About Hotel Charlotte
Discover the Rich History of Hotel Charlotte
Opened in 1921, the Hotel Charlotte is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Charlotte DeFerrari, the hotel’s namesake and builder, was born in Genoa, Italy in 1881. Her family migrated to the California gold fields when Charlotte was sixteen. During this era, the Groveland area went from boom to bust and back again. The gold rush and then the San Francisco Hetch-Hetchy water project brought prosperity and notoriety to the Groveland and Big Oak Flat settlements.
Shortly after arriving in Groveland, Charlotte’s father was killed in a mining accident at Hardin Flat, and young Charlotte was left as sole provider to her younger siblings and mother. Young, single, and ambitious, she built the hotel on the site of an old livery stable, and in 1921, she purchased the Gem Saloon, next door, annexing it to the Hotel Charlotte as a restaurant. Charlotte DeFerrari became a legend in her own time, and it is rumored that she still roams the halls of her hotel.
Meet the Owners
Doug & Jenn Edwards puchased the Hotel Charlotte in March 2012.
On the one year anniversary of their meeting, they went to a small B&B in Arlington, WA and learned that they both had always dreamed of owning a B&B. They spent the weekend picking the brains of the Innkeepers and left determined to find a place of their own. Two and a half years of searching later, they stayed at the Hotel Charlotte and knew immediately that this was the one for them. They couldn’t be happier to live in the Sierra Foothills and set down some roots.
Together, Doug and Jenn make the perfect team for the Hotel Charlotte. Doug brings the artistic and culinary background, having run kitchens since he was 16, from boutique hotels to large, high-end athletic clubs to cheffing on private yachts. Jenn, on the other hand, has a background in business management that will help elevate the Charlotte as a destination in its own right.