Bar Art: Gold Rush-era Craftsmanship

MANY OF THE RESTAURANTS AND BARS in the foothills are steeped in history. They are located in handsome Gold Rush-era buildings. Inside are carved wooden back bars—“elaborate and ornate made of rich woods, flawless mirrors and stained glass,” as the most famous producer Brunswick explains. The bars continue to be a focal point of these […]

Exploring Amador Wine Country

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak-studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year ‘round playground—for “leaf peeping,” cycling, hiking, skiing and other activities—the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes. The majority of Amador’s 3,700 […]

Nisenan Heritage Day on November 12 in Grass Valley

BEFORE THE GOLD RUSH AND muddying of the Yuba and Bear rivers from hydraulic mining, “maj” (sounds like “my”), or salmon, were integral to the Nisenan way of life, says Shelly Covert, tribal council secretary of the Nevada City Rancheria, the indigenous people of the area. A Nisenan salmon doctor was in continual commune with […]

Visit Nevada City for an endless summer

NEVADA CITY IS AN “ENDLESS SUMMER” destination. Located at 2,500-foot elevation, the days and evenings are cooler than in the Sacramento Valley. The Gold Rush-era town is home to the South Yuba River, known for its pristine swimming holes; Scotts Flat Reservoir, named one of the nation’s top spots for paddle boarding; and it is […]

Amador Vintners: Fine wine & scenic vineyards

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak-studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year round playground—for cycling, fishing, skiing and other activities— the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes. The majority of Amador’s 3,700 vine […]

Nevada City named one of the top 15 small cities in California

“When thinking of California, many people are familiar with cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The Golden State is also home to many picturesque small towns and villages that will inspire every visitor,” according to 101USA.com. “We’ve put together a list of some of the loveliest places to be found in […]

Yuba Blue: Tales & Trails

“Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us a people.” – Charles Kuralt from “On The Road” OUR REGION IS LINKED BY MAGNIFICENT RIVERS such as the American, Truckee and South Yuba. Each has its own identity and history. The South Yuba is inextricably linked to Nevada County, just as Lake Tahoe is […]

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; […]

Home Sweet Home

SUMMER IN PROVENCE, ALASKA OR THE SOUTH PACIFIC SOUNDS WONDERFUL, but our own backyard offers an unforgettable vacation experience — from our Gold Rush towns to picturesque vineyards, to crystal-clear Lake Tahoe, to awe-inspiring Yosemite. The Sierra and its foothills has rebounded from the recession with a more refined food, wine, craft beer, art and […]

How to make the perfect martini & its Gold Rush origins

“Many historians follow the martini back to a miner who struck gold in California during the Gold Rush. The story goes that a miner walked into a bar and asked for a special drink to celebrate his new fortune. The bartender threw together what he had on hand — fortified wine (vermouth) and gin, and […]