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Quincy, Calif.

Ramble through a pioneer town set in a sea of brilliant fall foliage in the Sierra.

Image of the Feather River Scenic Byway near Quincy, Calif.
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The Feather River Scenic Byway between Quincy and Oroville blazes with a fiery fall palette.

Take a winding highway up California’s Feather River Canyon to the eye-popping fall foliage of the pioneer Sierra town that reigns as “Leaf Central.”

Area code is 530 and all locations are in Quincy, except as noted.

Festivals Country Market Day at the Heart K Ranch Sept. 25. Live music, barbecue, storytelling, and an auction of fine art and antiques. 283-5758, Mountain Harvest Festival & MicroBrew Tasting Oct. 9. Combines leaf peeping with crafts, music, and tastings of 50 Western microbrews. 283-3402,

to do Plumas County Museum Displays mining and farm tools, Mountain Maidu baskets, Victorian toys, and longboard racing skis. 500 Jackson St., 283-6320,

leafy drives and hikes The Feather River Scenic Byway—Highway 70 east of Oroville—shimmers in autumn. At the county visitor center, the free Fall Color Guide shows eight great driving tours of the area. Starting in late September, check the county’s blog, Awesome Autumn, for fall foliage updates. Five miles northwest of town, the Cascades Trail offers a mostly level path along Spanish Creek. Get directions to this and other lovely hikes in the visitor center’s Plumas County Hiking Guide.

shopping Epilog Books Local history and how-to guides, plus hand-knit hats and scarves. 373 Main St., 283-2665. My Sister’s Closet High-end vintage accessories and clothes at budget prices. 367 Main St., 283-1779.

eats Alley Cat Cafe Try cayenne-spiced mocha and fresh lemon-ginger scones. 437 Main St., 283-0902. Morning Thunder Enjoy a tasty omelet brunch. 557 Lawrence St., 283-3526 Pangaea Café & Pub Get fresh Thai wraps, as well as other organic pub fare and craft beers. 461 Main St., 283-0426, Sweet Lorraine’s Savor garlic fries and try the whiskey bread pudding. 384 Main St., 283-5300.

sips Drunk Brush Wine Bar Live music on Friday evenings. 436 Main St., in Grover Alley, 283-9380.

sleeps Ada’s Place 562 Jackson St., 283-1954, Feather Bed B&B 542 Jackson St., (800) 696-8624. Quincy Courtyard Suites 432 Main St., 283-1401,

Photography courtesy Tony Mindling/Plumas County Visitors Bureau

This article was first published in September 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.