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Old landmark, new owners

John Hart
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A historic Grass Valley hotel and state historical landmark is changing hands.

The Holbrooke Hotel, 212 W. Main St., is being purchased by Donna and Matt Weaver. Matt Weaver is co-owner of Weaver Auto and Truck Center in Grass Valley.



A partnership has owned the hotel since 1990. Peggy and Howard Levine, members of the partnership and the hotel’s operators, are managing the sale to the Weavers.




The sale for an undisclosed purchase price is expected to close escrow in mid-March. The Weavers and Levines said they began talks in July.

The hotel has 28 rooms and more than 17,000 square feet, including the Golden Gate Saloon and Arletta’s Dining Room.

The Holbrooke is a California Registered Historical Landmark that was a stop for historical figures and presidents, including Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, James A. Garfield and Grover Cleveland.

According to the state’s Office of Historical Preservation, the Golden Gate Saloon was built in 1852, followed by the hotel in 1862.

The saloon is the oldest continually operated bar in the Mother Lode region, and the hotel’s fieldstone-and-brick construction is an outstanding example of mid-19th century Mother Lode masonry structures.

Donna Weaver said she will take over management of the hotel, restaurant and saloon, which employs 40 people.

No specific changes are planned as yet, but Weaver said she will “build on what’s there.”

Weaver has worked in the hotel business, including 15 years with Intercontinental Hotels, where she was last employed as a division manager in Los Angeles.

The Levines will continue to operate the Swan Levine House bed-and-breakfast inn and devote more time to art and their grandchildren.

“Both of us just love the hotel and its employees, the whole thing, but there are other things we can do with our life,” Peggy Levine said.


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