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; […]

Bluegrass in Grass Valley

BLUEGRASS ENTHUSIASTS OF ALL ages are going to be jamming under the pines on June 18-21 as the California Bluegrass Association presents the 40th annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The four-day festival begins Thursday morning and runs through Sunday afternoon (Father’s Day), with a full slate of […]

Starry, Starry Nights: a magical celebration at Empire Mine State Park

IMAGINE A STARRY SUMMER EVENING, twinkling lights in the trees, guests dressed in white, dining and dancing on the lush grounds of the historic Empire Mine State Park. Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation presents the 21st annual Starry, Starry Nights on Saturday, July 20, at Empire Mine State Park. Every summer more than 300 guests […]

Summer Soirees: Where to hold weddings, anniversaries & celebrations

THE BEAUTY OF THE FOOTHILLS AND Sierra is perfect for weddings, anniversaries, parties and celebrations. There also are charming B&Bs, deluxe hotels, historic buildings— even sailboats and yachts. Rates are reasonable compared with the rest of Northern California. The Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley was the oldest, largest and richest gold mine in […]

Starry, Starry Nights: Dancing under the stars

PICTURE A STARRY SUMMER EVENING, twinkling lights in the trees, guests dressed in white, dining and dancing on the lush grounds of the historic Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley. Every year 300 guests attend Starry, Starry Nights, a highlight of the summer event season in Nevada County. Starry, Starry Nights celebrates its 20th […]

151 Union Square and Club 141: A Touch of Class

THE FOOTHILLS’ BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE HAS attracted veteran chefs, caterers and event planners from all over, melding talents that would prevail in any food obsessed city. Among them is Jim Eckardt, owner of JimE’s Catering & Event Co. in Nevada City and Grass Valley. “JimE,” as he’s known to the locals, has been the caterer […]