Thursday, May 19, 2016

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia City Hotels

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Columbia City Hotels  Want to spend the night, see a delightful theater production, and/or indulge in an ice cream confection?  Here you go. 
(800) 444-7275, (209) 532-1479.  $50-$115/2; cottages $115-$155.

The City Hotel  22768 Main St.  10 rooms; $$; closed 1st 2 wks. in Jan.  No TVs; all shared baths.  Restaurant.  No pets.  This 1856 hotel provides overnight lodging in keeping with the town's historic flavor.  A steep staircase leads up to the guest rooms, where a large sitting room and outdoor balcony await.  Spartan but comfortable guest rooms have high ceilings, sweet old-time wallpaper, lace curtains, worn wood floors, and are furnished with Victorian antiques from the collection of the California State Parks Department.  They have no TV or phone, but do have free Wi-Fi.  Each room has a private toilet and sink, but the shower is down the hall.  To make the trek there more civilized, rooms are equipped with robes and a wicker basket packed with towels, soap, and shampoo.  
entrance to The City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California
entrance to The City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California

guest room in The City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California
guest room in The City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California

amenities in The City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California
amenities in The City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California

Christopher’s at the City Hotel Restaurant  serves elegant regional cuisine, and four-course seasonal dinners are an option.  Adjacent and under the same management, the cozy What Cheer Saloon retains its original cherry-wood bar that traveled around the Horn from New England.  A full-service bar, it features fine Cognacs, Armagnac, and single malt Scotches, as well as Sierra Nevada foothill wines, local beers on tap, and both foreign and domestic bottled beers.
Christopher's at the City Hotel Restaurant in The City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California
Christopher's at the City Hotel Restaurant in The City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California

Fallon Hotel  On Washington St..  14 rooms; $-$$; closed 1st 2 wks. in Jan.  No TVs; many shared bathrooms.  Continental breakfast; restaurant.  No pets.  This historic hotel, dating from 1857, is beautifully restored to its Victorian grandeur.  Many of the furnishings are original to the hotel.  Several large second-floor rooms with balconies are perfect for families.  The hotel is operated in similar style as the City Hotel and is under the same management.
front desk at the Fallon Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California
front desk at the Fallon Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California

lobby lounge at the Fallon Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California
lobby lounge at the Fallon Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park in California

Located in the rear of the hotel, the Fallon House Theatre has been operating since the 1880s.  The second-longest continually operating playhouse in California, it stages both first-run and classic dramas and musicals and employs both professional and student talent.  The semi-professional Sierra Repertory Theatre stages eight major productions each year.
box office at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park in California
box office at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park in California

theater at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park in California
theater at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park in California

The Fallon Ice Cream Parlor dishes up chilled goodies on the main floor and is the perfect place for an intermission snack.  Choose from sundaes, floats, and milkshakes, as well as espresso, hot chocolate, sarsaparilla, and cookies.
Fallon Ice Cream Parlor in Columbia State Historic Park in California
Fallon Ice Cream Parlor in Columbia State Historic Park in California

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