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Riverside Inn, Downieville

Bed and Breakfast

We are located at the fork of the Downie and Yuba rivers. We have balconies over the Downie River so you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine, cup of coffee, or your meal. Leave your door open and drift off to sleep with the sound of the river. Fishing, gold panning, mountain biking, hiking, and bird watching are enjoyed during summer. We have snow shoes if you want to tramp around in the snow.

Downieville is at the bottom of a river canyon in the Tahoe National Forest and the Sierra Nevada range. Although we are at 2,865 feet elevation, we are surrounded by the mountains on all sides (at the bottom, remember). Downieville is the county seat of Sierra County.

The Riverside was built in 1947 and opened in the spring of 1948. Although that may be historic in some places, Downieville has many buildings dating back to the Gold Rush.

In addition, we rent Mini Pearl, so called because it is the smallest house on Pearl Street.

The Riverside Inn's Christmas card. – Mike or Nancy Carnahan

ADA Accessibility Notes

We have one room that is wheelchair accessible.

Bed and Breakfast Style

We have a large living area that we use for the expanded continental breakfast. We serve wild smoked salmon and bagels, freshly ground coffee, tea, cocoa, juice, blueberry bread, Danish, and fruit. This area is available for meetings also and watching a sporting event. We have outdoor seating and barbecue areas along with propane grills. We also have a basketball hoop and gold pans for use as well as snow shoes for winter. We have DVDs, cards, and games available for quiet evenings.

Our interiors are all knotty pine paneling, with handmade quilts and bed-skirts. Most people say, "Oh, my parents (grandparents) had paneling like this." Half the rooms have a kitchen, another four have a refrigerator/microwave.

Eco-Friendly Notes

We use hypo allergenic laundry products. We have recycling cans and encourage their use.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

We are the owners, Mike and Nancy Carnahan. We've been here since April 2001.

Pet Friendly Notes

Well-behaved pets are accepted for a $10 fee. We ask they not be left alone. We don't want unhappy guests of any species.


Seasons Open

Year round


Range of Rates

$88-$180. We have different type rooms with different amenities although they all have their own bath and TV with DVD player.


  • Eco-Friendly
  • Locally or Family-Owned Business


Breakfast Style Served

Continental Breakfast

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