Winter 2019: WinterWonderGrass, Tahoe Snowfest and more

WinterWonderGrass The 5th annual WinterWonderGrass returns to Squaw Valley March 29-31, featuring over 20 bluegrass and roots artists on three heated tent stages and one outdoor main stage. Enhancing the music will be tastings of California local brews, ciders and eats. Headliners include Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon and the Sam Bush Band. […]

Celebrating Mardi Gras

EARLIER THIS WINTER, WE VISITED NOLA for a vacation. We enjoyed the sight-seeing and authentic Cajun cuisine. We ate a famous muffuletta sandwich at Central Grocery & Deli in the French Quarter (a 10”-round Sicilian sesame loaf stuffed with ham, salami, provolone and a signature briny marinated olive salad filled with kalamata and green olives […]

Winter Events in Tahoe-Truckee, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Lincoln

TAHOE-TRUCKEE March 9-12 Audi FIS World Cup World Cup ski racing returns to California for the first time in 19 years. The event includes concerts, a festival village and a women’s Giant Slalom and Slalom at Squaw Valley. SquawAlpine.com/worldcup March 3-12 North Lake Tahoe SnowFest North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, […]

Nevada City: A “Snowless” Escape

THOUGH KNOWN FOR ITS LEAF PEEPING, Victorian Christmas and pristine swimming holes in the South Yuba River, historic Nevada City also is an extraordinary winter getaway. Though usually below the snow line, Nevada City is only a one-hour drive to ski resorts on Donner Summit, including Sugar Bowl, Boreal and Royal Gorge, North America’s largest […]

Miners Foundry begins Mardi Gras with legendary saxophonist Karl Denson

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center kicks off Mardi Gras weekend in Nevada County on Friday, February 13 with the heavy grooves, high-energy, shake-your-tail-feather music of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe featuring celebrated steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier. For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor. […]

Winter food, wine, art and music festivals in the foothills and Sierra

Winter festivals include Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year in Nevada City, the Foothills Celebration food-and-wine pairing event in Grass Valley and, for the first time, WinterWonderGrass in Squaw Valley. MARDI GRAS NEVADA CITY, FEB. 14-15 A downtown parade, Masquerade Ball and Carnevale are featured, as this colorful foothills town again celebrates Mardi Gras. Weekend […]

Bent Metal and Jim E team up for Mardi Gras dinner on March 4

MARDI GRAS DINNER, MARCH 4TH Jim E’s Catering/Club 141 and Bent Metal Winery present Mardi Gras Dinner on Fat Tuesday! March 4, 2014, 6:30pm, cost $45.00/ person “MENU” Crab Cakes 2012 SBS (Sav Blanc, Semillon Blend) Shrimp Etouffee 2010 Viognier Chicken Jambalaya Gumbo z’Herbs 2009 Primary Red “Primitivo” Creole Pork Chops 2010 Petite-Petit (sneak a […]

Nevada City: Let the Good Times Roll!

MARDI GRAS, OR “FAT TUESDAY,” is celebrated annually around the world—in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nice, France; and New Orleans. In the “Big Easy,” hundreds of thousands of people crowd the streets. The foothills has its own Mardi Gras celebration February 9-10 in colorful Nevada City, just named one of the best “river towns” in […]

Good Times Roll Below the Snowline

GRASS VALLEY IS A JEWEL among the foothill’s gold-rush towns. At times, the snow does fall, but most of the winter it is snowless. This season you can attend the Foothills Celebration food and wine festival on March 3 and a classic Car Show on April 28. Visitors can enjoy boutiques, gift shops and art […]

Nevada City Mardi Gras and Ike’s Quarter Cafe

GAILY MASKED CHARACTERS, JESTERS and Cajun cookin’ come to the foothills in midwinter as Mardi Gras is celebrated in historic Nevada City. The city’s main drag, Broad Street, becomes Bourbon Street as spectators fill the downtown for the annual Mardi Gras parade. Now in its 19th year, it is one of the largest Mardi Gras […]