Shaken, not Stirred: Cocktails in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee: GOLDEN ERA LOUNGE Golden Era serves perfect hand-crafted cocktails (with names such as “Miner’s Punch,” “Gold Rush Sour” or “Nevada City Swizzle”), as well as craft beers, local wines and non-alcoholic soda fountain drinks. Weekend music includes […]

Our Local Bounty

NEVADA AND PLACER COUNTIES are home to a growing, healthy and vibrant base of local farms, rivaling the Central Valley, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo. From fruits and vegetables (Riverhill Farm and Machado Orchards, for example) to grass-fed beef (Nevada County Free Range Beef and Sinclair Family Farm) — from olive oil, jams and honey […]

Economic Renewal in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

SPRING IS A TIME TO REGENERATE, and our region is experiencing its own growth and renewal — throughout the Sierra Foothills and in the High Sierra. New restaurants and cafes are opening, award-winning wineries and craft breweries are expanding, and the arts and culture scene is booming. Our region is unique in California as a […]

Winter 2019 Arts & Culture: Auburn Symphony, Music in the Mountains and more

AUBURN SYMPHONY The Auburn Symphony celebrates its 31st season with an impressive lineup. Under maestro Peter Jaffe, the “orchestra next door” is attracting talented guest musicians. Upcoming concerts include: Jan. 20: Rising Star Amaryn Olmeda, violin Wagner, Bruch and Prokofiev Feb. 2: Music in Motion Parker Van Ostrand, piano 2018 Young Artists Competition Winner March […]

Winter 2019: WinterWonderGrass, Tahoe Snowfest and more

WinterWonderGrass The 5th annual WinterWonderGrass returns to Squaw Valley March 29-31, featuring over 20 bluegrass and roots artists on three heated tent stages and one outdoor main stage. Enhancing the music will be tastings of California local brews, ciders and eats. Headliners include Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon and the Sam Bush Band. […]

Placer Arts Studios Tour Nov. 9-11: Celebrating Local Art

IN THE 1990’S, LOCAL BATIK ARTIST Helen Phillips attended the Sonoma County Studios Tour. Inspired by talented artists and energetic attendees, she opened her own studio for a three-hour experience, and 75 people showed up to enjoy her art. Along with support from PlacerArts and the Lincoln Arts Council, she reached out to local artists […]

Our Towns

THORTON WILDER’S CLASSIC “OUR TOWN”chronicles life in a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. Like the fictional Grover’s Corners in Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, our region’s small towns — Loomis and Lincoln in the valley, Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City in the foothills, and Truckee in the High Sierra — […]

The Rebirth of Main Street

ONCE THE EPICENTER OF RETAIL, America’s malls are struggling: “An Ode to Shopping Malls — farewell, pleasure palaces of days past,” The New York Times reported. “A historical anachronism,” the New Yorker declared. “The culture that spawned satire like Mallrats seems increasingly dated, ever cartoonish,” The Guardian concluded. Our historic downtowns across America — including […]

Sweet Treat: 25th Mountain Mandarin Festival is November 16-18

MANDARINS HAVE BEEN GROWN IN THE FOOTHILLS surrounding Newcastle since the late 1800s. The first commercial Mandarin endeavors were started in the 1950s by Frank Aguilar, Ed Pilz and Harold Struble, and there are now over 80 growers in Placer County. When organizers in the bucolic foothills town of Newcastle held their first Mountain Mandarin […]

Fresh, local feasts

IN THE FOOTHILLS AND TRUCKEE-TAHOE, the possibilities abound for preparing a fresh, local feast for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s. We are blessed with local farmers and ranchers, farmers markets, a growing number of artisan food makers, and stores that feature local produce and meats. Here are suggestions for finding the ingredients and preparing […]

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