Gold Country autumn

Escape into the Sierra foothills for new inns, fine dining, and family-owned wineries

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Best Western Placerville Inn. Large, newly renovated motel with pool and Internet access. 6850 Greenleaf Dr., Placerville; or 530/622-9100.

Dunbar House, 1880. Beautiful home right downtown. 5 rooms from $175; 271 Jones St., Murphys; or 209/728-2897.

Hanford House. Handsome redbrick inn on the edge of downtown Sutter Creek. 10 rooms from $109; 61 Hanford St. (State 49); or 800/871-5839.

Hotel Léger. Pretty, balconied hotel dates from Mokelumne Hill's 1850s boom days and - naturally - is said to harbor a ghost or two. 13 rooms from $75; 8304 Main St., Mokelumne Hill; or 209/286-1401.

Murphys Historic Hotel. California's oldest continuously operated hotel offers shared-bath rooms and newer motel units. Good restaurant. 29 rooms from $59; 457 Main, Murphys; or 800/532-7684.

Querencia. 4 rooms from $275, breakfast included; 4383 Sheep Ranch Rd., Murphys; or 209/728-9520.

Victoria Inn. A modern inn that sits nicely in downtown Murphys. 15 rooms from $115; 402 Main; or 209/728-8933.



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