Bradford Place Inn & Gardens

56 West Bradford Street, Sonora, California 95370
Innkeeper(s): Eli Shahar
  • Introduction

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens, front view

    Close to Yosemite National Park, Bradford Place in historic downtown Sonora, California was built in 1889 as a residence. Today it is a very small inn offering the warmth of a bed and breakfast and the privacy of a hotel with accommodations that vary from cozy and intimate to gracious and luxurious.

    It's a casual atmosphere, nothing stiff or pretentious. But the little jewel has the flair one would expect of a lovely small property, very well cared for - white market umbrellas, a winding stone pathway and gardens with lots of white picket fences yet only one short block off the town's main street. The inn itself has thick almost sound tight walls and offers nearly every imaginable amenity including wireless internet access. And each room has the absolute ultimate in temperature control, each with its very own private climate control system that is highly efficient and eco-friendly, yet virtually unobtrusive. And you can have room service for breakfast until 11 A.M. at no additional cost. In essence, comfort and attention without intrusion.

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens, front porch

    Since opening in 2000 this lodging showpiece located 130 miles east of San Francisco has become known as the place to stay in California's central Sierra foothills for discerning business and leisure guests. In recent years fitness icon Jack LaLanne and his wife Elaine have stayed here. A couple of times the inn has hosted the legendary Hollywood actress and Broadway star Miss Carol Channing and her husband Harry Kullijian. And we have cooked breakfast for gospel artist TaTa Vega who worked with Quincy Jones on four featured vocals in The Color Purple.

    Given the limited number of rooms at Bradford Place, the inn's considerable appeal and its ideal location in cute downtown Sonora, advance reservations are suggested. So give us a call and book a night or two - we'd love to add your name to our guest list!

    You are invited to relax in Gold Rush Splendor and stay awhile, set your own pace and take in the fresh air. Maybe do a little winery touring, cavern exploring or what have you. There's absolutely no need to rush because this is California dreaming. And check out isn't til noon!

  • Breakfast Menu

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens, breakfast

    Whether you are an early riser or someone who prefers sleep over food, you've found the right place. The inn has a Breakfast Menu just for lodging guests where you may order such Mother Lode entrees as the Gold Miner's Stuffed Potato. Breakfast may be delivered to your room from 6:30 to 11:00 each morning at no extra cost. Dottie Musser, inn owner, the decorator supreme and breakfast chef demonstrates her creativity and consideration for individual tastes and dietary needs, a testament to her graduate work in dietetics and to her experience as a Santa Barbara bed and breakfast innkeeper.

    Delivered to your room, In the Front Parlor, or On the Veranda, Yosemite Suite guests may have breakfast served on their private patio between 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    Please give 48 hours notice for early breakfast service before 7:00 a.m., or any special dietary considerations (such as vegan, lactose-free, etc.).

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens, dessert


    Country Style Orange, Martinelli Apple or V-8

    Fruit Cup

    Fresh berries and bananas, served with a light dollop of yogurt

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens, dessert


    Eggs Benedict Norwegian Style

    Lightly toasted English Muffin topped with smoked salmon, and perfectly poached eggs, topped with homemade warm Hollandaise Sauce. We have modified this recipe with a heart healthy approach. Upon request, the eggs may be replaced with egg whites or may be removed.

    Creme Brulee French Toast

    Classic French toast with a new twist, the royal for this French toast is so rich that it truly reminds one of the rich Custard Creme Brulee, with a Caramel crusted topping. For those wishing a more traditional variety, regular French toast may be substituted.

    Mother Lode Skillet

    Scrambled Eggs and Sauteed Potatoes (True Hash Browns). Served in your own cast iron skillet.


    Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Teas,Ghirardelli Gourmet Hot Chocolate, and Milk

  • Amenities

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens, common room

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens offers the choice of four beautifully decorated rooms. Each room is unique.

    All Rooms Feature the Following to Make Your stay Here as Satisfying as Possible:

    • Excellent private Heat/AC system in each room
    • Private attached bathrooms.Complimentary wireless Internet access (bring your laptop)
    • Private line direct in/out dial telephone (unlimited local calls)
    • Frette brand extra soft bathrobes and towels
    • In-room flat panel TV/DVD
    • MP3/CD/alarm-clock radio
    • Coffeemaker and locally roasted coffees
    • Personal amenities including a hair dryer, iron and full-size ironing board
    • A matching pair of comfortable chairs, a small table, and ample lighting
    • AND, Complimentary breakfast delivered to each guestroom 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Wineries

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens, wineries

    No longer a secret, the central Sierra region of California is rapidly becoming known for its world class wineries tucked in and around the foothills. While staying at the Bradford Place Inn, allow a little time to visit a few of them, and experience for yourself why these wines are so outstanding.

    Please visit our web site for more details and web site links to the wineries at

    Black Sheep Winery - Italian varietals

    Upper end of Main Street, Murphys - (209) 728-2157

    Hours: Saturday & Sunday 12 to 5

    Comments: Family owned and operated

    Bodega Del Sur Winery - Chardonnay

    457 South Algiers Street, Murphys; - (209) 728-9030

    Hours: Daily 12 to 5

    Comments: Family owned and operated

    Brice Station Tasting Room - Cabernet Sauvignon

    3353 East Highway 4 - (209) 728-9893

    Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 to 6 Comments: 3 miles east of Murphys

    Broll Mountain Vineyards - Merlot and Syrah

    106 Main Street, Murphys- (209) 728-9750

    Hours: Call for appointment -

    Comments: Hand crafted from owner's private vineyard

    Chatom Vineyards - Syrah and Zinfandel

    Highway 4, Douglas Flat - (205) 736-6504

    Hours: Daily 11 until 5

    Comments: Private vineyards in Esmeralda Valley. A Bradford Place Inn favorite. Beautiful boutique winery! Nice gardens great for picnics or some wine and cheese.

    Hatcher Winery Tasting Room - Calaveras County Wines

    419 main Street, Murphys - (209) 606-7111

    Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5

    Comments: Only premium fruit is used in their winemaking

    Irish Vineyards - Calaveras County Wines

    2849 Highway 4, Vallecito - (209) 736-1558

    Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5

    Comments: Offering small lots of finely crafted wines.

    Ironstone Vineyards - Numerous Wines

    1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys - (209) 728-1251

    Hours: Daily 10 to 5

    Comments: Premier winery and entertainment center. A Bradford Place Inn favorite. Awesome gardens and grounds.

    La Bella Rosa Vineyards - Cabernet, Syrah and more

    17990 Old Wards Ferry Road, Sonora- (209) 533-8668

    Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 to 5

    Comments: They also sell wine grapes by the pound. Gift shop.

    Lavender Ridge Winery - Rhone

    431 B Main Street, Murphys -(209) 728-2441

    Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5

    Comments: Tasting room and gift store

    Milliaire Winery - Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

    276 Main Street, Murphys - (209) 728-1658

    Hours: Daily 11 to 5

    Comments: Premium wines of the Sierra Foothills

    Mt Brow Winery - Many special wines

    10850 Mt Brow Road, Sonora- (209) 532-8491

    Hours: Please call for hours

    Comments: They offer a limited supply of any variety.

    Twisted Oak Winery - Spanish and Rhone varietals

    350 Main Street, Murphys- (209) 728-3942

    Hours: Thursday -Sunday 10:30 to 5:30

    Comments: 1850s tasting room with beautiful heirloom gardens

    Zucca Mountain Vineyards - Barbera, Sanglovese and Syrah

    425 E Main Street, Murphys - (209) 728-1623 or (209) 736-2949

    Hours: Daily 12 to 5 - Comments: Family Vineyards

  • Sonora Activities

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens,waterfall

    Bradford Place is in an ideal location smack dab in the middle of historic downtown Sonora "Queen Of The Southern Mines" (population 4,610) and it is right next door to the county offices and the impressive court house, circa 1898. Its lovely restored neighborhood is one block west of the domed building with overhanging bay windows on Sonora's popular main street (CA Highway 49) which is lined with antique stores, art galleries and wonderful dining. In the central Sierra foothills and in the heart of California's gold country, Sonora is close to the gold rush villages of Columbia and Jamestown, twenty minutes or so to the wineries, caverns and shops at Murphys, and just an hour to the grandeur of Yosemite National Park.

    There are many interesting things to see, and places to visit, in and around Sonora. Click on the Day Trip link to see a list of places to visit in our surrounding communities, including Yosemite National Park. There is so much to see and enjoy, and so many places to explore. Take a step back into history and pan for gold, or ride an authentic steam powered train.

    Please visit our web site for more details and web site links to the list of activities below at

    Golf - There are many fine and challenging golf courses in the area. Saddle Creek Golf Estates is one of five courses in the area. It is rated in the top ten courses in Northern California. Greenhorn Creek Golf Estates is one of the most picturesque yet challenging courses to play.

    Golf at Saddle Creek

    Golf at Angels Camp

    Golf at Sonora

    Parades - Each month brings a vibrant mix of special events to Sonora and the area. Most notable are the Mother Lode Roundup and Parade in May. You'll also want to be here for Sonora's downtown Christmas Parade always held the Friday evening after Thanksgiving.

    Festivals - In summer are the Mother Lode Fair, the Dixieland Jamboree, The Jazz Festival and Magic of the Night. In the autumn are the Bach Festival and the Gold Rush Cultural Faire.

    Shop for art and antiques on Washington Street in historic downtown Sonora one street east of the inn. Washington Street (California Highway 49), shown in the three images at left, is Sonora's main street. It is lined up one side and down the other with antique stores, boutiques, galleries and wonderful places to eat. These shops are just one short block from the Inn. The town's main street, it is a favorite for late night window shopping after dining in one of the restored restaurants or exquisite old hotels.

    Wineries and Wine Tasting - A twenty minute drive to the north will bring you to an area of a dozen and a half fine wineries, the most notable of which is Ironstone Vineyards. In Sonora you will want to stop by the Muir-Hanna Wine Tasting Room which features Napa Valley wines. This tasting room is at the corner of Bradford and Washington streets, just one block east of Bradford Place. It is owned by the grandchildren of John Muir, the famed naturalist and conservationist.

    Ironstone Vineyards

    Wineries of Sonona

    Wine Tasting

    Calaveras Wines

    Yosemite is one of the first wilderness national parks to be established.Early visitors to the park were Ansel Adams and John Muir who loved its spectacular beauty -- the sheer cliffs, the deep valleys and the glaciers. Through their preservation efforts, millions of people enjoy these wonders of nature each year.

    Professional Theatre - Sonora and Columbia are home to three professional theatres. The Fallon House Theatre, East Sonora Playhouse and

    Stage 3 offer a year round selection of comedies, dramas and musicals. Cast members are carefully screened and come from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

    Sierra Repertory Theatre

    Stage 3 Theatre

    Museums - The old Sonora jail houses the Tuolumne County Museum and Historical Society. It is located one block west of Bradford Place. You will also want to visit the Columbia State Park Museum, Tuolumne City Museum and in Sonora, the Military Museum, one of the best in Northern California.

    Tuolomne County Museum

    Visit - St. Patrick's Church can be seen in this night shot with the Bradford Place Inn in the foreground.

  • Location

    Bradford Place Inn and Gardens, mountain view

    Driving Times To/ From Sonora

    • Yosemite National Park West Entrance - 1 hour (Hwy 120)
    • Yosemite Valley - Add 45 minutes
    • South Lake Tahoe - 3 hours
    • Death Valley National Park - 6 hours (Highway 108 or 120 summer only)
    • San Francisco International Airport - At least 3 hours
    • Sacramento International Airport - 2 1/2 hours
    • Los Angeles International Airport - 7 hours (Highway 99 & County Road J-59)

    Tioga Pass & Sonora Pass Roads

    The Tioga Pass Road -Check for current road conditions at 209-372-0200. This is State Highway 120 from Crane's Flat in Yosemite National Park to U.S. Highway 395.

    The Sonora Pass Road- Check for current road conditions at 800-427-7623 - This is State Highway 108 east of Sonora, connecting to U. S. Highway 395.

    Road Conditions

    • California Highways - (800) 427-7623
    • Stanislaus National Forest - (209) 532-3671
    • Yosemite National Park - (209) 372-0200 and press 1, then 1 again

    Driving in Yosemite National Park

    You can drive anywhere inside Yosemite National Park, There is gas inside Yosemite National Park, but is expensive.

    The northwest entrance to Yosemite National Park (via State Highway 120) is just one hour from Sonora. Leaving Sonora you will climb from an elevation of 1,800 feet to over 8,000 feet and then descend into Yosemite Valley at an elevation of approximately 4,000 feet. In the winter season when the snow starts to fly, around the first of October, State Highway 120 and all of the roads leading into Yosemite National Park may be closed due to inclement weather and snowy road conditions. The danger of avalanche makes driving over Tioga Pass impossible. The Tioga Pass Road (State Highway 120) traverses Yosemite National Park and connects to U.S. Highway 395 on the eastern side of California. Typically, this road is closed for the winter months beginning with the first snows of the season, in early October, and remains closed until the end of May or the first part of June.