Great Main Streets

Take a stroll in these classic downtowns: Placerville, Calif.; Salmon, Idaho; Pendleton, Ore.; and Genoa, Nev.

Cary House Hotel in Placerville, Calif.

Placerville’s Cary House Historic Hotel was built in 1857.

GENOA, NEV.
STAY
Fall leaves blanket Genoa House Inn's garden, a half block from the historical highlights of Main Street. From $135.* (775) 782-7075, www.genoahouseinn.com.

EAT
At La Ferme, make a meal of autumninspired à la carte items such as coq au vin ($28) and tarte aux pommes ($10). (775) 783-1004, www.la-ferme-genoa.com.

PLAY
Main Street here is home to the state's oldest tavern and its first courthouse, now the Genoa Courthouse Museum. (775) 782-4325, www.historicnevada.org.

PENDLETON, ORE.
STAY
Sleigh beds, chandeliers, and silk brocade wallpaper are among the comforts at Pendleton House. From $100. (800) 700-8581, www.pendletonhousebnb.com.

EAT
Great Pacific Wine and Coffee Co., in an 1887 Masonic Lodge, has sidewalk seating and pizzas for $12 and up. (541) 276-1350, www.greatpacific.biz.

PLAY
Vendors and entertainers line Main during the Round-Up, Sept. 10–13. (800) 457-6336, www.pendletonroundup.com.

PLACERVILE, CALIF.
STAY
Ulysses S. Grant once stayed at the Cary House Historic Hotel. Today, overnight guests enjoy balcony views. From $90.* (530) 622-4271, www.caryhouse.com.

EAT
In a brick building where miners traded gold for cash, diners at the Heyday Café dig into chicken with mango chutney. (530) 626-9700, www.heydaycafe.com.

PLAY
After strolling downtown's classic strip, catch a free shuttle that loops through farms ripe with fall fruits, pies, and preserves. (530) 644-7692, www.applehill.com.

SALMON, IDAHO
STAY
South of town, the Greyhouse Inn serves huckleberry pancakes and eggs from a neighboring farm. From $79.* (800) 348-8097, www.greyhouseinn.com.

EAT
Monday night at Bertram's Brewery & Restaurant means all-you-can-eat ribs ($11). Save room for a root beer float. (208) 756-3391, www.bertramsbrewery.com.

PLAY
The Lemhi County Historical Museum, near Sacagawea's birthplace, displays a vast collection of Shoshone artifacts. (208) 756-3342, www.lemhimuseum.org.

*Ask about the discounts for AAA members.

Photography by Jessica Bright

This article was first published in March 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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