Started as a recreational camp in the early 1900s, people came by the droves from San Francisco and beyond to historic Camp Rose along the banks of the Russian River - the ideal location for summertime recreation during that time period. After a hiatus of inactivity and neglect, Jane Moore and her first husband, Ben Salvon, bought the property and remodeled Camp Rose Inn as a restaurant. It opened in 1971 affording customers one of the few places in the area to dine along the Russian River. Famous for its campburgers, taco salads, clam velvet soup and river fritters it was local favorite gathering spot complete with player piano, pool table, Hallowe'en parties, leg and arm wrestling competitions and talent contests. Jane's love of singing and musicals prompted her to create a small theater in the space below the restaurant. In 1976, she co-wrote and produced its first play based on some local history entitled, "Josefa and Captain Fitch." The restaurant closed many years ago and is now a private residence belonging to Jane and Ben's two daughters, Jenny and Sue. The theater, however, remains the home to the Camp Rose Players and its devoted patrons.
Getting here from the town of Healdsburg.
Russian River near Camp Rose Inn.
Looking down Camp Rose Road toward the river.
Original inn and store overlooking river.
Grand re-opening of Camp Rose Inn, 1971.
New owners Ben and Jane Salvon (Moore) with youngest daughter Jennifer Salvon (Tremont).
View of dining room.
One of the few places with deck dining overlooking the river.
View of deck with diners.