Overall rating: ***** (Out of five)
Rating for kids: **
Rating for seniors: *****
What's the attraction: Located in the heart of the historic town of Sutter Creek, The Foxes Inn offers a tranquil, cozy place for couples to relax. Each of the seven rooms has its own personality and features a king or queen bed with fine linens, signature bath robes, hair dryer, TV, video library and a refrigerator with complimentary beverages. Afternoon refreshments are offered and a full chef-prepared breakfast is brought to each room individually at a time convenient for each guest.
What to do: Check-in time begins at 3 p.m. While enjoying fresh-baked cookies and some coffee or tea, guests may check-in and then choose their breakfast items and time for the next morning. Once settled in your room, take a stroll through downtown and enjoy some window shopping in the many antique and gift shops. When you are hungry for dinner, there are four restaurants to choose from, each with their own unique ambiance. We chose to dine at Belloti's, an Italian restaurant, located about a block down the street. The restaurant offers a full cocktail lounge as well as a variety of pasta dishes and entres including salmon, steak and chicken.
Some rooms at the Inn have a fireplace with cozy chairs, so after dinner you may wish to relax in your room with some soft music while sipping a glass of champagne. The Inn offers a complimentary bottle if guests ask for it when making reservations. If you are ready to go out and boogie the night away, Bellotti's offers live music, a disc jockey or Karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights.
In the morning, enjoy a gourmet breakfast brought up to the room which begins with a cup of fresh fruit, coffee or tea and a juice of choice and ends with the main entre of choice, including Swedish pancakes, French toast, Swiss eggs and chile relleno.
Cost: Room prices range from $160 to $300, depending on if you are staying during the week or the weekend.
Directions: Take Highway 88 toward Jackson, east to the junction of Highway 49. Turn north (left) on Highway 49 to Sutter Creek, then turn right onto Main Street.
Pam Bauserman is the News-Sentinel Panorama editor.