During this time the building was used primarily as an Inn. They called it the “Feather River
Villa In the Sierras” and passengers who
were riding the Western Pacific Railroad to
San Francisco or Sacramento commonly spent the night there, walking down a path to the beautiful lodge. The railroads were the only means of access to the Inn, giving it an extremely secluded feeling. The patrons loved the quiet atmosphere and enjoyed “getting away from it all.” At the time, it was a bargain,
as rates ranged from $2-$4 per room, per night. There was also a restaurant, a bar, a dance floor, and a small post office in the luxurious building, which was open year round.