Mercey Hot Springs offers a natural, recreational area and retreat to get away from today's modern world. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and valleys, you can relax and soak in the hot-mineral water of their hot springs while taking in the landscape. The vision of the current owners is to have Mercey Hot Springs be a resort that is clean, comfortable and yet affordably priced while retaining the style of the buildings and decor in an early 1900's look and feel. Available activities are disc golf, mountain biking, star gazing, bird watching, and rock hunting. Mercey Hot Springs is located in the northwest corner of Fresno County, 35 miles south from Vagabond Inn Los Banos. Hours - Winter: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily Summer: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Call (209) 826-3388 for more information.
With over 26,600 acres of wetlands, riparian forests, native grasslands, and vernal pools, the San Luis National Wildlife Refugee is a great place to spend with the family while learning about elks, birds, reptiles, insects, plants, amphibians, and more. The Refuge has three auto tour routes to view the majestic nature of animals in their natural habitat. Fishing is allowed in designated sites and the Refuge also has a waterfowl hunting program. For more information, call (209) 826-3508.
Lush Button Willow Lake teams with the stunning pageantry of 300,000 water fowl escaping the ranges of an Arctic winter. Activities include nature observation, hunting, waterfowl, fishing boating, and dog trails. Western pond turtles, raccoons, striped skunks, beaver and muskrats, as well as over 200 species of birds are among the many animals found here. Facilities include roads, parking areas, bird mound, photography blind, restrooms, etc. This is 4 miles NE of Los Banos, from Hwy 152 turn N on Hwy 165, travel N 3 miles and then right on Henry Miller Ave. for 3/4 mile. Call (209) 826-0463 for more information.
Located just 20 minutes from our hotel, and nestled in the grassy hills of the western San Joaquin Valley near historic Pacheco Pass, San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is noted for boating, board sailing, camping, and picknicking. But it's the anglers who find the unit's three lakes most inviting for an outstanding fishing for striped bass. Recreation area lakes includes O'Neill Forebay, San Luis Reservoir, and Los Banos Creek Reservoir. Regular strong winds make O'Neill Forebay and San Luis Reservoir an excellent location for board sailors. Other recreational opportunities include horseback riding, hunting, winter sports, cultural or historic sites. The area has 4 boat ramps and 2 sandy beaches. A Visitor Center at the Romero Overlook on Highway 152 provides information on the reservoirs and projects. Call (209) 826-1196 for more details.
Come out to Stevenson Ranch and retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life! Located just 45 min north from our property in the heart of the California Central Valley on 2700 Van Clief Road, in Stevinson, Stevenson Ranch offers a unique combination of recreational experiences for the outdoor enthusiast. Among the activities offered are golf on the highly acclaimed Savannah Course, waterfowl hunting along 15 miles of the San Joaquin River, upland bird hunting, sporting clays, trap shooting, nature and bird watching trails, plus many additional nearby attractions. Golf Digest not only rated the course the "Best New Upscale Public Course in California" for 1996, they returned in 1997 to rank it in the "Top 25" of all California courses! Call (209) 668-8200 for additional details.
The Ralph Leroy Miliken Museum features murals, Indian artifacts and other historical pieces. The museum is located on Highway 152 in Los Banos, close to our hotel, and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Phone: (209) 826-4079