I stopped off for a quick beer in the Brewers Union (Delicious British style cask bitter!!!) last week on the way home from Downieville.
The brewery isn't exactly new though...it was there when I did another roadtrip about 8 years ago.
I'd echo what Todd said about the MRT...it's a destination trail, something different than the hard core biking we have here in BC, but enjoyable all the same.
And for those not swanky enough to stay in the Best Western with a hot tub, nature has provided her own hot tub in the form of Macredie Hot Springs a couple of miles up the road.