Music in the Mountains: Bringing Music to Life

NOV. 3: A CELEBRATION OF SONG MIM presents “A Celebration of Song” at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. It is the performing arts group’s first fall choral concert and Ryan Murray’s debut as the Artistic Director and Conductor of Music in the Mountains. The MIM Chorus performs Lux Aeterna, and Liisa Davila sings music […]

Sierra Vintners’ Fall Wine Trail is October 12-13

  WITH 15 WINERIES AND OVER 40 VARIETALS, the Sierra Vintners wine region is an ideal location for wine enthusiasts to taste award-winning wines, meet the winemakers and enjoy a bucolic setting. Though Sierra Vintners is an emerging wine region, its historic roots have made it a century-old destination for visitors looking to explore the […]

Nevada City Uncorked: Sip and stroll in a Gold Rush town

NEVADA CITY HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN as the Queen City of the Northern Mines. Nevada City’s Victorian elegance supplies the perfect backdrop to showcase Nevada City Uncorked, an annual celebration of wine and food bringing together the best wines, foods, and venues, for the event of the season. Nevada City Uncorked is a sip-and-stroll event […]

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 […]

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 […]

Visit Nevada City: Home to the South Yuba River

  SPRING IS A GLORIOUS TIME to visit the Gold Rush towns in the foothills, and few are more picturesque and enjoyable than Nevada City. Wildflowers are in full bloom on surrounding hillsides and along the wild and scenic South Yuba River. The 59th annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic is June 1-2. It is one […]

Sippin’ in the Sierra: Nevada County Wineries

NEVADA CITY WINERY The winery is deep-rooted in the historic downtown shown on its label. It is Nevada County’s oldest and largest winery and has been buying grapes from local growers to produce its award-winning wines since 1980. Its structure rests nestled between the same brick buildings and Victorian houses laid down by hopeful miners […]

Nevada County’s arts and culture scene generates $46.9 million in economic activity, supports 869 jobs, new study shows

Nevada County’s nonprofit arts and culture sector generates $46.9 million in economic activity and supports 869 full-time equivalent jobs, making it a powerful economic engine, according to a new report titled “Arts & Economic Prosperity 5.” Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are businesses in their own right, the study said. They spent $25.7 million during […]

Hotels & Wineries Double as Art Galleries

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is becoming an “art hotel.” Embracing the recent state Cultural District designation, the owners plan to display local artwork throughout the hotel, including at its 1,300-square- foot event center. Each month, the hotel will feature a different artist or collaboration of artists. It also will host artist receptions. “We’re thrilled to […]

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 […]

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