Red Bluff is a small city in California, about 31 miles from Redding, on the banks of Sacramento River and on the edge of the fertile Sacramento Valley. No visit to Red Bluff should pass by without checking out the fascinating Gaumer’s Jewelry and Museum of rocks and artifacts. The Sacramento River Bend Area is a great place to enjoy unspoiled nature and rich wildlife.
1.Gaumer's Jewelry and Museum
© Gaumer's Jewelry and Museum
What started in 1967 as a family-owned and run jewelry store in Red Bluff transformed into a fascinating combination of jewelry shop and minerals museum when the family got into rock hunting in a big way. Today, Gaumer’s store is a wonderful place to visit, with large, colorful displays of unique jewelry, polished gems, ancient fossils, Native American artifacts, exotic minerals, and an exhibit on historic gold mining. There is a special blacklight room where the displayed rocks glow in the dark to the delight of the visitors, especially kids. Children love coming to Gaumer’s and there are frequent educational tours of the shop by school groups, by appointment. Visits to the museum part of the store are free of charge.
78 Belle Mill Rd, Red Bluff, CA 96080, Phone: 530-527-6166
2.California Route 36
California Route 36 is considered one of the most scenic and most dangerous roads in the country. The paved road consists of 140 miles of sharp and often unpredictable and unexpected twists and turns. The road connects Route 101 in Humboldt County and Route 395 near Susanville in Lassen County. One particular long series of twists looks like a roller coaster or something designed specifically for adventurous motorcyclists. Route 36 passes amazing and diverse topography, including some lovely redwood forests, and at many points it offers wonderful views, but you will be too busy trying to stay on the road to be able to enjoy the vistas. The road is mostly in great condition, except in a few spots where it gets a bit rough. It has big stretches with guardrails with scary drops on the other side, so drive carefully.
3.Sacramento River Bend Area
Stretching between the lush riparian areas along the Sacramento River and its tributaries and the rolling green hills of blue oak savanna, the Sacramento River Bend Area is a rich and diverse habitat for deer, salmon, bald eagles, osprey, migratory, and song birds. The verdant natural space offers many opportunities for recreation, such as camping, hiking, biking, hunting, horseback riding, boating, nature photography, and just relaxing and enjoying unspoiled nature. As you walk through the wetlands and along the creeks, keep an eye out for turtles, beavers, river otters, turkey vultures, deer, and even mountain lions. Watch out for rattlesnakes!
Jellys Ferry Rd, Red Bluff, CA 96080
4.Tuscan Ridge Estate Winery
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A boutique winery and vineyard, Tuscan Ridge Estate Winery is located on five majestic acres 5 miles off I-5 near charming Red Bluff. Tuscan Ridge grows Syrah and zinfandel grapes in their vineyard and works with other neighboring Sierra Foothills vineyards to supply them with additional grape varieties for their other wines. The winery uses a traditional style of wine making with very little handling to ensure that each varietal retains its unique characteristics. They make 18 reds and seven white wines and a nice port. Tuscan Ridge has a lovely Tuscan-inspired tasting room where visitors can sample their wines before selecting their favorites to bring home. On some days there are wood-fired pizza and antipasti platters to go with the wines. Plenty of games ensure that the guests can have a nice social time with other wine aficionados. The tasting room has indoor and outdoor spaces under the lovely romantic pergola and an ancient oak.
19260 Ridge Rd, Red Bluff, CA 96080, Phone: 530-527-7393
5.William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park
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William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park is located in the Sacramento Valley, near Red Bluff, on the west bank of the Sacramento River. The park was created in memory of California pioneer William Brown Ide, captain of the Bear Flag Revolt and the president of the short-lived California Republic. The main structure in the park is a lovely adobe building housing a museum. There is also an open-air museum that showcases realistic replicas of a carriage shed and a blacksmith shop. There is also a small visitors center. A spacious green picnic area overlooks the Sacramento River. The park organizes various programs and events during the year, such as Adobe Day, Adobe Ferry Championship, and a Pioneer Christmas Party. There are also regular demonstrations of pioneer crafts, period parties, and performances.
21659 Adobe Road, Red Bluff, CA 96080
6.Sacred Heart Catholic Church
© Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Catholic Church is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Red Bluff. The stately brick building with tall twin spires on the corner of Main and Elm streets was designed by William H. Weeks and completed in 1906. Since then it has been providing folks in Red Bluff and neighboring communities with a place to go to pray and reflect. Two spires flank the three church portals. There is a lovely stained glass window with a large rose above the entrance, with more stained glass panels decorating the walls of the church. The inside of the church features an arched ceiling with a single nave. There are two large statues on each side of the altar. The ceiling is decorated with colorful images of saints. Sacred Heart Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a religious and architectural landmark.
515 Main St, Red Bluff, CA 96080, Phone: 530-527-2209
7.Park of Study and Reflection
Parks of Study and Reflection in Red Bluff is one of about 40 similar parks on five continents dedicated to the studying of human beings and the possibility of their evolutionary development toward a nonviolent world and a world without discrimination. The park in Red Bluff has the same elements as all other parks: the stainless steel Monolith, which sets the park’s coordinates, the Donor Wall, which displays the names of people who contributed to the park’s construction, a water fountain, the Entrance Gate, which is designed to create a change in the internal state of those who enter, The Hall, the Center of Work, and the Center of Study. There is a range of activities and programs organized in the park throughout the year.
13499 Golden State Hwy, Red Bluff, CA 96080, Phone: 530-690-2201
8.Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant
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Casa Ramos is a popular family-owned chain of Mexican restaurants offering classic Mexican favorites such as enchiladas, carne asada, and chile relleno. Their Red Bluff spot is spacious, brightly colored, and cozy and it offers several large TVs for those who want to watch their favorite game while enjoying their food or margarita. The portions are large, the atmosphere is relaxed, and there are nice comfortable booths where families with kids can take their time enjoying their tacos, burritos, or tamales. Casa Ramos also has a nice outdoor patio if the weather is pleasant. Their menu is very large, with something for everyone. The best deal is the Combination, small or large, which comes with a bit of everything.
2001 Main St, Red Bluff, CA 96080, Phone: 530-527-2684
Carlitos is a popular family-owned Mexican restaurant in Red Bluff that opened in 2007. The place is a visual delight, with brightly colored walls, decorated with overabundance of Mexican hand-painted colorful tiles and large murals of everyday life in Mexico. The most interesting part of Carlitos is the bar, with a large selection of drinks that combine into a huge range of great cocktails. The menu is large, offering all your favorite Mexican dishes, but their fajitas are out of this world. Try the Fajita Tejana with juicy chicken, steak, and shrimps, marinated, cooked and served still sizzling over sautéed onions and bell peppers.
480 Antelope Blvd Red bluff, CA 96080, Phone: 530-529-3031
10.Shari's Cafe and Pies
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Located in Belle Mill Landing, Shari’s Café and Pies in Red Bluff is one of 95 popular family-friendly restaurants that are open every day and all day for a reasonably priced breakfast, lunch, or dinner and absolutely the best pies in town. The place is spacious and unpretentious, with comfortable seats and cozy booths. Their menu is huge and has everyone’s favorite comfort foods, freshly cooked and hot. The portions are large and the sandwiches are massive, but whatever you order, leave some space for a piece (or two) of their famous pies.
128 Bell Mill Rd, Red Bluff, CA 96080, Phone: 530-529-1104
10 Best Things to Do in Red Bluff, CA
- Gaumer's Jewelry and Museum, Photo: Gaumer's Jewelry and Museum
- California Route 36, Photo: pixelkrusty/stock.adobe.com
- Sacramento River Bend Area, Photo: AlessandraRC/stock.adobe.com
- Tuscan Ridge Estate Winery, Photo: Tuscan Ridge Estate Winery
- William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park, Photo: Andrea Izzotti/stock.adobe.com
- Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Photo: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
- Park of Study and Reflection, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant, Photo: Monart Design/stock.adobe.com
- Carlitos, Photo: EvanTravels/stock.adobe.com
- Shari's Cafe and Pies, Photo: Shari's Café and Pies
- Cover Photo: City of Red Bluff - City Hall