Wine country getaway Four gorgeous Amador hotels — San Jose Mercury News

Wine country getaway Four gorgeous Amador hotels - San Jose Mercury News

Wine country getaway: Four gorgeous Amador hotels

Winery Guide

California’s Gold Country makes a perfect weekend getaway — and these four inns are the perfect place to rest your weary head, whether you’ve been hard-rock mining all day or just wine tasting, sightseeing and generally frolicking.

Hanford House Inn

This luxury two-story bed-and-breakfast is a cozy blend of modern design and historic accents. We loved the bright, contemporary-loft feel of the lobby — where a staffer greets you with a glass of Amador County wine upon your arrival — juxtaposed against hallway tables decorated with antiques and old-school board games. The complimentary gourmet breakfast served inside Element, the inn’s trendy cafe (which is open to the public daily, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays) made our stay. They plan to add dinner service by year’s end.

Staff greets you with a glass of local wine upon check-in at Sutter Creek’s modern Hanford House Inn. (Hanford House)

Rooms: Our first-floor room featured a Cal-King bed with an antique door as the headboard (brilliant) and custom furnishings to match the muted green and brown palette. Perks included a private balcony, deck and gas fireplace. Be sure to ask about their pet-friendly rooms and the rooms with whirlpool and soaking tubs and heated bathroom floors.

Zzzz’s: Memory foam built-in on top of mattresses. Luxury linens kept us cozy after wine tasting in triple-digit temperatures.

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Extras: Hot baked scones delivered to your room. For breakfast, the chef hand picks ingredients from the inn’s garden and chicken coop each morning. Try the Goud Miner ($10 for nonguests, grilled brioche stuffed with a sunny side up egg, smoked Gouda, muenster and Havarti cheeses or the Pan of Gold ($9.50), Semifreddi’s challah French toast with berries and house-made whipped cream.

This 150-year-old Amador County treasure reopened in August 2012 after a $4 million renovation to retain its Victorian charm (the National was once a brothel, believe it or not) while bringing it up to date with modern comforts. Original artwork, antiques and restored furniture from its Victorian heyday — lux drapery, gold trinkets and crystal crystal crystal — grace the halls and rooms. The lavish lobby features a toasty fireplace and baby grand piano for raucous singalongs. Downstairs, executive chef Dan Moore crafts lovely farm-to-table cuisine at Stanley’s Steakhouse & Bar.

The lavish lobby at the historic National Hotel in Jackson is like walking back in time. (National Hotel)

Rooms: Each guest room and suite is inspired by turn-of-the-century decor, including mahogany wood tables, ornate carpets and traditional tapestries. Updated amenities include Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and complimentary movie libraries. Some rooms feature soaking tubs, sitting rooms, fireplaces and balconies with views of sweeping vistas or quaint Main Street.

Zzzz’s: Memory foam or pillow-top beds with 100 percent down comforters.

Splashes: Radiant heated tile floors and oversize Turkish bath towels.

Extras: Room service and light gourmet breakfast; full bar downstairs at Stanley’s. Located in the center of Jackson’s downtown shopping area.

Details: $100 to $300. 2 Water St. Jackson; www.nationalhoteljackson.com

This Gold Rush-era hotel has been a Sutter Creek fixture since 1858, but when new owners took over last year, it got a major renovation that managed to preserve all its Wild West charm — right down to the brickwork walls in the new farm-to-fork restaurant — while adding 21st-century comforts, including flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.

The ultimate goal, though, was to woo townsfolk as well as happy tourists. On any given day, visitors and Sutter Creek residents mingle in the restaurant, bar or upstairs balcony, sipping cocktails with a ringside view of Main Street.

A balance of old and new greets the traveler to Main Street where the Hotel Sutter offers gourmet dining in Sutter Creek, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Rooms: The hotel’s 21 bedrooms offer plenty of vintage details and quirky charm, with walls painted in deep saturated hues — persimmon, violet and other jewel tones.

Wine country getaway Four gorgeous Amador hotels - San Jose Mercury News

Zzzz’s: Antique iron bedsteads sport soft mattresses, crisp sheets and handcrafted quilts.

Splashes: You won’t find any period details in the bathrooms, but you’ll lather up nicely with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries in that modern shower. Victorian washbowls are so overrated.

Extras: The hotel doesn’t do breakfast yet — unless you’re a bridal party, for example, that’s rented out the whole place — but you can grab a morning latte across the street at Kaffeine’s with a hotel voucher. And if you’ve got a group that’s heading to the Shenandoah Valley for a day of wine tasting and picnicking, the hotel’s chic shuttle will ferry you around, gratis.

Details: $115 to $175. 53 Main St. Sutter Creek; www.hotelsutter.com

Union Inn and Pub

With a total of two hotels, Volcano does not exactly have a plethora of options. Fortunately, they’re both terrific spots. Get a dose of period charm at the historic St. George at the entrance to town, or venture around the corner to the Union Inn, which was built in 1880 as a boardinghouse for gold miners. These days, the Union’s pub and patio draw happy crowds of locals and visitors with its clean lines, rustic decor and tasty seasonal fare. Venture upstairs and you’ll find four charming bedrooms — updated with modern comforts, including flat-panel TVs, iPod docking stations and complimentary Wi-Fi — plus a small lounge with fresh coffee, board games and a library of books and DVDs to take back to your room.

Rooms: The modern guest rooms on the second floor include two smaller rooms — dubbed the Daffodil and Mocha rooms — with queen-size beds and hillside views. The suites at the front of the hotel — Terra Cotta and Limon — boast king-size beds, sitting areas and access to the balcony that runs the full width of the hotel, a prime spot for sipping wine and watching the world pass by.

Zzzz’s: The big, comfy beds are dressed with luxury linens.

Splashes: King-size rooms boast big bathtubs — Terra Cotta’s was an antique claw-foot tub — with a shower overhead. Queen rooms have tiled stall showers.

Extras: Breakfast is included — and it’s amazing, with coffee, juice, fresh fruit, just-baked pastries and an egg dish. It’s been a month and we’re still talking longingly about the broccoli frittata.

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