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Melitta Station Inn History

Melitta Station Inn History

melitta-band-1908Melitta Station Inn originated as an inn owned by the Wiseman family around 1880. Situated along the County road between Santa Rosa and Sonoma, the property was a stage-coach stop before the coming of the Southern Pacific railroad in 1887. This rail line was used to transport basalt paving slabs to San Francisco from quarries owned by the Wymore and Violetti families. The quarries were up on the hill to the south-west side of the inn situated in what is now Annadel State Park.

In the 1890′s Melitta was one of the most active train stations for such shipments, and drew on a steady stream of skilled Italian immigrant stone-masons to hew the rock. These workers lodged at Melitta Station Inn until they were able to rent their own accommodation.

melitta-inn-historyAt one time there were reputed to be 35 folks in residence! Through the years, Melitta Station was used as a general store and post office for the small town of Melitta. Melitta (or Melita) is derived from the the native-American word for “poppy”- which grew in abundance on the valley floor. Later it became a feed store owned by the Hefti family in the 40′s and 50′s before becoming an antique store and “hippy” commune in the seventies.

The Inn was renovated as a bed and breakfast and opened again as an inn in 1985, and to this day is the only active B&B Inn inside the city limits.

The present owners took over in 2004 and completed extensive remodelling of the ground(basement/yard) level in 2007 to make a beautiful California King bedded suite with disabled access and a mini-kitchen , dining and sitting area. There is also a common area with a spa tub and a private massage room.

The six rooms are tastefully furnished with antiques and comfortable beds, and each has its own private bath. One is a two-bedroom family suite. We feature fine English linens and cozy comforters and each room has its own individual heating. The property is now blessed with solar-electricity generation , and a heat pump assisted air-conditioning plant.

Truly Melitta Station Inn spans the years from the 1880′s to the latest of 21st century experiences, hospitality, and technology.


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