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19th-century inns in the Gold Country.

Bedding down in the Gold Country can be a historic experience if you hang your hat at one of the delightful 19th-century inns scattered along or near State Hihgway 49 between Nevada City and Sonora. The 20 listed here are within a short drive of the region's old mining relics, ghost towns, and scenic side roads. In the evenings, the inns offer warm welcomes and enhance the old-time feeling that comes from a day of exploration.

During the past few months, we visited 60 hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns in the area. To be included in our listings, hotels had to be in buildings at least a hundred years old, with interiors recently restored to reflect the character of the original. Most of the ones we chose have all rooms with private baths, or half-baths (toilet and basin) with showers down the hall; however, some inns do have a few rooms with shared facilities.

We didn't list inns under new ownership, recently sold, or for sale. Nor did we list less expensive historic hotels where you might find worn carpets or have to walk down the hall to get to the toilet.

Prices, given for double occupancy, vary according to season and room size. They include a continental breakfast (most often homemade breads, fresh fruit, perhaps granola or yogurt) and sometimes an evening drink. Reserve well in advance for holiday and weekend visits.

Here are our listings for a north-to-south journey along State 49; Georgetown, Murphys, and Columbia are just off State 49 on State 193, State 4, and County Road 18, respectively.
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Title Annotation:California
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Date:Oct 1, 1990
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