Thanks to the government shutdown and uncertain reservations in Yosemite we needed to find somewhere to stay outside of the park. Our helpful B&B hosts in Mariposa told us the area was full of “old saloon towns” and that we might have luck in Groveland. We discovered Hotel Charlotte on an internet search. Linda? was friendly and sympathetic when we called to inquire about availability and held a room for us. The main street of Oakdale is about two blocks long and does have a saloon look to it. It also boasts the oldest Saloon in the state of California (see review). Friendly owners Jenn & Doug were there when we checked-in. They encouraged us to join the restaurant and while we would have enjoyed the menu (local, organic) we were starving at 4pm and couldn’t wait for the restaurant to open. (With everything closed in Yosemite we never had lunch.) Our room was pleasant and the bed comfortable. The lobby and bistro have a relaxed, rustic, hip vibe. Breakfast included a nice selection of eggs, cereal, yogurt, etc. along with some great coffee from Firefall Coffee. It was so good in fact that we went across the street and bought some to bring home. The guy (GM?) who handled breakfast was very upbeat, enthusiastic and clearly happy to be there. Jenn and Doug are doing a nice job of creating a homey, mountain-y feel without all the usual frilly Victorian décor. We love that they are offering something different in both style and menu.