The town's old Gold Rush-era business district has been preserved with shops, restaurants and two hotels. Visitors have the chance to time-travel to the 1850s, imagining life when gold miners rubbed shoulders with businessmen and the other residents in Columbia. Visitors can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday. There are opportunities to ride a 100 year-old stagecoach, pan for gold, and explore the real working businesses of Columbia.
Restaurants, Saloons & Hotels
Columbia House Restaurant - Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, including beer and wine. Angelo's Hall is also available for events and banquets, seats up to 150 people.
Brown's Coffee & Sweets Saloon - Full Espresso Bar, baked goods, ice cream, great lunch specials, home of the original Columbia Soda Works Sarsaparilla Soda, hardtack, and in-house baked dog cookies.
Columbia Cottages - Charming and Cozy - the Raney residence-3 bdrm., the Ghiorso bungalow -2 bdrm., and the Hanson house-1 bdrm.
Columbia Mercantile 1855 - Columbia's historic grocery and general store has been renamed and beautifully renovated to reflect its French Quarter beginnings. Now offering a wide range of picnic items, kitchen staples, and quick meal options- including gluten-free and vegan selections, minor drug items, and off-sale beer, wine, cider, and ice cold sarsaparilla. Step back in time and discover old-time offerings including hardware, garden, housewares, and art gallery in the air-conditioned building. Open 9 am - 6 pm daily.
City Hotel & Fallon Hotel - The Columbia City Hotel and its sister, the Fallon Hotel, are authentically restored 19th Century country inns. All rooms are elegantly appointed with Victorian antiques, custom crafted wall coverings, and beautiful lithographs.
Fallon Ice Cream Parlor - Old fashioned ice cream parlor serving cones, sundaes, ice cream sodas, milkshakes, malts, sarsaparilla, sodas, also available for parties.
Jack Douglass Saloon - Hot and cold sandwiches and other hearty fare, sarsaparilla, the coldest beer in town, a welcoming piano, fine mountain music, and School Lunch Specials.
St. Charles Saloon - Hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, sarsaparilla, soft drinks, beer, wine, home to the Poison Oak Show, and Fun School Lunches. (209) 288-2258.
What Cheer Saloon - Full service bar featuring fine Cognacs, Armagnac, and single malt Scotches, Sierra Nevada foothill wines, local beers on tap, foreign and domestic bottled beers.
Artificers' Exchange - Artificers' Exchange facilitates the exchange of information, skills, interpretation, activities, and products pertaining specifically to Columbia's history and the 19th century history in general.
Columbia Booksellers & Variety Store - an assortment of unique books, toys, accouterments, musical instruments, replicas, collectibles, novelties, crafts, art, and souvenirs.
Columbia Candy Kitchen - "Gold Rush Candies, Pure as Gold." The Nelson Family, proprietors since 1923.
Ebler's Leather and Saddle Emporium - Leather goods, i.e., belts, shoes, clothing, gifts and handmade saddles and special orders.
Fallon Theater - A wide variety of live theater at a quality equal to any theater in the state in a historic dance hall/theater.
Kamice's Photographic Establishment - 21st century photographs in 19th century costumes and settings.
Matelot Gulch Mining - Panning lessons, mining supply store, souvenirs, gold bought and sold.
Columbia Clothiers & Emporium -Columbia Clothiers & Emporium is a late 1800's style department store offering historical clothing, hats, accessories and housewares for the whole family.
Parrott's Blacksmith - Home of the "Lucky Horseshoe" your name personalized on a horseshoe, coal forged gift items, dinner bells, fireplace tools, old tyme puzzles and miners implements.
Quartz Mountain Stage Line - Go back to the past and experience an authentic stagecoach ride.
Seven Sisters Soap and Candle Company - Handmade candles and soaps, candle and soap making supplies, and bath items.
Towle & Leavitt - Specializing in goods of the 1850-1870 time period - stationery and writing implements, jewelry, gifts, and fancy goods.