Hotel Sutter: Where history meets comfort

ALONG WITH WATERING HOLES and movie houses, Gold Rush-era hotels have long been economic anchors for Mother Lode towns. Just as saloons such as the Golden Era lounge in Nevada City are being restored, historic hotels also are being renovated—helping to revitalize the downtowns and their surroundings. The Hotel Sutter in Sutter Creek (Amador County) […]

A Home Away From Home: Goldtown Hideaway in Nevada City

TWO YEARS AGO, SAN FRANCISCANS MOLLIE Poe and Declan Hickey and their daughters, Skylar and Sabine, discovered the magic of Nevada City and opened the Goldtown Hideaway in the historic downtown. Just a year later, Mollie’s parents, Barbara and Ken, followed in their footsteps, opening The Madison House Bed & Breakfast, formerly known as The […]

Boutique hotel planned for Old Town Auburn

The developer-operator behind the Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Grass Valley is proposing to build an 80-room boutique hotel, conference center and parking garage for about 120 cars in Old Town Auburn. The hotel addresses a chronic problem in the Auburn-Grass Valley corridor — a lodging shortage. It is being proposed by […]

Visit Nevada City for Fall Colors and Victorian Christmas

WHETHER IT’S FOR FALL COLORS, Halloween or Thanksgiving festivities, or Victorian Christmas, Nevada City is a perfect getaway this time of year. The Gold Rush town is famous for showcasing the red, orange and gold colored leaves of autumn. “Nevada City, a historical landmark, is an idyllic town brimming with charm,” wrote TheCultureTrip.com, recently naming it […]

Active lifestyle lodging: Truckee’s Cedar House and Tahoe’s Cedar Crest Cottages

IN OUR GRANDPARENTS’ DAYS, the “grand dames” defined America’s hotel business. Nowadays, active lifestyle hotels are becoming more popular, thanks to the rise in millennial travel. The hotels have European flair and offer innovative food, the latest in technology and locally inspired experiences — from hiking and kayaking to hands-on cooking classes. “It’s a huge […]

Cedar Crest Cottages: unique lodging on Tahoe’s West shore

LAKE TAHOE’S WEST SHORE HAS new lodging, thanks to more home grown talent. In this case, Molly Olson grew up in Tahoe City, went to college at U.S.C., and returned home to start Olson-Olson Architects with her husband, Robb. This winter the couple also opened Cedar Crest Cottages, eight vacation cottages renovated by Bruce Olson […]

Lamb’s Victorian Inn: A “home away from home” in Grass Valley

VISITORS WILL MARVEL AT THE B&B RUN BY John and Janet Lamb in historic Grass Valley: heavenly beds, delicious homemade breakfasts, manicured gardens, and a two-minute walk to town for dinner, wine tasting and entertainment. Located on a leafy green corner lot on Church Street, Lamb’s Victorian Inn is only a short distance to Empire […]

Visit SierraCulture.com: Your “go to” guide for summer travel

THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS AND TRUCKEE-TAHOE are home to some of America’s best attractions, and we have a new guide to help you: Our magazine’s new website customized for smartphone reading. Just type into your iPhone or smartphone: SierraCulture.com. The site first prompts users to share their exact location and then provides information on attractions and […]

Memorial Day travel expected to reach a new post-recession high

AAA Travel projects 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year. Kicking off the summer driving season, more than eight in ten travelers will be driving to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday […]