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Suggested itinerary for Valentine's Day in Bishop. 

Valentine’s Day Itinerary

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Especially the love shared with a cherished partner. It’s a day to set aside time to spend with your partner and indulge a little, or a lot, in things that make you both happy.

Bishop offers a unique experience for locals and visitors from near and far a chance to reconnect. It’s a wintertime playground for lovers of all ages and abilities to connect, not only with each other, but with nature. You may have time to plan a whole day’s worth of places to go, activities to do, food to eat, things to see, and objects to buy. But most of all, it’s a day to spend some time with each other.

Here’s a smorgasbord of Valentine’s treats that you can choose from. We’ve put together a full day itinerary for leisurely lovers and amorous adventurers of food, activity, relaxation, and gift giving. Do all, part, or mix-and-match from these suggestions to enjoy this special day with someone special.

Click on the options to see what you could do!

Creekside Inn. Bishop.

Happy Valentine's Day
Breakfast

Begin this day of love with breakfast at the 19th Hole Bar & Grill at the Bishop Country Club. Set among the lovely greens and fairways of this championship 18-hole golf course, just 2-miles south of Bishop, this quaint and comfortable restaurant has one of the most beautiful views of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada. The restaurant opens at 7:30am and serves a full breakfast with options from healthy to hearty.

Morning Activity

Follow up this satisfying meal with an easy hand-in-hand walk along Bishop Creek Canal nearby. Head back toward town and turn right onto East Line St. and follow the road for ½ mile and park in the clearing by the bridge over the canal. Dress in layers as the day could be anything from cold to warm, with the possibility of a chilly breeze to ruffle your hair and put color in your cheeks. Walk as long and as far as you wish and turn back at any point to return to your vehicle. Breathe in the fresh air and lift your gaze to the mountains on either side of this beautiful, broad valley.

Return to town and turn right into Whitney Alley, just before you get to the Main St. traffic light. Park in the lot behind the Main Street stores and pop into Black Sheep Coffee shop for a hot cup of love.

Is it gift giving time? We think so. Browse the downtown stores that offer a range of items from sporting goods at Eastside Sports and Sage to Summit, to home decor objects at Anne Marie’s Home Boutique, to super sewing and quilting supplies at Sierra Cottons and Wools, to books and locally crafted objects of art, such as painting, photography, jewelry, and ceramics created by local artists at The Project Room, Spellbinder Books, Serrano Fine Art Gallery, and the Inyo Council for Arts Gallery.

Lunch

Hungry again? Or is this the moment for you and your significant other to take time out of your day to have a leisurely lunch together? Slide into a comfortable booth or a quiet table at Whiskey Creek Restaurant and settle in for a romantic lunch date. Have a glass of wine or light cocktail and ease into a one, two or three course meal. It’s Valentine’s Day. Indulge. 

Leisurely Afternoon Activity

Science has shown that a good meal of carbs and sugars will triggers the ‘sleep’ and ‘happy’ hormones in the body. Capitalize on this warm and fuzzy feeling by going for a lazy hot soak at Keough’s Hot Springs just 8 miles south of Bishop. Keep each other company in the soothing waters of the hot soaking pool, or swim and splash together in the bigger warm swimming pool.

Now, perhaps it’s time to stimulate relaxed muscles and revive the senses by taking a short walk up the hillside path behind the baths. It’s an easy rambling walk that will give you a lovely view of the Owens River and the White Mountains beyond.

Adventurous Afternoon Activity

Go climbing! The Sage to Summit indoor climbing gym offers a great introduction to climbing, or a super session for honing your climbing skills. The store stocks top-of-the-line sporting goods and provides climbing shoe rentals for your indoor adventure.

Cocktails

Raise your spirits with a delicious cocktail at Bishop’s newest distillery at Owens Valley Distilling Company on E. South St. The elegant, wood paneled interior with a view of the stills and barrels has an old-world charm with a modern accent. Toast to love and take home a bottle of their finely crafted spirits to celebrate your Valentine another day.

Dinner: Leisurely Option

Continue the love feast at Sage Restaurant on W. Line St. This is fine dining at its best in Bishop. A long, luscious meal here will need a reservation, so if this on the Valentine’s card for you, call to book a table well in advance.

Dinner: Adventurous Option

This is the piece-de-resistance for a memorable, adventurous Valentine’s Day. Snow shoe, cross-country ski, or snowmobile into Rock Creek Lodge for a dinner deep in the snowy forest. The four-course, prix fixe menu dinner is served family style at long communal tables, but the snow hike or ride in is almost as good as a lovers’ sleigh ride. It’s the best of all worlds – friendship, family, food and love all rolled into one.

Good Night!

After a long day of sharing and caring, it’s time for a luxurious night together at Creekside Inn. This newly refurbished hotel is sumptuous, yet rustic. The rooms are beautifully furnished with cozy beds and plush linens. It will be the cherry on the top of a sweet Valentine’s Day. 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Call (760) 873-8405 or come in to the Bishop Visitor Center, at 690 N. Main St., for more information about lovely things to do and sweet places to go on Valentine’s Day and any other day in Bishop.

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Are you spending your Sunday relaxing, doing something you love, or sharing it with someone special? Wishing you a beautiful day!
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So love bishop My late husband spent every holiday except Christmas there with our motorhome So many wonderful memories

Love the beautiful starry skies..

I'm spending my day wishing I was there. It's good to have goals! 🥰

My retirement goal!

Love it up there

Oh gosh I have so many wonderful memories of sitting by a lake or creek or river up in Bishop. ❤️

Yep. My bride of 42 years & I just returned from a week’s long visit to Bishop. We can’t wait to go back!

I lived there for 14 years. One of my boys was born there. Truly miss the Eastern Sierra. Bishop was special and still is.

Just got home from spending 4 absolutely grand days there!! Loved every minute looking forward to the next trip!

I want to go back and visit

Mt. Goode from Long Lake

Marlena Leister

when ever I drive thru Bishop I know I'm getting close to home and when I stop in Bishop it's usually to rest for a day and relax.

Paradise

Cesar Sanchez

No but some day maybe

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1 day ago

Checking the view from one of our favorite trees. Yup, another beautiful day in Bishop 😍.
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That tree in the fall is one of my favorite spots

Beautiful.oak tree!!!!!

It’s a great place to visit

It is beautiful 🤩

I forgot, when does it start cooling off up there? Is it September or October? I want to visit (when I can), but I'd prefer in one of the cooler, mild seasons (like Fall or Spring).

Was just there !!

California

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2 days ago

How many of you are familiar with these old buildings south of Olancha? Well, here's a little history about them:Motorists traveling on El Camino Sierra about 14 miles south of Olancha, have probably noticed the ruins of a few dilapidated rock buildings with accompanying other small structures and mobile homes on the west side of the highway. This would be Dunmovin. First known as Cowan's Station, it served as a way station for the Cerro Gordo feight wagons, a supply center for nearby mines, a work camp for LADWP construction workers and finally as a gas station, garage, motel and cafe for travelers on El Camino Sierra. When Charles and Hilda King purchased the property in 1936, Hilda was relieved to finally be "settled down" and renamed the property as Dunmovin...according to this little poem credited to Hilda. "We’ve moved from yon to hither Now we’re set and provin In all the world we are perhaps The only folks dunmovin" Like many such establishments, fuel efficient and more reliable cars spelled the end of Dunmovin. It closed for good in the early 1970s...and now stands as a sentimental reminder of times gone by along El Camino Sierra. Thank you for following us on Facebook if you enjoy our posts, and for sharing them with others you think may enjoy them. We sincerely appreciate it! ... See MoreSee Less

How many of you are familiar with these old buildings south of Olancha? Well, heres a little history about them:

 

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Me, driving to a Bishop, many times. Also Crystal Springs Water, too!,

Wow I never knew this existed. Going to have to check this out on my next visit. Thanks for the new adventure.

Great place to visit

At the top of the Dunmovin grade is the turnoff to Haiwee Power Plant. I worked there for a year from the summer of '78. The Espee spur line from Mojave to Lone Pine was still in operation with weekly (?) peddler freights headed to town. The China Lake Weapons Center conducted aerial operations all up and down the Paniment and Owens Valleys including strafing runs over the dam. Loved that year. I'll never forget it

Great info!

Love the history! We always chuckled at the name of Dunmovin but didn’t know the history.

Can't swear to it, but I think I remember passing those as a kid in the 50s, maybe 60s, and they were occupied?

My parents use to be friends with some people who lived there/owned it. Cant remember his name, but I believe he was a Lawyer...

HAHA--I TOLD you Tim Alls!!! ;0 LOL

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2 days ago

Nature is incredible... Photo of Norman Clyde Peak and Glacier (or what’s left of it) reflected in a small tarn at 11,600ft elevation in the South Fork of Big Pine Creek.
Thanks @deserth2o for the photo!!
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Nature is incredible... Photo of Norman Clyde Peak and Glacier (or what’s left of it) reflected in a small tarn at 11,600ft elevation in the South Fork of Big Pine Creek. 
Thanks @deserth2o for the photo!!
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Always beautiful scenery

Awesome 😎

,BEAUTIFUL AREA

We used to live there. We could look out our window and see it every day

Home Sweet Home

Beautiful

Been there when glacier filled this valley in late summer and fall. Sad to see them melt away

Great picture. Norman Clyde was one incredible men of history. Had an interesting life. Wonder if his story is being told in schools today? One case where truth is much better than fiction. <3

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Niki Hansen-Daniel

Next time? Jorge Vargas

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watermelon_snow

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4 days ago

This is the view from the top of Mt. Tom, in case you have ever wondered what it’s like up there. Many of us love this majestic mountain, but will never see the summit in person. @tarahhnasaurus is a single mom who is achieving her goals and inspiring us. Thank you for the photo!!!
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This is the view from the top of Mt. Tom, in case you have ever wondered what it’s like up there. Many of us love this majestic mountain, but will never see the summit in person. @tarahhnasaurus is a single mom who is achieving her goals and inspiring us. Thank you for the photo!!! 
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Full value, great day.

Congrats Lady!

Always wanted to climb Mt.Tom! Closest I came was living on Mt. Tom Rd!

Outstanding !!!!!!

Great view from up there.

Yes! Thanks for sharing.

Amazing!

Thanks for sharing!! Hiked up to Horton lakes about 40 years ago wanted to keep going, but my buddy’s didn’t

Beautiful but way to High for me😳☺ I don't do high things that well☺

Nice😎

Doug Foley and I climbed Tom back in the 80's. My Ma used to live in Rovana.

thanks for posting this beautiful picture...I don't think I have ever seen a picture from the top of Mt. Tom Kudos to you !

I have been there (as well as on top of Humphreys) and I can attest, the view is sublime! The rock skiing to get down is quite entertaining as well!

I want to go there

Mt Tom was the first summit I did as a teen. Until I climbed it I imagined that I'd look down onto Fresno. I was really surprised to see so many more mountains on the other side.

My oldest maternal cousin met his fate on the flanks of Mt. Tom.

Climbed to the top with Skye and Scotty on Dara’s 50th BD! It was awesome! What a view!

Rachael Nicole Banton this is the peak we see when we hike George like

Single mom, with many "friends " to take her places

Way to go lady!!! You ROCK!! 👍

Any rock climbing with that? Lol! I'd like to try it if it's non-technical. Some boulder scrambling is expected but I'd have to train to readjust to that altitude.

Wow

Matt Cunningham

Cody

💪💪 Appears taller than Ragged Mountain in Penobscot County, Maine.

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