NEW: A new inn surfaces in historic Nevada City

Here’s a small-town scooplet: A new inn called the Broad Street Inn is resurfacing at the top of Broad Street and Bennett in Nevada City where the Bella Rosa Inn used to be. The signs are up out front (permanent ones are coming later) and new furniture is being put in place. The Inn is […]

NEW: Taste State Fair winning wines in cyberspace

In concert with Sierra FoodWineArt, join The Bee’s wine writer, Chris Macias, in our virtual tasting room to sample three California State Fair wine competition winners. Chris will be tasting from the comfort of his living room, and so can you. Join our live chat — via, twitter or facebook — to share your […]

Video: Tahoe Wooden Boat Show this weekend

We attended the Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Show (A.K.A. Concours d’Elegance) near Tahoe City on Friday. It also will be held this weekend. We’ve been going to the see the Tahoe “woodies” at the boat show for years. It’s a quintessential “old Tahoe” event. You can also see the boats tooling along the West Shore […]

Music in the Mountains heats up with “Summerfest”

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL performing arts experience in the foothills—concert-hall quality music in a bucolic setting. Started in 1982, a small group of music lovers gathered in Grass Valley to produce a few summer concerts. Now Music in the Mountains brings the classics to life year- round, with festivals in the Spring, […]

Florio’s Olive Oil Co.

FOOD LOVERS CONTINUE TO BUY specialty items despite the recession. Though some gourmands are more price conscious, their cravings for healthy food is hard to resist. Enter Neil Sarchett, a young entrepreneur who opened Florio’s Olive Oil Co. in downtown Grass Valley last summer. Undaunted by the downturn, Neil saw a market for unique, gourmet […]

Tahoe’s Concourse d’Elegance on Father’s Day weekend

NOW IN ITS 38TH YEAR, LAKE TAHOE’S Concours d’Elegance is the nation’s most prestigious wooden boat show. The Concours is an ideal getaway for Father’s Day weekend, where families get an up-close view of more than 80 beautifully and meticulously restored wooden boats. Each one is a work of art. The June 18-20 show is […]

NEW: Italian Festival coming to county fairgrounds

As longtime residents of San Francisco’s North Beach and the grandson of Swiss Italian immigrants, I’ve been looking forward to the first Italian Festival here. The Festival to celebrate the area’s Italian heritage on Sept. 18 and 19 is going to be at the Nevada County Fairgrounds — not Memorial Park in Grass Valley as […]