Thursday, July 14, 2011

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Volcano, Volcano Union Pub and Inn

Volcano Union Pub and Inn 21375 Consolation St., (209) 296-7711. 4 rooms. Afternoon snack; continental breakfast. Built in 1880 for $400, this newly restored vintage building known locally as “The Union” was originally a boarding house for hard-working miners. Rooms are dubbed Lemon, Mocha, Daffodil, and Terracotta, and one has a big tub that accommodates two. A long second-floor front porch beckons to come sit a while and watch the street action. Perhaps it is time to accept the invitation to “come to Volcano, where the stars are your nightlight and the crickets lull you to sleep.”
Downstairs, the Union Pub (L Sat-Sun,D F-M; $$.) serves seasonal comfort food plus burgers, soups, and great fried chicken. Ribs are house smoked, and the butterscotch pot of creme is to-die for. Diners can indulge in complimentary shuffle board and darts on Friday afternoons. Though there are plenty of local wines by the glass, including a Sobon Estate Old Vines Zin, draft beers include a crisp Konig Pils and a smooth Boont Amber Ale.

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image c2011 Carole Terwilliger Meyers  

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