Columbia is in about the middle of the Golden Chain of 1849′s towns, just two miles north of Sonora. The State of California owns the historic part of our town, where the major mode of transportation is still the stagecoach. While the State Park, a living gold rush town, remains the major draw for tourists world wide, the surrounding area has become a favorite destination for its temperate climate and natural beauty.The Gold Rush to Columbia, California began on March 27, 1850 by a small party of prospectors. News of the discovery spread and they were soon joined by a flood of miners. Unlike many settlements that have changed with the times, Columbia, California seems to be frozen in the 1800′s. Today, Columbia State Historic Park is the best preserved of California gold rush towns. As a popular destination for school living-history programs, special family gatherings, or a year-round getaway, Columbia State Historic Park offers a unique blend of museums, displays, town tours, live theater plays, shops, restaurants and attractions.
Call 209-532-1479 for reservations. For customers who are booked at the Fallon, please CHECK-in at the CITY Hotel year-round, and if The Fallon is closed for repairs, guests will be upgraded to the City Hotel or one of our Cottages at no extra charge. Please call 209-768-1786 or 209-768-5094 if there is any problem checking in.
A visit to the Columbia City Hotel or Fallon Hotel in the Columbia State Historic Park is a glimpse into one of the most fascinating periods of America’s history, as well as one of California’s finest restorations.
Dine at the acclaimed City Hotel Restaurant or see the latest Sierra Repertory Theatre production at the historic Fallon Theatre. Visit the shops, catch a stage, or take a ghost tour of Columbia. There are five wineries within a fifteen minute drive, and Yosemite National Park is just over the hill. The area is also a prime spot for Antiquing, gold panning, and white water rafting.