Lodging, cabins, and bed and breakfast in the beautiful Sierra Nevada.
Just outside historic Downieville, California on State Highway 49.
P.O. Box 285, Downieville, CA 95936
Phone: (530) 289-3455
Fax: (530) 289-1002

Welcome to Shangri-La!

Sierra Shangri-La is a small mountain resort featuring housekeeping cottages and bed-and-breakfast rooms dramatically perched right on the bank of the North Yuba River. We are located in the heart of the northern Sierra Nevada, surrounded by scenic beauty, gold rush history, and unlimited outdoor recreation.

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Our newly remodeled housekeeping cottages feature fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, large covered decks and dramatic river views. Our bed-and-breakfast rooms are graciously appointed rooms on the second floor of the Lodge. They feature a large common balcony overlooking the river.

From the solitude seeker to the recreation enthusiast, Shangri-La offers something for everyone. Truly getting away from it all is what we are all about. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Welcome to Shangri-La!

We are Patty and Richard, your innkeepers. We want to invite you to join us in one of nature's most beautiful settings. Whether you come to participate in the unlimited outdoor activities our area offers, or just to relax and enjoy the wonderful peace and tranquility, you cannot fail to fall under the spell of Shangri-La! Many of our guests have been returning for decades, but whether it is your first visit or your fiftieth, we hope you relax and let the enchantment of the Sierra make you forget civilization's cares. Enjoy your stay in Shangri-La!

What's New at Shangri-La?

Herb and Veggie Garden

Our new herb and veggie garden is located right by the river next to the La Vista cottage. Guests are invited to pick their own fresh produce. Feel free to indulge! Our fresh herbs and veggies are sure to help make a memorable meal right in your own cottage. We are proud of what we produce in our new garden. Offerings change with the seasons so be sure to come on over and see what's growin' in the garden!


Winter Fun for Everyone

Winter is a very special season in the Sierra and at Shangri-La it is easy to enjoy it! Of course there is plenty of beauty, relaxation and solitude to be enjoyed just sitting by your fireplace with a good book and a cup of cocoa, but you may not know about the many invigorating outdoor activities available during this special time. Call today for more information or to book your winter Shangri-La getaway!



An Unforgettable Shangri-La Wedding

If you are looking for the perfect spot for a memorable wedding or other small gathering, look no further! What could be more special than a wedding at Shangri-La? We will work with you to make your Shangri-La wedding the experience of a lifetime. Call or email us if you wish to inquire about some specific dates. Best availability is usually in Spring or Fall. Below are links to some great wedding services we have discovered.


Marion Charlotte Photography
Jay Spooner Photography

Event Rentals:

Celebrations Party Rentals



Want to know what our guests are saying about Shangri-La? Read on!

“My Home Away From Home”

I first found Sierra Shangri-La in 2011, when Patty and Richard had just started as the new innkeepers there. Let me tell you they are just as charming today as they were back then, and Shangri-La has become my home away from home. They keep the place spotless, the beds are comfortable, and the sound of the Yuba lulls me into a nice deep restful sleep every time. Highly recommended!
Spring, Texas

“Heaven on Earth in the Mountains”

We always wanted to stay here many years ago. Fortunately, we got in on a cancellation. We stayed in La Siesta. The cabin was right on the river and we enjoyed our time alone and our peace and quiet. If you want a peaceful vacation, book this cabin. The location and view will be perfect.
Thousand Oaks, California

“Peaceful and Relaxing”

The Yuba River flowing through the wooded property creates the most wonderful, soothing background for complete relaxation. The inn is well maintained, with lovely large lawns and gardens. The resort has a private (rocky) beach with wading and swimming areas. The innkeepers shared gold panning supplies, inflatables, books and games to entertain our family. We rarely left the property.
San Rafael, California

“Beauty and Tranquility ”

Relaxing on the deck our first night the crimson sunset was mesmerizing and the river lulled us to a peaceful sleep. It was hard to wake from our soooo comfortable bed the next morning, but Patty arrived with a visually appealing and most delicious breakfast. Places like this are the hidden gems you come across that you're afraid to share because you want it to be available whenever you can get away, but these places are so amazing you simply have to let others know so the experience can be shared and passed on. This world is made better when we are blessed to have time and memories from Shangri-La.
Reno, Nevada

“Family Fun”

We rented Blue Jay cabin for the grandkids and parents and we stayed in Dogwood cabin. Blue Jay has a larger kitchen and is right on the river so we had our meals there. The place is very clean and well equipped. The Inkeepers were very helpful.
Santa Cruz, California

“Nice Get-Away”

We were there during their first opening of the season in March. Since we were the only guests it was super quiet and serene. Very nice and attentive innkeepers. We hope to get back soon.
Reno, Nevada

“Great Location and a Wonderful Staff”

We made our reservation at the last minute and the innkeeper was more than accommodating. We asked for and received the Kingfisher room in the lodge. We were there for only one night and the cottages require a two night minimum so we will return at a later date and stay in one of the cottages which are also overlooking the river. The resort is very well kept and the grounds are a quiet delight.
San Francisco Bay Area

“Wonderful Get-Away”

We stayed for one night at at the B&B Kingfisher room at Shangri-La and had a very nice time. The inn is in a beautiful setting right on the river and is a perfect place to unwind, listen to the river, and relax. The innkeepers, Richard and Patty, were wonderful and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. We would love to go back again and stay in one of their housekeeping cabins on the river … looks so warm and cozy. I can just picture us in the cabin with the fireplace going or sitting on the deck overlooking the river. No matter where you are, you can hear the roaring sound of the river. We will definitely go back.
San Francisco, California

“Great Location”

We stayed in the La Vista cottage which consists of one bedroom with a queen sized bed, living area with a nice woodburning fireplace, and a kitchen and dining area. We found the cottage to be very cozy and romantic. The cottage is right on the Yuba river. It was clean and quiet. Overall, a great stay. We will return again.
Sacramento, California