relaxing getaway that wasn't too far from home and this place was just what the doctor ordered. The grounds are beautiful and well kept making for a very relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Our caboose had a private deck overlooking the lake which we made good use of. We also spent a great deal of time on their private dock doing some bass fishing and had great success. Our caboose was very clean and cozy with all the amenities we needed. The staff was very accommodating and happy to provide us with extra coffee and creamer for our room when we asked for it. Tony did an excellent job preparing our breakfast each morning and was very enjoyable to visit with. We don't particularly care for your average B & B settings but this one was great. We're already planning our next stay!

Great place to relax and enjoy life!

5 on April 29, 2014

We had a great stay. Tony and Peggy are wonderful hosts. Breakfast was excellent every morning. We will definately be back!


3.8 on April 19, 2014

It had been years since I have stayed at the Featherbed. I suggest to book in advance they book up quickly, the room I wanted one day was booked the next day so we too the Tropicaboose. It was a truly relaxing atmosphere which is what we were looking for. The Tropicaboose had a bit of an odd smell inside so we went to the store and bought Febreeze which helped somewhat, and left it in the bathroom for the next guest should they need it. Not sure what is was but once you were inside for a while you didn't notice it. The private dock is wonderful, with a few surprises left on the deck, ducks laid The new owners are absolutely delightful and very accommodating, we will definitely be back. The Tony said he was going to have kayaks and pedal boats available to rent in the future, looking forward to that. It's a great place to stay, I highly recommend it if you have never been.

Bed (hard) & Breakfast (terrible)

2.2 on April 18, 2014

My husband and I stayed here recently for my birthday weekend. The caboose was cute and snug, but had everything we needed. The heating/cooling unit was very loud and we couldn't keep it on at night. When we checked in, we asked about what to do and where to eat, she was not a wealth of knowledge. In fact, she told us that we could go swimming in the onsite pool. We were looking forward to lounging by the pool...but when we got there, it was locked and hadn't even opened for the season!!! They advertise "feather beds" and when I hear that, I think something lofty and cloud-like. NOT! The feather mattress topper was so compacted that it was like sleeping on a board. I had two of the worst nights sleep in ages. My hips were so sore every morning. The breakfast Saturday was just terrible. Again, I think of a B&B with some good choices for breakfast; waffles, omelets, scrambled eggs, pancakes, fried potatoes...Not here! What we and all the other guests got was the same thing: one muffin sized frozen hash brown concoction (still watery in the center), a miniature scone...2 small bites and this Costco scone was history, and some watermelon balls. I've had much better free breakfasts at motels - even they have waffle makers half the time. To top things off, breakfast is only served between 9-10:00! So restrictive! While we were in the dining room, another couple told the manager that their caboose didn't have any bath towels and they had to use hand towels to dry themselves off. The manager asked "What caboose are you in so I know who to yell at?" Really? You actually said that out loud in front of all the other diners? I will say, they have a nice location on the banks of Clear Lake but they did not have any boats to rent like they advertised, so we were not able to enjoy the water. Sunday, we could not face another breakfast in the dining room. Luckily I had brought fruit salad and peanut butter and jelly fixings. We were much more satisfied with our breakfast.

Innkeeper Response
Wow - what a different experience that most of the others here. I'm impressed that you thought our breakfast was so professional that it came from Costco but it's just me getting up at 5 and making it from scratch. I guess having frozen waffle batter and freeze-dried eggs like they do at a motel is a time saver but, ew, not our style. Since we have farmers locally who have to feed their chickens I'd much rather do fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. However we have made PB&J oatmeal and that is super good. We go out of our way to help people maximize their stay when they share their questions with us in advance, it's how we'd like to be treated ourselves. Unfortunately there is no way to go back in time and fix your getaway but we hope the next time you get time to yourselves whichever motel has the best freeze-dried breakfasts with frozen OJ and mystery meat sausages is just what the doctor ordered. We're going to go lounge in a fluffy featherbed that others have mentioned in their reviews - this response writing is hard!

Our Second Visit---

4.8 on April 06, 2014

We had such a great time on our first stay w decided to return - to a different caboose!! Our first trip was in the Casablanva- a unique experience complete with the movie, a piano, and an appropriately decorated 'cottage'. This time was in 'Celebrations' - with a little more space, but all the expected amenities, and LOTS of wall plugs to use!!The included daily breakfast is definitely a good start to your day - aqnd not to be missed. Chef and general CEO Tony holds forth on the property - with his wealth of useful (and sometimes strange) information. We have to go back - at least 6 more cabooses (cabeeces) to try!!

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Location Type

Countryside, Lakeside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Sacramento, CA (SMF-Metropolitan) 105 miles

Directions to property:

Sacramento, CA Take I-5 north 50 miles to Williams, CA Take CA-20 exit towards Clear Lake/Colusa Turn left on CA-20 go 55 miles to Nice, CA Turn 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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  • Check In:: 3:00PM
  • Check Out:: 12NOON
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Minimum stay required for certain dates.
  • 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.



Tony & Peggy

Languages spoken

English, German, Spanish

Resident Pets

2 Dogs , Desert Tortoise Others

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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  • 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!



Hot Deal

Half Price Second Night Deal

Regular Rate: $190 now $95 (50% Savings:)

Stay in any of our DeLuxe rooms rooms and get the second night for just half price Sunday-Thursday! This means that you get to relax in a Jacuzzi tub, enjoy our farm-fresh breakfast for two and languish under our centuries-old trees while laughing about the great room rate. We're close to almost 30 premium wineries but have only nine traffic lights in the whole county. It's a place to come and experience a more relaxed pace, yet is only 2 hours from the Bay Area or Sacramento. The roads are clear and safe and the people are friendly. Enjoy terrific music in local eateries, visit a lunch box museum, don't worry about needing reservations anywhere, forget about traffic, meet friendly boutique shopkeepers and stroll an 150-year-old town with authentic covered sidewalks just minutes away. We have two Casinos just a few minutes away so if you find a shiny penny, go try your luck there. Each of our rooms has its own theme and is housed in an antique railroad caboose. All feature climate control, TVs with cable and access to hundreds of movies. Most have two-person Jacuzzi tubs. Offer expires at the end of August, 2014 so make your vacations plans soon!

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

Property highlights

Free $60 gift card with a $300+ purchase