Best Places to Stay in California: American River Inn – Historic B&B in Gold Country
For a fun overnight in Gold Country's Georgetown, check out this historic miner's boarding house turned B&B.
Though the original building dates back to 1853, it burned in 1897 and was quickly reconstructed — later becoming a sanitarium, brothel and grand hotel.
Today, this bed-and-breakfast is a popular spot for touring Gold Country, hosting stars including David Hasselhoff and Carol Channing. Choose from 13 guest rooms and suites, decorated with old antiques, dolls and Victorian furnishings. Your stay includes afternoon hors d'oeuvres and wine, along with a delicious full breakfast of quiche, ham, muffins, bagels, coffee and fruit salad in the morning.
Oscar (described as a romantic and friendly spirit) is known to hang out at the top of the stairs. He is said to be fond of honeymooners in Room 5 — shaking the bed, switching on the lights or tearing off the sheets.
Best Places to Stay in California: Carter House Inn – Luxury lodging in Eureka
Tucked along Eureka's historic Victorian Row, this luxury B&B — a replica of Newsom & Newsom's 1884 Murphy House — is one of the nicest places to stay on the Northern coast.
Boasting eight rooms and three separate floors, the B&B was rebuilt in 1982 after Mark Carter found the historic plans of Murphy House (which was destroyed during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake) inside a Eureka antique store. Today, the Eureka hotel is best known for its award-winning Restaurant 301, which has received countless awards for its 3,800-bottle wine list (including a Wine Spectator Grand Award) and gourmet farm-to-table dining. View menu.
In addition to the Carter House building, the B&B also operates Annie's House (417 M. Street), Carter Cottage, Bell Cottage and Hotel Carter. Each suite is decorated with classic yet modern touches — from the all-white bedspreads to in-room whirlpool tubs, flat screen TVs, MP3 docking stations and fireplaces. Wine, hors d'oeuvres and bedtime cookies and tea are included with your stay.
Best Places to Stay in California: Carter House Inn – Looking for something to do while you're here?
The B&B can set up dozens of activities, ranging from Redwood canopy tours, to fishing trips, rock climbing tours and Humboldt Bay harbor cruises on the 1910 ferry Madaket. A romantic choice is the Old Town carriage ride, which includes a horse-drawn narrated tour of the city followed by wine and appetizers, dinner for two in Restaurant 301, and a two-course breakfast the next day.