This is a historic Queen Anne-style bed & breakfast inn built in 1853 for Gold Rush miners, complete with old fashioned hospitality and turn-of-the-century antique furnishings. The American River Inn, with its elegant Country Victorian guest rooms and suites, creates a sense of nostalgia and serenity for guests. If it's time for a romantic escape for two, it's time to check into the American River Inn!
Each morning of your stay, after a comfortable night's rest on an antique feather bed with down comforter, the gracious Innkeepers will treat you to a gourmet breakfast to start your day off right. You'll have full use of the facilities and amenities, including the hot jacuzzi, bicycles, and other activities. You are welcome to browse Maria's Boutique,the on-site gift shoppe, for antiques and other unique treasures.
The American River Inn is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Eldorado National Forest in Georgetown, California. It's easy to get there by taking SR 49 from either I-80 in Auburn or US 50 in Placerville. Take Hwy 193/Georgetown Road from Cool to Georgetown. Once in Georgetown, go straight onto Main Street to the corner of Orleans Street.
The American River Inn was built in 1853, during the heat of the "gold fever" pandemic. It was the cry of "Gold!" that brought adventurers to Georgetown; it was the clear air, towering pines, and untamed beauty that kept them here.
The mining camp, known in the mid-1800's as "Growlersburg" (perhaps because nuggets were so big they "growled" in the gold pans!), held riches beyond imagination. One famous nugget from the Woodside Mine, whose lode still runs under the American River Inn, weighed in at 126 ounces. It is recorded that by spring of 1853, an estimated $2,000,000 in gold had been mined in Historic Georgetown.
The Inn served as a stage coach stop and a boarding house for miners. Surviving many dreaded fires that were the terror of most mining camps, the original American Hotel (circa 1853) was damaged by fire in 1899. But at community demand, it rose from the ashes to host travelers down to this day, as the Historic American River Inn and Woodside Suites.