Our New Gold Rush

PROSPERITY HAS COME TO OUR region in different forms, starting with the Gold Rush. “Gold was discovered just to the south of here in January 1848. You could literally pick it up in the creeks,” recalls author Jordan Fisher Smith in a recent documentary called “Redefining Prosperity: The Gold Rushes of Nevada City.” But that […]

Boomtowns: Redefining the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe region

IN THE PAST DECADE, SACRAMENTO HAS been emerging from San Francisco’s shadow. Once dubbed a “cow town,” it has become known as “America’s farm to fork capital,” showcasing the region’s agricultural bounty and some stellar restaurants and craft breweries. The new Golden 1 Center, whose food concessions are locally sourced, and adjacent Kimpton Sawyer Hotel […]

Insider: Old meets new in Grass Valley and Nevada City

OLD MEETS NEW IN GRASS VALLEY & NEVADA CITY The iconic Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley has sold, and the new owners have imaginative plans for the historic building. We’re excited about the potential for 131 Mill St., widely considered the second-most architecturally unique building in all of downtown Grass Valley behind […]

Lefty’s Fry House: Fish & chips, beignets and more

LEFTY’S GRILL CELEBRATES ITS 10TH anniversary in the New Year, and its owners are expanding with a “Fry House,” featuring the restaurant’s signature fish and chips and imaginative new dishes. In 2008, two left-handed chefs, John Cammack and Chris Duncan, opened Lefty’s in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white […]

Après Ski: Wine, beer, cocktails and fireside chats

“There’s something about the culture of après, whether it’s cocktails or a simple beer. It’s all about working hard on the mountain, getting your workout in, and then enjoying it and talking about it with friends.” —Joe Lang, Principal, Apres Ski Cocktail Classic ASPEN’S APRÈS SKI COCKTAIL CLASSIC in March is an annual slope-side celebration […]

Smith Vineyard’s owners retiring: closing winery and tasting room but selling grapes to other winemakers

Editor’s note: We received this email from Smith Vineyard this afternoon. Wishing Gary and Chris Smith a happy retirement! Re: Smith Vineyard Retiring the Winery and Tasting Room. To: Our Wine Club Members, Downtown Neighbors and Valued Customers Someone once said that “drinking good wine, with good food, in good company is one of life’s most […]

Winter cooking classes

Winter is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class in the foothills. We’re indoors more, thanks to the winter weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for the holidays—French cookware, a wok or a Vitamix. TESS’ KITCHEN STORE 115 Mill St., Grass Valley […]

Below the ski belt: Satellite ski towns

“Unless you have a family inheritance, or somehow snagged one of the few affordable rentals, living in a traditional ski town is a less viable option than ever,” observes Powder Magazine. “Unable to afford the old ones, young, adventurous people are making new ones.” Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski […]

Music in the Mountains Alliance hosts “Games People Play” fundraiser on March 8

On Thursday, March 8, the community is invited to partake in “Games People Play,” a rousing good time that brings together old and new gaming friends to play their favorite card and board games, while enjoying an array of delicious food and drink. Hosted by the Music in the Mountains Alliance, the organization’s volunteer arm, […]

Nevada County Arts presents the Sierra Poetry Festival on April 28

NEVADA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL presents the 2018 Sierra Poetry Festival all day on April 28 at Sierra College in Grass Valley. Activities include a keynote address by national Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of National Book Award for Poetry. Three other California poet laureates, and […]

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