Encapsulating the Ethos of Sacramento Hospitable and History-Rich
Amber House Bed and Breakfast Inn
California's state capital isn't the stodgy place you may believe it to be. Sacramento is actually a city rich with the history of early California and the Gold Rush era, and it has an impressive Old Town (designated a national historic landmark) and a complement of fine museums to prove it. Fitting beautifully into both the city's past and present is the Amber House Bed & Breakfast.
These converted homes (two), located in a residential section of town, are owned by a married couple (he American, she European). Staying here, where it's homey and the emphasis is on personal service, is an especially welcome alternative to finding yourself in a bland hotel. Two buildings, the Poets Refuge and the Musician's Manor, contain vintage-style guest rooms named for celebrated writers (Chaucer, Emily Dickinson) and classical composers (Beethoven and Brahms). Some rooms come with fireplaces, others with four-poster canopy beds and Jacuzzi bathtubs, and all boast luxurious bath facilities done in Italian marble tile. A full gourmet breakfast is served in the privacy of your room, in the dining room or in the garden.
From here you can almost—we say almost because twenty blocks may be daunting to some—walk to the state capitol complex. (Riding on an energy-saving Segway is an even better way of getting around this seat of progressive politics.) Be sure to aim for the historic Old Town and the California State Railroad Museum, North America's most visited railroad museum. When you head back "home," it will be to find the added pleasure of a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie on your pillow.