Mark Twain Dinner Program

California's Columbia State Park is celebrating the reopening of its Columbia City Hotel restaurant with a dinner program featuring 19th-century American writer and humorist Mark Twain. The dinner, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, marks the return of one of the Gold Country region's favorite elegant dining spots.

Actor Pat Kaunert will portray Twain as he talks about his Western adventures in the 1860s, when he tried his hand at gold and silver mining, camping and writing tall tales for the Territorial Enterprise.

The City Hotel, originally built in 1854, is an authentically restored 19th-century country inn that brings to life the California Gold Rush.

The hotel restaurant, closed for nearly two years, has new owners -- chef Jeff Briggs and Jackie Briggs. The Mark Twain dinner features poached Pacific salmon or roasted duck entrees and costs $35 a person.

For dinner reservations or more information, call the hotel at 209-532-1479 or visit Lodging reservations can be made at or by calling 800-444-7275.