The Inn’s History
Originally built in the 1930’s, the Sierra Mountain Inn was known as the Sierra Motel. It was located on highway 20 at the gateway to Grass Valley, the richest gold town in California. At its prominent location, the motel prospered for many years. Wealthy travelers, who could afford an automobile, enjoyed parking right in front of their room, and the convenience of not having to drag any luggage upstairs – a feature that old hotels couldn’t offer.
Highway 20 was later relocated about a mile south where it joined with highway 49 and bypassed the Sierra Motel. Over time the motel fell into disrepair due to the lack of traffic exposure and the closing of the gold mine.
In 2003 the motel underwent a complete renovation and was transformed into comfortable suites with modern amenities. Afterwards, the name was changed to the Sierra Mountain Inn to better reflect the cozy Inns’ new image. Today, the Inn is still receiving upgrades throughout the property to provide guests the most comfortable experience for their stay.