Meet the Rainmakers: People who are bolstering our food, wine & art economy

Our small towns are thriving, thanks to some innovative entrepreneurs, chefs, winery owners, arts leaders and dealmakers. JORDAN FIFE The ebullient hotelier is helping to revitalize the National Hotel in Nevada City and The Holbrooke in Grass Valley — two of our region’s most historic hotels. “We are excited to be entrusted with the restoration […]

The Stone House: Farm-to-table food and craft cocktails

WHEN IT COMES TO FINE DINING, cocktails and entertainment, The Stone House in historic Nevada City belongs on a bucket list for the New Year—whether you’re local or a visitor. Under San Francisco entrepreneur Jonathan Rowe, who also has local roots, The Stone House — one of the town’s most iconic landmarks — underwent extensive […]

New cocktails and an exciting video for Golden Era in Nevada City

Our magazine’s summer issue points to some innovative new cocktails at the Golden Era lounge in Nevada City. Here’s a rundown: 1. BRIDGEPORT BRAMBLE Gin, Lemon, Raspberry Syrup, Cherry Liqueur, Orange Bitters, 2. PEARDALE Singani Muscat Brandy, Lemon, Basil, Apple Syrup, Two-Towns Cider 3. LOLA MONTEZ St. George Green Chili Vodka, Lime, Ginger, Ancho Reyes, […]

Lefty’s Grill: Now serving “the perfect drink”

IN 2008, TWO LEFT-HANDED chefs—John Cammack and Chris Duncan—opened “Lefty’s Grill” in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white tablecloth dining,” including burgers, flat-bread pizzas that won international honors, creative entrees and fresh salads. Five years later, Lefty’s outgrew its space and moved to 101 Broad Street, with views of […]

Craft cocktail boom spreads to Foothills and Tahoe-Truckee

THE NEW-YORK BASED TELEVISION SHOW Sex and the City helped put craft cocktails on the map in the ’90s when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, regularly ordered “Cosmos” with her girlfriends. “The idea that it’s not a date without cocktails was created by Sex and the City,” as Dale DeGroff, America’s foremost mixologist and […]

Golden Era launches a guest bartender series

The new Golden Era cocktail lounge in Nevada City is launch a guest bartender series. Each month, on the fourth Tuesday, Golden Era will feature a “drink slinging, cocktail shaking imbibers from across the state,” it says. The first guest is Rick Dobbs, owner of The Last Word (Drink Eat Gather) in Livermore, CA. His […]

Golden Era in Nevada City: a destination for craft cocktails

IN THE OLD WEST, THE MOST POPULAR establishment in town was the saloon. It was the social gathering place. In Downieville, a popular saloon also served as the office of the Justice of the Peace. Saloon regulars often drank straight liquor, such as bourbon or rye. “If a man ordered a ‘fancy’ cocktail or ‘sipped’ […]

Craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee: KANE’S The martini menu with 16 choices. “The Perfect Ten Martini” is Tangueray #10 gin and dry vermouth, shaken and garnished with three olives. “Classic Cosmo-tini” is made with Ketel One Vodka, all-natural triple sec, cran- berry […]

Adventure Towns: The new tech hubs

“MOUNTAIN BURGS AND CITIES WITH the perfect work-life balance aren’t just good for skiing, biking and hiking,” writes Outside magazine. “For years, these areas have reinvented themselves as outdoor-friendly tech alternatives to Silicon Valley.” Outdoor-friendly tech towns with the lure of a work-life balance, along with a growing culinary and arts scene, offer the special […]

Nevada City: Yuba River Town

NEVADA CITY IS HOME BASE FOR THE SOUTH YUBA RIVER, WHICH FLOWS JUST NORTH OF THE HISTORIC TOWN. IN 2012, OUTSIDE magazine named Nevada City one of the “best river towns in America,” citing its connection to the sun-soaked, granite-lined Yuba. Few people know the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) was founded in an […]

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