There’s just something about staying at a hotel/inn that really takes itself seriously as a B&B more than a “normal” hotel that makes me smile. It has a lot to do with comfy lodging, interesting owners and killer breakfasts. The Gunn House Hotel in Sonora, CA fits those parameters to a tee and you should be making your way there as soon and as often as you can.
Innkeepers Mike and Shirley Sarno purchased the Gunn House in 2002 and undertook an impressive restoration of the historic structure. Using local labor, the couple meticulously restored and upgraded the Inn without detracting from the historical charm of the three-story structure. All rooms now have modern private baths, wall heating and air conditioning, quality mattresses, Internet access and local cable T.V. There are several common outdoor areas and a nice swimming pool to relax by. The rooms are decorated with period furniture, but the overall effect is large rooms with not too stuffy décors. Combine this with a location that is literally a few steps from the bustling downtown area and you have a great to stay. However, for me it was the morning breakfast offerings that I found to be the most endearing part of my stay.
Owner Shirley Sarno gets up every morning and cooks each and every one of the plentiful bakery items and hot main dishes on display. The offerings are fresh, creative and yummy. In some ways this is more of a small cafe experience than just another breakfast- time meal. A staff member greets guests each morning and watches to make sure all items are well stocked. You can even order a special waffle from a delicious proprietary recipe. Juices, teas, coffee, and fruit round out the menu. Come as you are and be assured you don’t have to sit next to or make conversation with anyone else. This Inn’s priority is guest comfort any way you like it.
Until you can experience this Inn for yourself, here’s a recipe compliments of the owners. I had this, it was amazing. Now I find out it's really easy to make. Enough said. Make you vacation reservations today.
Rich Chocolate Raspberry Cake
I box Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix (or other brownie mix with chocolate chips)
¼ cup oil
¼ cup cold coffee
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
¼ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 9” round baking pan by lightly greasing or spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Blend coffee, oil and eggs in mixing bowl. Add brownie mix and mix until blended. Stir in raspberries and blend. Spoon batter into prepared 9” round cake pan. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over batter. Place in 350 oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Do not over bake.
Cool and invert cake onto plate and dust with powdered sugar.
Gunn House Hotel
A moderately priced inn with a superior breakfast component
Plenty of free parking
286 So. Washington St.
Sonora Ca 95370
$79 to $125 per night. Featuring rooms with King, Queen or two Queen size beds, innkeepers “WOW” breakfast included.