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Sean Gilleran: Not part of the ‘log ride’ at Disneyland

To those who have offered decorating suggestions, including recommendations in letters to the editor, we at the Gold Miners Inn say, "Thank you."

Proposing ideas and suggesting designs as we renovate our hotel shows that you consider us part of your extended family. We are grateful that so many people have taken an interest in our project to upgrade the Gold Miners Inn to a boutique/lifestyle hotel.

It is not our intention to contribute to the concern that Grass Valley is "starting to look like a log ride at Disneyland." Please know our makeover includes honoring the Chinese as well as the gold miners who helped settle this area.

The Gold Miners Inn sits on the site of a once-thriving Chinatown circa 1850. A marker erected in 1969 by E Clampus Vitus, Wm. Bull Meek – Wm. Morris Stewart, Chapter No. 10, still sits in front of the hotel at the corner of Bank and Tinloy streets.

The owners and staff of the Gold Miners Inn want to ensure the result of our renovation is something our community will be proud of for years to come.

The inscription reads: "Chinatown, Grass Valley 1850-1938. Of the many Gold Rush immigrants the Chinese were noted for their honest, sober and industrious characteristics. Each mining camp had its Chinatown and Grass Valley was second only to San Francisco's. Former residents Duck Egg, Georgie Bow, Ah Louie and the pioneer Yuen, Gon and Tinloy families are an integral part of Nevada County's history. – October 4, 1969."

To acknowledge the historical contributions of the Chinese, all the guest rooms on one floor of our hotel are being decorated and furnished with Chinese-themed accents. Our goal is for the décor to evoke a feeling of serenity and tranquility. The historical influence and involvement of the Chinese is also reflected in much of the hotel's artwork.

Of course, we would be remiss to ignore our rich mining heritage; therefore, the other floor of guest rooms will be decorated and furnished with items honoring the gold miners of yore.

The owners and staff of the Gold Miners Inn want to ensure the result of our renovation is something our community will be proud of for years to come. Once completed later this year, we plan to host an event for the locals we love and show off the many upgrades and improvements to the hotel.

Until then, we appreciate your patience during our renovation project — and we sincerely thank you for both your enthusiasm and recommendations.

Sean Gilleran is the general manager of the Gold Miners Inn in Grass Valley, formerly the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.