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The Millhouse

The Inn follows a Victorian style, and most rooms have different and unique decor. The main lobby features a wooden checkerboard, with small wooden red and yellow apples serving as the checkers. Many decorative objects and knickknacks displayed in the inn’s hallways are actually on sale and can be purchased by guests for home use.

Restaurant & Food

The Apple Farm Restaurant, across the parking lot from the Inn building,follows a traditional American style, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and holding a Two Diamond restaurant rating from AAA. A bakery is also attached to the restaurant.A widely popular facet of the hotel is its nightly distribution of fresh baked cookies and hot apple cider in the main lobby. Guest receptions are also held in the afternoon, featuring light appetizers and wines from local wineries.


The red-shingled Millhouse operates a working watermill, harnessing the power of San Luis Creek in order to make such products as apple cider and ice cream. A small gift shop is included inside the Millhouse, which, as of April 2011, is open Thursday through Sunday  and offers samples of cold apple cider and bags of freshly popped popcorn, both free of charge, to guests.The millhouse also includes a few rooms on the upper level that are available for guests to stay in.

Hotel Charlotte in Groveland

The Hotel Charlotte in Groveland, California, also known as Hotel Charlotte & Cafe or Hotel Charlotte & Restaurant, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Opened in 1921, the Hotel Charlotte is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Charlotte DeFerrari, the hotels name sake and builder, was born in Genoa, Italy in 1881. Her family migrated to the California gold fields, when Charlotte was sixteen. During this era, the Groveland area went from boom to bust and back again. The gold rush and then the San Francisco Hetch-Hetchy water project brought prosperity and notoriety to the Groveland and Big Oak Flat settlements.

Shortly after arriving in Groveland, Charlotte’s father was killed in a mining accident at Hardin Flat, and young Charlotte took it upon herself to support and hold the family together. She began cooking for work crews, ranch hands and several local settlers. She then opened a restaurant in the building which is now the Iron Door Saloon, claimed by its proprietors to be the oldest continuously operating saloon in California.

In 1918, Charlotte built the hotel on the site of an old livery stable, and in 1921, she purchased the Gem Saloon, next door, annexing it to the Hotel Charlotte as a restaurant.