What to do and see in Graeagle, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 21, 2017 Roger Rusk

Graeagle is a census-designated place (CDP) located about 60 miles (97 km) from Reno, Nevada and 46 miles (74 km) from Truckee, California in Plumas County, California, United States. The population was 737 at the 2010 census, down from 831 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Graeagle

1. Western Pacific Railroad Museum

700 Western Pacific Way, Portola, CA 96122-8636 +1 530-832-4131
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Western Pacific Railroad Museum

Historical railroad museum featuring a unique Run-a-Locomotive program, which allows anyone to rent and operate a train on the museum premises.

Reviewed By LarryM708 - Roseville, California

This is a volunteer-staffed organization and it shows. They have a LOT of equipment -- rolling stock and locomotives. But they clearly haven't the manpower to keep any but the few indoor items looking nice. The "museum" is quite haphazardly arranged. And I found the young woman manning the counter in the gift shop to be fairly unhelpful.

I wouldn't make the effort to go again, and can't recommend it.

2. Golf Club at Whitehawk Ranch

1137 Highway 89, Clio, Graeagle, CA 96106 +1 530-836-0394
Excellent
94%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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5 based on 29 reviews

Golf Club at Whitehawk Ranch

This par 71, Dick Bailey-designed championship golf course ranked 18th best golf course in California by Golf Digest and was honored with the “Environmental Award” for its outstanding care and planning to preserve the environment.

Reviewed By Steve R - Roseville, California

This is just one spectacular mountain course near Graeagle, CA.

Filled with sights, sounds and smells of the mountains. Blowing Pines, Lakes, River (runs through it).

They have lots of inexpensive golf packages and the accommodations are very nice

The course is just tough enough and immaculate. I've never seen golf balls sit up on the top of the grass like they do here. In the beautiful fairways (if you can stay there). it's a perfect lie every time.

Great course, worth the drive.

3. Lakes Basin

Graeagle, CA
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
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5 based on 53 reviews

Lakes Basin

Reviewed By FaithGalati - Carmichael, California

We departed from Round Lake (near Gold Lake Lodge) for a 4.5 hour hike at a leisure pace. We saw Lake Veronica, Gold Lake, Silver Lake, Cub Lake, Little Bear and Big Bear lakes. We even dove in the pristine and clear lakes, and dropped at several stops. This is GOD's country!

4. The Brewing Lair

California 70, Blairsden, Graeagle, CA 96103 +1 530-394-0940
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

The Brewing Lair

Reviewed By SacValleyGirl - Sacramento, California

We were in need of a little refreshment on recent ride through the "Lost Sierra" and found the Brewing Lair like we do most things - - Ask Google. Never one to shy away from trying something new, we pulled up the long dirt drive (you can almost miss the sign if you're going too fast), and found a spot to park the motorcycle. We were greated by the resident pooch and by another dog who was hanging with a construction crew - - looks like they were finishing another outbuilding. The Lair is self contained, with a small brewing operation on site and a great deck and play area. There are several levels of grassy areas, a fire pit, a disc golf course, and hidden dinosaurs for kids to play with. This is a really family friendly place. You can bring a picnic, or just hang with a cold one. The beers tend toward the West Coast IPA style. And it looks like they have 4-5 on tap at any given time. If you like hop-forward brews, this is your place. But if you're really just looking for a place to hang, like on the porch at and old ski lodge, this is the place. Nice people. Kick back place.

5. Dragon Golf Course at Nakoma Resort

348 Bear Run, Nakoma Golf Resort & Spa, Clio, Graeagle, CA 96106 +1 877-462-5662
Excellent
53%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Dragon Golf Course at Nakoma Resort

We have many facilities including a brand new 42 room hotel, 12 villas, restaurant, bar and lounge, 18 hole golf course and much more.

Reviewed By Maureen R - Danville, California

Ok, Dragon is a bit of a schlep--but well worth it! This is the best golf value in the Tahoe area.

Highway 89 is in great condition. The views on the way up are very scenic. It is reminiscent of what this area was like many years ago. Ranches, mountains, open space and no crowds!!!!

We were greeted by Jason--very professional and customer focused. We could enjoy a nice breakfast--$12 average and the food was the best breakfast food ever at a golf course. We enjoyed sitting in the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright designed club house and had time to eat and explore the well stocked and appointed pro shop.

The golf course was fabulous. I played from the #2 tee-- it was perfect for my CH 16. I used every club in my bag because of the great design. This course has multiple tee boxes for all levels of golfers. The greens were in great condition and so were the fairways. This is difficult to accomplish in the harsh environment that is Tahoe.

We didn't stay in the lodge, but I would recommend it. To just hang out, far from the madding crowds is such a bonus. The clean mountain air, the great value, away from the chi chi overpriced resorts of Squaw and Northstar ( I love those places, too, for skiing and have been there courtesy of conventions, but when it's your own nickel, and want to get away--Nakoma and the Dragon is the place to go!)

The service and the attention to detail to create a great customer experience is to be rewarded.

Here is my day and what I recommend:

1. Arrive and have breakfast. The food was amazing for $12.
2. Nice practice facilities to get in the groove before you tee off.
3. Get the Klean Cantine for $21 and have free refills of non alcoholic beverages. These things really keep your beverages cold or hot.
4. Buy a yardage guide. Your Garmin's will work too, but I love to buy and collect paper yardage guides.
5. Get a score card. The Best Score Cards yet at a golf course. Beautiful color pics of the course, and hints to play each hole. (the hints are not on the yardage guide)
6. Enjoy the holes and THINK!
7. Enjoy the mountains, the vistas and being away from the crowds.
8. Excellent pace of play. We were done in 4 hours. Fellow golfers were great--one group let us play through-- we were not waiting on any holes, and the group was able to enjoy their round without anyone breathing down their back.

We will be back! I come to Tahoe frequently (own a vacation home in South Shore) and the Dragon Golf Course and Nakoma Lodge is an absolute gem.

6. Plumas-Eureka State Park

County Road A-14, Graeagle, CA +1 530-836-2380
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Plumas-Eureka State Park

Reviewed By BluegrassMom - Rural northern California

We have lived near here for 35 years and our bluegrass band plays every year for their yearly pancake breakfast fundraiser. This is a great place to experience California history of gold mining. Docents do a very good job explaining how the stamp mill worked and how gold was extracted. Often blacksmiths are working in the working blacksmith shop. The campground is beautiful also. Highly recommend. Beautiful cross country skiing in winter too...

7. Nakoma Spa

at Nakoma Resort, Clio, Graeagle, CA +1 877-418-0880
Excellent
51%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
12%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Nakoma Spa

Reviewed By scoeyd - Reno, Nevada

Loved the pool & steam room, as well as the relaxation room in the Mens' locker room, complete with big flat screen, fireplace, comfy couches, etc. Sauna wouldn't work, & the exercise room is pretty tiny - a nautilus-type machine, elliptical, & a few free weights.

8. Eureka Peak Brewing Company

72056 Highway 70, Terrace Suite building at Chalet View Lodge, Portola, CA 96103 +1 530-832-5528
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 4 reviews

Eureka Peak Brewing Company

Whether you like your brews hoppy, dark, or fruity—or just something that tastes good with bratwurst— our onsite taproom, Eureka Peak Brewing Co. offers it all. Stop by to sample one of our 10 beers on tap or 20 bottled beers accompanied by artfully prepared dishes made with local, seasonal, sustainable ingredients.

Reviewed By ggintruckee - Truckee, CA

Open weekends. Great variety of beers on tap brewed right there on site. I prefer the porters and stouts. Now servings some great saisons as well. No food, only beer...so bring food or snacks with you if you like! We try and stop in whenever we are this way on the weekends!

9. Explore! Sierra Touring Company, LLC

2634 County Road A23, 72056 Hwy 70, Graeagle, CA 96122 +1 530-832-5450
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 18 reviews

Explore! Sierra Touring Company, LLC

We are an outdoor adventure company specializing in guided ATV and Snowmobile tours. Our ATV tours are staged on the 1750 acre Diamond S Ranch in beautiful Sierra Valley, CA. In the winter we stage at Chalet View Lodge near Graeagle, CA and tour the awesome Lake Davis Recreation Area. Our tours are customized to fit your skill level, we guarantee fun! Bring the whole family!

Reviewed By Christina W - Harwich, Massachusetts

Vacationing we wanted a trip to remember Nevada/California. We choose ATV and what an awesome experience one that would definitely repeat for years to come. The terrain, dust, rocks, peaks,valleys. Hell the view was wicked. Definitely one of those memories you never forget and are thankful for having experienced Special thanks to our guide Chris..

10. Graeagle Meadows Golf Course

Highway 89, Graeagle, CA 96103 +1 530-836-2323
Excellent
43%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Graeagle Meadows Golf Course

This 18-hole championship course is 6,680 yards with each hole offering a glimpse of the area's rich mining history with such names as Indian Grave (Hole 8) and Go West Young Man (Hole 14.)

Reviewed By Floplace - Marblehead, Massachusetts

Many of the holes on this course looked like a movie set--mountains and stately pines in the background, river running along some holes. The course was in excellent shape when we played last week and we found it was fun and challenging enough for us average golfers.

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