1859 Historic National Hotel, A Country Inn

18183 Main Street, Jamestown, California 95327
Innkeeper(s): Stephen Willey
  • Introduction

    "National Hotel is delightful - great food, friendly people, all contribute to 'good feelings'. Rooms are very cozy and comfortable." - America's Wonderful Little Hotels & Inns

    The 1859 Historic National Hotel is one of the California gold country's finest (continuously operated) hotels, dating back to 1859. Located in the heart of Jamestown, you will find hints of California's gold rush era at every turn. Return guests continue to visit each year for the hotel's long-standing reputation of lovingly restored accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and warm, friendly service.

    Sip a glass of wine on our vine covered patio. Enjoy a gourmet dinner from our award-winning restaurant. Experience a night of peaceful slumber in our turn of the century, luxurious guest rooms. Followed by our sumptuous buffet breakfast.

    The nine award-winning hotel rooms, each with private bath and friendly ghost, feature majestic brass beds with great mattresses. Special touches include fluffy comforters, oak pull chain toilets (with modern plumbing, of course). For your ultimate relaxation, the National now offers a soaking room with an antique clawfoot tub that will take you back in time and can be shared by two!

  • Inn Offerings

    National Hotel's Award Winning Restaurant & Gold Rush Saloon "The cheesecake here rivals that served at Buscaglia's for the honor of best" - Bon Appetite Magazine

    Dining in our acclaimed restaurant is a gourmet's delight. Prepare yourself for a pampering experience whether you desire:

    • A romantic dinner for two
    • A light meal from our extensive appetizer or café menu
    • One of our sumptuous homemade desserts
    • A gourmet picnic lunch to go
    • Sip an award-winning wine or signature cocktail
    • Champagne brunch on our vine covered patio
    • Coffee ground fresh daily in our antique coffee mill

    A distinctive buffet breakfast is served each morning, just another part of the hotel's famous hospitality. Homemade breads, a basket of fresh fruit, sliced melons, assorted cereals and juices, hard-boiled eggs, toast, cereals, and freshly brewed coffee or assorted teas along with the morning paper provide a fabulous selection for your morning fare. Dining at The National Hotel's acclaimed restaurant is a highly recommended delight. 

    "National Hotel is home to one of the gold Country's most outstanding inns. The restaurant emphasis here is on freshness and originality, served amidst an abundance of relaxing and historical ambiance." - California Magazine

    International visitors delight in this romantic saloon with its original 19th Century redwood bar over which thousands of dollars in gold dust was spent. Order your favorite beverage, with or without alcohol, or select from our award-winning wine list. Relax and ponder what it may have felt like to be a gold miner in the 1850s drinking at this historic saloon. Perhaps you'll meet one of the movie-makers spending their idle time in the saloon while working on one of the area's many film productions.

    The Historic National Hotel's wine list has won numerous awards:

    • Restaurant Hospitality - Best Wine Competition
    • Merit Award - American Wine List
    • Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

    What to do while staying at the National Hotel? The choice is yours!

    Many area Attractions and Events await you at the historic National Hotel, in Jamestown. Whether you want to hike, fish boat, tour our wine country or try some of Northern California's best golf courses, this is the place to be! Of course the main attraction for many people is Yosemite Park, along with 1897 Railtown State Park, also known as "The Movie Railroad", Calaveras Big Trees, Columbia Gold Rush State Park.

    Experience a piece of history as well as a Mobil and AAA-recommended inn at The 1859 Historic National Hotel

  • Weddings, Reunions, Business

    Plan your event in the historic ambiance of the National Hotel

    The gathering that you will remember, be it your intimate Wedding or that special Anniversary Party, a Reunion of the family or old friends, or a business event needing that special something,  the National Hotel can help you plan an event to remember.

    Enjoy exquisite cuisine, whether it be an informal lunch or formal dinner, in our wonderful dining room and vine covered patio. And if your guests are coming from afar our nine well-appointed rooms can become a part of your event package.

    Call now for information and to experience the special attention the National Hotel brings to your event. Ask to speak with our Events Manager.


  • Area Information

    Yosemite National Park

    One of the "wonders" of the World, need we say more? hwww.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

    Railtown - Jamestown

    Located in Jamestown, California, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (www.railtown1897.org) is home to one of America’s last authentic, operating railroad roundhouses. Known as “The Movie Railroad,” Railtown’s locomotives and cars have appeared in over 300 film and TV productions, including Back to the Future 3, High Noon, Petticoat Junction, and Little House on the Prairie. Steam trains operate on weekends through most of the year.

    Pan for Gold

    Gold is the reason that much of California exists. Jamestown is in the heart of the Gold Country - geologists state that 85-90% of the gold is still in the ground. You can search for gold on your own, or with one of our local guides to help. Want to visit an underground mine? We have that also. Gold panning, sniping, tours, instruction are to be found here in Jamestown. www.goldprospecting.com

    Columbia State Park

    The town's old Gold Rush-era business district has been preserved, with shops, and restaurants. Visitors have the chance to time-travel to the 1850s, imagining life when gold miners rubbed shoulders with businessmen and the other residents in Columbia. Visitors can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday. www.columbiacalifornia.com


    Great snow in the Sierra Mtns make Jamestown a winter destination for skiing, snowboarding and sledding. Easy driving to the many ski resorts such as Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge (www.dodgeridge.com), make the National Hotel a great place to stay for winter fun.


    Great golf courses abound in the Sierra foothills. The variety of landscapes and views, with varied degrees of challenge, have something to offer all levels of golfers. There are six championship golf courses in the area, including: Mountain Springs Golf Club (www.mountainspringsgolf.com), Greenhorn Creek, Pine Mt. Lake, Forest Meadows and Saddlecreek Golf Resort, which is home to the Northern California PGA. And 9 hole courses, Phoenix Lake and Twain Harte.


    The Gold Country has become known as the "other wine country" (www.calaveraswines.org).This is Zinfandel country, although other wonderful reds and whites are produced throughout this area. Today, these Gold Country wines are winning top awards in major wine tasting competitions, especially Jamestown's own Gianelli Vineyards (www.gianellivineyards.com).


    Three live professional theatres co-exist in Tuolumne County and perform on a regular basis. From Broadway musicals to cutting edge drama, the quality and selections of productions is unsurpassed. Check out our Night on the Town theater package!

    Water Sports

    We have both large and small lakes that are ideal for those who want to water ski, kayak, fish, sail, canoe or houseboat. Area lakes include New Melones, Pinecrest, Lake Tulloch, Lake Don Pedro and more!

    River Rafting

    Very popular on our many rivers. Sunshine Rafting offers family-friendly Stanislaus River Rafting (www.raftadventure.com) trips in Knights Ferry or on the Tuolumne River with Sierra Mac (www.sierramac.com).


    Fish by the stream, on the lake shore, from a boat or even at the trout farm - Tuolumne County has it all! Try all inclusive guided fly fishing excursions with Tim Bermingham . 18 ft. jet boat, 16' McKenzie drift boat and wading excursions. Call Tim at 209.984.4007

    Need more ideas?  Walking/Hiking among the Giant Sequoias in Calaveras Big Trees State Park (www.bigtrees.org) can be a memorable experience. Or, walk or rappel into the caverns of Moaning Caves; go horseback riding in the Foothills or in the High Sierras. All of these activities can be arranged on short notice.

    History Jamestown and the Gold Country region is rich in history, including original towns with restored buildings, walking tours of historical districts, quality museums, original jails, and of course, many antique shops.

  • National Hotel's Award Winning Restaurant & Gold Rush Saloon

    Dining in our acclaimed restaurant is a gourmet's delight.

    Prepare yourself for a pampering experience whether you desire:

    • A romantic dinner for two
    • A light meal from our extensive appetizer or café menu
    • One of our sumptuous homemade desserts
    • A gourmet picnic lunch to go
    • Sip an award-winning wine or signature cocktail
    • Have Brunch on our vine covered patio
    • Coffee ground fresh daily in our antique coffee mill

    "The cheesecake here rivals that served at Buscaglia's for the honor of best" - Bon Appetite Magazine

  • How To Find Us

    Allow your mind to wander into the past as you drive by places named Chinese Camp, French Flat, Poverty Hill, and Mi Wuk Village. Highway 120 offers year-round access to Yosemite National Park. Come and discover Spring flowers and Fall foliage. The elevation ranges from 1,405 feet in Jamestown to 9,628 feet at Sonora Pass. With a population under 60,000, Tuolumne County is one of the least populated counties in California.

    From San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay and San Jose

    1. Highway 580
    2. To Highway 205 to Manteca
    3. Then Highway 108/120 to Jamestown

    From Fresno

    1. Highway 99 North to Merced
    2. Then take Highway J59 North
    3. To Highway 108 - East to Jamestown and Sonora

    From Sacramento

    1. Highway 99 South to Manteca
    2. Then Highway 108/120 to Jamestown and Sonora

    From Stockton

    1. Highway 99 South
    2. To Highway120/108 East to Jamestown and Sonora

    From Yosemite

    1. Highway 120 North
    2. To Highway 108 - East to Jamestown and Sonora

    From South Lake Tahoe

    1. Highway 89 South
    2. To Highway88, West to Jackson
    3. South on Highway 49 to Sonora and then Jamestown

    From Reno

    1. Highway 395 South to Highway 108
    2. West to Sonora then Jamestown
    3. Sonora Pass is open during Summer and Fall only
    4. When closed, use directions from Lake Tahoe.

    From Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove

    1. Take Highway 156 East to US-101/156E towards Hollister
    2. Continue to Highway 152 East
    3. Go over Pacheco Pass and continue East, past Los Banos
    4. Take Highway 59 to Merced and then J59 North to Sonora & Highway 108 East to Jamestown and Sonora