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206 Commercial Street, Downieville, CA 95936
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Balconies over the Downie River, one of four rivers in town. Historic Gold Country Inn in Tahoe National Forest on Yuba River National Scenic Byway. All rooms have full private bathrooms, are smoke free, include a balcony over the river. Includes covered motorcycle parking, secure mountain bike storage and repair station. Many rooms have full kitchens. King or Queen beds available.
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My wife and I took an unplanned trip along the entire Gold Rush Trail on Hwy. 49 with two dogs and no reservations, a risky endeavor I know. We hoped to make it to Susanville; however, there were so many wonderful things to see on that leg of the trip that we found ourselves stuck in the middle of the Sierras as the sun was setting. Up popped Downieville. What a charming town steeped in history! Even more charming was the Riverside Inn and our host (I think his name is Ron). I'm not sure if the inn is pet-friendly, yet our host made accommodations considering our situation. Our room was fittingly rustic and clean, with a balcony and view overlooking the river. An easy stroll over the bridge took us into the center of town and we hung out with the locals at the St. Charles Place watering hole. It was a blast! I understand there are lots of activities throughout the year and we plan to return in the Spring......next time we'll make reservations and stay a while. Definitely a highlight of our trip.
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The proprietors are extremely friendly and helpful. All of the rooms look right out over the river and our room was charming. Pine-panel walls and cotton quilts. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom had a real clawfoot tub. It was 97 degrees and no place in Downieville has air conditioning, but they have good fans and the temperature in our room was fine. We were only there one night but we met three separate rooms of people and spent most of the night chatting on a patio overlooking the river. One important caveat: Downieville rolls up the sidewalks precisely at six and the three local restaurants that serve after six may not be open. But the hotel has multiple nice grills, so if you bring provisions or get to the local grocery before 6, you're in excellent shape.
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The Riverside Inn is perfectly located, and as the name implies, right on the Downie River. Every room has a view of the water and access to outside seating on the balcony and or lower patio. The sound of the water is mesmerizing, soothing and peaceful. One morning a doe was right beneath me munching at the water's edge. There is a short path right down to a swimming spot. The rooms provide the basics and are clean and cozy. Some have kitchens. Our bed was comfortable. Ron is friendly, helpful and readily available if you need anything. In addition to the decent continental breakfast he lays out, he greets all with a cheery smile and is pleasant to converse with.
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A friend had told us about the brewfest held in Downieville last year and well....when I went to find a place to stay I found everything in town was booked to include the campgrounds...so I made it a mission to make accommodation reservations for the brewfest in 2017 and found the Riverside Inn complete with two rooms that had a kitchen with them so I reserved room 6 for two nights. I was curious as to what kind of kitchen would be available to determine what groceries/cooking utensils to bring with us. I couldn't find any pictures of either kitchen online etc...although there might be some here...I didn't look. We arrived a little after 6pm....checked into the room...and explored a bit before getting a bite to eat over at Two Rivers Cafe. The room was great....pretty clean....ceiling fan wonderful....and of course the balcony over the river would be the highlight. The kitchen was great....basically like what you would have in a camper/trailer. Pans, pots, lots of glassware, dishes, bowls, plenty of kitchen utensils...cutting board, manual can opener. The microwave is small....like what would be in dorm room. Four burner gas stove and small oven...think camper size. And small fridge...so if you brings lots of food cooler would be advisable. Plus there was a table there and three chairs. The wi-fi was also a HUGE plus cuz there is NO cell service in Downieville. We had brought some groceries...but actually next time may not bring milk with us because there is a grocery store in Downieville with basics available...and the prices there were not overly excessive...next time we will buy milk and maybe some produce too IN Downieville. Just need to make sure you get to town before store closes. So more about the breakfast provided....bagels, coffee (there was a coffee maker in room), salmon, bananas, oatmeal in the packages....so yes we could have cooked in our room...chose not to....this is an Inn not a bed and breakfast....and we paid for the room so yup...ate the breakfast provided. We didn't have too much interaction with the hosts. I wouldn't say they were unfriendly...just kinda of neutral, Mike didn't seem to be too happy with the brewfest and the people attending it....well I understand that...however....we are beer snobs and had no intention of getting trashed...we were there to enjoy the town and the beer. And...well HOPEFULLY we will be able to visit and stay in the Inn next year for the brewfest....I say that because there is a For Sale sign at the Inn. I thought the asking price was very reasonable so hopefully someone purchases this business so we can visit again. . . We did make a reservation....but date may change...depending on brewfest 2018 date...and will have to pay attention to see if Inn sells cuz we don't want to be without a place to stay next year. So yes....I'd tell others to stay here....if I had the money I would buy this place in a heartbeat....it'd be work...but an adventure where you'd meet all kinds of people....that would be cool.PLUS....breakfast could be as easy as you could get...maybe add some small cereal boxes. maybe offer hot breakfast with eggs, sausage, waffles etc. It'd be fun. HOPE someone buys it.
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Charming motel with very clean and comfortable rooms and the always present soothing sound of the river rushing past. Very relaxing environment. Great breakfast choices. Nice hosts. I would definitely return!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riverside Inn
Is parking available at Riverside Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Riverside Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Cocina De Oro, Two Rivers Cafe, and St. Charles Place.
Is Riverside Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.05 miles away from the center of Downieville.