Placer Arts Studios Tour Nov. 9-11: Celebrating Local Art

IN THE 1990’S, LOCAL BATIK ARTIST Helen Phillips attended the Sonoma County Studios Tour. Inspired by talented artists and energetic attendees, she opened her own studio for a three-hour experience, and 75 people showed up to enjoy her art. Along with support from PlacerArts and the Lincoln Arts Council, she reached out to local artists […]

Our Towns

THORTON WILDER’S CLASSIC “OUR TOWN”chronicles life in a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. Like the fictional Grover’s Corners in Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, our region’s small towns — Loomis and Lincoln in the valley, Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City in the foothills, and Truckee in the High Sierra — […]

The Rebirth of Main Street

ONCE THE EPICENTER OF RETAIL, America’s malls are struggling: “An Ode to Shopping Malls — farewell, pleasure palaces of days past,” The New York Times reported. “A historical anachronism,” the New Yorker declared. “The culture that spawned satire like Mallrats seems increasingly dated, ever cartoonish,” The Guardian concluded. Our historic downtowns across America — including […]

Summer 2018 Events: Nevada County Fair, Summer Nights, and Shakespeare Festival

Nevada County Fair Held under the shade of tall pine trees in Grass Valley, the Nevada County Fair is held August 8-12. This year’s theme is “Bushels of Fun,” featuring a poster by Kathryn Wronski, whose artwork is featured regularly in our magazine. The fair is the perfect opportunity to listen to live music, eat […]

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 […]

Loomis Basin Brewing: Exemplifies craft beer boom

INDEPENDENT CRAFT BREWERIES CONTINUED to grow in 2017, and the outlook is bright for the New Year, with over 6,000 breweries nationally. Beer tourism is growing, with the average craft drinker visiting 3.5 breweries near their homes. Our region is a prime example. Few of our area’s breweries have shined brighter than Loomis Basin Brewing […]

Loomis: Revitalizing its Downtown

DESPITE ITS SMALL SIZE, THE TOWN OF LOOMIS — just off I-80 in south Placer County — looms large when it comes to the region’s history. In the mid-1800s, settlers came to Loomis for gold mining along the rivers. Then along came the railroads. “Loomis was named in 1884 by the Southern Pacific for James […]

Farm Fresh Food

OUR AREA OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE OF fresh, local produce from dozens of small farms around Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Loomis and Newcastle. Truckee is served by some in Plumas County, such as Sierra Valley Farms, as well as ones in the foothills. The fresh, local fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and eggs are sold […]

A Sense of Place

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening FEW PEOPLE DO A BETTER JOB OF creating a sense of place than Robert Frost—in his case, describing life in rural New England. In […]

Restaurants booming in the Sierra foothills

WARNINGS OF ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY isn’t stopping restaurants from expanding. Sixty-four percent of restaurateurs told the National Restaurant Association they recently made a capital expenditure, and 62 percent said they plan to spend more in coming months. Sales of food services are double the pace of retail sales. And employment at restaurants and watering holes has […]

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