Just stayed there for two nights. Would've stayed longer but I was outvoted... Our out-of-state friends wanted to keep moving to see more. Five stars for this place and ten for the staff and proprietors!!! First, the place.... Magical, charming, rustic, really added to the feel of going back in time to the goldrush era. Not all flat, nestled in the side of hill, having levels and tight spaces.... I loved it but it can be a challenge for a big rig. Our friends RV is 38' and pulling a car. He was challenged for the spot we got but there wasn't much choice cause the park was full. The Columbia State Park is walking distance, convenient. Wifi strong, actually even got my cellphone hotspot back (lost it in Death Valley) and caught up with emails, etc.
The staff and proprietors were so friendly, helpful and filled with great lore and info about the place and the Goldrush. We were late arriving and then got lost coming in; Betty drove out, found us and lead us in. Jack helped guide us into our spaces. And to top it off, Betty left to get her husband and brought us back dinner! Now this isn't usual. It just happened that the local fire department was having a spaghetti feed fund raiser. Hubby is a retired firefighter, so of course we wanted to know if we could go. When Betty got there, it was already ending, so she made an executive decision and got complete dinners for all four of us, with dessert..... And it was their welcome treat, knowing we were tired and a little frustrated with having got lost and all. They wouldnt let us pay, so each morning, we went into their log cabin and enjoyed their coffee and donuts while slipping in a large donation to show our appreciation. Even Lil'Bear, our Pomeranian, felt special. Debbie just happened to have a puppy carrier (similar to a baby carrier) that her dog had outgrown, so she gave it to Lil'Bear. Wow! And Bill and Jack were fountains of info. Clearly there is so much more to come back for and to discover, enjoy and explore.
To top it all off. Turns out we're repeat customers, we've been here before... Eight years ago. We'll be back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The oldest campground in California. In 1852 serving gold rush covered wagons. Today, RV visitors to Columbia State Historic Park, a preserved living gold rush town and gateway to California’s historic Gold Rush. Between Sacramento, Yosemite & Lake Tahoe. Full RV service with Old Ranch Hospitality. Home base for: gold prospecting, stagecoach 7 steam train rides, antiquing, live theaters, dining, golfing, fishing, water & snow skiing. Relax in the peaceful history of this exceptional full service campground. ... more less