If you haven’t taken a drive to Lake Hughes lately, you may not know what a wild time you can have up there.
Shadowland Foundation is a wolf rescue and education center welcoming visitors of all ages. A pack of Alaskan timber wolves live on the property, and they not only have the opportunity to play and interact with each other, they also serve as nature’s teacher. Shadowland staff members host visitors, offering programs that dispel myths and misconceptions about these mysterious creatures, which serve as ambassadors for the endangered gray, red and Mexican gray wolves.
Two-hour educational tours are available by appointment on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Members of the public receive an informative presentation about the characteristics of wolves and their importance to the environment. They also get the chance to meet, feed, pet and take photos with the wolves. There is a suggested public tour donation, which you can find on the organization’s website: Shadowlandfoundation.org.
The Rock Inn is a historic building in Lake Hughes, constructed in 1929, and familiar to both the lake and valley communities. It is both a hotel and a busy restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails every day. Hungry customers can order favorites such as rib eye steak and shrimp scampi, as well as traditional favorites like hamburgers and beer-battered French fries. There are a handful of rooms, with a totally vintage vibe — European style — with a bathroom down the hall. The venue hosts events regularly, plus the facility is available for private parties as well.
This month, the Rock Inn has a lineup of entertainment, including an Artist Showcase on Sundays and Acoustic Night on Tuesdays. Musicians who are interested in playing the venue should call Cheryl Bain at 805-236-1165. October 18 is Vintage Bike Night, so you can see everybody’s wheels and take advantage of dinner specials and raffle prizes. The Rock Inn is located at 17539 Elizabeth Lake Road in Lake Hughes. To make reservations or to learn more about the Rock Inn, call 661-724-1855 or visit HistoricRockInn.com.
Quail Run Ostrich Ranch features one of the most unique species on Earth. Tours are available by appointment on weekdays and it is open on weekends between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for visitors. On site there are ostrich eggs for purchase, plus farm fresh chicken eggs and local raw honey.
You can book private events, as well. Quail Run Ostrich Ranch is located at 44420 Shaffer Road in Lake Hughes. For more information, call 661-724-1592 or visit QuailRunOstrichRanch.com.