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“The Best 5th Anniversary We've Ever Had” 5 of 5 stars
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304 S. Church Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945 (Formerly Victorian Lady Inn)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 8 Grass Valley B&B and Inns
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“The Best 5th Anniversary We've Ever Had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Of course you can only have one 5th anniversary per marriage. It's all in fun.

From the time I booked the Lotta Crabtree Room until the minute we checked out, Fran, the proprietor, was incredibly kind and helpful. When I called to reserve the room, she was at lunch in town and took my reservation over the phone anyway. When we checked in, she gave us the grand tour and showed us how to utilize all the room's features and then quickly leaving us to discover all the place has to offer.

About the home: It is a beautiful Victorian 2-story that is nicely kept up, while maintaining that elegance and antiquity that makes it special. There's a great porch area that would be nice for sitting if we had gotten around to it. The pool looked really nice too, but let's just say that sunbathing wasn't on the anniversary agenda.

We only glanced into the other empty rooms, but from a quick look they seemed to be as clean and comfortable as ours. The ones we saw were all very good sized.

But our room. Oh, our room. We will definitely be springing for the Lotta Crabtree again.

The living space was bigger than most NY City studios. There was a settee near the front window and a coffee table for relaxing. The large closet was also the resting spot for the TV. Spare pillows could also be found in here. The bed was very comfortable and the ceiling fan provided a nice flow of air. The air conditioning in the hotel made the room already quite cool, despite the 95 degree heat outside. The bathroom sports a great jacuzzi tub and separate toilet and bidet. The sloping roof makes the toilet slightly cramped, but there is still plenty of room to stand and I'm 5'10." The bathroom was very big, at least 12x10. Above the jacuzzi, there were automatic blinds! That was great!

She gave us some ideas on where to go for wine tasting downtown as there are a few tasting rooms. We ended up buying two bottles of wine and bringing one back to the hotel.

We slept very well that night and woke to a great breakfast of baked French toast, strawberries with mint, and other baked goods (we were way too full to have these). Fran offers you coffee, but will make tea at any request. I bought a bottle of wine and she stored it in the fridge and showed me how to find the corkscrew and ice bucket.

Also important is security. Grass Valley is very safe, but Fran doesn't take any chances. You get a key to the front door after you check in and a separate one to your room. She keeps it locked and only answers the door when you call her phone. At first this seems weird, but you realize that she has a handle on who she's expecting and no homeless people or any undesirables find refuge. Even the parking lot has a security gate.

Overall, this was a great place to stay. Grass Valley is such a quiet, small town but one can find lots to do with the right mindset. Fran made this special night extra special. Our only regret is that we stayed only 1 night. Be sure to give yourself ample time to just sit and relax at the VL Inn. We will surely be back, but for at least a couple of nights next time.

Room Tip: Spring for the Lotta Crabtree if you're looking for an extra special stay.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Portola Valley, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

My husband and I recently came to Grass Valley for a weekend event and had a wonderful stay at Victorian Lady Inn. We will definitely come back again and highly recommend a visit to this Inn for those coming to the Nevada City/Grass Valley area. The home is in beautiful condition, rooms are clean, well maintained and charming. The bathroom is updated, modern, at the same time keeping the ambiance of the Victorian house. The lovely garden welcomes you before you enter. It is in a pleasant neighborhood with easy walking distance to downtown. The owner, Fran, is a wonderful cook/baker-breakfast was absolutely delightful. Our stay was perfect.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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West Hollywood, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

I came up to Grass Valley for my nephew's wedding which I expected would be the highlight of the weekend. staying at Victorian Lady Inn was equally as fabulous. Fran, the amazing Innkeeper, was wonderful and she is an amazing cook and baker. My friend and I stayed in Sally's Suite which was great. Next time I am going to try the big bedroom with this huge amazing bathroom. The gardens are beautiful and the off the street parking is a big plus! Fran was so kind, warm, and helpful! she made us feel so welcome and so comfortable! It's also a great location and you can walk all over town and it is also very close to Nevada City, which is also a quaint little town. If you are planning a trip tp Grass Valley, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

151 year old Victorian house in a great location! Quiet, safe and sweet stay in a lovely, stately home. Breakfast was amazing ... A sausage, cheese and egg strata, light-as-a-feather blueberry coffee cake, gourmet coffee, fresh OJ and fresh strawberries started us off in the morning. We couldn't even eat it all. We were in Lola's Room. The bed was just firm enough and the linens on the bed and in the bath were first class. It was air-conditioned, immaculate, beautifully decorated and had a jacuzzi tub for two. A welcome respite from the standard, generic fare offered by other hotels! Fran does a great job of welcoming, touring and making you feel like her home is your home. The gardens are lovely, the pool feels private and the whole scene just works for your pleasure and enjoyment. Sit awhile in a rocker on the front porch and watch e world go by. Such a romantic and genteel setting. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Excellent experience in every way! Off-the-street parking (yay!); beautifully decorated; friendly, helpful hostess; delicious breakfasts. My 10-year-old, who doesn't normally pay much attention to our lodging when we travel, exclaimed upon entering our room, "I can't wait till we get home, so I can give this place a 5-star review!" (And we signed up for TripAdvisor specifically to do so. What can I say? The kid's got taste!)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Modesto, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

What a wonderful way to spend our anniversary! Fran was a gracious hostess and a fabulous chef. We spent a quiet and relaxing evening in one of our favorite antiquing towns and woke to the smell and taste of a scrumptous breakfast. Thank you so much, Fran, for your hospitality, your delightful dinner recommendation, and for helping to make our anniversary an enjoyable and memorable mini vacation.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Charming, comfortable, clean & well located B&B with a delightful hostess! Wonderful breakfasts too. We have already recommended the Victorian Lady Inn to other friends.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Address: 304 S. Church Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945 (Formerly Victorian Lady Inn)
Location: United States > California > Grass Valley
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Grass Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet Victorian home in shaded garden. Walking distance to restaurants,shops, movie and live theater with gated off street parking on site. One of the rooms is a two bedroom suite with private access to patio and pool. Many amenities including luxury linens and towels and pool towels. Two course breakfast is served in the dining room each day. ... more   less 

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