Twelve 28 Kitchen: “We get asked for our recipes all the time”

LIKE MORE AND MORE LOCALS, we have enjoyed our dinners at Twelve 28 Kitchen in Penn Valley. Under Chef Zach Sterner, who has been cooking for 18 years as a private chef at small restaurants and at a Michelin-starred dining room, Twelve 28 Kitchen turns out imaginative and memorable meals. Though a relative newcomer to […]

Nevada City: A mix of old and new

Like other Gold Rush-era towns, “the past is always present” in Nevada City. The entire downtown is registered as a historic landmark. “Preservation has been the byword in Nevada City, and the town’s commitment to it began as a happy alternative to a threatening civil war between hippies from the Bay Area and the more […]

Grass Valley: Revitalizing the historic downtown

NOWHERE IS THE THEME “what’s old is new again” more prevalent than in Grass Valley, the Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills. The Center for the Arts and historic Holbrooke Hotel are undergoing major renovations. Another historic building, the Nevada County Bank Building, is being transformed into a retail center, and new businesses are […]

Tahoe Tasting: Cruise Big Blue and sample our region’s wines

TOURING BIG BLUE ABOARD TAHOE TASTINGS’ Golden Rose — a 1953 Chris-Craft Venetian Water Taxi — and tasting fine wines is the quintessential “what’s old is new again” experience. Guests board the Golden Rose in the Tahoe Keys Marina, receive a glass of Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée, and embark on a two-hour cruise that showcase […]

Longtime Carpe Vino chefs to open Josephine in Auburn

AUBURN HAS GONE FROM A quaint outpost for antiques to a vibrant city bubbling with young doers and creative outdoor types making Auburn happen,” according to ExploreAuburnCA.com, an economic development website dedicated to the foothills town. Josephine is a shining example — a restaurant that Chefs Eric Alexander and Courtney McDonald plan to open in […]

A “summer bucket list” for Truckee

WITH A MOTTO “BASE CAMP for a big life,” Truckee and the surrounding area offers exceptional outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and arts and culture. The town is booming too. Examples include the Truckee Railyard project, which is going to double the size of the 150-year-old downtown core. The project includes new housing, artist lofts, retail, […]

Explore the East Shore Trail and the Water Trail at Lake Tahoe

New adventures await on Lake Tahoe this summer — on foot, on a mountain bike, or in a kayak. The three-mile Tahoe East Shore Trail in Incline Village opened earlier this summer, completing a major step in a multi-use trail that circles Lake Tahoe. The 10-foot-wide paved path between southern Incline Village and Sand Harbor […]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr, Pilot Peak and Andis

NEVADA CITY WINERY’S FIVE NEW RELEASES The winery is releasing five new vintages this summer under winemaker Mark Foster, who is celebrating 40 years of winemaking. This includes grenache, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, zinfandel and Rough and Ready Red (a blend) — all for vintage year 2016. Foster and the winery also are releasing a […]

Amador’s Barbera Festival on Sept. 14 and Big Crush on Oct. 5-6

BARBERA FESTIVAL Amador Vintners hosts the 9th annual Barbera Festival on September 14 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the historic Terra d’Oro Winery in Amador wine country. The outdoor wine and food festival allows guests to sample barbera wines from more than 60 wineries from across California, enjoy local craft beer, gourmet food from top […]

Foothills Artists: LeeAnn Brook, David Wong and David McKay

LEEANN BROOK FINE ART Opened in July 2015, Lee Ann Brook Fine Art is one of the first artist-owned galleries and on-site studios in Nevada County. In the heart of historic downtown Nevada City at 231 Broad Street, the gallery is housed in a brick building from the 1800s, incorporating the working studio of LeeAnn […]

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