A visitor’s guide to downtown Grass Valley

“Take the scenic route to downtown Grass Valley.” Off the beaten path, the Gold Rush-era town is a heritage travel gem. Downtown Grass Valley is livable, walkable and historic. Whether you’re shopping, dining, staying or playing, you’ll find an abundance of options. Grass Valley’s historic downtown core—about 15 walkable blocks— continues to be the community’s […]

A Baker’s Dozen

CELEBRATED FRENCH CHEF Alain Ducasse helped put San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery on the map when he wrote about it in Harvesting Excellence. It helped set off a decade-long artisan baking craze in Northern California, with bakeries such as Della Fattoria Café in Petaluma or Thomas Keller’s Buchon Bakery in Yountville. Now the bakery boom is […]

Colfax Avenue: Grass Valley’s up and coming neighborhood

IN THE FOOTHILLS, MOST VISITORS ARE drawn to the historic downtowns—in Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee. But off the beaten path, Grass Valley has an up-and-coming neighborhood called “The Avenue.” Located a few blocks east of downtown Grass Valley, the Colfax Avenue corridor is walkable, architecturally intriguing and dog friendly. It has plenty […]

Colfax Avenue: Grass Valley’s own “Midtown” for shopping and dining

NEW ORLEANS IS KNOWN FOR ITS Garden District—laid out in 1832 and home to Commander’s Palace, a culinary superstar. More contemporary “midtowns” are bustling in Sacramento and Reno. “A half dozen new gastro pubs, craft breweries and cocktail bars have recently opened” in Reno’s midtown district, as the New York Times wrote. Midtown is Sacramento’s […]