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Truckee Lodges, Cozy Grass Valley B&Bs, & More In Nevada County

Rustic cabins, luxury lodges, historic hotels, and river retreats. Book a stay in Nevada County, and you’ll find a weekend getaway like no other.

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Take a peak at what kind of lodging is available in Nevada City.

Explore Visit Truckee-Truckee’s lodging options.

Peruse greater Grass Valley’s hotels, vacation rentals, and inns.

Pick up a Sustainable Truckee Gift card and 25% of the card value up to $25,000 will be matched by Visit Truckee-Tahoe for Sustainable Truckee stewardship projects.


By Laura Petersen

Lucky for you, hospitality is our middle name, and we have a full spectrum of lodging options for every taste and budget. Choose from modern Truckee Lodges, historic Nevada City hotels, contemporary motels, charming inns, and quaint Grass Valley Victorian-era bed and breakfasts. Even rent a farmhouse or mountain retreat if you’re looking to get away from it all.

Too Much To Do… So Stay Longer

If you’re planning a trip to Nevada County, you’ll want to stay awhile. There’s so much to do and explore. When you visit the historic downtowns, it’s easy to spend a full day dining and drinking, shopping boutiques and bookstores, perusing art galleries, then catching a show at one of our theatres or nightclubs. Our towns are surrounded by the great outdoors and a gateway to world-class hiking, biking, paddling, climbing and winter sports.

When in Grass Valley

grass valley lodges image of Holbrooke Hotel at dawn
Photo by: Alex Keeble-Toll

If you want to stay in the heart of gold country, you’ve come to the right place. Grass Valley was home to the working miners who toiled away in the tunnels at the nearby Empire Mine, one of the oldest and richest gold mines in California. Planning your stay? The historic downtown is bustling with life and rich with lodging options. Choose from the newly renovated historic Holbrooke Hotel, poolside Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, modern business-friendly Gold Miners Inn, or Creekside Cottages situated alongside Wolf Creek. A stay in downtown Grass Valley will not disappoint.



This newly restored historic beauty has been serving the community for over 150 years (yes, Mark Twain stayed here!). It’s conveniently located on bustling Main Street next to the Center for the Arts with easy access to downtown restaurants, tasting rooms, shops, and historical sights. This meticulously renovated California Historical Landmark offers a break from the ordinary and an unforgettable stay. Along with the newly renovated rooms, you can also stay at the adjacent Purcell Carriage House. Enjoy fine dining and signature cocktails in the Golden Gate Saloon or check out the downstairs Speakeasy after hours for tunes from rotating DJs. Dust off your boots and sit a spell.

Sierra Mountain Inn


Originally built in the 1930s, this charming boutique Inn located on the old Highway 20 has 12 rooms and suites and a stand-alone cozy cottage with kitchenettes. Conveniently located, a short three-block walk will get you to theatres, restaurants, and shops in Historic Downtown Grass Valley.

Creektown Cottages


You’ll love these six unique cottages in the heart of Historic Downtown Grass Valley on Wolf Creek. Cabins have full kitchens with laundry and outdoor picnic and barbecues under the trees. Great for family reunions, wedding parties, and extended business accommodations. All within walking distance of Grass Valley’s restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and boutique shopping.

Nevada City Here We Come

the dining room within the National Exchange Hotel
Image appears courtesy: National Exchanged Hotel

Nevada City is a delightful bustling town full of life and history. Walk to the downtown historic district to catch a show, pick up fresh goodies at the Farmers Market, hike, or bike miles of trails along Deer Creek. Don’t forget to check out the town’s famed fall colors, or just hang out at a local coffee shop or pub. You’ll want time to peruse art galleries and bookstores, sip wine at a tasting room, or eat out at one of the town’s delightful restaurants too. There’s a reason Nevada City was named one of the Best Places to Live by Sunset Magazine and one of the Best River Towns by Outside Magazine.

Nevada City offers a variety of lodging options from Victorian bed & breakfasts to historic hotels and charming inns with the outdoor recreationalist in mind.

National Hotel


Built in 1856, National Exchange Hotel is a treasured piece of Nevada City history. And it has a new lease on life after an extensive, three-year, floor-to-rafters renovation. The spirit of this unique building shines through in all 38 rooms, with a fresh take on Victorian elegance and modern comforts in mind. Enjoy libations in the historic bar, a cocktail on the balcony overlooking Broad Street, tea in the upstairs Salon, and a sumptuous meal at the gourmet restaurant Lola, named after the famed actress and spider dancer, Lola Montez.

Outside Inn


Just two blocks from downtown Nevada City sits the cutest little inn that caters to the outdoor crowd and travelers. This historic inn situated in a quiet residential area features 12 (and a half!) unique themed rooms. You’ll find names like the Camp Inn Room and the Rock Climbing Suite plus a separate cabin. Picnic tables, barbecues, a pool, and even an outdoor shower make this an outdoor lover’s dream. Did we mention the free neighborhood veggie cart (take one leave one)? And a short walk to everything – restaurants, bars, performance venues, coffee shops, and street fairs. Check out the blog for inspiration on things to do!

Broad Street Inn


One of Nevada City’s last remaining Bed & Breakfasts, this beauty built in 1870 sits at the top of Broad Street and gives visitors a cozy feeling of being home away from home. Choose from six contemporary, eco-friendly rooms in this lovely Victorian. Don’t forget the peaceful garden getaway.

Organic Farmhouse and Forest Homestead

Do you and your loved ones want to get away from it all? Two properties located on hundreds of acres in the Yuba River Watershed with access to miles of private trails and quiet river pools and beaches will give you an unforgettable experience. Rejuvenate in nature when you rent this organic farmhouse or forest homestead, just a 10-minute drive from historic Nevada City shops and restaurants. The solar-powered farmhouse with mountain views also overlooks an organic orchard and garden. You’ll have access to waterfalls and a 15-mile network of private trails to hike or bike your way to summer swim holes.

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Truckee, Play and Relax In An Authentic Mountain Town

leather couches inside the lobby of the Cedar House Hotel
Image appears courtesy: Cedar House Hotel

Truckee offers a great diversity of lodging with 12 hotels, lodges, and inns close to its historic downtown, all within a 30-minute drive of Lake Tahoe. These properties feature modern amenities like well-equipped fitness centers, pools and saunas, and spacious meeting rooms for working remotely.

Go One Step Further

Want to leave a positive footprint during your stay? Pick up a Sustainable Truckee Gift Card. 25% of the card value up to $25,000 will be matched by Visit Truckee-Tahoe for Sustainable Truckee sponsorships. Here’s where you can view the locally owned and operated businesses that accept the gift card.

Lots Of Homes To Book

Truckee has 18 professional property management companies, each with its own unique selection of nightly vacation rentals. In addition, hundreds of properties are offered by independent homeowners. Browse mountain homes.

Choose from quiet rustic cabin getaways, high-end luxury lodges, or mountain resorts where you can ski-in and ski-out. Or perhaps you’re looking for a historic hotel loaded with vintage charm centered close to town nightlife. For a sample of the rich variety of retreats you’ll find unlike anywhere else, check out our friends at Visit Truckee-Tahoe for more great lodging ideas and book your trip today.

Clair Tappaan Lodge


Built by a dedicated group of Sierra Club volunteers in the early 1930s. The Clair Tappaan Lodge is a historic, rustic mountain hostel nestled in the woods on Donner Pass Road. With friendly, casual accommodations for up to 80 guests, the lodge is a fun home base for year-round outdoor recreation and relaxation in the Sierra Nevada. You’ll enjoy the rich history and wide variety of programs with a safe and friendly environment, just right for families. There’s so much to explore in the Truckee-Tahoe region.

Gravity Haus (Formerly Cedar House Sport Hotel)


Looking for a charming base camp right in town with all the amenities, including a pool? This active lifestyle destination is housed in an environmentally friendly green building made from a mix of recycled materials and rustic heavy timbers. You’ll love the commitment to sustainability and our planet at every turn. The hotel supports eight nonprofits dedicated to sustainable outdoor recreation and environmental ethics including Pacific Crest Trail Association, Trails and Vistas, and Truckee Donner Land Trust.

Tahoe Star Hotel


Considered the heart, soul, and history of Truckee and northern Lake Tahoe, this gem was built in the 1870s by early settler and timberman George Schaffer. The hotel originally housed his family and then later became lodging for mill workers. This is the real deal if you want to feel the spirit of early emigrants, explorers, and lumberjacks.

Loch Leven Lodge


Built in 1952, this family-operated lodge has been a favorite for thousands of guests over the years. ​​All rooms at Loch Leven Lodge provide breathtaking views of Donner Lake, Donner Summit, and Donner Memorial State Park. Enjoy the redwood deck, barbecue, putting green, and spa under the stars.


Laura Petersen

Laura Petersen has a passion for storytelling and for two decades has chronicled the people and places of Northern California. Fascinated by folk who make a rustic livelihood from the land, her writing examines the complexities of human relationships with nature through topics such as sustainability, food and farming, arts & culture and outdoor recreation. In 2018, she founded Hiking For Good and can regularly be found hiking on trails in Nevada County. Read her work at and contact her at

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