Eighty years ago, W. Fong Yue, a gambling hall owner and unofficial diplomat to China, built a graceful mansion for his large family across from Sacramento’s leafy Southside Park — in part because racial covenants prevented him from owning land in other neighborhoods. The Fongs kept their curtains drawn to avoid unwanted attention, but they quickly turned their home into a festive gathering place for the city’s other Chinese Americans, who might not have been welcome elsewhere. The home was designed by an Oakland based architect and reflects a Mediterranean style of architecture unique to Sacramento.

When the house was completed, one of Mr. Fong’s daughters remembers a house warming party that lasted almost three straight weeks. The home remained in the Fong family until the time of Mr. Fong’s passing.

After several ownership changes it was purchased and transformed into a Bed & Breakfast in the early 1990′s.

The Parkside Villa, opened early in 2007, further extends this tradition with extravagant spa slumber rooms for those who prefer a more contemporary, reclusive lodging experience

The Inn at Parkside honors the Fong family through its innovative fusion of Asian and European hospitality. Purchased in 2013 by the Kreun Family, the Inn at Parkside Bed and Breakfast continues in the Fong tradition of “over the top” graciousness.