Swan Levine House
Historic, Artistic, Eclectic, Comfortable
Stately Queen Anne filled with period and contemporary art
Gracious space, comfortable beds
Walk Downtown or to Nevada County Fairgrounds
The Swan Levine House has four large guest suites with private baths, and two rooms that share a bath. The interior decoration of each room distinguishes the House from other lodgings. Suites are extra-large, equipped for sharing with friends and family. WiFi and Air Conditioning throughout the House.
The House & Nearby Sites to Visit
photo credit: CABBI
The main stairs at Swan Levine
Reception is good throughout the house, get the password at check-in.
Continental Breakfast is served in the dining room from 8:30 am
Just blocks from the downtown shopping district you will find unique gifts, clothing at dozens of small businesses
Enjoy the outdoor front porch and surrounding gardens
Innkeeper's Howard and Posy would be happy to recommend sites, restaurants, and a host of Cultural activities
Print Making Workshop
Tour the Print Studio or arrange for a workshop with Owner / Print-maker Howard Levine
THINGS TO DO
The Sierra Foothills boasts over two dozen wineries, many with tasting rooms in the Downtown Shopping Districts of Grass Valley and Nevada City
Theater, music performances and galleries are prolific in Nevada County. There are dozens of events and other activities to enjoy.
There are numerous Farmer's Markets within a few minutes drive each weekend
Empire Mine, North Star House, North Star Museum. Hiking and Swimming So Yuba River State Park
Dozens of hiking/bike trails withing 1/2 hour drive. Independence Trail is the nation's first wheelchair accessible trail.
Grass Valley and nearby Nevada City have become a mecca for trendy restaurants, many within walking distance of the House.
The Historical Home
The Swan Levine House played a significant role in the history of Nevada County. It was built in 1867 by John and Catherine Fahey, who were partners in the Alison Ranch Mine. They sold it to William Campbell, a local merchant who made his fortune selling mining equipment.
Campbell remodeled the house in 1895 after a fire to its present Queen Anne style. After his death, the house was acquired by brothers, Doctors Carl and John Jones, they opened it as a hospital and named it after their father, Dr. W.C. Jones. The Jones Hospital operated until 1960 when it closed.
The house is classic Queen Anne Victorian, complete with cupolas, sitting rooms, parlors, and gracious porches. History buffs can view photos of official records, and first-person accounts about the house and the people who worked here over its 150-year existence.
In 1973, Howard Levine and Margaret (Peggy) Warner Swan renovated it as a guest house with a focus on visual arts and printmaking. Their paintings and prints form the backbone of an extensive collection of Northern California art hung throughout the house. Howard still teaches classes in the printmaking studio. Sadly, Peggy succumbed to cancer in 2017. Today, Howard and Posy host guests, lead workshops at the house, and invite you to experience where rich history and vibrant culture meet.
The house and the owners are full of character. Simply delightful. If you are looking for a beautiful place, with a really comfortable bed, full of great art, a delicious breakfast and a really smart, well informed couple—this is the place for you. Fabulous! The very quiet air conditioning in the bedrooms was much appreciated. We stayed in "The Suite".