Lauri Sturdivant is interested in how our friends and families gather around a table sharing meals and telling stories. In this column she shares recipes and stories from people in Siskiyou County, and restaurant reviews from her travels. Read full interviews, find recipes and reviews at TheBillPlate.com

When I take a road trip, I stop at golf courses. I love exploring the blue highways of California and beyond. When my brother moved to Seattle, I spent a lot of time driving to and from. One time I stopped to visit a friend who worked at the Springfield Golf Club in the Mohawk Valley of Oregon. The restaurant had a good Oregon microbeer on tap, fresh sandwich and friendly people having a good time. After that experience golf courses became regular stops for me.

Now I can eat at the Mount Shasta Resort and feel like I’m on a road trip. Another bonus is that it’s close to my house and I don’t need a spread sheet to know when and if they are open. The food is consistent and the servers are friendly and knowledgeable. The menu is varied with lunch and dinner specials and breakfast on the weekends. I appreciate that you don’t need to read a book size menu to find something that will please you and everyone in your party.

I went to the Resort last Friday for dinner with friends and family. We ate in the family friendly lounge we think it’s cozier than the dining room. My daughter and I split the dinner special that consisted of a tri-tip with shallots, mashed potatoes and green beans with soup or salad as the side. We got clam chowder. Everything was delicious. The onions were very sweet and the chef put the right ratio of shallots to steak for the perfect bite. I used a butter knife to cut my steak. My Granddaughter had a club sandwich and our friend had clam chowder and a salad. The clam chowder was creamy with perfectly cooked potatoes, plenty of clams with a little bit of heat. We took the time to get caught up with each other’s lives and left satisfied.

The lounge menu offers appetizers like nachos and pot stickers, wedge salad and Buffalo wings. For lunch or dinner, you can order an Asian chicken, spinach, shrimp Louis or Caesar salad. I enjoy the shredded beets and carrots that are included in their house green salad. There are many choices for vegans and vegetarians. My daughter regularly orders the butternut squash raviolis tossed in sage butter.

While golf carts cruise by you can also watch deer, geese, jack rabbits, a variety of birds and an occasional great blue heron. Views include Mt. Shasta and the Eddy’s. The lounge has enough flat screens that you won’t miss a putt. Being a family friendly restaurant, children can play on the grass within view and mostly safe from flying balls. It is a golf course after all. There is outdoor seating on the large patio with umbrellas and view over the putting green.

The Resort has an elevator that we always made my grandchildren ride in. It’s a city experience that rural kids rarely have. I think it might be the only elevator in Mount Shasta and it’s only one story.

The Mount Shasta Resort family friendly lounge is open year-round from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. serving lunch and dinner with a bar menu from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. They have a full bar and seasonal draft beer menu. The dining room is open weekends for breakfast. The Resort is a favorite for Mother’s Day and Easter Brunch and July 4th celebrations on the course. Check their website for current hours for dining room www.mountshastaresort.com or call 926-3030. There is also an 18-hole golf course, putting green, tennis courts, lodging, pro-shop and a day spa located at 1000 Siskiyou Lake Blvd.