Red Castle Inn Historic Lodgings

Nevada City, California

Turn back time at the Red Castle Inn Historic Lodgings

About Red Castle Inn Historic Lodgings

You are invited to "turn back time" in California's Gold Country at the award winning Red Castle Inn Historic Lodgings, the only authentically preserved historic lodging landmark mansion in Nevada City.

As the first Nevada City Bed and Breakfast... and one of the first in California... the incomparable Red Castle Inn has been acclaimed for its singular sense of time and place for more than four decades. On a quiet tree lined street in an uncommon wooded setting with unsurpassed views of the enchanting historic Gold Rush town, this Nevada City inn offers travelers a glimpse of what life was like more than one hundred years ago. Cross the threshold of the spectacular 1860 Gothic Revival mansion—which became in 1960 the premier Nevada City Bed and Breakfast—into another time... another century... an atmosphere of vintage refinement at once tranquil, romantic, genteel. Discover what was called "The Tasteful Interlude" true 19th century style.

We invite you to enjoy a trip into California's colorful Gold Rush era within one of the few remaining historic lodging landmarks, accompanied by unobtrusive personal attention in comfort and privacy. Savor breakfasts reminiscent of the time when dining was an event and afternoon tea an opportunity for pleasant conversation. Wander down fairy-lit footpaths through our terraced rustic gardens to nearby restaurants, theater, shops and events or nestle in secluded nooks by the koi pond or the edge of the forest... rediscover each other and make memories to cherish in a setting like no other Nevada City inn, surrounded by nostalgic enchantment where time stands still and "one night is never enough".


Turn back time at the Red Castle Inn Historic Lodgings

Turn back time at the Red Castle Inn Historic Lodgings

Enjoy our gourmet six course breakfasts

Enjoy our gourmet six course breakfasts


Forest View Room

Queen canopy bed, claw foot tub supplied with our own blend of bubble bath, tiled private bath, private entrance and veranda.

Garden Room

John & Abigail's spacious second parlor, framed by fringed and tasseled vintage portieres, has been transformed with heirloom American Empire furnishings and Chinese Chippendale canopy bed.

Garret Two Bedroom Suite

Two double sleigh beds, detached porcelain tiled private bath, private sitting area and veranda.

Gold Room

Queen featherbed, private bathroom with tub/shower, private veranda.

Rose Room

Four poster Queen featherbed, porcelain tiled private bathroom,
private veranda.

Red Castle Inn Historic Lodgings Features

Lavish interiors only hinted at by elaborate Gothic gingerbread, are richly ornamented with sophisticated and unexpected artifacts reflecting decades of refined collecting. Each of our rooms is artfully arranged to open a window into the past, embracing all who enter with warmth and intimacy. Fascinating links to the 19th century are revealed at every turn, encouraging one's eye to explore and imagination to soar. The four story mansion offers seven guest rooms and suites: majestic, high ceilinged rooms with Queen-beds on the first and entry levels; the middle level and top floor rooms are double-bed suites. All rooms have exceptionally beautiful private baths and access to private or shared verandas.

Our culinary academy trained chef presents innovative and imaginative breakfast menus inspired by 19th c. cuisine in a manner reminiscent of the bountiful repasts of that time. Selections from the presentation in the foyer can be enjoyed in the terraced gardens, common social areas, verandas, or the seclusion of your own room. The five course affair features unusual and unexpected delights not found at other Inns, allowing you to savor the romanticized experience of 19th c. life, observing the niceties and etiquette of a more formal time from the more casual 21st c. Enjoy a lavish buffet geared to discriminating adult palettes beginning with orange juice, fresh baked breads, pastries, muffins or scones. The intriguing main course and accompaniments follow.

Teatime at the Inn ... A Treasured Custom
Set aside the world outside for a few moments while the ritual of afternoon tea, that most Victorian of traditions, takes place amid friends and acquaintances. It is both comforting and stimulating to withdraw from the ordinary to an elegant setting and partake of sumptuous savories and sweets displayed on heirloom china and crystal. Treasured recipes and special beverages executed by our chef are served from our collection of nineteenth century American silverplate. Relax in our formal parlor where a wealth of 19th century literary offerings, books on history, memorabilia and architecture await you. A delightful way to share some memorable time with fellow guests and friends old and new.
This daily event is optional. You will need to advise your hosts upon check-in or at breakfast if you will be present for tea.

Red Castle Inn Historic Lodgings Attractions

The Town of Nevada City
Known as the "Queen City of the Northern Mines", Nevada City is the most charming of historic gold mining towns. The entire downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic storefronts, facades, restored gaslights, museums and events preserve the flavor of the past. Shops, galleries, fine dining, musical comedy, and dramatic theatre make the present day Nevada City an exciting tourist destination. The Red Castle Inn offers splendid views of town from our gabled porches and veranda, and a short stroll down our garden path with take you directly there. You will find that there is so much to explore in Nevada City and so much to enjoy at the Red Castle Inn that "One night is never enough".

Things to Do in Nevada City:
Live Theater
Miner's Foundry Cultural Center
Antique Shopping
Historical Research Library
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
White Water Rafting
Hiking Trails
Gold Panning
Mountain Biking
Wine Tasting Lunches
at Renaissance Vineyard and Winery
Music in the Mountains (Spring, Summer and Fall)
International Teddy Bear Convention (April)
Nevada County Fair (August)
Miner's Foundry Fall Antique Show & Sale (October)
Golden Harvest Wine Trail (October)

Terms & Conditions

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about our Inn and Nevada City. If there are any questions you have that are not answered here, please send them to us by filling out our contact form. We will respond directly to you and also add your question to this page. Thank you!

What is your cancellation policy?
We require 7 days notice if you need to cancel your reservation. 14 days notice is required during holiday periods. Reservations made within the specified cancellation period are guaranteed by credit card.

What time is check in/check out?
Check in time is 4pm Sunday through Thursday. 2pm Friday, Saturday. Check out time is 11am daily.

Can we stay only one night on Saturday?
There is a two night minimum Saturdays (April through December), most holidays, and the 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays in December for Victorian Christmas and Candlelight Tour. But quite often a Saturday only stay becomes available and there is no additional charge, so please call to inquire 800-761-4766.

May we pay with a credit card?
A Visa or Mastercard number will guarantee your room at the time of reservation. Rates listed reflect a 5% discount for cash or check payment. Credit card payments are not subject to this discount. Remember to bring your checkbooks so that you may make the choice of how to pay when presented with your bill upon departure.

How far is the Inn from town?
Nevada City is a just a three minute walk from the Inn via a staircase and footpath through our gardens. We are in the residential area at the edge of the business district at the intersection of Prospect and Clay Streets. Guests can glimpse the town through the trees as they arrive.

Do you provide champagne? flowers? candy?
Our nearby florist will be happy to deliver any special gifts, even balloons, prior to your arrival. Contact Foothill Flowers 1-800-742-2551 or

What is the location of the Inn and grounds? Is there parking? May I bring my bike?
Our Historic 1860 Gothic Revival building is four stories set against the side of Prospect Hill and is surrounded by incense cedars and rustic terraced gardens. The main entry at the second level is reached by a short staircase down to our veranda from our private off street parking area which provides space for seven standard size guest vehicles. Larger vehicles will find ample space on Clay St. Bikes may be secured on our private entry level verandas.

How many rooms do you have?
Our rooms and suites are located on all four stories: one on the first floor (ground level), three on the entry level (ground level), two on the next and one double suite on the top floor for a total of seven rooms accommodating sixteen persons maximum. We do not provide sleeping facilities for more than two persons per room. Excepted: The top floor suite will suit four persons in two double beds. Our facilities are not suitable for infants and children under twelve. Children over twelve may accompany their parents in the four person Garret Suite.

Do you have an elevator?
No, and the staircases are typical for houses of the period. Guests carry their own luggage. Rolling lugage must be carried.

Do you have afternoon refreshments or dinner?
Afternoon tea is available at 5pm upon request. Two fine restaurants are located at the end of our garden path and several others are within three blocks. If you prefer you may telephone us for their numbers prior to your stay or use the online alphabetical guide Restaurant List.

What time is breakfast?
Breakfast hours begin with regular coffee at 7:30 (decaf upon request) followed at 8:30 by the balance of the lavish hot and cold buffet and completed at 10:00. Vegan and other special diets by prior arrangements.

May I get a massage during my stay?
The Phillips school of Massage is conveniently located at the end of the steps to town on the west border of our garden, at the corner of Broad and Sacramento Sts. Their telephone number is 530-265-4665.

Do you allow pets?
We do not allow pets, but we do have three lovely cats to keep you company in the gardens.

Where may we smoke?
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on our property, inside or out.

What other policies should we know about?
As our building is a historic landmark, we are ultra-cautious about fire danger. Thus candles and incense are not allowed. We also ask that you enjoy red wine and other staining liquids only in our gardens.