Victorian Bed and Breakfast Nestled in Gold Country
The boom of craft brewing has opened up a wealth of new beer flavors, and few spots better explore the possibilities better than Power Club Brewery & Steakhouse, where more than 100 microbreweries are crafted onsite. To handle such a lineup of beers, the pub features “Tapzilla,” a 110-tap kegerator—one of the world’s biggest—that dispenses everything from IPAs to hefeweizens and dozens of beer styles in between. The Power Club is one of the main highlights of Power’s Mansion, a Victorian bed and breakfast dating back to the early 1880s. This deal comes with a $30 dining credit so you can try a brew or two for yourself.
The inn, which has been voted the area’s best bed and breakfast by the Auburn Journal eight years in a row, features 16 rooms and suites. All are uniquely decorated with authentic Victorian artwork and wall coverings. The Power room, the mansion’s original master bedroom, shimmers with shades of gold from its bay-window curtains to the linens on its four-poster bed. In the Honeymoon suite, guests enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, a heart-shaped jetted bathtub, and a seating area with heart-shaped chairs.
Filled with period antiques, the inn and its property have undergone painstaking renovations—including building retaining walls to save a more than 100-year-old oak tree. Owners Alfred and Peggy Lee have filled the inn’s gentlemen’s and ladies’ parlors with antique wing chairs and oriental rugs. Enjoy afternoon tea service in the dining room, read a book on the terraced garden patio, or head to the brewery for a complimentary housemade breakfast.
Auburn, California: Historical Beauty Couched in Natural Splendor
Auburn sits in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 35 minutes northeast of Sacramento. Considered one of the area’s best-preserved historical towns, Auburn was the site of a prosperous mining camp during the California gold rush. Walking tours of the downtown district depart from the Placer County Museum. At the Gold Country Museum, patrons can pan for gold, creep through a replica gold mine, and walk bowlegged through a mining-camp saloon. A cluster of nearby antique stores sells Victorian-era trinkets, local pottery, and books.
The lakes and rivers of the Sierra foothills make good spots for fishing excursions, gold panning, and watersports. You can paddle through rugged canyons during a whitewater-rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the American River or water ski on nearby Lake Clementine. About an hour from the inn, mountain bikers careen past the Grizzly Range on the Foresthill Divide Loop Trail.