Photo © Mike Nellor
In the heart of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, near the historic Plumas County Courthouse and charming Plumas County Museum, this delightful cluster of four, fully furnished, garden level cottages provides a peaceful resting place for overnight travelers to the historic community of Quincy, California.
The first of the unique eco-friendly cottages was named in honor of the pioneering soul, Ada Miller. After fleeing the Oklahoma dust bowl in the 1930s, Ada relocated to Massack (where the rest stop is coming into town from the east) and lived in a tent home until fire destroyed it. Fire also destroyed her next tent home in Westwood. Yikes!
Each cottage is named and decorated according to its own unique theme: Ada’s Cottage, Hop Sing’s, West Wing and Ruth’s Garden. The first cottage, Ada’s, was built in the old American Valley Lumber yard barn and was completed in 2001. After using an extraordinary amount of recycled materials and some very hearty floor jacks to help lift the barn for installation of a foundation, Ada’s cottage sprang to life. The other three cottages, originally built in the 1940s, were totally rebuilt inside using salvaged materials from the property as much as possible. All of the redevelopment work was completed by the current owners along with the help of a few talented young men and women who learned the true art of recycling and reusing in the process.
The cottages, just one block from the main street business district, are a lovely alternative to traditional hotels, motels and B&Bs, and are owner operated and maintained with your comfort in mind.
As a cultural addition, 5 barn quilts, designed and painted by the owners, were recently installed - one on each of the vintage cottages and one on their home/office. The owners’ historic home, built in 1859, which also houses the office for Ada’s Place, is adorned with a new Pineapple Barn Quilt representing the universal symbol of hospitality.
Each cottage has its own fully appointed kitchen ready to prepare your own meals or snacks. As a bonus, each cottage is stocked with Peet’s coffee and gourmet teas.
Breakfast Not Included
Season Open: Open year round
Rate Range: $100 - $145
The sturdy men who helped settled the west and Quincy during the gold rush of the 1850s moved the home from its original location in the late 1890s. On what looked like a very rickety wagon set up, pulled by a few strong mules, the former Anna Berg ranch house, traveled precariously about 1-1/4 miles to its current location on Jackson Street.
Slated to be torched in the spring of 1990 by the Quincy Fire Department as "fire practice," the house, and now office, for Ada’s Place, was saved in just the nick of time by the current owners, Mike and Valerie Nellor. Purchased in October 1989, in a moment of total insanity, this now lovely home graces the community of Quincy once again and is included on the Heritage Walking Tour brochure published by the Plumas County Museum.
One cottage, Hop Sing’s, is wheelchair accessible including the shower.
Each cottage has been rebuilt and remodeled using numerous recycled products salvaged from the original structures and regional recycling sources. Ancient cedar, unique antique cabinets, sinks, lovely old mirrors, well-loved furniture from a variety of sources, old tin display panels (re-purposed as ceiling panels in Ada’s Cottage) and more grace the structures. This is the third year of operating 20 solar panels on this very historic structure.
A water conservation program is ongoing with all of Ada’s lush and beautiful gardens on drip irrigation systems. Native plants mixed in with the cottage gardens thrive on the property. Non-toxic cleaning supplies and laundry detergents are used, along with a water conserving washing machine and dryer and guests are encouraged to use linens more than one or two days. Large shade trees limit the need to use air conditioners. Recycling and glorious line dried sheets and towels (when possible) are all part of working towards building a sustainable business model. Ada's Place has also been a member of the Green Hotels Association for five years.
The owners love pets, but out of consideration to guests with allergies, they can accommodate service animals only. They are able to recommend some great local kennels.