We welcome you to Sonora and Barretta Gardens Inn.
We are Swedish (Astrid) and American (Daniel) and have lived in
Sweden, Australia, and in California. We chose Sonora as our home because
every time we visited from the Bay Area, we found something new and exciting
to do, from wine tasting, golfing, antique hunting, frog jumping, music
festivals, gold panning, swimming, skiing, fishing or hiking in Yosemite
National Park. We know you will enjoy the gold country as much as we do.
And we are sure that our guests from Europe and those from the United
States will enjoy the opportunity to meet one another and share experiences.
We look forward to your visit and will welcome you in Swedish, German,
French, Italian or in English.
Astrid & Daniel Stone
serve a gourmet breakfast in our formal dining room or on
our screened porch (overlooking our
A sit down breakfast is prepared by Daniel who believes
in hearty, healthy, sustainable fare. Starting with tropical
juices and fresh fruits in season, followed by poached eggs
on bread, organic Aidell sausage links and grated Yukon
gold potato patties is just but one example of his delicious
We also serve afternoon
in our main parlor, giving you the chance to meet
with others or simply relax after a day of activities.
We are GREEN!
At Barretta Gardens Inn we compost all our scraps, e.g.
eggshell, fruit and vegetable peels, tea bags coffee grounds
etc. to produce "Black Gold" for our extensive gardens.
We recycle all other materials like paper and plastic in
We have planted fruit trees that will provide fresh fruit
for our guests. We serve organic teas and coffee. Our rooms
are cleaned with natural products from our local health
We have our own chickens to help fertilize our gardens and
we trade scraps for eggs ;-)
Barretta Gardens Inn was originally built in 1903. The house was
built by a contractor, Kleinecke, whose
nephew was the Superintendent of Standard Lumber Company. He bought
the land from the lumber company and built his house above the lumber
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE FROM
SONORA NEWSPAPER IN 1918
One House Destroyed and Another Damaged
At the hour of 11:30 Wednesday morning inhabitants of the southern
section of the city were aroused by the blowing of the whistle at
the Standard factory and ringing of the bells. The sounds heralded
that a fire was in that neighborhood. And there was no mistake.
A dense column of smoke ascending into the atmosphere and leaping
flames gave evidence that the home of W.H. Larson was going to waste
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