Below the snow belt: Satellite ski towns

“SATELLITE SKI COMMUNITIES ARE THE new dream,” according to Powder magazine Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski towns still have easy access, a vibrant cultural scene, and are more affordable. The foothills is blessed with an abundance of them: AUBURN Auburn helped bring skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn […]

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 […]

Nevada City: An Artsy Sensibility

THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL’S decision to recently host a public meeting in Nevada City is a testament to the town’s cultural heritage. “I learn so much from seeing council members on their own turf and experiencing the deep connections you have with the arts,” said Council Director Anne Bown-Crawford at the historic Miners Foundry. Grass […]

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 […]

Grass Valley: Preserving the Past

“Dependence on a gold economy has given way to a much broader range of commercial enterprises, but due to the preservation of many of the original buildings, the Gold Rush legacy of the 1800s remains to delight and inspire visitors,” according to Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Grass Valley by the Grass Valley Historical Commission. Some […]

Hotel Impossible features return to Holbrooke Hotel on Monday

Hotel Impossible features a return to the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley on Monday to check up on its program to invigorate the historic hotel. The program airs at 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel. “Anthony sends covert hotel ‘guests’ to check up on the historic Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, CA,” according to Hotel […]

Hotel Impossible returns to Holbrooke Hotel for a follow-up segment

Hotel Impossible host Anthony Melchiorri is filming a follow up segment at the historic Holbrooke Hotel in downtown Grass Valley this week. The episode’s original air date was Monday, September 16. “Anthony heads to Grass Valley, CA, to reinvigorate the historic Holbrook Hotel,” Travel Channel reported then. “With the owner stressed from event planning, bartending […]

Grass Valley attracts another prestigious historical conference

In May 2010, Grass Valley and Nevada City hosted the 2010 California Preservation Conference, featuring tours that highlighted Nevada County’s rich history, architecture and natural beauty, and special events at its most historical locations. Last year, Grass Valley participated in the Julia Morgan 2012 Festival, a statewide event focusing on the life and work of […]

Grass Valley: What’s new in this gold-rush town

GRASS VALLEY REFLECTS THE RESURGENCE of small towns all across America. It has beauti- fully restored buildings, an historic downtown, festivals, top-notch dining and shopping—and world-class hiking, biking and kayaking nearby. Grass Valley also boasts The Center for the Arts, which hosts big-city talent such as Lily Tomlin and Kris Kristofferson. The historic Holbrooke Hotel […]