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Gage McKinney: Swan Levine B&B our second home in Grass Valley

This season marks 30 years since my wife Ilka and I first stayed at Swan Levine Bed & Breakfast on South Church Street in Grass Valley. We’ve been perennial guests ever since.

In a grand Victorian home we’ve met gifted people, including artists, musicians and writers, some of them also recurring guests, and have enjoyed stimulating conversations around a large oval breakfast table. We’ve borrowed books from the shelves, admired art on the walls and in the working studios breathed the scent of lacquer, ink and oil, the breath of creativity.

We’ve met many guests who, under the spell of Howard and Peggy Swan Levine’s hospitality, have come to love the foothills. And many have come to settle in the region, bringing their talents and treasure with them.



Howard and Peggy have a gift for making people feel at home and for helping them picture themselves at home in Nevada County. Wherever we live, Swan Levine House will always be a second home to us.

And soon we’ll be nearby, because Ilka and I are moving to Grass Valley next year.




Gage McKinney

Sunnyvale, Calif.


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