Featherbed Railroad Bed & Breakfast Resort

2870 Lakeshore Blvd. Po Box 4016, Nice, California 95464
  • Introduction

    The Featherbed Railroad is a unique bed and breakfast resort on Clear Lake where visitors experience the seclusion and romance of sleeping in one of nine antique railroad cabooses, each distinctively decorated with an individual theme. Most of the cabooses feature in-room Jacuzzi tubs for two and all have an incredible view of Clear Lake. With a huge variety of nearby recreation including almost 30 wineries, this unique and romantic getaway is the perfect place to celebrate being in love or just enjoying the tranquility of the peaceful surroundings. Enjoy the private dock, sit on the porch of the 100-year-old Main Station or languish in the pool. Full breakfast daily lovingly prepared from locally-sourced and home-made ingredients. Open year 'round. 


    Join us soon for a relaxing stay in a real antique retired railroad caboose where you relax in your own private Jacuzzi tub and bring in some of our excellent local wine. With nature trails, fabulous water sports, bass fishing, great antique stores and more, the Clear Lake area offers something for everyone and with peaceful, uncrowded country roads and a relaxed atmosphere, it's the perfect place to truly unwind - or maybe be wined and dined!

    What About Breakfast?

    Guests who stay at the Featherbed Railroad know that we don't skimp when it comes time for breakfast. Our full, hearty breakfasts incorporate locally-sourced ingredients from the bounty that is Lake County. We provide a full breakfast served in our dining room to all our guests along with organically-grown, fair trade coffee plus a variety of teas, hot chocolates and even dessert with most breakfast selections. We feel that dessert is an important part of a balanced breakfast and we wouldn't want anybody to leave imbalanced!

    As Featured on USAToday Travel

    Check out the great article about the Featherbed Railroad and other unique travel destinations in the travel article in USA Today.  We were also recently featured once again as the #1 place to sleep with a ghost. Yikes!

    Why Visit Lake County?

    Next time you stop at a traffic signal and wait and wait, or sit in traffic, or get that annoying phone call about your vehicle's warranty or just deal with too much of the city, maybe it's time for a dose of Lake County. With our unhurried lifestyle, huge natural lake, rural surroundings, friendly people, terrific wines and abundance of natural beauty a dose of Lake County might be the perfect thing to relieve some stress.

    As Seen on Eye on the Bay

    You might recognize the Featherbed Railroad from our appearance on two episodes of Eye on the Bay. Thank you Liam Mayclem & company for your visit!

  • Directions to the Featherbed Railroad

    We look forward to your visit at the Featherbed Railroad. When you are planning your journey, please note that all computer-and GPS-based mapping systems do not find our location. No, not even yours. For whatever reason, they all get it wrong. So here are the best directions to get here.

    From the Bay Area/San Francisco.
    Follow your favorite map to the 101 North
    Continue through the city of Ukiah
    Head East/Turn Right on Highway 20 (exit 555b) for 24 miles.
    Turn Right on Hammond (think we might be serving hammond eggs) and continue to the end of the street
    Turn Left on Lakeshore Blvd. and continue until you see a lot of cabooses - you've arrived!

    From Eureka/Northern California
    Follow your favorite map to the 101 South
    Head East/Turn Left on Highway 20 (exit 555b) for 24 miles.
    Turn Right on Hammond (think we might be serving hammond eggs) and continue to the end of the street
    Turn Left on Lakeshore Blvd. and continue until you see a lot of cabooses - you've arrived!

    From Chico/Shasta/Northern California
    Follow your favorite map to the 5 South
    Turn Right/Head West on Highway 20 (exit 578b) and continue for 55 miles
    Turn Left on Hammond (think we might be serving hammond eggs) and continue to the end of the street
    Turn Left on Lakeshore Blvd. and continue until you see a lot of cabooses - you've arrived!

    From Sacramento/Stockton/Southern California
    Follow your favorite map to the 5 North
    Turn Left/Head West on Highway 20 (exit 578) and continue for 55 miles
    Turn Left on Hammond (think we might be serving "hammond eggs") and continue to the end of the street
    Turn Left on Lakeshore Blvd. and continue until you see a lot of cabooses - you've arrived!

  • Weddings Occasions & Business Travel

    The Featherbed Railroad is the perfect spot event and special occasion destination in Northern California. We are very happy to host weddings, car club events, reunions, and meetings. With our on-site services, we can help make your next special event even more special and worry-free.

    Wedding Ceremonies

    If you're planning a wedding ceremony in Northern California's wine country, the Featherbed Railroad is an excellent choice. We have an immaculately maintained lawn between the cabooses where you can stage your ceremony.

    Thanks to mother nature, the grounds are decorated with beautiful centuries-old trees, flowers and plants. With our ceremony package you get a professional-grade audio system for ceremony music so your guests can hear you exchange your vows, up to 100 chairs and our archway for your ceremony. We also set-up our Main Dining Room so you can utilize it as your brides room - it's a great no-stress wedding ceremony package.

    There are some terrific places for your wedding reception within a very short distance.

    Your innkeeper Tony Barthel spent 22 years in the Wedding business in Southern California and even wrote a book on Weddings - Wedding Horror Stories and How To Avoid Them. Tony and Peggy are enthused about helping you plan your very special day and can give you the insider tips to help you save money while also fulfilling your vision of the perfect celebration.

    One of the most unique aspects of a Featherbed Wedding is that you are surrounded by beautiful grounds including our ancient trees and the famous cabooses.

    The Featherbed Railroad grounds can accommodate up to 200 guests for an outdoor ceremony.

    The Featherbed Railroad is also a terrific place to celebrate your commitment ceremony and is a member of the Rainbow Wedding Network. The Featherbed Railroad is a proud supporter of Lake County Wedding, a web site for those looking for the ideal affordable wine country destination wedding venue. We have a brochure about wedding ceremonies at the Featherbed Railroad which you can download.

    Small Meeting and Retreat Destination

    If you're looking for the perfect getaway retreat in Northern California's wine country for your department or company, you have come to the right spot. We're also the perfect place for business travel in Northern California.

    The Grand Dining Salon and Meeting Space boasts the latest digital multimedia systems featuring a lecturn, multimedia projection, audio support and free WiFi.

    But more than just the space, a getaway at the Featherbed will start with our bountiful breakfast feast to get the troops ready for a great day. During the day, we offer complimentary coffee and tea. There's no charge for parking, no overpriced upsells. Just the perfect surroundings for a successful getaway meeting.

    Even more, with Tony's 22 years as an event planner we can help you coordinate team building exercises if you choose, or productive break-out sessions.

    Lots of places can arrange lunches and dinners, but we can also arrange beautifully prepared lunches and dinners paired with incredible local wines, if you like. We can also take care of all the details for off-site meals at local dining establishments or even in the vineyards, in wine caves, at wineries, at local historical venues and other places. Of course we can arrange for transportation as well.

    Then there are all the local activities, wineries and other distractions to reset the group's minds and keep them excited about their stay at the Featherbed Railroad.

    The Featherbed Railroad is quiet and peaceful so your team can concentrate on the meeting. We have great internet in our Main Station so that videoconferencing, podcasting, webinars and on-line meetings are not a problem.

    Whether your meeting is very formal, or casual the Featherbed Railroad can help you make it a success!

    Family Reunions & Gatherings

    We get lots of families who love the Featherbed Railroad for reunions and get-togethers. Our Grand Dining Salon and Meeting Place is the perfect spot for games and activities. Our park-like setting is ideal for lounging or games on the lawn. And then the dock and boat launch add to the fun - bring your boats and fishing poles! Many of the groups who have spent time with us in the past year have really had a great time and showed us a thing or two. For example, Dr. Wolford's group each dressed in a theme reflective of the room they were staying in. Check out their photo gallery. Joe Lopes and Company had each of their guests dress in a railroad theme and spent the evening doing all sorts of fun train-themed games. We're always happy to participate in the festivities and pleased to facilitate however we can.