Grass Valley and Nevada City: A Cultural District that rivals a big city

THOUGH IT’S A RURAL REGION, western Nevada County, anchored by historic Grass Valley and Nevada City, is a cultural district that rivals a much bigger city. Nevada City has more than 100 arts and cultural organizations; arts venues that attract the likes of jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, violinist Joshua Bell and singer-songwriter Willie Nelson; famous […]

‘Tis the Season: Holiday events in the foothills

Cornish Christmas Fridays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; 6-9 p.m. Recapture the spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. Started in 1967 to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of the region’s most popular events. Mill and West Main […]

Things to do in Grass Valley

“VISIT CALIFORNIA” HAS A celebrity spokesman—actor Rob Lowe, who shares his love for the great outdoors, and the dining, arts and culture scene. As it turns out, Grass Valley has its own informal group of celebrity tourism ambassadors—the famous people who perform at The Center of the Arts and had a great visit. Besides performing, […]

Visit Grass Valley: Things to do

DOWNTOWN GRASS VALLEY IS A TOP DESTINATION for entertainment in the Sierra foothills, thanks to The Center for the Arts, Del Oro Theatre and downtown restaurants and wine tasting rooms that offer live music. “The vibe going on in Grass Valley is fantastic,” says jazz legend Wynton Marsalis after he performed at The Center this […]

Starry, Starry Night at Empire Mine State Park

NEVADA COUNTY HOSTS ELEGANT affairs at historic sites: the Julia Morgan-designed North Star House, the stone-walled Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the lush grounds of Empire Mine State Park. Few, if any, are more splendid than Starry, Starry Nights, now in its 22nd year and the highlight of the summer event season. The summer soirée, […]

Thanksgiving weekend events in Grass Valley and Nevada City

Grass Valley Events Country Christmas Faire Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Fri & Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4 admission. Age 12 and under Free (530) 273-6217 www.nevadacountyfair.com Cornish Christmas Friday of Thanksgiving Weekend Opening night of Cornish Christmas Downtown Grass Valley. Hours: 6-9 p.m. (530) 272-8315 www.historicgrassvalley.com Holidays at […]

Attend the Foothills Celebration on March 2 for food & wine galore

THE FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION on Saturday, March 2, now in its 12th year, is an ideal time to taste the foothills’ wines while strolling the streets of historic Grass Valley. Sip from more than 30 wineries, while sampling hand-crafted delicacies from about 25 local eateries, featuring favorite nibbles from their menus. One of the more decadent […]

A Moveable Feast

There’s no better place to picnic than the Sierra and its foothills, with all the parks, canyons, rivers and lakes. Here are some stores for gourmet food and wine: SUMMER THYME’S offers a box lunch with any sandwich and deli salad, a cookie and cold drink. The deli makes all of its menu items on […]

Grass Valley: Experience town & country

GRASS VALLEY OFFERS A TOWN and country experience wrapped in one travel adventure. Spring is the season for wildflower walks, hiking and bicycling in the countryside. The Sierra Vintners’ Wine Trail is June 2-3. The picturesque Bridgeport covered bridge and barn at South Yuba River State Park celebrate their 150th birthday this spring. On May […]