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4 Day Adventure Itinerary

When it’s time to get the girlfriends together for a long weekend of play and pampering, head for the hills. The mountains … actually!

Bishop, California is located in the heart of the Eastern Sierra in a deep valley known as the Owens Valley. It is bounded to two magnificent mountain ranges, the Sierra Nevada and the White and Inyo Mountains. We call this incredible space in and around our sweet town our ‘big backyard’ and there is so much to do here that you’ll want to come every season.

A winter weekend getaway is wildly wonderful here and we suggest you reward yourself with 4 days from Thursday through Sunday. Here’s what we suggest you do to get a good deal of recreation and relaxation.

Click on each day’s itinerary for a full rundown on where to stay, and what to see, do and eat! 

Creekside Inn. Bishop.

There’s no better place for a ‘spoil yourselves’ kind of weekend.
Day One Itinerary

Head out of your city early. Soon you’ll find yourself cruising the scenic Highway 395 through the picturesque Eastern Sierra. Stop and see some sights along the way and begin to slough off the city stresses.

Activity (south option): Museum of Western Film History 

Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine

If traveling from the south stop in Lone Pine and visit the Museum of Western Film History and take a drive through Hollywood’s largest backlot. The museum offers a fascinating look at the history of western movies, with so much of it filmed right here in the Alabama Hills. Ask for brochures on the self-guided tours and wend your way through the magnificent rocky outcrops of these hills. See the locations, that have remained unchanged, where so many movie scenes were set. Stretch your legs with a short hike to the Mobius Arch and snap one of the most iconic images in the region. It’s Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous USA) framed by this natural rock arch. Read more about this short hike in a previous blog here.

Activity (north option): Mono Lake Scenic Viewpoint

Storm clouds over Mono Lake

From the north stop at the Mono Lake Scenic Viewpoint and stretch your eyes across this magnificent lake. It’s one of the most breathtaking views in the Eastern Sierra. Stop in Lee Vining at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center and Book Store. Learn about the natural and political history of Mono Lake. This center is the headquarters for the non-profit group, the Mono Lake Committee, that is working to obtain long-term protection and restoration of the Mono Lake ecosystem. Watch the free, 27-minute film, “The Mono Lake Story” and peruse the comprehensive selection of books about the area.

Lunch (south option): Bishop Country Club Restaurant

Bishop Country Club in winter

Driving into Bishop from the south, kick off your long weekend with a late lunch at the19th Hole Bar & Grill. Lunch is served until 3pm and the full bar offers an excellent complement to your meal. This place has one of the best views that you’ll find anywhere. The fairways and greens, which might have light white blanket in winter, are accented by the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada. It’s majestic outside and quaint and comfy inside.

Lunch (north option): Tom’s Place Restaurant

Tom’s Place Restaurant

The majestic and rustic option for arrivals from the north is Tom’s Place Resort. It’s been here for over 100 years, and the food is fresh and the company is often lively. There’s a fully stocked bar for a little toast to the weekend ahead.

Arrive. In. Bishop.

Check into your lodgings. Relax, unpack, and don’t dress up for dinner. Dinner in Bishop is casual. Your most comfortable jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirt – layered with wooly winter jacket, boots, gloves, scarf and beanie – will give you the freedom to explore indoors and outdoors.

Activity: Bishop Mural Meander and sundowner cocktails

Kitte Lee Inn Mural

This beautiful town is situated at over 4,000 feet above sea level. You may want to acclimatize to the elevation, clear your head, and open your senses to the wonder of this landscape. With the last glow daylight take an easy walk around town and learn a little of its history from the beautiful murals that tell of the old stories. On buildings throughout Bishop the history of the Owens Valley is depicted on the exterior walls in the form of historically accurate and visually beautiful murals. The Bishop Mural Society was established in 1997 “to display our heritage in a spectacular outdoor art gallery surrounded by natural beauty.” Today there are fifteen murals, the most recent of which is made up of 421 sculpted ceramic tiles and mosaic, created by 216 community members. The society is a founding member of the California Public Art and Mural Society and mural projects are ongoing through the generous support of the community. Download this Mural Map, or load this google map on your device, and check out the society’s webpage.

Dinner: Whiskey Creek

Whiskey Creek

Fine dining in Bishop with a relaxed atmosphere and a great bar. Call ahead to make a reservation and give yourselves time to start with cocktails in the saloon. You’ll get the best of both worlds here – tradition and innovation. Starters, salads, seafood, pasta, and steaks & more are classic American fare. The new healthy bowls offer a flair of fusion foods which can be made to satisfy vegetarian and vegan diets. Walk the 350 yards back to your lodgings to settle into a deep sleep after a long, adventurous day.

Lodging: Creekside Inn

Creekside Inn at dusk

There’s no better place for a ‘spoil yourselves’ kind of weekend than Creekside Inn. The newly refurbished hotel is sumptuous, yet rustic to reflect the warmth of the Eastern Sierra. The wood-burning fireplace and cozy leather furniture in the spacious lobby is a delightful place for a girl-friendly gathering. The tastefully furnished rooms, with cozy beds and plush linens, luxurious bathrooms, and complimentary WiFi are everything a woman wants to slip into something really comfortable.

“We believe in incorporating the natural beauty of our surrounding areas in design and décor to provide warm, unique respites of relaxation.” ~ Tod McClaskey, Owner, Western Inns

Day Two Itinerary

Food fuels the body. Don’t miss the free full breakfast served in the delightful dining room at the Creekside Inn from 6:30 – 9:30am.

Activity: Half Day Easy to Moderate Hike

Photo: @masonthibo

There are dozens of super winter hikes here that will suit all abilities. Take a look at this recent blog about great winter hikes here and decide what looks best for your group. The important things to remember when hiking in our big backyard are to dress in layers and wear sunscreen, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back, and take water and food with you. A winter daytime hike can start out chilly and warm up nicely if the sun is out, which it usually is. Isn’t that great! Statistically speaking, Bishop has about 335 sunny days a year. That means you have a 92% chance of a dry Owens Valley adventure. Take advantage of the warmest part of the day from 11am – 3pm to enjoy a winter Eastside adventure.

Lunch: Pupfish Café

Pupfish Café boxed lunches

Pack a picnic. Pupfish Café serves fresh, made-to-order food on locally baked artisan breads and other delicious treats. Call ahead or pop and order a great mixed bag of sandwiches, salads and sweet Liège waffles to take along on your hike. The Liège waffles are a specialty. Made with a yeast-based brioche dough and studded with pearls of sugar, they’re buttery and pillow soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

This cute café is tucked into the back of the local bookstore, Spellbinder Books. Buy a book or magazine for a quiet escape. Get a gift of exquisitely made art and craft, created by our talented local artists. Celebrate yourself or a special someone.

 

Activity: Keough’s Hot Springs

Keough’s Hot Springs at dusk
Photo: John DeRousseau

As the sun sets over the Sierra crest head south on Highway 395 for 8 miles and turn right onto Keough Hot Springs Rd. The tradition of healing through natural mineral, geothermal spring water is hundreds of years old and this place continues the tradition with rustic, old-world charm.

Keough’s Hot Springs Resort was built in 1919 and harks back to its heyday of the 1920s & 30s when it was a first-class health resort. Much of the original wooden structure is still intact and the two pools, a large warm swimming and a smaller hot soaking pool, are the original ones built in 1919. A constant flow of hot, fresh mineral water fills the pools, making this a wonderful place to languish in these restorative waters. Enclosed on all four sides the pools are protected from the desert wind, but open to the sky above. Keough’s was conceived as a place to get away and get close to nature. Almost 100 years later it still delivers on that promise.

 

Dinner: Mountain Rambler Brewery

Beer line up at Mountain Rambler Brewery

The Mountain Rambler Brewery is the place for craft beer, brewed right here, and good food made from scratch. The brewpub serves as many as nine beers on tap and a perfect way to get to know these brews is to order a flight. The menu features local produce as much as possible blended with flavors from around the world. It’s nourishing, delectable and delightfully casual. And get to know the locals! This microbrewery has a festive and friendly atmosphere with long communal tables. Live music is sometimes a great addition to the nighttime fun on Fridays.

 

Lodging: Creekside Inn

Mosey on back to your lovely lodgings and ease into a dreamy world of comfy cushions and luxurious linens.

Photo: @masonthibo

Day Three Itinerary

Up and at ‘em with a hearty breakfast.

Get the day moving with a yoga Session at Sierra Shanti Yoga Studio. It’s an excellent way to get your body ready for the day. Just check the schedule to confirm classes.

Activity (option 1): Fish the Lower Owens River

Photo: @errkawhale

The Eastern Sierra is world famous for … well, a lot of things and … fishing is what put Bishop on the map. Learn and enjoy the basics of fly fishing with some of the best guides in the business. Bishop Fly Fishing and Guide Service can take you gals out for an amazing half day wade or drift trip on the Lower Owens River. The river is only a few miles from town, but you’ll feel like you’re worlds away. The snowy mountain ranges rise up on either side of the valley and the quiet, secluded sections of the winding river are blissful. You’ll be catching fish in no time and, if you’ve never fly fished before, you’ll probably be hooked too. 

 

 
Activity (option 2): Bouldering the Buttermilks

Bouldering the Buttermilks

Our big backyard is also world renown for bouldering and rock climbing and, believe it or not, winter is the perfect season for it. Buttermilk Country is fondly called the “Buttermilks” by climbers and is considered by many to be the best bouldering area in the country. It is certainly California’s premier bouldering spot. The huge boulders that dot the area were pushed out across this landscape by glaciers some 2.5 million years ago and some of these giants are more than 40 feet tall. The Buttermilks, however, are not just for experienced climbers and there are numerous smaller rocks where beginner and intermediate climbers can experience the thrill and feel of rock climbing.

Many city gym climbers get their start on real rock right here in Bishop. A great place to get the beta on where, when and what to climb is at Sage To Summit. This is the store for great outdoor gear combined with an indoor climbing gym. You could get warmed up on the indoor wall, then rent a crash pad and make your way to the ‘milks’. If you need some inexpensive starter gear or climbing shoes, head over to Mammoth Gear Exchange and search through the used goods. Much of it is gently used and there’s always a good bargain to be had there. 

Now, go climb. Head west on Highway 168 (W. Line St.) for 13 miles to the junction of Buttermilk Rd and turn right. The road turns to gravel just beyond the cattle guard and 12 miles further you will find yourself in the heart of Buttermilk County.

Read more about climbing in Bishop in one of our blog posts here.

Lunch: Eastside Juice Bar

Eastside Juice Bars smoothies

As mentioned previously, winter day adventures are most pleasant when done during the warmer part of the day. So, go grab a bag of goodies to stay satisfied and hydrated while you play for a day in our big backyard. Eastside Juice Bar has great smoothies packed with protein and fresh, organic ingredients. Get wraps, salads, and snacks and you’re set.

 

 

 

 

Bishop Main Street. Photo: Gayla Wolf

 
Dinner: Live, from Bishop, it’s Saturday Night!
yamatani Sushi

Yamatani yummy

Make it a party night. Start at Yamatani Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar with cocktails at the bar and dinner in the restaurant. Follow it up with fro-yo at Good Earth Yogurt Pie & Wine Bar. Then get really local. Cross the street and git yer cowgirl on at Rusty’s Saloon.

This could be a night that slides from the sublime to the ridiculous in the best possible way. Just as you did last night, dress in your best casual and comfortable outfit and layer it for the chill outside and the warmth inside.

Since 1984 the Tani family has brought the best sushi and traditional Japanese cuisine to California’s eastern high Sierra. Yamatani is a visitors and locals favorite that serves only sushi grade (high quality) fish from all over the world sourced from the same fish markets that L.A. restaurants use. Call ahead to make a reservation if you’d like early seating at a table.

After that gastronomic delight, continue the indulgence with a helping of organic frozen yogurt at Good Earth Yogurt Pie & Wine Bar. If your taste buds call for a savory after dinner treat, get a nutty, cheesy, platter.

Rusty’s Saloon

Now here’s when it gets ridiculously good. The experience of a lifetime… is Rusty’s Saloon! This is a lively locals bar that’s been serving up fun in bishop for over 50 years. You may catch a DJ in action, or join in for some Karaoke, or just choose your own tunes on the jukebox. It’s usually rockin’ at Rusty’s.

 

 

Lodging: Creekside Inn

Finally, sink into a warm bed for a restorative night’s sleep.

Photo: @climb_beer_repeat

Day Four Itinerary

Go on! You all deserve it.

Go on … sleep in! Won’t that be lovely? Now it’s time to pack up and stock up on the yummy breads, pastries and cookies from Schat’s Bakkery (a Bishop landmark) for the road trip home. These goodies make great gifts for friends and family too.

Stop in at Keough’s Hot Springs for one more soak and soothe those muscles that worked for you this wonderful winter women’s weekend.

 

Before. During. After.

Call or come into the Bishop Visitor Center and tell us about your trip and find out how much there is to do. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can give you directions, maps, and information to help you plan your wonderful women’s weekend. Whatever you do and wherever you go, tell our Bishop business owners that the Chamber sent you. You’ll be treated like family!  

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Spring brings flowers, but also birds and festivals! The Owens Lake Bird Festival is always a wonderful event - we'll post more about it as we get closer but mark your calendars for April 26-28th.
Thanks, California High Sierra !It’s film festival time for both nature lovers & film buffs alike! Don’t miss out on the Owens Lake Bird Festival and the 5-day Mammoth Lakes Film Festival this #spring season. Click 👇 to learn more about these & other High Sierra spring festivals. #CAHighSierra https://californiahighsierra.com/trips/miracle-march-means-fantastic-spring-time-festivities/ Image appears courtesy: Visit Mammoth . . . Friends of the Inyo Mammoth Lakes, California Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
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Spring brings flowers, but also birds and festivals! The Owens Lake Bird Festival is always a wonderful event - well post more about it as we get closer but mark your calendars for April 26-28th. 
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One of our favorite places!

Just spent the night at Brown Town and enjoyed the view.

This is just beautiful! If only we could be there in person for the sounds and smells. Thanks for sharing.

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Miss Bishop

Now if you can just bottle up the air with the amazing smell of Bishop and send it to me 🙂

Chem trails

Beautiful indeed!!!

Thanks so much. So pretty. <3

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Very nice! What trail is this?

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6 days ago

Information from Jessica Strickland and Trout Unlimited

CDFW Inland Trout Regulation Changes - IMPORTANT PUBLIC COMMENT MEETING MARCH 20th BISHOP

Hello folks,
As many of you have heard, CDFW has been talking about simplifying their state trout regulations for the last couple of years. They’ve released their proposed changes, which are relatively significant. The chance to comment is in person at upcoming public meetings. This is very important if you have an opinion on their changes. Go to the following website to view the changes and for more information: CDFW website info page: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Inland/Trout-Plan/Regulation-Simplification

PUBLIC MEETING – EASTERN SIERRA - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6-8 p.m. Talman Pavilion, Tricounty Fairgrounds, 1234 Fair St., Bishop
OTHER LOCATIONS:
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6-8 p.m. Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 6-8 p.m. Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno
Saturday, April 6, 2019 Noon-2 p.m. Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane, Rancho Cucamonga
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6-8 p.m. Colonial Heights Library Community Room, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6-8 p.m. Truckee-Tahoe Airport Community Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee

IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE MEETING CONTACT: Roger Bloom, CDFW Inland Fisheries Program, (916) 445-3777

The biggest change being – all waters under Section 7 general regulations for the Sierra district have been replaced with the following simplified regulation, “Open year-round, 5 trout bag, 10 trout possession limit, no gear restrictions.” The obvious change here being unless otherwise specified - fishing is now open year around. They’ve also shifted seasons around for waters with special restrictions in the following way:

Seasons
All Year
Closed to fishing all year
September 1 through November 30
Saturday preceding Memorial Day through September 30
Saturday preceding Memorial Day through the last day in February
October 1 through Friday preceding Memorial Day

They have also made some changes to special regulations – IE – Crowley, Upper Owens, Walker River, etc. I’ve went through and compared most the waters of the Eastern Sierra. Some notable changes: Crowley – they’ve extended the 5 fish no gear restriction season from July 31 to September 30. Upper Owens between Crowley and Benton Crossing Bridge– removed the monument and extended "no gear restriction" season to September 30, open all winter but with no take. Golden Trout Wilderness – removed gear restrictions. Rush Creek regulation added to protect fall spawn. This isn’t an exhaustive comparison, just some of the major Eastern Sierra waters.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. Trout Unlimited staff will be in attendance at as many of these meetings as possible. Please pass this information along!

Jessica Strickland

California Inland Trout Program Director
830.5159917

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When will these proposed changes take place?

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