The Gold Rush town of Columbia truly was a gem in its Gold Rush heyday
and it's a gem of a place to visit today. The state of California authentically
restored the town in 1945. It did such a good job Main Street has served
as a backdrop for many Hollywood productions, including "High Noon."
And "Little House on the Prairie." Visitors can enjoy roaming
the streets, taking in the historic buildings, some of which have been
turned into quaint shops. A "must-see" is the exquisite City
Hotel, a quaint bed and breakfast inn.
The real surprise is that the hotel contains a "three star"
restaurant, featuring gourmet dining, an expansive wine cellar and a saloon.
Even more surprising is who's cooking the meals-students from Columbia
Community College's Hospitality Management Program. Under the expert guidance
of chef Alec Abt, the students turn out top-flight, multi-course dinners
Tuesday through Sunday and brunch on Sunday. The hotel also hosts a number
of themed dinners, including a Victorian Christmas feast.
For more information on the City Hotel call (800) 532-1479 or log onto www.cityhotel.com. To learn more
about the town of Columbia State Park call (209) 532-0150.