Below the snow belt: Satellite ski towns

“SATELLITE SKI COMMUNITIES ARE THE new dream,” according to Powder magazine Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski towns still have easy access, a vibrant cultural scene, and are more affordable. The foothills is blessed with an abundance of them: AUBURN ExploreAuburnCa.com Auburn helped bring skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn […]

Coming Together

“If we all stick together, we’ll get what we need.” — UTAH PHILLIPS FOLK MUSIC LEGEND, PEACE activist and humanitarian Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips — a longtime resident of Nevada City — felt a lifelong calling to help those in need. The late musician’s motto: “Never put a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” […]

Rombauer Vineyards acquires Renwood Winery facility in Sierra Foothills

Rombauer Vineyards, one of Napa Valley’s premier, family-owned wineries, announced the purchase of the Renwood Winery facility in Amador County. The sale includes 20 acres of vineyards, the wine production facility, and the tasting room located at 12225 Steiner Road in Plymouth, California. The Renwood Winery brand and Renwood Ranch Vineyard will continue to be […]

Nevada County Fairgrounds names new CEO

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced that Patrick Eidman has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective immediately. Eidman has served as the Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds since March 2017 and as the acting CEO since July 2018. He brings more than 20 years […]

Phoenix Humidor in Grass Valley to offer a top-of-the line Cohiba cigar

Cohiba Spectre is a limited-edition Cohiba with a suggested retail price of $90 per cigar, the most expensive Cohiba General has ever made. The smoke is made with eight types of tobacco from five countries, and many of the leaves are aged in barrels—some for an extremely long time. Starting next week, Phoenix Humidor, located […]

Local choristers to sing for peace in global celebration

Four Nevada County residents are in Berlin, Germany, preparing to join more than 2,000 fellow choristers from across the world to sing for peace. The singers, Christine Newsom, M.D., Jerry and Linda Maloney, and Sarito Whatley, are all part of InConcert Sierra’s Sierra Master Chorale. The performance Friday, Nov. 2 will be televised and mark […]

A London hotel and dining room where “Blytonesque British school meets Bombay palace”

On trips to London we’ve  stayed in some wonderful hotels. Examples include the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington (on my first trip, on assignment for The Chronicle); the Royal Automobile Club (also for The Chronicle); and the Stafford Hotel (a favorite in St. James); the Conrad London St. James (walking distance to Westminster Abbey); and […]

Quest Theaterworks wins five Elly awards

Quest Theaterworks win five Elly awards for its productions, including four awards for “Snake in the Grass.” “Snake in the Grass’” performers included Kimberly Ewing, Sharon Winegar, and Lois Ewing. Winegar was also nominated in Sunday’s show for best Lead Female in a drama, Kimberly Ewing for best Supporting Female, Jodi O’Dell for Sound Design […]

Nevada County Fair broke records for 2018

A record setting year for Fair auctions (with more than $670,000 raised for Nevada County youth), 7,500 exhibits, and many community partnerships made for a successful 2018 Nevada County Fair. Below is a wrap-up of the 2018 Nevada County Fair. •Approximately 91,000 people attended this year’s Fair. •More than $935,000 was raised on Treat Street […]

National Geographic features local organic farmer Cantisano and his Gold Rush-era orchard

“Amigo Bob Cantisano, managing partner of the Heaven and Earth Farm on the San Juan Ridge, is one of the most influential figures in California organic agriculture,” as we wrote in the spring 2016 issue of our magazine. We discussed Amigo Bob’s role in working with Smith Vineyards to tend their 10-acre certified organic vineyard […]

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