A rear view of the Riverside Inn, Downieville, California
Meet Your hosts at the Riverside Inn


I grew up in Alabama, then joined the Air Force after my first year of college. Eventually, after marriage and two kids, I went back to college and got my degree. I began working for the State of California and joined the Air Force Reserve. I retired from both. Without the AF, I would probably still be in Alabama. Thanks to the military, I've traveled a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mike and I were married in 1999 and bought the Riverside Inn in Downieville. Together we have 5 kids and 11 grandkids. Holidays are a bit noisy and crowded, but fun.
One of these days, I would like to do more traveling--some of it on the Harley


Your Host at the Riverside Inn

Mike and Nancy Carnahan, Riverside Inn Innkeepers
Department of Water Resources
Photographic Gold Country Town
Automotive Service Excelence Patch
Westmoreland Revolution Flag
Motorcycles are Welcome
Stratigic Air Command Patch
Viet Nam Service Patch
SR-71 Reconnaissance


I tell Nancy that I was "born in East LA". Not that I was, I was born in Glendale, California. When I was very young we moved to the home my father and uncle built in Monterey Park. I know, that's not East LA either, but they connect somewhere around the Pomona Freeway.
I attended High school in Pasadena after another move. After graduation I joined the Air Force and went to work on a spy plane called the SR71 Blackbird and was stationed at Beale AFB. So, I started a city kid and moved to Grass Valley before I was discharged at the end of the Viet Nam War. My major in college was electronic engineering. Besides working in electronics I also spent a couple of years on a CDF firefighting hand crew and have turned a few wrenches, too many.
In 2001 Nancy and I decided to begin a new life and buy the Riverside Inn. Besides high technology I enjoy photography, fly fishing, and model trains. I've also got 5 or 6 bikes and still feel the need for a Beemer. " I know it's only rock n' roll, but I like it". I especially like Cuban Jazz and Irish whiskey, and Pavarotti and Italian food, and a good dog, a fly rod, and time in the woods. Nancy and I have been known to show up at a grand kid's birthday riding a Harley Davidson
Geezer Glide!

Part of our success is due to the fact that we've never owned an inn before. Our interests are first to enjoy our guests and second to earn a living. Our attitude has been to continually upgrade the building and its furnishings. There's nothing like receiving constant words of appreciation from guests around the world. Thank you all for your support!