WHERE TO STAY
Best Western Placerville Inn. Large, newly renovated motel with pool and Internet access. 6850 Greenleaf Dr., Placerville; www.placervilleinn.com or 530/622-9100.
Dunbar House, 1880. Beautiful home right downtown. 5 rooms from $175; 271 Jones St., Murphys; www.dunbarhouse.com 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); www.hanfordhouse.com 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; www.hotelleger.com 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; www.murphyshotel.com or 800/532-7684.
Querencia. 4 rooms from $275, breakfast included; 4383 Sheep Ranch Rd., Murphys; www.querencia.ws or 209/728-9520.
Victoria Inn. A modern inn that sits nicely in downtown Murphys. 15 rooms from $115; 402 Main; www.victoriann-murphys.com or 209/728-8933.