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Historic California Lodges

Historic Lodges in California

Oldest hotels in California, West Coast US

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While the well-known explorers Lewis and Clark were both freemasons and some of the first white men to walk across the continent to reach California, we are not interested in ‘Masonic Lodges’ of the West Coast. Nor any ‘Worshipful Masters’ that came after.

The most interesting Historic Lodges of California are the ones located deep within nature, surrounded by grandeur and real beauty. The historic hotels in which we list here have been accommodating guest for well over 100 years. Ideal locations, from rustic mountain cabins to impressive beach resorts, gold country to desert oasis, this is Total Escape, California off the beaten path.


California Deserts

Amargosa Hotel
Amargosa Opera House
Death Valley Junction, CA
Historic mining location; Mojave Desert, east of DVNP

The Inn at Furnace Creek
Inn at Death Valley
Furnace Creek, California
Death Valley National Park
Palmed poolside resort with luxury, opened in 1927

So Cal Mountains

The Julian Hotel
Julian Gold Rush Hotel
2032 Main Street
Julian, California
East San Diego Mountains
Oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California


California Cities

Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado Island, CA
West of downtown San Diego
Wooden Victorian Beach Resort, facing the Pacific
Oldest lodge on the West Coast, established 1888

U.S. Grant Hotel
326 Broadway Avenue
San Diego, CA
Downtown, directly across from Horton Plaza

The Mission Inn
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA

The Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, CA

Biltmore Hotel
The Biltmore
downtown Los Angeles

Queen Mary Hotel
The Queen Mary
Historic Cruise Ship
Long Beach, California
Port of Los Angeles, busy harbor w/ seaside village

The Fairmont Hotel
San Francisco, CA

Mountain Lodging

Sierra Nevada Mountains

Camp Nelson Lodge
Camp Nelson, California
Western Sierra Nevada
near Giant Sequoia National Monument

Evergreen Lodge
Groveland, CA
West of Yosemite National Park
Hwy 120 (CA SR 120)
88 cabins w/ historic mountain lodge, built in the 1920s

The Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite National Park, CA
Next to the granite walls of Yosemite Valley

gold country lodge
Murphys Historic Hotel
457 Main Street
Murphys, CA
Gold Rush California, Historic Mining Community

Rainbow Lodge
at Royal Gorge
Interstate 80, west of Donner Pass
Sierra Nevada

The National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA
Oldest continuously operating hotel in California, built in 1852

Wawona Hotel
Wawona, California
South Yosemite, Hwy 41 (CA SR 41)
Meadow setting inside Yosemite National Park

Silver City Resort
Mountain Cabins
Mineral King Canyon, CA
Southern Sequoia National Park

Tioga Pass Resort
Tioga Pass, Hwy 120 (CA SR 120)
Eastern Sierra, east Yosemite National Park
Oldest resort in the Inyo National Forest, established in 1914


[soon, more to come]