The Albert Shafsky House bed and breakfast inn in Placerville blog. Find out about innkeeping from an innkeeper in California. We have been innkeeping in Placerville, California for over 8 years. Keep up with the happenings in California's beautiful, historic Gold Country, in the foothills between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe.
A while back my pal Jay Karen from PAII aka the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) wrote a bit about myths and bed & breakfasts. The title of the 27-Apr-10 article was "The Top 5 Myths About Staying At A Bed And Breakfast Inn". While the article certainly pointed out common misconceptions, some of them were once true (and maybe still are in parts of the country!).
Myth 1: B&B decor is limited to lace doilies, paisley wallpaper, antiques and patchwork quilts.
At the Albert Shafsky House B&B there is the occasional doily, I will admit it. But there are also books, trunks, and trains. We do live in a Queen Anne Victorian, in a historic part of town....and there is still some wallpaper. That being said, I don't think our inn is very frilly...it is just not us. We are more MIssion style furniture people, where it is comfortable, not dainty.
Myth 2: You have to share a bathromm with other guests.
Not at the Albert Shafsky House: All of our guest rooms have private baths.
Myth 3: You have to eat breakfast with total strangers and eat whatever the innkeeper prepares that morning.
Yes, you will meet new people at breakfast, but the innkeeper at the Albert Shafsky House will take your special food allergies into consideration when making breakfast. Vegan/vegetarian/we want you to have a memorable stay and that includes breakfast....just please tell us ahead of time so we can prep something for you.
Myth 4: You have to adide by a curfew set by the innkeeper.
All of our guests have their own key to the front door and while it is locked at all times, you are free to come and go as you please.
Myth 5: B&Bs are only for couples and strictly prohibit children and pets.
We are happy to welcome all ages, and relationship status. We are unable to have your pets stay with us though as Lily is Queen of All She Surveys! We are happy (and so is she) to have you pet her all day if you are missing your furry friends.
Another of our wonderful foothill wineries...are we spoiled here or what? Holly's Hill Vineyards is a short 20 minute drive from our bed and breakfast....from their site....
The Holly's Hill family has created a serene retreat in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where Holly's family artfully crafts small batches of distinctive wines. Come and relax with Rhône varietal wines while overlooking the Cosumnes River canyons.
Tasting Room Open Daily 10am to 5pm
3680 Leisure Lane Placerville, CA 95667
6PM to 9PM. This fun, Friday night event focuses on activities that appeal to women. The 7th Annual Girls Night Out will feature a fun new theme (TBA)! Come out and discover Historic Main Street. Merchants stay open late to showcase all the great things they have to offer. Check in at the Bell Tower to pick up a program or a Scavenger Hunt card. Activities include entertainment, games, trunk shows, prize drawings, scavenger hunt, health and beauty specials, massage, restaurant specials, dance instruction, sales & promotions, food, chocolate, olive oil samplings, and much more. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info call (530) 672-3436.
The Placerville Historical Museum on historic Main Street is getting some work done...and will be re-opening in mid-March 2014.
From their website.....
The Fountain & Tallman Museum is owned and operated by the El Dorado County Historical Society. Built in 1852, it is the oldest building on Main Street and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is located at 524 Main Street, east of Bedford Ave. The building was erected in 1852-1853 and soon afterwards it was the site of John Fountain & Benjamin Tallman's Soda Works.
The museum building style is called rock rubble construction and is a prime example of the first permanent buildings that transitioned Placerville from a mining camp into a town. The walls are two feet thick and the window and door openings had exterior iron shutters to protect the building from fires.
Spring water was carbonated, bottled and sold to the miners. The soda water was an important product as the river and creeks were polluted from mining activities which made that source of water unsafe to drink.
Several businesses have been located here since that time, including Pacific Gas & Electric Company. They owned the building from 1927 -1961 and when selling it made a condition in the deed that the "Old Stone Building " be held as an historic landmark. The Society received the building in 1981 as a gift from Mrs. Fay Rupley Cannon and in 1983 opened it as a Museum. Now known as the "Biggest Little Museum in the West" the building is dedicated to Mrs. Cannon.
One the very cool spots just ff Placerville Drive is the El Dorado County Museum (about 5 mins. by car from the Albert Shafsky House). Displays include mining tools and railroad equipment this small musuem by the Fairgrounds is not to be missed! We are so lucky to run an inn amongst all the cool gold rush history!
Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937, Kaufman and Hart’s comedic three-act play, takes place in the mid-1930s and focuses on what happens when a family of conservatives clashes with an eccentric family of free spirits.
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own family wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa’s interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn’t believe in the income tax.
We have been lucky enough to have Nancy Bradley's Home Page visit our inn. She lives locally, but came to check out Albert Shafsky and the others that still "hang out" here at the bed and breakfast with us. She is great!