Local guide to Cache Creek swimming Holes, hiking, kayaking and wild foods. Rumsey House owner, Camilla, shares her knowledge freely, and is also available for paid guided wild food tours and kayak trips.
The mountains are full of hiking trails. Trails lead to peaks from which you can see Mt. Lassen; others meander to frog ponds, overlook hidden stretches of Cache Creek River, or go deep into Cache Creek Wilderness itself. Ask Camilla or visit www.yolohiker.org.
Enjoy our year-round river, Cache Creek
Swimming Holes: We locals know the places to take a dip in the river or just go wading.
Kayaking, River Rafting or Tubing: You can find a stretch that will suit your skills, from quiet paddling to class II-III runs. The water is a perfect temperature on a hot summer day: just right for a dip while you picnic on the river bank. If you want to do it on your own, ask Camilla. Or, sign up for a commercial trip with meals: www.cachecanyon.com
River parks: Yolo county maintains three parks along upper Cache Creek with river access, picnicking or camping. In Guinda, a fourth river park has a playground and swimming. The Historic Rumsey bridge also has a short trail to the river. All these are easily reached from Rumsey House. Visit http://www.yolocounty.org and select the visitors/Parks tab.
Birds flock to Capay Valley all year long. In summer, orioles are special visitors. Autumn brings woodpeckers including Acorn and Pileated. Winter is a good time for spotting pairs of Bald Eagles and Great Horned Owls. All year are you’ll find many water birds, raptors, songbirds, wild turkeys, quail, pheasant, doves. The Audubon Society brings regular tours to the Rumsey Bridge.
Wild boar, deer, doves, wild turkeys abound in Capay valley and are hunted in season.
One of the nation’s premier golf courses is just down the road at Cache Creek Resort, hosting frequent tourneys and private golfing. Pros and amateurs alike love the service, the layout, and the scenery - especially from Hole #1. www.yocha-de-hegolfclub.com
Casino and Nightlife
Lively concerts, indoor sporting events and acrobats, and gaming of all sorts can be found 24/7 at Cache Creek Casino Resort, a world-class resort 11 miles from Rumsey House. www.cachecreek.com
Excellent local food as well as acclaimed “fine dining” is up and down the valley.
Guinda Commons: Serving local food with a specialty in BBQ meats, beers and southern dishes. www.guindacommons.com
Road Trip Bar & Grill: An excellent chef serves up American food with a full bar. www.roadtripbg.com
Capay Junction Saloon: A saloon with a long-standing tradition, appealing especially to bikers and locals. www.capayjunction.com
Baileys: our newest restaurant operated by a local family serving diner food with a smile. http://www.baileys.menu/location.html
Cache Creek Casino Resort has restaurants ranging from Mexican quick food to fine dining, with everything in between. Oriental, Phillipine and other specialties as well as an excellent all-you-can-eat buffet. www.cachecreek.com
Capay Valley has an excellent terroir producing award-winning wines. Some grape varieties may be new to you, offering a reason to explore. Two wineries have tasting rooms. Capay Valley Vineyards (www.capayvalleyvineyards.com) and Seka Hills (www.sekahills.com)
Yoga: Classes offered most days of the week at various locations throughout the valley. www.cschaer.com
Massages and Spas: The spa at Cache Creek Casino Resort offers all sorts of massages and skin treatments as well as hot tubs. www.cachecreek.com Candice Shaer gives therapeutic massages and body work at Rumsey House or in her center. www.cschaer.com or https://www.linkedin.com/pub/candice-schaer/14/6b4/575
Fitness Center: Day use permitted at Cache Creek Casino www.cachecreek.com
Swimming Pool: Day use permitted at Cache Creek Casino www.cachecreek.com
Soak in our Hot Tub: Under the stars if you wish. Just steps outside our front door under brilliant skies.
Capay Valley is a hub of organic farms. Several farms have shops where their meats, olive oils and produce may be purchased. Some are listed here, or ask Camilla when you arrive. Other farms may be visited by appointment.
Cache Creek Lavender Farm www.cachecreeklavender.com
Pasture 42 www.pasture42.com Meats, eggs, olive oil
Full Belly Farm www.fullbellyfarm.com Produce
Blue Heron Farms 530-796-3799 Art gourds
Motroni Ranch Fruits & Vegetables 530-661-3005
Historic Walking Tours
Do a self-guided walk of historic and other sites of interest in Rumsey and the upper Cache Creek canyon. Or read about local history:
Esparto Library, Friends of www.ferl.org
The Greater Capay Valley History Society www.greatercapayvalley.org
Star Gazing and meteor showers
Rumsey House and the upper Capay Valley are as rated excellent dark sky, with dry air and lack of nearby cities. Meteor showers, satellites, dim constellations, lunar eclipses: come view them here from our lawn, or gaze at them through the skylights in the Moon Room.
Many local farms schedule farm-to-table dinners or brunches throughout the year. Here are a few:
Capay Organic www.farmfreshtoyou.com
Full Belly Farm www.fullbellyfarm.com
Good Humus Produce www.goodhumus.com
Young Farmers Guild of Capay Valley and Leap Frog Farm 707-845-9749
Rumsey House offers occasional local-themed dinners featuring such produce as lavender, pine nuts, local meats and produce.
Country life is celebrated with festivals throughout the year
February: Almond Festival
March: Sheep to Shawl
May: Cinco de Mayo Festival
June: Lavender Festival
July: Tomato Festival
August: Capay Crush
October: Hoes Down Festival
Nearby Natural Hot Springs
Wilbur Hot Springs is nearby, lovely! www.wilburhotsprings.com In nearby Lake and Napa Counties there are many hot springs due to the volcanic nature of the region. You can read all about them in books at Rumsey House.
The towns of Lower Lake and Williams have excellent museums about local history and geology. Woodland has a wonderful agriculture museum.
Lower Lake Museum: www.co.lake.ca.us
Williams Museum: www.sacvalleymuseum.org
Woodland Ag History Center: www.aghistory.org
Don’t want to do anything but relax?
Curl up with a book at Rumsey House, in front of the fireplace or on the gracious wrap-around porch. There is an excellent selection of best-selling fiction and nonfiction books and periodicals, including local history, geology and hiking books.
Relax in the hot tub day or night
Have a massage in your room or under the trees (available on advance reservation)