Scoop: Red Castle Inn in Nevada City closes after 50 years as owners retire

filename-dsc03233-jpgAfter 50 years, the historic Red Castle Inn closed its doors on Monday, Sierra Foothills Report has learned.

Mary Louise and Conley Weaver, innkeepers and owners since 1985, have retired. “All of our guests have enjoyed the inn,” Conley told me. “Now we’re looking forward to spreading out.” It has been an inn for 50 years, he added.

Weaver, an architect, is a former Nevada City mayor and has been active in civic affairs, including a needed measure to repave city streets. I met Conley when we moved to Nevada City nine years ago. We are UC Berkeley graduates and shout “Go Bears!” when we see each other in the community.

Built around 1860, the grand four-story brick mansion sits atop Prospect Hill, overlooking historic Nevada City. It is one of the few remaining historic lodging landmarks of the Gold Rush era.

The inn at 109 Prospect St. has received praise from Fodor’s and Gourmet magazine. “Antique furnishings and Oriental rugs decorate the rooms of this 1857 Gothic-revival mansion, a fine option for those who appreciate the finer points of Victorian design. The building’s brick exterior is trimmed with white-icicle woodwork,” according to the Fodor’s review.

“The hillside setting overlooks town. Red Castle features a delightful afternoon tea, by request, and morning breakfast buffet that is unparalleled among Gold Country B&Bs.”

Nevada City needs more lodging, so it is untimely that the Red Castle Inn is closing. It comes as Las Katarinas restaurant closed its doors after 10 years as older owners reached retirement age.

Is it a trend? It is certainly a fallout of our declining, aging population — a situation that should concern “electeds,” business, civic and economic-development leaders.

Conley and Mary Louise deserve some “R&R” from their “B&B.” Thanks for your efforts for so many years.

The Red Castle Inn was featured in this video:

(Source: Trip Advisor)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

6 thoughts on “Scoop: Red Castle Inn in Nevada City closes after 50 years as owners retire”

  1. Hi, As he said they are “spreading out” in the house. They are going to live in it, not put it on the market. BTW, could you sign your full name. Thanks.

  2. We stayed there on our honeymoon and were looking to visit again for our 21st anniversary. Sorry to hear you’re closed. Best wishes on your retirement!

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