Annie Horan's Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful Victorian home away from home in downtown Grass Valley. It is run by Jeannine and Harvey, who are wonderful hosts. Harvey stood there on his back porch, in the cold night air, waiting to greet us as we parked the car in their parking area. What a homey and gracious greeting that was.
The rooms there are very, very comfortable, and sweetly decorated ... though not overly so. My husband and I took the Wine Room, which was subtly done in wine colors. Our daughter took the Cloud Room; a sunny room all in white and pastels. What lovely rooms!
Both rooms had connecting bathrooms, which were ample and nicely laid out. Each provided abundant silky, pillowy towels. The water that issued from the faucets and showers was soft, soothing, and gave the sweetly scented soaps extra lather.
The downtown area is within a short walk from this inn. After dining at a local restaurant, my husband went to our room to rest, while our daughter and I settled into the pretty parlor to read a while in genuine coziness. Being the day after Christmas, we sat before a beautifully lit Christmas tree. Between the warmth of a small gas fireplace and our mugs of hot cocoa, the chill of our outdoor excursion was soon dispelled.
The inn sets out several local papers and magazines which have a lot of little articles about the locals, and about the Donner Party. My great, great grandmother, who emigrated from Ireland during the Potato Famine, had joined the Donner Party for part of her trip to California. Those local publications are full of that lore. In due time we retired to our rooms and, very soon, we were all fast asleep ... and we truly slept like babies on those comfy beds.
The next morning, at 9:00, we headed down to the formal dining room for our first breakfast, which was beautifully cooked by Jeannine and handsomely served by Harvey. We sat at the table with a really nice couple who were also staying in the inn. While we were getting to know each other, out of the kitchen came the most delicious Baked Apples topped with Vanilla Yogurt, followed by a wonderful Asparagus Frittata ... both made from scratch ... and all the fresh orange juice, whole grain toast, butter and jam, and coffee we could want. It was so, so delicious, conversation and all!
We asked Jeannine to help us decide on a restaurant for that evening's dinner. She recommended a Chilean restaurant to us, called Diego's, and made our reservations for us. Harvey even cut a coupon out of the local paper for us to apply to our dinner. Jeannine was right; Diego's was fabulous! They chef serves inventive and delicious Chilean food with an American twist. We highly recommend Diego's to you, also.
The outside air was sooo cold that night, but the inn was so quiet, warm, and peaceful that we easily forgot any hardship once inside. The three of us settled in the parlor that night and played a friendly card game. Inn provides several boardgames should you wish to play.
The next morning, we came down to our 9:00 breakfast and were served the most yummy Baked Pears, and a lovely scrambled omelet full of fresh veggies and topped with a lively, fresh salsa ... along with all the other yummy sides, just like the morning before. The goodness of that food and the company of that couple made for a really enjoyable morning.
From time to time during our stay I would spend a few moments with Jeannine and/or Harvey to ask for local information or just for a brief conversation. They are the most gracious people; very friendly, and never intrusive.
We reluctantly said our goodbyes, and heartily waved to Jeannine and Harvey as we drove past their back porch heading home. The only challenging part of our stay at Annie Horan's Bed and Breakfast was having to tear ourselves away from a most enjoyable stay.