In Washington this weekend for a conference of the National Governors Association, Brown and first lady Anne Gust Brown will stay at the home of Lucie Gikovich, a former aide.
"I don't like hotels," the 74-year-old, third-term governor said while waiting for a tram at Washington Dulles International Airport.
He mentioned that his wife likes them, though, and she said, "You can see who gets their way."
The conference is at a respectable hotel, the JW Marriott, and Brown could have stayed there. He didn't last year, and he often rooms with friends when traveling.
"I like to be able to go in the refrigerator in the middle of the night," Brown said.
He and his wife joked about Brown's frugality - how he doesn't like the minibar prices.
"No," Brown said. "It's just, I like to be with friends."
PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown and first lady Anne Gust Brown ride the tram at Washington Dulles International Airport on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. David Siders / Sacramento Bee