Saturday, October 13, 2007

Murphy, Columbia and the City Hotel

Sharon and I have made it a tradition to get away for a night or two for our anniversary. Leaving Jack overnight with Drew, we took off after Jack's flag football game for the Gold Country.

We initially headed towards Murphy's. Along the way, we stopped and did some wine tasting at the Twisted Oak Winery. Afterwards, we went into the town of Murphy's and wandered through the historic downtown. Sharon did some shopping and we stopped at the Newsome-Harlow and Lavender Ridge Vineyard tasting rooms. We finished up having an hors d'oeuvre at the Alchemy Cafe.

From there, Sharon and I headed to Columbia and the City Hotel. She has some very fond memories of having dinner at the City Hotel Restaurant in the 1980's. In October of 1995, twelve years ago, Sharon and I stayed at the Fallon Hotel and had dinner at the City Hotel Restaurant.

We checked into the City Hotel. The City Hotel is located on the main street in the Columbia State Historic Park. Columbia State Historic Park offers a blend of museums, displays, town tours, live theater plays, shops, restaurants and attractions. It is one of California's best preserved gold rush towns.

We stayed in Room #1. It was a nice big room with a balcony overlooking the street.

Unfortunately, dinner was not very good. Sharon had rack of lamb, while I had a New York Steak. Sharon graded the dinner a C+. There was nothing inspiring about the meal. Sharon remembers that the restaurant used to be associated with a culinary school in Sonora, but it is not anymore. This is not a restaurant that we would recommend.

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