“A Walk Through Autumn” in the foothills and Sierra

Our region is one of the best places in California to view fall foliage, earning it the name “New England of the West.” Here are some suggestions: HISTORIC HIGHWAY 40 Weather permitting, take an old-fashioned Sunday drive along Old Hwy. 40 from Rocklin to Donner Pass and Truckee instead of Interstate 80. The fall colors […]

Nevada County ranks 28th nationally for its scenery

The Washington Post published an article that ranks every county in America by scenery and climate, and Nevada County ranked #28 out of the 3,111 counties. “Nevada County, CA: This county has extremely high natural amenities. Rank: 28 out of 3,111 counties. “In the late 1990s the federal government devised a measure of the best […]

Placer and Nevada County CA ranked tops in nation for recreation

WHETHER IT’S BIKING, HIKING, camping, swimming or picnicking, Placer and Nevada Counties are ranked among America’s 50 best counties for outdoor activities, according to a new survey. Placer County ranked #36, Nevada County ranked #47 and El Dorado ranked #49 in the nation, according to Niche, which runs a popular ranking and review site. The […]

Lakes that survived the drought: Tahoe, Rollins, Donner and Scotts Flat

SURE, CALIFORNIA HAS A drought, which is impacting recreation on some of its most popular rivers, lakes and reservoirs. But with trillions of gallons of water, Lake Tahoe — the nation’s second deepest lake — is poised to welcome water enthusiasts from all over this summer. The same goes for most other lakes in our […]

Video of hiking the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail in three minutes

This video shows the entirety of a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike from the US/Mexico border to the US/Canada border across 2,660 mi / 4,200 km through California, Oregon, and Washington. Our magazine’s page on the Pacific Crest Trail is HERE.

Our magazine is the first CA Ag license plate in Grass Valley: “EATLCL”

Believe it or not, this is the first CA Agricultural license plate processed in Grass Valley, according to the local DMV. It is “EATLCL” (for “Eat Local”). Our FoodWineArt magazine is proud to support our local agriculture scene. “The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to award $215,670 in 2014 CalAgPlate Program […]

Visit Gold Country

The California Gold Rush….. Eureka! Discovery of gold in 1848 carried California’s name around the globe. Men came from the East, from England, Germany, Chile, China, and all around the world. By the mid-1850s, an estimated 120,000 miners were at work in California. For the most part, prospectors found little romance in the Gold Rush; […]

Stone Brewing Co. to be first American craft brewer to own brewery in Europe

The 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, Stone Brewing Co. of Escondido, Ca., announced plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks […]

Bud break at Sierra Vintners’ wineries

As the weather warms, the vineyards begin to wake up from their dormancy and green shoots “break” through to begin their growth cycle. “Alas, the vines have beaten me to spring break,” says Naggiar’s winemaker Derek Irwin. “The vines have been whooping it up,” he adds. “We are 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule, which on […]

Fairs are local “economic engines”: not just about cotton candy

By Brian Dahle We don’t ask Caltrans to hold bake sales so it can repair highways. We don’t force the Port of Long Beach to sell raffle tickets to buy new cargo cranes. California recognizes that the critical backbones of commerce are worth the public’s support, that our tax dollars repay rich dividends when they […]

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