5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms with Family Room and Dining Area, Sleeps 10
About Lori Sweeney
The Dorrington Hotel and Lube Room Saloon were purchased from the Saville’s in 2015 by the Sweeney, Kerr and Mitchell families. The hotel has been refurbished and is now officially open for group reservations, weddings, anniversaries and parties. Also, the cottage is getting a lot of attention as it sits on the back of the property and is a great spot for couples to get away. The Kerr family owns Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside, the Mitchell family owns Behan’s Irish Pub in Burlingame and have ties to Fiddler’s in Millbrae, and the Sweeney family is in the commercial real estate business. The three families have been long time friends and are now proud and fortunate co-owners of this historic landmark. We are committed to the locals and the many guests that come up on the weekends and holidays. We intend to reinvent in our dreams and will continue to make the property thrive, while keeping the rich history alive. Our entire family and staff (now family!) appreciate your continued support and friendship. Sweeney’s, Kerr’s Mitchell’s and the Lube Room/Dorrington family
Lori Sweeney purchased this Lodge in 2015
What makes this Lodge unique
The Dorrington Hotel was a historic stopping place on the Big Tree Carson Valley Road, was a vacation spot for Big Trees visitors, and a place to rest for cattlemen, miners and traders. The ranch was originally called Cold Spring Ranch. The Dorrington Hotel was built in 1852 by John Gardner, John Gardner married Rebecca Dorrington and moved her out from Scotland. Rebecca quickly fell in love with the property and together they had four children. In 1902 the US Post Office moved to the site and Dorrington officially became a town. At or around 1949, the adjacent building was built for auto repairs. There were two grease racks in the main bar area. In 1977, the building was converted from a grease rack to a beer/burger saloon. Hence “The Lube Room Saloon.” It has become “the meeting place” for locals and visitors alike. Legends swirl around the property… from Mark Twain’s plaque that is in the Murphy’s museum from when he would drink from the cold spring out back - to the silver and gold trades - to the Miwok and Washoe Indians that once hunted the property. The greatest tale is about Rebecca Dorrington. She loved the property so much, it is told that she never left. One story has it that she went out one cold night during a storm, lost her way and froze to death. Some insist that Rebecca was massacred by Native Americans. Another legend is that she fell down the stairs and bled to death. It has been said that Rebecca died October 16, 1910 in Altaville, CA. Many guests have reported seeing her wondering the halls or rocking the chair out front. Regardless of the legends, we are happy to have her around, be apart of the history, and look forward to having a very long relationship!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Parties/events allowed - additional venue fee will be applied additional venue fee will be applied
Max guests: 10
- Maximum 10 guests. A surcharge of $25.00 per guest over the 10 guest count.
- A minimum of $2500 will be charged if an unauthorized party or event is held on the property
Wonderful stay, thank you!!!
Extremely welcoming, easy and unique property and hosts. Thank you!
We 5 couples, booked the hotel over NYE!! We had a great dinner and a murder mystery party, It was fantastic. the rooms are amazing, all the same, very comfortable beds and adorable appointments in the rooms! The main areas are exceptional for large groups!! We’d all love to come back again and also rent with our families for summer!! The only thought would be a list of items we should probably bring for kitchen. It was really awesome and the staff were all terrific also!! Thank you so much!!!
Super Fun Place!
We loved the uniqueness of the Dorrington Hotel. Great History and decor. Rooms and beds were super comfy. Staff were wonderful. We can't wait to come back!
Built in the 1800’s, this is said to be the longest standing structure in all of Calaveras County. It is located along the corridor of California’s scenic Route 4. It is perfectly situated in between area attractions such as Bear Valley Ski Resort, Murphy’s, Big Trees State Park as well as various lakes, rivers and hiking trails. This is the ideal setting for your intimate gatherings, family reunions, girls weekend or just a relaxing nature get-away. It’s conveniently right next door to the famous Lube Room Saloon, a unique experience that is a ‘must stop’ for many locals and visitors alike.