A Peaceful Retreat at Eagle's Rest
By Gary VanDeWalker
Tucked AwayNovember 2015
By Gary Vandewalker
For Jeff and Cindy Pawlow, the road to McCloud began as conversation over a stretch of highway between St. Louis and Kansas City. The miles they covered were filled with conversations and dreams. “We wanted water, snow and places to hike,” Jeff says. “We looked around the country and discovered everything we wanted was tucked away in an area of Northern California people didn’t seem to know.”
Off a branch of Squaw Creek, the quiet wraps around the forest like a blanket. The Milky Way smiles down through the cool night air. In a clearing, the trees open a gate. The log walls of Eagle’s Rest rise, as a whole different world greets the traveler.
The custom-built log home boasts French doors and redwood cabinets. Vaulted ceilings give a sense of grandeur. The sun fills the great room as running water sings. A professionally engineered 3-mile trail winds up to the top of the property, with a 2.25-mile loop with more aerobic challenges, as well as a 1.7-mile path. Throughout the property, Mount Shasta looks down, keeping watch.
The Pawlow family’s normal week is full of hockey and gymnastics practices, work appointments and chores. At Eagle’s Rest there is no schedule. Their three teenage boys and daughter join their parents here. “For us, it’s a two-week step back into being a family,” Jeff says. “Our first time together, family vacation was here.”
The property becomes a launch place to new family experiences. Their pontoon boat and jet skis float in Shasta Lake. The next day, they hike over the rocks above Castle Lake to Heart Lake with its stunning view of the mountains. The adventures of Northern California are all nearby.
This fully furnished log home sleeps up to 14 people in more than 3,000 square feet of space. The four bedrooms and three baths accommodate those looking to find respite from their busy lives, as the Pawlows rent Eagle’s Rest to guests through the year. The Victorian tub in the master bedroom beckons to a quiet evening. The wood burning stove takes the chill out of the night air as there is room to gather and talk about the day’s adventures.
The home is available for rent from early May until late September, with packages available for winter holiday retreats. Golfing, fishing and hiking surround the property. The Disneyland-type main street of McCloud is 15 miles away. A “surf and turf” package is available for those wanting to take advantage of Shasta Lake.
The Pawlow family finishes their ping pong tournament and settles on the deck for lunch. “McCloud is an opportunity,” Jeff says. “This is a place where people care about their heritage. It’s a town undiscovered with treasures to uncover.”