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How to Have a Perfect Girls Weekend in Redding, California

By Redding CVB | 11/18/2020 | Antiques, Art & Culture, Caves, Coffee & Tea, Downtown Attractions, Downtown Restaurants, Downtown Shopping, Empty Nester Activities, Family Friendly , Food and Drink, Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Kayaking, Lakes, Paddling, Redding Originals, Shopping, Shopping Centers/Malls, Spas, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, State & National Parks, Swimming, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails, Waterfalls, Wine

COVID Update: Shasta County and Redding are currently in the Widespread (purple) tier of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Most businesses are open with modifications and are following state guidelines to the best of their ability. See covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy for specifics.

There are times in life when all you need is a quiet (or maybe rambunctious) weekend away with the girls. There’s no better place for these get-togethers than one that puts outdoor adventure, shopping, arts and culture, and wining and dining right at your fingertips. Enter Redding, CA. Known as the “Trails Capital of California” this UpState gem sits in the foothills of the Shasta Cascade region and is within 30 miles of more than 600 square miles of national and state parks and forests. It’s designated a California Cultural District and is home to a thriving craft beer and wine scene. Bonus: Redding gets more than 300 sunny days a year—so you’re practically guaranteed good weather during your trip.

Here are five awesome ways to spend your time with the ladies on your next trip to Redding.

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1. Go Wine Tasting

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Redding’s local wineries offer tastings of unique varietals and have stunning (Instagrammable) natural backdrops. Kelsey Knight

Redding’s local wineries are growing in popularity and there are a variety of tastings you can take advantage of during your stay. Sip from 32 wines on tap at Vintage Public House in downtown Redding, or schedule an outdoor tasting at Redding’s Moseley Family Cellars. You can bring a picnic with you to this one and pair it with $10 flights of their red or white wines. Matson Vineyards, the city’s oldest bonded winery, offers bookable tastings of its blends and dessert wines every weekend.

Just outside Redding you can taste luscious red wines at Burnsini Vineyards, where everything from planting to picking to bottling is done onsite. The wines at Dakaro Cellars Estate are produced with grapes grown in the area’s volcanic soil. If you and your ladies are looking for a serene (and Instagrammable) setting, visit the lush outdoor grounds of Lewiston’s One Maple Winery for a garden tasting of unique varietals such as Late Harvest Merlot and Summer Blanc.

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2. Explore Outdoors

Hiking in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Hiking in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo by Whitney James.

Redding is a mecca for outdoor adventurers thanks to abundant options near or in town. If you’re looking to stay close to the city, go for a bike or run along the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, a 17-mile route that crosses the famous Sundial Bridge (don’t miss the working sundial) and goes out to Shasta Dam.

You could also do as the locals do: grab kayaks and stand up paddleboards and make for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. This lake and its beaches are practically in Redding’s backyard, and you can make a day of lounging on the beach and swimming in its clear waters. Oak Bottom and Brandy Creek’s sandy beaches are favorites, and it’s wise to arrive early to claim a waterside spot. (Oak Bottom even has an on-site store if you need a popsicle or sunscreen to make it through the day.) Perk for history nerds: You’ll pass by the ghost town of Shasta on the way to the lake and it’s worth the pullover to see the landmarks and ruins of this once-thriving town.

When the wild calls, venture beyond Redding about 40 minutes to spot dramatic snaggle-tooth rocks rising to 6,500 feet at Castle Crags State Park. Even if your friends don’t like long hikes, you can see this wonder on the 0.25-mile paved Vista Trail, or challenge yourselves with a lengthy climb to the top on the 6.5-mile Castle Dome Trail.

Nearby, Lake Shasta Caverns is one of the West’s newest national natural landmark and the guided tours to the limestone caves include a catamaran ride across the lake. If being on the water for the day is more your game, rent a patio or wakeboard boat at Silverthorn Resort on Lake Shasta to cruise with your girlfriends in style.

Another popular day trip is the Redding Waterfall Loop: a driving and hiking tour of Potem, Hedge Creek, and the three McCloud River Falls. Pictures hardly do these roaring beauties justice, and your Instagram feed demands an in-person visit. To see them all in a day, start at Potem and stop for a swim in the calm pool beneath (don’t miss the rope swing), continue at McCloud River Falls to see three waterfalls for the price of a one-mile hike, and wrap up with Hedge Creek Falls where you can walk behind the waterfall in a small cave.

If solitude’s your jam, steer your caravan to Lassen Volcanic National Park—under an hour’s drive from Redding. As one of the country’s least-visited national parks, it’s a spectacular place to paddle calm lakes, climb through darkened lava tubes, and glimpse hydrothermal features like Bumpass Hell’s bubbling pools.

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3. Go Shopping

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Selling cute outfits to live plants and art prints, Redding’s shops will keep your wallet busy. Artificial Photography

Whether you’re the shop ‘til you drop sort, or just love exploring hip local boutiques, the small city of Redding has plenty to offer. Start by nabbing cute styles for a night on the town at Common and Dandelion fashion boutiques. Then head to Sketch & Press for handmade goods ranging from books and vinyl records to art prints and live plants. Thrift shabby chic home goods and antiques at Trends Vintage Marketplace, where individual vendors can rent a space to sell their own wares.

If you’re lacking a backpack, water bottle, or any outdoor gear, get outfitted at Jefferson State Adventure Hub for practically any adventure. The hub’s staff is also well-versed in explaining local trail and activity options.

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4. Dine Around


The Park, Redding's Food Truck Hub located in downtown.

Coffee addicts and pastry fiends will love starting the day on the edge of town at Theory Collaborative. This hip coffee shop specializes in seriously good hot and cold brews plus fresh cinnamon rolls, yogurt parfaits, and grab-and-go breakfast items. For a more substantial morning meal, walk across the renowned Sundial Bridge to enjoy weekend brunch at Mosaic Restaurant. Expect California favorites like avocado toast, blackberry souffle pancakes, and hearty brunch bowls paired with sparkling brunch cocktails.

Ladies craving healthy food or just a hearty brunch will be pumped about From the Hearth, a bakery-turned-local-chain specializing in fresh fare for three meals a day. Whether you’re gals are dreaming of a vitamin-packed kale breakfast salad or hearty pork breakfast tacos, you’ll find it here.

Expect a social dining scene fit to please the pickiest eaters in your crew at The Park, Redding’s food truck hub. Trucks rotate daily and you can choose from five at a time to taste hawking pizza, BBQ, crepes, and beer or wine while enjoying live music, bocce ball, cornhole, and firepits—all outdoors under Redding’s sunny skies.

For quick, classically Redding eats, don’t miss the Buddha Bowls at Wilda’s Grill. What started as a hot dog stand became much more, and today the vegetarian- and carnivore-friendly bowls are a local lunch favorite.

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5. Experience the Art Scene


Old City Hall Art Gallery. Photo by Kyle Sheppard.

Who says art has to be hidden in a museum? Walk the streets of Redding to see over 70 unique public art sites that have helped earn the city a California Cultural District designation. Start your walking tour at the city’s largest art gallery, located inside Redding City Hall. You’ll find local artwork exhibits that rotate on the regular. Outside in the Sculpture Park, there are permanent and temporary exhibits of stone, metal, and mosaics. For more experiential options, bring your crew to California Street Labs, a pop-up space that hosts artists, local events, film screenings, and more.

When you’re ready to get your own paintbrushes dirty, book a Board & Brush workshop to DIY some art that’s at least pretty enough to be hung in your laundry room. And if art isn’t your secret superpower, at least there’s plenty of wine and beer to sip on while you catch up with your favorite ladies.

All it takes is some fresh air, a little wine, and some close friends to add more happiness to life. Redding’s trails, wineries, and shops are waiting for you. All you have to do is bring friends.

Written by Jenny Willden for Matcha in partnership with Redding CVB.

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